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Nov 19, 2019

Targeting Gut Microbes May Help Stroke Recovery

Posted by in category: biological

Growing evidence from mouse studies suggests that a healthy microbiome might improve poststroke outcomes.

Nov 19, 2019

Is the universe controlled by gigantic structures?

Posted by in category: space

The idea that celestial objects exist within utterly immense cosmic structures is becoming inescapable.

Nov 19, 2019

Nikola Corporation to Unveil Game-Changing Battery Cell Technology at Nikola World 2020

Posted by in category: transportation

Nikola Motor Company designs and manufactures electric components, drivetrains and vehicles including the Nikola One and Nikola Two electric semi-trucks.

Nov 19, 2019

Cheers! Alcoholic beverages in space

Posted by in categories: food, life extension, space

On November 2, 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine were launched to the International Space Station (ISS). These bottles are not intended for holiday celebrations by the crew, however (consumption of alcohol is officially prohibited in space.) Instead. the bottles are part of an experiment conducted by the University of Bordeaux’s Institute of Vine and Wine Science (ISVV) and a company called Space Cargo Unlimited to investigate if the aging process of wine is affected by microgravity conditions.

As novel as this experiment sounds, the Bordeaux team is not the first group to examine how alcoholic beverages age in space. That distinction is held by two whisky producers, one in Scotland, the other in Japan. In 2011, Scotch whisky producer Ardbeg partnered with Nanoracks to launch the first whisky aging experiment in orbit. When the samples were returned to Earth in 2014, a clear difference was readily apparent from the control samples that remained on Earth—and not for the better. According to an Ardbeg white paper, the aftertaste was “pungent, intense and long, with hints of wood, antiseptic lozenges and rubbery smoke.” However, Ardbeg was not certain if this was a result of the aging process or other extreme factors that the samples encountered.

In 2015, Japanese whisky producer Suntory also launched whisky samples to be aged on the ISS. One batch of these samples returned to Earth for analysis after a year in orbit, but another batch still remains on the station. Thus far, Suntory has not released any data from these experiments.

Nov 19, 2019

Poland Moves Ahead With $60 Billion Nuclear Power Project

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

After at least a decade of preparations, coal-reliant Poland may be one step away from embarking on its biggest power project ever, with talks on securing the $60 billion in financing entering the final stretch.

Nov 19, 2019

Artificial intelligence is ‘enhancing’ healthcare: IHDpay Group

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Chun Yuan Chiang of IHDpay Group says artificial intelligence cannot completely replace the “high-touch” nature of medical care. However, technology can be helpful in diagnosis or in situations where patients have long, complicated medical histories, he says. Chiang was speaking on a panel with Jai Verma of Cigna International and Dai Ying of GE Healthcare.

Nov 19, 2019

Tardigrades, Cryptobiosis, and Survival at the Extremes!! — Dr. Thomas Boothby, University of Wyoming — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, alien life, bioengineering, biotech/medical, chemistry, cryonics, DNA, futurism, genetics, health

Nov 19, 2019

I spent a week with a doomsday prepper in the outback. This is how it changed me

Posted by in category: existential risks

“Doomsday prepping”, or “survivalism”, is on the rise in Australia, as it is in the US and UK.

This is despite “preppers” being widely met with ridicule or fear (as the New York Times writes, prepping reality TV shows “are full of people lovingly cradling their weaponry, which in many cases is frighteningly extensive”).

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Nov 18, 2019

An imitation learning approach to train robots without the need for real human demonstrations

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

Most humans can learn how to complete a given task by observing another person perform it just once. Robots that are programmed to learn by imitating humans, however, typically need to be trained on a series of human demonstrations before they can effectively reproduce the desired behavior.

Researchers were recently able to teach robots to execute new tasks by having them observe a single human demonstration, using meta-learning approaches. However, these learning techniques typically require real-world data that can be expensive and difficult to collect.

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Nov 18, 2019

Breakthrough discovery in plants’ DNA may lead to slowing aging process in humans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A “missing link” of cellular immortality has been found between single-celled animals, humans and the plant kingdom, according to a new study.