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Nov 12, 2019

Graphene-X | The jacket you won’t want to take off

Posted by in category: materials

Not an endorsement of this; But interesting concept and claims for a graphene coat.

An all-around graphene-based 3-layer jacket: Breathable, Waterproof, Ultralight & Durable + state-of-the-art technology.

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Nov 12, 2019

The gut may be the ticket to reducing chemo’s side effects

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

In a new study, scientists observed several simultaneous reactions in mice given a common chemotherapy drug: Their gut bacteria and tissue changed, their blood and brains showed signs of inflammation, and their behaviors suggested they were fatigued and cognitively impaired.

The research is the first to show these combined events in the context of chemotherapy, and opens the door to the possibility that regulating could not only calm chemo side effects like nausea and diarrhea, but also potentially lessen the memory and concentration problems many cancer survivors report.

More research is needed to further understand how the chemo-modified gut influences the in a way that can have an impact on behavior. The same lab at The Ohio State University is continuing mouse studies to test the relationship and running a parallel clinical trial in .

Nov 12, 2019

Engineer Finds Way to Pull Diseases From Blood Using Magnets

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

A British engineer has found a way to filter unwanted cells from blood using magnets — and his tool could be used in clinical trials as soon as next year.

Thanks to existing research, biochemical scientist George Frodsham knew it was possible to force magnetic nanoparticles to bind to specific cells in the body. But while other researchers did so primarily to make those cells show up in images, he wondered whether the same technique might allow doctors to remove unwanted cells from the blood.

“When someone has a tumour you cut it out,” he told The Telegraph. “Blood cancer is a tumour in the blood, so why not just take it out in the same way?”

Nov 12, 2019

Gene-editing Gets Major Funding

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The program, called Somatic Cell Genome Editing, will be investing $190 million. (2018)

Last year, I wrote about a team of Chinese scientists having received ethical approval to perform a clinical trial of gene-editing. The goal was to test whether gene-editing may be a potential cure for cancer. The technology used for the trial is called CRISPR/Cas9, not exactly a household name. CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Cas9 stands for CRISPR associated protein 9, an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease enzyme. If you read all these words a few times, it can make your head hurt. The topic is complex, but I hope in this post to make it more understandable.

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Nov 12, 2019

Immortality Debate: Can Science Cheat Death?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience, science

Death means an end, but one recent research challenges the idea and fuels the possibility of reviving the brain. And it has plunged the scientific community into an ethical debate.

Physical movements, thoughts, and actions are traits that define how we know the difference between what’s alive and what’s lifeless i.e. death. But beyond that, we hardly understand what death means. We’ve known that death is an eventuality and irreversible. But recent research done back in April 2019 changed all that. Consequently, science is making us rethink the definition of death and the sheer fact that it is permanent.

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Nov 12, 2019

Carol’s 30 years of back pain gone after stem cell therapy — Stemcures

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Carol has been suffering from back pain for 30 years.

Her MRI revealed disc degeneration, facet arthritis and nerve involvement.

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Nov 12, 2019

Human Safety Trial of NMN Concludes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A human trial of NMN has recently concluded, and the results are not impressive at all; however, this is perfectly fine because that was not the purpose of the study, and, despite the lackluster results, the study was a success!

This might sound strange, but perhaps the words of the study authors may make it a bit clearer why this is absolutely no cause for alarm.

We, therefore, conducted a clinical trial to investigate the safety of single NMN administration in 10 healthy men.

Nov 12, 2019

Kevin Feige Discusses THE ETERNALS Saying It’s a Big, Expensive, and Necessary Risk for Marvel

Posted by in category: entertainment

It’s been interesting to see the fans’ reactions regarding Marvel Studios’ next big cosmic adventure film, The Eternals. While some are excited, it seems like there are a good amount that don’t really care about it.

Personally, I’m stoked! I love the lore of The Eternals and The Celestials! Jack Kirby did some incredibly radical stuff with these characters and the story and I’m super pumped to see how Marvel and director Chloe Zhao bring his vision to life.

During a recent interview with THR, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about the film and explained that it’s a big, expensive, and necessary risk for them:

Nov 12, 2019

How to Spot SpaceX’s 60 New Starlink Satellites in the Night Sky

Posted by in category: satellites

X launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on its most flown Falcon 9 rocket yet, which made a historic fourth launch and landing on Monday (Nov. 11).

Nov 12, 2019

Redditor Claims They Fell In Love With OpenAI’s Neural Network

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

They found love — or something like it — in GPT-2.