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Dec 10, 2018

DNA That Should Only Pass Down From Mothers Can Come From Fathers, Too

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

You probably learned two things about mitochondria in high school biology. First, they’re the powerhouses of the cell. Second, you can only inherit them from your mother. But a new study seems to cloud that second point.

A team of researchers from the United States, China, and Taiwan identified three unrelated families with members whose mitochondria contained DNA from both parents. While this discovery could reignite debate about the nature of inheriting mitochondrial DNA, the researchers hope it will open up new ways to treat disease.

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Dec 10, 2018

The FDA is revamping the medical device approval process

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

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In order to advance innovation and keep pace with the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is modernizing the approval process most medical device manufacturers undergo when bringing new products to market.

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Dec 10, 2018

Coral Larvae Cryogenically Frozen and Thawed for the First Time

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension

Warming oceans are killing the world’s reefs, but scientists may have found a way to help them get out of hot water—by putting corals into a deep freeze.

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Dec 10, 2018

950-Mile-Long Cloud Spotted Over Martian Volcano. And It Has Staying Power

Posted by in category: space

A mysterious white-colored plume extending some 950 miles (just over 1,500 kilometers) has been spotted on the leeward side of the Arsia Mons volcano on Mars.

Unlike other Martian cloud structures that seem to poof in and out of existence, this one has staying power, with the lengthy plume hovering near Arsia Mons since Sept. 13 and seen as recently as Nov. 12, according to the European Space Agency. The agency’s Mars Express camera has been recording images of the mountainous cloud.

“Montane clouds are very common on Mars, but it was the length of the cloud and its duration that makes it interesting,” said Francois Forget, a senior research scientist at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. “Usually, it is more localized to the volcano.” [The 7 Most Mars-Like Places on Earth].

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Dec 10, 2018

NASA administrator: ‘The US is returning to the surface of the moon, and we’re doing it sooner than you think!’

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

A big announcement from NASA about landing on the moon is coming on Thursday.

  • The last time NASA landed a spacecraft on the moon was in December 1972.
  • The US space agency said it’s about to announce “moon partnerships” with American companies to return to the lunar surface.
  • NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine claimed the new moon missions will occur “sooner than you think!”
  • NASA is withholding details of the announcement until Thursday afternoon, but Business Insider has independently confirmed some information.

If NASA’s stunning landing of a car-sized robot on Mars didn’t already whet your appetite for space exploration this week, mark your calendar for 2 p.m. EST on Thursday.

That’s when NASA plans to give an update about a program that aims to land privately developed spacecraft on the moon.

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Dec 10, 2018

A Review of Caloric Restriction, Fasting, and Time Restricted Feeding

Posted by in category: life extension

Today, we want to discuss this review published in the journal Science, as it provides a whistle-stop tour of caloric restriction, intermittent fasting, and time-restricted feeding.

There is a considerable amount of data supporting the effects of caloric restriction and similar dietary approaches on both health and lifespan in multiple species. In general, the more simple the organism, the greater the observed effect tends to be, although the effect is less so in longer-lived organisms. For example, caloric restriction has a significant effect on mouse lifespan, but it appears to do little, if anything, to the lifespan of humans.

Why is this? One explanation could be that, as humans, we have already evolved efficient repair systems that more thoroughly address the damages of aging than the repair systems of mice and other short-lived species. In other words, there is little improvement to be made to human repair systems compared to those of mice.

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Dec 10, 2018

Awesome Japanese Robots

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Robot development in Japan.

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Dec 10, 2018

MIT Interactive Robotics Laboratory

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Will the future bring collaboration with Robots and not the end of work.

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Dec 10, 2018

Physics Suggests That Our Dreams Might Be Glimpses Of Other Dimensions

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

If you have ever looked into the ‘many world’s theory’ you know that the world we live in is quite possibly one of many. Regardless of the multiverse hypotheses, you choose to follow/look into each one is truly fascinating for a number of reasons.

Basically, most of them touch on how there are many different worlds, universes, dimensions, or whatever you would like to call them. Each one the same as our own but also different in some way. For instance, in another world, you might be living the same life as you are now but perhaps politics had gone in a different direction. Maybe all of the presidents that were elected here in the US were opposite from how they are in our world. Maybe everything is the same except for you have different colored hair? The differences between worlds could be minuscule or extreme, it all varies.

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Dec 10, 2018

Artificial synapses made from nanowires

Posted by in categories: biological, nanotechnology

Scientists from Jülich together with colleagues from Aachen and Turin have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. The component is able to save and process information, as well as receive numerous signals in parallel. The resistive switching cell made from oxide crystal nanowires is thus an ideal candidate for use in building bioinspired “neuromorphic” processors, able to take over the diverse functions of biological synapses and neurons.

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