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May 9, 2018

Bloomberg & Billionaire Bull Novogratz Launch Cryptocurrency Price Index

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, space

One of bitcoin’s biggest bulls has inked a deal with an unlikely partner to create a cryptocurrency price index.

Billionaire Mike Novogratz and Bloomberg LP on Wednesday announced that they are teaming up to launch the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index (BGCI), which will track the aggregate performance of a basket of large-cap cryptocurrencies.

“Today’s launch of the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index reflects our clients’ growing interest in cryptocurrencies,” said Alan Campbell, Global Product Manager for Bloomberg Indices. “The index brings our rigorous approach to index construction to cryptos and will provide investors with a transparent benchmark to gauge the performance of the broader market.”

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May 9, 2018

This Random Videogame Powers Quantum Entanglement Experiments

Posted by in categories: entertainment, quantum physics

How a simplistic keyboard-mashing game recruited thousands of players—for physics!

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May 9, 2018

Future anti-aging drugs could flip a “metabolic switch” to mimic fasting

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Fasting has been found to have a range of health benefits, and appears to slow down the aging process. Now, researchers from MIT have found that fasting for just 24 hours is enough to improve the regeneration of a person’s intestinal stem cells, which naturally declines with age. Better yet, with the metabolic switch identified, in the future the effect could be mimicked with a drug.

As with stem cells in all parts of the body, intestinal stem cells are in charge of growing new cells in the organ. They maintain the lining of the intestine, which is shed and replaced every few days, fight off infection and repair damage to the tissue. But as is usually the case, these stem cells get less and less effective at their job with age.

Previous research has found that caloric restriction, or continual fasting, has a profound effect on health and longevity. These effects have been seen in mice, rats, monkeys, lemurs, and other animals, and although human studies haven’t really been conducted, it seems that we could also benefit from harnessing the diet. So the MIT team set out to study the effects of fasting on intestinal stem cells.

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May 9, 2018

Alternative Way to Grow Food

Posted by in category: food

These vegetables grew without any soil or light in subzero Antarctica. #MadeInAntarctica

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May 9, 2018

Neuroscientists Strongly Recommend That You Visit The Beach Regularly. Here’s Why

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, space

We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed.

That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.

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May 9, 2018

California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes

Posted by in categories: habitats, solar power, sustainability

California is about to become the only state in the nation mandating that virtually every new home have solar panels by 2020.

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May 9, 2018

Baldness cure could come from side-effect of cancer drug

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A cure for baldness could be on the horizon after British scientists discovered that an osteoporosis drug stimulates hair growth three times quicker than other drugs.

Around four in 10 men suffer male pattern baldness by the age of 45 and two thirds by the age of 60.

At the moment only two drugs, minoxidil and finasteride, are available for the treatment of male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) — the classic type of receding hair loss in men.

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May 9, 2018

All systems are go for SpaceX’s BFR rocket facility at Port of Los Angeles after City Council OKs plan

Posted by in category: space travel

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a plan allowing SpaceX to build and operate a facility at the Port of L.A., where the Hawthorne space company will produce its next-generation BFR rockets and spacecraft.

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May 9, 2018

Google goes all-in on artificial intelligence, renames research division Google AI

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

With Google’s I/O developer conference kicking off later today, Google is setting the scene for what it expects to be one of the big themes of the event: artificial intelligence. Today, the company rebranded the whole of its Google Research division as Google AI, with the old Google Research site now directing to a newly expanded Google AI site.

Google has over the years worked on a wide variety of other computing pursuits beyond AI, and all of that content will continue to exist within that new site, the company said. But the move signals how Google has increasingly focused a lot of its R&D on breaking new ground across the many facets of AI specifically, from technologies like computer vision, natural language processing, and neural networks, through to applications across virtually any and every business that Google currently and potentially touches, such as video, search and mobile apps, but also healthcare, automotive applications and other verticals.

That’s not just Google reflecting how the wider world of tech is evolving; it’s also a measure of how much Google has influenced it.

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May 9, 2018

Mining asteroids could unlock untold wealth – here’s how to get started

Posted by in category: space

The first step to mining an asteroid is finding a suitable candidate. Scientists estimate there should be some ten nearby targets.

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