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May 28, 2018

Bowery Farming is putting an urban twist on agriculture

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

This high-tech farm is growing crops in an entirely new way. 🌱.

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May 28, 2018

Watch The Earth Change Over The Past 20 Years

Posted by in category: space

Watch Earth change over the past 20 years, thanks to a compilation of NASA satellite footage.

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May 28, 2018

The EU Is Planning a Ban on Single-Use Plastic Products

Posted by in categories: economics, sustainability

The European Commission is proposing a ban on around 10 single-use plastic items that it says account for approximately 70 percent of all garbage in the European Union’s waters and beaches, including cutlery, straws, cotton buds, plates, some coffee cups, and stirrers, CNN Money reported on Monday.

According to CNN’s report, it’s part of a broader plan to shift the European economy away from single-use products that end up going straight into the garbage or the street:

The legislation is not just about banning plastic products. It also wants to make plastic producers bear the cost of waste management and cleanup efforts, and it proposes that EU states must collect 90% of single-use plastic bottles by 2025 through new recycling programs.

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May 28, 2018

Scientists invented a real-life flux capacitor, but not for time travel

Posted by in categories: education, time travel

If you watched Back to the Future over the holiday weekend and wished the flux capacitor was a real thing so you could travel through time, we have sorta good news. Scientists from Australia and Switzerland have proposed a real-life flux capacitor — but you won’t be able to travel back to a high school dance in the ’50s with it.

The device is a new type of electronic circulator, which can control the directional movement of microwave signals. The scientists, who published their research in Physical Review Letters, have proposed two different potential circuits — one of them borrows the design of the three-pointed flux capacitor Doc Brown and Marty McFly used to travel to 1955 and 2015 in their DeLorean.

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May 28, 2018

IBM’s head of Watson likes Elon Musk but ‘hates’ A.I. scaremongering

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, robotics/AI

IBM’s David Kenny suggested that artificial intelligence doomsday warnings from the likes of Tesla CEO Elon Musk were overblown.

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May 28, 2018

Jeff Bezos wants to build a moon colony, with or without NASA

Posted by in category: space travel

In a recent interview, Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos outlined his plan to conquer the moon.

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May 28, 2018

Aspirin Emulates some Aspects of Caloric Restriction

Posted by in category: materials

A substance found in aspirin has been demonstrated to replicate certain beneficial aspects of caloric restriction including triggering autophagy, the way our cells recycle unwanted materials.

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May 28, 2018

Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, health, neuroscience

Amazing how quickly things are changing in brain health and mental health — see the news about Interaxon, Akili, NeuraMetrix, Apple, Calm, Halo Neuroscience, Mindstrong Health, Calm, Novartis, Pear Therapeutics, in the last 6 months alone, and consider joining the discussion in December smile (link opens 2-minute video)

Imagine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depression, or substance abuse — how will doctors prescribe it, patients access it, and insurers pay for it?

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May 28, 2018

Dr. Matt Kaeberlein – The Dog Aging Project

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

An interesting interview with one of the Dog Aging Project’s lead scientists, Dr. Matt Kaeberlein.

As we discussed in a recent article about Prof. George Church’s new startup, endeavors to undo aging aren’t directed exclusively toward human aging; extending the healthy lifespan of our pet dogs and cats is also currently being researched. The Dog Aging Project (DAP) has been around quite a bit longer than Prof. Church’s startup, and today, we have the pleasure to bring you an interview with one of the lead scientists behind it, Dr. Matt Kaeberlein.

In much the same way that other projects are aiming to extend healthy human lifespan, the DAP team intends to do the same, targeting the aging processes directly. Given the rate of progress in geroscience over the past years, Dr. Kaeberlein and his team are optimistic that, in the near future, the interventions that have been shown to slow down aging in mice and rats could do the same in our furry companions.

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May 28, 2018

Creating The Future

Posted by in category: futurism

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The latest from Liz.

This is “CREATING THE FUTURE — LIZ PARRISH” by Weatherbys Bank on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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