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May 19, 2019

Where is the Origin of Life on Earth?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, chemistry, evolution, physics

To answer the iconic question “Are We Alone?”, scientists around the world are also attempting to understand the origin of life. There are many pieces to the puzzle of how life began and many ways to put them together into a big picture. Some of the pieces are firmly established by the laws of chemistry and physics. Others are conjectures about what Earth was like four billion years ago, based on extrapolations of what we know from observing Earth today. However, there are still major gaps in our knowledge and these are necessarily filled in by best guesses.

We invited talented scientists to discuss their different opinions about the origin of life and the site of life’s origin. Most of them will agree that liquid water was necessary, but if we had a time machine and went back in time, would we find life first in a hydrothermal submarine setting in sea water or a fresh water site associated with emerging land masses?

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May 19, 2019

SpaceX Is Building a ‘Starship’ Rocket Prototype in Florida, Too

Posted by in category: space travel

The company’s South Texas site has some competition.

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May 19, 2019

This Genealogy Database Helped Solve Dozens Of Crimes. But Its New Privacy Rules Will Restrict Access

Posted by in categories: genetics, law, policy

GEDmatch’s revamped genetic privacy policy could set off legal battles that go all the way to the US Supreme Court.

By Peter Aldhous

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May 19, 2019

Investing in the Age of Longevity Panel Discussion | Main Stage | Master Investor Show 2019

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension

Snake oil, investing, and I like the bit between 19 minutes and 24 minutes on the future. Aubrey is on the panel.


Led by Victor Hill, Author at Master Investor Magazine, the panel first explores what the new field of juvenescence is and why it should be taken seriously…

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May 19, 2019

Billion-Dollar Gamble: How A ‘Singular Hero’ Helped Start A New Field In Physics

Posted by in categories: physics, space

This unlikely story begins back in the 1960s, when Isaacson was a doctoral student and got interested in one of Albert Einstein’s predictions.

In 1916, Einstein theorized that any time two massive objects crash together, shock waves should move through the very fabric of the universe. These gravitational waves through space and time are like the ripples you see in water when you toss in a pebble.

“For my thesis, I showed how gravitational waves behave like other kinds of waves, like light and radar, X-rays,” Isaacson says.

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May 19, 2019

MIT Prof: If We Live in a Simulation, Are We Players or NPCs?

Posted by in category: entertainment

Are you a background character or a protagonist in the game of life?

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May 19, 2019

This device could be a big boost for making solar power much cheaper

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

By converting heat to focused beams of light, a new solar device could create cheap and continuous power.

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May 19, 2019

A New Way of Diagnosing and Treating Disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers develop new laser microscope that could be ‘revolutionary’ for treatment of diseases such as skin cancer. University of British Columbia researchers have developed a specialized microscope that has the potential ability to both diagnose diseases that include skin cancer and perform incredibly precise surgery – all without cutting skin.

University of British Columbia researchers have developed a specialized microscope that has the potential ability to both diagnose diseases that include skin cancer and perform incredibly precise surgery – all without cutting skin.

The researchers describe the technology in a study published today in Science Advances. “Our technology allows us to scan tissue quickly, and when we see a suspicious or abnormal cell structure, we can perform ultra-precise surgery and selectively treat the unwanted or diseased structure within the tissue – without cutting into the skin,” said Yimei Huang, co-lead author of the study and a former postdoctoral fellow at the department of dermatology and skin science at UBC and BC Cancer.

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May 19, 2019

Ultrasound used to trigger insulin release in mice shows promise for diabetes therapy

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The World Health Organization ranks Type 2 diabetes among the most common causes of death in the world. Current treatments can help the body use insulin at various stages of the disease, but they can also be expensive and subject patients to lifelong medication regimens and side effects. Thanks to new therapeutic ultrasound technology, one promising alternative looks to reshape how early Type 2 diabetes is managed.

A group of researchers from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., has used therapy to stimulate from mice on demand. After exposing the pancreas, the body’s insulin production center, to ultrasonic pulses, the researchers saw measurable increases in the mice’s blood insulin levels.

The team will present their findings at the 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, which takes place from May 13–17, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

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May 19, 2019

Peter Voss Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, ethics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Peter voss is a serial entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and a pioneer in artificial intelligence.

Peter started out in electronics engineering but quickly moved into software. After developing a comprehensive ERP software package, Peter took his first software company from a zero to 400-person IPO in seven years.

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