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Feb 6, 2018

Promising Drug Combo Nearly Halves Stroke Risk Says New Report

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Summary: A new report provides good news for warding off stroke and hardening of the arteries, two diseases of aging. Combining blood-pressure-lowering drugs with cholesterol-lowering medications reduced first-time strokes by 44%, according to a report by the AHA/ASA. [This article first appeared on the website Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and a disease of aging that grows more prevalent with each birthday.

Now, a report says a new drug regimen promises to cut that risk nearly in half.

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Feb 6, 2018

The Largest Number Of Scientists In Modern U.S. History Are Running For Office In 2018

Posted by in categories: engineering, government, mathematics

At least 200 candidates with previous careers in science, technology, engineering and math announced bids for some of the nation’s roughly 7,000 state legislature seats as of Jan. 31, according to data that 314 Action, a political action committee, shared exclusively with HuffPost.

This comes at a time when there’s only one Ph.D. scientist in Congress.

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Feb 5, 2018

The first phone with a diamond screen will come in 2019

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Superstrong diamond glass is being tested even as you read this.

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Feb 5, 2018

Lightmatter aims to reinvent AI-specific chips with photonic computing and $11M in funding

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It takes an immense amount of processing power to create and operate the “AI” features we all use so often, from playlist generation to voice recognition. Lightmatter is a startup that is looking to change the way all that computation is done — and not in a small way. The company makes photonic chips that essentially perform calculations at the speed of light, leaving transistors in the dust. It just closed an $11 million Series A.

The claim may sound grandiose, but the team and the tech definitely check out. Nick Harris, Lightmatter’s CEO, wrote his thesis on this stuff at MIT, and has published in major journals like Nature Photonics several papers showing the feasibility of the photonic computing architecture.

So what exactly does Lightmatter’s hardware do?

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Feb 5, 2018

Single-Person Spacecraft Design Passes Pool Test

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

Could single-person spacecraft replace individual spacesuits in the future? One company is working on a design for such a craft.

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Feb 5, 2018

The misconception of the two deaths

Posted by in category: life extension

When we talk about life extension, we mean people living much longer than they do now, and, more importantly, people who are healthier for longer. For example, we mean being 120 with the health of a 30-year-old. Hang on, though—hasn’t a person who is 120 years old already more than lived their life? Hasn’t that person’s time more than come?

News flash: you haven’t lived your life until you’re dead, and even then, you might not necessarily have crossed off all the items on your list. So, no, there is no such thing as an age when you have, by definition, “already lived your life”—not 80, 90, 100, nor any other. What people actually mean when they say that someone has “already lived their life” is that, in their opinion, that person has lived long enough, and thus he or she might as well, and perhaps even should, die.

People who, for one reason or another, fear a world without aging tend to say things like that. Personally, I am much more afraid of a world where other people get to tell you when your life has been long enough, and, consequently, I tend to say that the only one who should have the right to decide when you’ve lived long enough, if ever, is you—not other people, not nature, not an imaginary greater good. You.

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Feb 5, 2018

Former Intel president launches new chip company with backing from Carlyle Group — By Ron Miller | TechCrunch

Posted by in categories: business, computing, security

Ampere, a new chip company run by former Intel president Renee James, came out of stealth today with a brand-new highly efficient Arm-based server chip targeted at hyperscale data centers.”

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Feb 5, 2018

Why Quantum Computers Will Be an Amazing Tool for Social Innovators — By Darlene Damm | SingularityHub

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

“Eventually, as the kinks are worked out, quantum machines will have a wide impact from scientific research to business. But there’s another area that could benefit from their problem-solving prowess too: Social impact.”

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Feb 5, 2018

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Posted by in category: futurism

The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.

There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, no speaker, and no microphone (for now).

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Feb 5, 2018

A Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

A simple technique to measure the amount of amyloid beta in the brain could improve diagnosis and drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease, according to the results of new research.

A simple blood test

Japanese researchers led by Dr. Katsuhiko Yanagisawa have published a new study suggesting that a screening test could help to boost the success rate of Alzheimer’s drug research. The research team has shown that a simple blood test can accurately measure the amount of amyloid beta, a protein that appears in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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