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Feb 4, 2019

Mexican company converts avocado pits into completely biodegradable plastic

Posted by in category: materials

When you think of Mexico, you think of tequila and guacamole, says Scott Munguia. If he has his way, you might also be thinking of something else made from the avocado: plastic made from the seed.

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Feb 4, 2019

Scientists may have found a way to cure type 1 diabetes with stem cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Stem cell research may be controversial but it’s showing incredible promise in treating a number of long-incurable diseases. The latest target for scientists working with stem cells is type 1 diabetes, and a new study reveals that it’s possible to convert stem cells into cells capable of producing insulin, potentially opening the door to a cure.

The goal which the scientists are rapidly working towards is to be able to replace insulin-producing cells in individuals who have type 1 diabetes. In diabetes patients those cells are often destroyed when the person is young, requiring that they monitor their blood sugar levels and take insulin to manage the disease.

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Feb 4, 2019

An Eradicated Disease Popped Up at the Detroit Auto Show

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New cars, retro disease.

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Feb 4, 2019

Preschool Teacher with Brain Tumor Who Was Given a Week to Live Is Now Thriving

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Thanks to a new clinical drug trial, Amanda Thomas’s brain tumor is shrinking.

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Feb 4, 2019

These Four Universities Are Trying to Figure Out Space Law

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, law, military, space, treaties

Jack Beard, a professor in the University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program, told Politico that the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations “will become the definitive document on military and security law as it applies to space.”

The Woomera Manual won’t actually lay out any new guidelines. Instead it will organize and present the laws that are already on the books so that politicians, industry leaders, and others can make better informed decisions regarding activity in space.

Given the fact that the Outer Space Treaty, which banned military actions in outer space, has all but been tossed aside, it’s unclear how much they’ll actually listen.

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Feb 4, 2019

“Invisible” reusable labels are written and read using light

Posted by in category: futurism

Currently, package labels contain certain information – such as barcodes, serial numbers or buyers’ addresses – that would be best left unseen by wrongdoers. Newly-developed rewritable labels could address that issue, as they’re blank and transparent unless exposed to a certain type of light.

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Feb 4, 2019

This Wild Moon Base Idea Came from Architecture Students (Video)

Posted by in categories: engineering, habitats, space, sustainability

Interesting concept.


Architectural students working with the European Space Agency (ESA) have created a new concept for a sustainable lunar habitat.

The ESA’s astronaut center in Cologne, Germany, partners with universities and research institutions to study moon-related concepts in preparation for future missions. Angelus Chrysovalantis Alfatzis is one of the researchers who has contributed to the development of a promising concept for a moon base, according to a statement from ESA.

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Feb 4, 2019

Evidence mounts that gut bacteria can influence mood, prevent depression

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Researchers find certain bacteria may make compounds that affect mental well-being.

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Feb 4, 2019

Peter Diamandis’ right hand man Sergey Young wants to reverse aging via his $100M Longevity Vision Fund

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, life extension, Peter Diamandis

Great news!


Inspired by British billionaire Jim Mellon, chairman of anti-aging upstart biotech venture Juvenescence, Sergey Young unveiled a $100 million fund on Monday to catalyze the development of a comprehensive solution to counteract the damaging consequences of aging.

“I’ve never looked like my age…and with my name, I think it was predetermined that I was going to work in the space (of aging),” Young told Endpoints News. The 47-year-old considers himself a product of Peter Diamandis — the man behind the non-profit XPRIZE and venture capital fund BOLD Capital Partners — and is in charge of all things longevity at both organizations.

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Feb 4, 2019

Perhaps the most terrifying space photograph around

Posted by in category: space

Astronaut Bruce McCandless floats untethered away from the safety of the space shuttle, with nothing but his Manned Manoeuvring Unit keeping him alive. The first person in the history to do so.

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