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Jul 24, 2019

“The Transhumanist wishlist” – what genes can be enhanced to give us super abilities

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, transhumanism

On the Transhumanist Wishlist by Prof George Church, or the genes we have to change to enhance the human body and mind, a new post.


Here are some selections from the so-called Transhumanist Wishlist, drawing upon the philosophical movement of transhumanism that calls for using technology to enhance human physiology and intellect, leading to a transformation of what it means to be human:

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Jul 24, 2019

CRISPR Could Change Medicine, But Not in the Way Wall Street Expects

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The gene-editing approach might prove more useful outside the clinic.

Jul 24, 2019

Malware that can steal your passwords spikes 60%, security firm warns

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Credit card info and autofill data is up for grabs as browser-based attacks surge.

Jul 24, 2019

LightSail 2 Unfurls Sails, Next Step Toward Space Travel on Solar Winds

Posted by in category: space travel

The Planetary Society deployed LightSail 2, aiming to further demonstrate the potential of solar sailing for space travel.

Jul 24, 2019

How Charlotte Trainer Beat Stage-4 Cancer at CHIPSA Hospital!

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Charlotte Trainer thought she was out of options when she was diagnosed with Stage-4 inoperable Endometrial cancer in November of 2017. After having a full hysterectomy and 25 rounds of radiation, her doctors told her that the cancer had metastasized to her lungs. There was nothing else they could offer her.

Today, she celebrates being cancer free for one full year after being treated at CHIPSA hospital.

Jul 24, 2019

AI protein-folding algorithms solve structures faster than ever

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

More broadly, biologists are wondering how else deep learning — the AI technique used by both approaches — might be applied to the prediction of protein arrangements, which ultimately dictate a protein’s function. These approaches are cheaper and faster than existing lab techniques such as X-ray crystallography, and the knowledge could help researchers to better understand diseases and design drugs. “There’s a lot of excitement about where things might go now,” says John Moult, a biologist at the University of Maryland in College Park and the founder of the biennial competition, called Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction (CASP), where teams are challenged to design computer programs that predict protein structures from sequences.


Deep learning makes its mark on protein-structure prediction.

Jul 23, 2019

Toyota, Japan to Launch Huge Moon Rover for Astronauts in 2029

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

The pressurized vehicle could help astronauts scout for resources such as water ice.

Jul 23, 2019

Study: Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday.

A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease.

But for the otherwise healthy, that advice has been overturned. Guidelines released this year ruled out routine aspirin use for many older adults who don’t already have heart disease — and said it’s only for certain younger people under doctor’s orders.

Jul 23, 2019

‘Apollo 11’ live show brings the moon landing to life in Pasadena

Posted by in categories: education, space

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 lunar landing proved that America could meet President John F. Kennedy’s challenge and beat Russia in the space race, man is walking on the moon once again. This time inside a Lunar Dome at the Rose Bowl.

“Apollo 11 — The Immersive Live Show,” which is in previews and officially opens Wednesday, promises a multimedia spectacle under a gigantic $5-million dome designed to tell a big story in a big way: with live actors, documentary footage, archival audio, 360-degree video projection and props that will simulate a rocket launch and include a life-size re-creation of the lunar landing module. Yes, the one with funny foil hanging around it.

The project is the brainchild of British producer Nick Grace, veteran of international tours of the musical “Mamma Mia!” and Blue Man Group. (Grace’s production is also at the center of an L.A. Times Ideas Exchange program on July 20.)

Jul 23, 2019

24 Hours of Death, Part 1

Posted by in category: media & arts

The rate and total number of people who die over 24 hours.

Why die? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C25qzDhGLx8

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