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Feb 6, 2019

XPrize board member raises $100M fund to tackle aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, life extension, space travel

Longevity Vision Fund has exited stealth with plans to invest $100 million in startups with aspirations to extend healthy lifespans. The fund, which is linked to the founder of XPrize, will pump the money into biotechs and other longevity startups based around the world in seed to series B rounds.

Sergey Young, the founder of Longevity Vision, unveiled the fund at an event in London this week. Young is the cofounder of Peak State Ventures and an innovation board member at XPrize Foundation, a nonprofit known for running competitions to incentivize advances in fields including suborbital space flight.

At Peak State, Young and his colleagues invest in fields well outside of longevity, including property and education. But Young has established a foothold in the longevity space, leading to him becoming development sponsor of Longevity XPrize and a longevity partner at Bold Capital Partners.

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Feb 6, 2019

NASA proposes building artificial magnetic field to restore Mars’ atmosphere

Posted by in category: space

Circa 2017

We can’t restore Mars’ magnetic field, but maybe we can give it a new one.

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Feb 6, 2019

Cancer growth in the body could originate from a single cell – target it to revolutionise treatment

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Cancer treatment could be revolutionised by the discovery of the origin cells which divide first.

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Feb 6, 2019

Potential Alzheimer’s Therapy UB-311 Safe, Effective, Phase 2a Trial Finds

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

United Neuroscience’s Alzheimer’s vaccine candidate UB-311 was found safe and well-tolerated, triggering an antibody response against beta-amyloid in most of the patients, according to Phase 2a trial results.…/ub-311-safe-effective-ph…/

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Feb 6, 2019

Caltech Building Agile Humanoid Robot

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

For better or worse, robots with humanoid features are often compared to humans—we want to know if they’re anywhere close to doing the same kinds of things that we do, and with a few exceptions, the answer is “probably not.” Humanoid robots are difficult to build and program, but we keep doing it because it makes some amount of sense to have robots that look and function like we do operating in the same environments that we operate in. However, one of the great things about robots is that they don’t have to be constrained by the same boring humanoid-ness that we are, and we can do all kinds of things to them to make them more capable than we’ll ever be.

Leonardo augments humanoid legs with thrusters to help it run and jump.

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Feb 6, 2019

A MEMS Device Harvests Vibrations to Power the IoT

Posted by in categories: computing, internet

Vibration-based energy harvesting has long promised to provide perpetual power for small electronic components such as tiny sensors used in monitoring systems. If this potential can be realized, external energy sources such as batteries would no longer be needed to power these components.

Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo in Japan believe they have taken a step toward achieving self-powered components by developing a new type of micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) energy harvester. Their approach enables far more flexible designs than are currently possible— something, they say, that is crucial if such systems are to be used for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless sensor networks.

Scientists in Japan have developed a MEMS energy harvester charged by an off-chip electret.

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Feb 6, 2019

Plant-e: roots, shoots, leaves

Posted by in category: futurism

— the story.

Plants could soon provide our electricity. In a small way they already are doing that in research labs and greenhouses at project Plant-e — a university and commercially sponsored research group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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Feb 6, 2019

This AI Can Tell Your Age

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

Combining Machine Learning and Your Gut

The link between the gut biome and age is described by longevity researcher Alex Zhavoronkov and a team of his colleagues at Insilico Medicine, an artificial intelligence startup focused on drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research.

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Feb 6, 2019

A Non-Toxic Thermoelectric Generator for Wearable Tech

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, wearables

A new way to harvest electricity from body heat could inspire new wearable devices that never need to be plugged in. The millivolts of electricity this thermoelectric technology produces mandates slim power usage from any electronics plugged in to its feed. However, the developers say there already are fitness trackers and medical monitors today that could work within their device’s power envelope. The new, wearable thermoelectric generator is also sourced from non-toxic and non-allergenic substances, making it a viable candidate for wearable technology.

Made with cotton, this generator harvests body heat to power wearable electronics.

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Feb 6, 2019

Bees have brains for basic math, study finds

Posted by in categories: mathematics, neuroscience

Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power.

Building on their finding that honeybees can understand the concept of zero, Australian and French researchers set out to test whether bees could perform arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction.

Solving requires a sophisticated level of cognition, involving the complex mental management of numbers, long-term rules and short term working memory.

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