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Jan 2, 2019

Humanity Will Slam a Spacecraft into an Asteroid in a Few Years to Help Save Us All

Posted by in category: space travel

NASA’s DART mission is on track to launch in June 2021 and collide with an asteroid called Didymos in 2022.

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Jan 2, 2019

Looking Back at 2018: A Year in Rejuvenation Biotechnology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Dear friends of healthy longevity, yet another year has gone by. Hold back the melancholy though, because in this day and age a passing year can be looked at as a year fewer to wait before rejuvenation biotechnologies are available, rather than a year taken from your healthy lifespan. Busy as we are with all the errands of daily life, it is easy to forget all that’s happened and the progress we’ve made in the field in one year. So while we wait for 2019, let’s take a look back at what 2018 has brought us.

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Jan 2, 2019

A group of Mark Zuckerberg-funded researchers is testing implantable brain devices as part of a $5 billion quest to end disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Chan-Zuckerberg researchers implanted a wireless brain device called the “Wand” in a primate. Their first study was published on New Year’s Eve.

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Jan 2, 2019

What a Tiny Electron Reveals About the Structure of the Universe

Posted by in category: particle physics

What shape is an electron? The answer, believe it or not, has implications for our understanding of the entire universe, and could reveal whether there are mysterious particles still to be discovered.

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Jan 2, 2019

Is it ethical to engineer HIV-proof babies?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A Chinese scientist has claimed to use CRISPR to genetically engineer two babies. An expert explains what this means and the ethical implications.

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Jan 2, 2019

Second scientific balloon launches from Antarctica

Posted by in category: cosmology

Washington University in St. Louis announced that its X-Calibur instrument, a telescope that measures the polarization of X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes and other exotic celestial bodies, launched today from McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

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Jan 2, 2019

Your perspective is always limited by how much you know

Posted by in category: futurism

By how much you know. Expand your knowledge and you will transform your mind. ~ Dr. Bruce Lipton.


Jan 2, 2019

Scientists have combined a house plant with a rabbit gene. This is why

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats, sustainability

Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) may have found an unexpected way to tackle persistent indoor air pollution: a common houseplant modified with rabbit DNA.

Researchers wanted to find a way to remove the toxic compounds chloroform and benzene from the home, a UW press release explained. Chloroform enters the air through chlorinated water and benzene comes from gasoline and enters the home through showers, the boiling of hot water and fumes from cars or other vehicles stored in garages attached to the home. Both have been linked to cancer, but not much has been done to try and remove them. Until now.

“People haven’t really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that’s because we couldn’t do anything about them,” senior study author and UW civil and environmental engineering department research professor Stuart Strand said in the release. “Now we’ve engineered houseplants to remove these pollutants for us.”

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Jan 2, 2019

Dr. Mikhail Shchepinov, CSO at Retrotope, Inc. USA will speak at the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, life extension

“Mikhail first approached me nearly 15 years ago with the totally crazy idea that replacing hydrogen with deuterium in bioactive molecules so as to slow down undesirable chemical reactions. Well, if ever there were a proof that some of the craziest ideas are actually right, it is this one. In the years since, Misha and his company Retrotope have taken this concept from chemistry to yeast to mice and all the way to highly promising clinical results for several hitherto untreatable orphan diseases. I’m looking forward to hearing the latest!” says Aubrey de Grey.

https://www.undoing-aging.org/news/dr-mikhail-s-shchepinov-t…aging-2019

#undoingaging #sens #foreverhealthy

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Jan 2, 2019

Could Altering Memories Help Treat Addiction?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Environmental cues can trigger powerful memories of substance use. What happens when those memories are disrupted?

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