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Apr 20, 2017

The 4 Most Important Things Facebook Just Announced

Posted by in category: futurism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his vision of the social network’s future during the annual F8 developers conference Tuesday.

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Apr 20, 2017

Yayoi Kusama at Hirshhorn

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Why is “Infinity Mirrors” attracting record crowds?

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Apr 20, 2017

Neuroscientists Can Now Read Your Dreams With a Simple Brain Scan

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Like islands jutting out of a smooth ocean surface, dreams puncture our sleep with disjointed episodes of consciousness. How states of awareness emerge from a sleeping brain has long baffled scientists and philosophers alike.

For decades, scientists have associated dreaming with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a sleep stage in which the resting brain paradoxically generates high-frequency brain waves that closely resemble those of when we’re awake.

Yet dreaming isn’t exclusive to REM sleep. A series of oddball reports also found signs of dreaming during non-REM deep sleep, when the brain is dominated by slow-wave activity—the opposite of an alert, active, conscious brain.

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Apr 20, 2017

Augmented reality postcards

Posted by in category: augmented reality

This company is spicing up postcards with augmented reality.

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Apr 20, 2017

Socratic: Socratic app can solve your math problems

Posted by in categories: habitats, mathematics

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Apr 20, 2017

Facebook is working on tech to let you type with your brain and ‘hear with your skin’

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

Facebook is working on futuristic technology that will let people type using only brain waves the understand thoughts through only skin contact.

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Apr 20, 2017

Amino acids in diet could be key to starving cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Starving cancer via amino acids looks like a promising approach.

Cutting out certain amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — from the diet of mice slows tumor growth and prolongs survival, according to new research published in Nature.

Researchers at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the University of Glasgow found that removing two non-essential amino acids — serine and glycine — from the diet of mice slowed the development of lymphoma and intestinal cancer.

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Apr 20, 2017

Join Us: Become a Lifespan Hero!

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Calling all Longevity Superheroes!

We have launched our Lifespan Heroes campaign to raise funds for LEAF so we can continue delivering quality content, exclusive interviews, scientific commentaries, advocacy and more.

We have made amazing progress over the last two years thanks to our volunteers, but now we need some help from our heroes — the longevity community.

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Apr 20, 2017

Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’

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Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world. But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage. Now two drugs have been found that should have the same protective effect on the brain and are already safely used in people. “It’s really exciting,” said Prof Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester. She wants to start human clinical trials on dementia patients soon and expects to know whether the drugs work within two to three years.

Why might they work?

The novel approach is focused on the natural defence mechanisms built into brain cells.

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Apr 20, 2017

NASA puts $50M into creating fusion thrusters, space robots and much more

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, satellites

Fusion-driven rockets, remote control systems for space robots, and satellites that build themselves up in orbit are among the made-in-Washington projects getting a share of $49.9 million in NASA grants.

Seven businesses in Washington state will benefit from NASA’s latest round of Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants, announced today.

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