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Sep 25, 2018

Portable “tricorder” device spots cancer or heart attack biomarkers in minutes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a small handheld device that can scan for biomarkers to quickly and easily diagnose people with certain diseases and illnesses. Inspired (as always) by Star Trek’s tricorder, the new “multicorder” is designed to help doctors track the presence or progression of an illness from just about anywhere.

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Sep 25, 2018

“Healthspan” & “Duty to Die” for the Elderly — Bioethicists Push Health Care Rationing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, ethics, law, life extension, policy

A duty to die at 75 by law?! No need to cure one disease because anyway you will die from another after 65?! A new article uncovers the dangers of going to ‘healthy’ and not longer lifespan:


2) A duty to die becomes greater as you grow older. As we age, we will be giving up less by giving up our lives, if only because we will sacrifice fewer remaining years of life and a smaller portion of our life plans… To have reached the age of, say, seventy-five or eighty years without being ready to die is itself a moral failing, the sign of a life out of touch with life’s basic realities.

3) A duty to die is more likely when you have already lived a full and rich life. You have already had a full share of the good things life offers.

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Sep 25, 2018

What China Can Teach the U.S. About Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If both countries can make these shifts in perspective, then what might look like a zero-sum battle for A.I. supremacy between China and the United States will begin to resemble something totally different: an opportunity to learn across cultures and collectively advance the global project of building A.I. that improves human lives.


Visionary research is no longer the most important element of progress.

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Sep 24, 2018

Dream realized

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Ivanka’s visit to NASA.


Great day at @nasa’s Johnson Space Center with Administrator @jimbridenstine checking out new tech + innovations and meeting with students, our future scientists and astronauts, who will bring us back to the moon 🌙 🚀.

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Sep 24, 2018

SpaceX ramps South Texas activity to prepare for 2019 BFR spaceship testing

Posted by in categories: futurism, space travel

At the same time as the hardware for SpaceX’s first BFR spaceship is entering the early stages of manufacturing, the company’s South Texas test facility is slowly taking shape after more than 18 months of what can be fairly described as hibernation.

The likeliest location for a near-future spaceship test stand or pad has also experienced a comparatively vast influx of construction workers and general activity that began earlier this month September, nearly two and half years after SpaceX began preparing the unstable coastal wetland with the addition of several hundred tons of soil.

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Sep 24, 2018

Call for new approaches to fill significant gaps in understanding Parkinson’s disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New paper calls for the use of advances human-relevant methods to enable understanding of the initiation and progression of Parkinson’s disease.

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Sep 24, 2018

Key companies to attend White House quantum computing meeting

Posted by in categories: computing, government, quantum physics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House will hold a meeting on Monday on U.S. government efforts to boost quantum information science, with administration officials, leading companies including Alphabet Inc ( GOOGL.O ), IBM Corp ( IBM.N ), JPMorgan Chase & Co ( JPM.N ) and academic experts taking part.

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Sep 24, 2018

How nature, nurture shape the sleeping brain

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience

Some patterns of electrical activity generated by the brain during sleep are inherited, according to a study of teenage twins published in JNeurosci. Pinpointing the relative contributions of biology and experience to sleep neurophysiology could inform therapies for numerous psychiatric disorders in which alterations in brain activity during sleep can be detected.

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Sep 24, 2018

Google used AI to sort millions of historical Life photos you can explore online

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Google has used its AI prowess to catalog historical images taken by photographers for Life magazine. You can explore them online for free.

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Sep 24, 2018

Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in lab

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Researchers have used gene editing to completely eliminate populations of mosquitoes in the lab.

The team tested their technique on the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, which transmits malaria.

They altered part of a gene called doublesex, which determines whether an individual mosquito develops as a male or as a female.

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