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Jun 18, 2019

Today, Facebook is coming together with 27 organizations around the world to start the non-profit Libra Association and create a new currency called Libra

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, finance, mobile phones

Libra’s mission is to create a simple global financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people around the world. It’s powered by blockchain technology and the plan is to launch it in 2020. You can read more about the association here:…la1VStESZA

Being able to use mobile money can have an important positive impact on people’s lives because you don’t have to always carry cash, which can be insecure, or pay extra fees for transfers. This is especially important for people who don’t have access to traditional banks or financial services. Right now, there are around a billion people who don’t have a bank account but do have a mobile phone.

Jun 18, 2019

Facebook confirms it will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies

Facebook is finally ready to talk about its blockchain plans. Following numerous reports unraveling its upcoming announcement in detail, the company today said that its in-development global cryptocurrency, called Libra, will launch next year alongside the underlying blockchain-based network that will support it.

Jun 18, 2019

Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds

Posted by in categories: computing, physics

The trilogy’s success has been credited with establishing sci-fi, once marginalized in China, as a mainstream taste. Liu believes that this trend signals a deeper shift in the Chinese mind-set—that technological advances have spurred a new excitement about the possibilities of cosmic exploration. The trilogy commands a huge following among aerospace engineers and cosmologists; one scientist wrote an explanatory guide, “The Physics of Three Body.” Some years ago, China’s aerospace agency asked Liu, whose first career was as a computer engineer in the hydropower industry, to address technicians and engineers about ways that “sci-fi thinking” could be harnessed to produce more imaginative approaches to scientific problems.

A leading sci-fi writer takes stock of China’s global rise.

Jun 18, 2019

Beyond Meat will start making plant-based ‘ground beef’

Posted by in category: food

WHERE’S THE BEEF? You won’t find it here. This new plant-based “ground beef” is supposed to marbleize and tenderize just like the real thing.

(CNN) — It looks like beef and it’s made to taste like beef, but it’s made from something else.

A company called Beyond Meat says it’s working to make products that are indistinguishable from beef, pork and poultry for folks who like meat but want to be a little more healthy and more environmentally conscious.

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Jun 17, 2019

Controlling genes with light

Posted by in category: futurism

New technique can rapidly turn genes on and off, helping scientists better understand their function.

Jun 17, 2019

Scientists Control CRISPR With Light

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This could be used to also heal organs in a portable device.

Engineers show that near-infrared light can trigger the release of CRISPR-Cas9 to slow tumor growth.

Jun 17, 2019

Do-it-yourself CRISPR genome editing kits bring genetic engineering to your kitchen bench

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics, habitats

CRISPR genome editing is one of the most significant, world-changing technologies of our era, allowing scientists to make incredibly precise cut n’ paste edits to the DNA of living organisms. Now, one synthetic biologist from NASA plans to make it as accessible as a home science kit, so you can bio-hack yeast and bacteria on your kitchen bench.

Jun 17, 2019

Harvard Scientist Reveals List Of Genes And Their Corresponding Superhuman Abilities

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

George Church is a Harvard scientist that is famed for his plan to bring the woolly mammoth back to life. This genius scientist has also been involved in another project and has been assembling a list of genetic mutations and alterations that could give people longer lives and superhuman powers. We could be on the brink of real-life superheroes!

While some people may think this is just a passing thought, it really isn’t. In fact, Church has even created a spreadsheet which lists the known pros and cons of each gene and what “superpower” they would give. One example would be a specific mutation to the LRP5 gene, which would give the patient extra-strong bones. However, such a power would also decrease buoyancy in water. Other weird and wonderful changes could offer patients resistance to radiation or incredible skills at holding their breath underwater.

Jun 17, 2019

Meet the Animal That Lives for 11,000 Years

Posted by in category: futurism

We live an average of 71 years—a drop in the bucket compared with some of nature’s life spans.

Jun 17, 2019

Scientists Succeed In Growing A Beating Human Heart From Stem Cells

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Thousands of Americans need heart transplants each year.