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May 10, 2017

High-tech medical venture aims to slow aging, cheat death

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

An article out yesterday by CBS News with a bit of my work and book in it. Lots of life extension stuff:

Entrepreneurs say a $25,000 high-tech health assessment will help people live longer, healthier lives, but not everyone’s convinced it’s a good idea.

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May 10, 2017

Tesla just opened up orders for its Solar Roof — here’s how much it will cost you

Posted by in category: sustainability

• Tesla opened up orders for its Solar Roof product on Wednesday.

• The company says the roof will cost about $21.85 per square foot.

• Installations in the US will begin this year on a first-ordered, first-installed basis.

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May 10, 2017

3D Printing Could Replace Plaster Casts

Posted by in category: 3D printing

3D printing could put an end to annoying plaster casts.

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May 10, 2017

There Are 2 Dimensions of Time, Theoretical Physicist States

Posted by in category: quantum physics

If it proves true, it could heal the rift between quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity.

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May 10, 2017

The Discovery — A Netflix Original Film

Posted by in category: entertainment

A discovery too dangerous to share with the world. Only on.

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May 10, 2017

The Discovery

Posted by in categories: entertainment, internet

One year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified, millions around the world have ended their own lives in order to “get there”. A man and woman fall in love while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of the afterlife.

Now streaming only on Netflix.

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May 10, 2017

Analysis predicts extremely disruptive, total transition to EV / autonomous vehicles in 13 years

Posted by in categories: economics, finance, internet, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Yes, this works with the financial profile of “middle class” American families.

(Tech Xplore)—RethinkX, an independent think tank that analyzes and forecasts disruptive technologies, has released an astonishing report predicting a far more rapid transition to EV/autonomous vehicles than experts are currently predicting. The report is based on an analysis of the so-called technology-adoption S-curve that describes the rapid uptake of truly disruptive technologies like smartphones and the internet. Additionally, the report addresses in detail the massive economic implications of this prediction across various sectors, including energy, transportation and manufacturing.

Rethinking Transportation 2020–2030 suggests that within 10 years of regulatory approval, by 2030, 95 percent of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs). The primary driver of this unfathomably huge change in American life is economics: The cost savings of using transport-as-a-service (TaaS) providers will be so great that consumers will abandon individually owned vehicles. The report predicts that the cost of TaaS will save the average family $5600 annually, the equivalent of a 10 percent raise in salary. This, the report suggests, will lead to the biggest increase in consumer spending in history.

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May 10, 2017

Scientists have eliminated HIV in mice using CRISPR

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

An important breakthrough has been made in the eradication of AIDs. Scientists have found they can successfully snip out the HIV virus from mouse cells using CRISPR/Cas9 technology.

Right now patients with the deadly virus must use a toxic concoction of anti-retroviral medications to suppress the virus from replicating. However, CRISPR/Cas9 can be programmed to chop out any genetic code in the body with scissor-like precision, including, possibly, all HIV-1 DNA within the body. And if you cut out the DNA, you stop the virus from being able to make copies of itself.

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May 10, 2017

VR Medical Training

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, virtual reality

VR medical training takes you inside the human body.

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May 10, 2017

A Theory of Consciousness Can Help Build a Theory of Everything

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, particle physics

For an empirical science, physics can be remarkably dismissive of some of our most basic observations. We see objects existing in definite locations, but the wave nature of matter washes that away. We perceive time to flow, but how could it, really? We feel ourselves to be free agents, and that’s just quaint. Physicists like nothing better than to expose our view of the universe as parochial. Which is great. But when asked why our impressions are so off, they mumble some excuse and slip out the side door of the party.

Physicists, in other words, face the same hard problem of consciousness as neuroscientists do: the problem of bridging objective description and subjective experience. To relate fundamental theory to what we actually observe in the world, they must explain what it means “to observe”—to become conscious of. And they tend to be slapdash about it. They divide the world into “system” and “observer,” study the former intensely, and take the latter for granted—or, worse, for a fool.

A purely atomic explanation of behavior may be just that: an explanation of what atoms do. It would say nothing about brains, much less minds.

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