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Apr 2, 2019

After the incredible success of the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference, we are pleased to announce Undoing Aging 2020, which will take place in Berlin on May 21 – 23

Posted by in category: life extension

As UA2019 was sold out with nearly 500 participants from over 30 countries, Undoing Aging 2020 will be moving to a larger venue.

More info here: undoing-aging.org/…/the-2020-undoing-aging-conference-will-…

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Apr 2, 2019

Anti-evolution drugs could keep gambling bacteria from developing antibiotic resistance

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution

Bacteria are fast evolving resistance to antibiotics, which is fast-tracking us to a future where our best drugs no longer work and simple infections become life-threatening once again. While new antibiotics are in the works, the bugs will eventually develop resistances to those too, so a longer term strategy might be to prevent them from evolving in the first place. A new study has found that bacteria use clever gambles to adapt – and showed how we could rig the game in our favor.

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Apr 2, 2019

Transplant Patients Need Anti-Rejection Drugs. Why Won’t Insurers Pay for Some of Them?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Drugs to prevent organ rejection are not always covered for patients who had transplants before they enrolled in Medicare.

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Apr 2, 2019

Student astronomer spots two new planets with the help of AI

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Discovering planets that nobody has ever seen before is even harder than it sounds. Space telescopes from NASA and other scientific bodies have gathered an incredible amount of data that will take astronomers years and years to sift through, and many times there’s just nothing there to be found.

But humans don’t have to do all of the work, and Anne Dattilo, a senior at the University of Texas in Austin enlisted the help of artificial intelligence to study data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope and found not one, but two new exoplanets in the process.

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Apr 2, 2019

Information theory: explaining life with physics

Posted by in categories: biological, physics

Physicist Paul Davies discusses an emerging area of research that aims to merge physics and biology, to explain how life began.

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Apr 2, 2019

Researchers trick Tesla Autopilot into steering into oncoming traffic

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Stickers that are invisible to drivers and fool autopilot.

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Apr 2, 2019

Billionaires Have Funded Space Travel For Decades

Posted by in category: space travel

Reading today’s headlines you may think that billionaire entrepreneurs are new to the space race — they’re not. It all started with them. Here’s the brief history of private space travel.

Video by Gloria Kurnik.

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Apr 1, 2019

British startup looking to build 18-seat bioelectric hybrid airplane

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

British startup Faradair Aerospace has unveiled plans to build and sell an 18-seat bioelectric hybrid airplane for use as both a passenger and cargo air transport. The company is calling its plane the Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA). The current model is the M1H, and the plans include a triple box wing configuration to give it exceptional lift.

The M1H will have an for use during takeoff and landing, providing a much quieter experience than jets with a traditional engine. Engineers at Faradair claim the plane will produce just 60 dba when taking off, compared to the average of 140 dba for conventional jet aircraft. It will also have a 1,600hp turboprop engine in the rear of the plane for use during flight and for recharging the batteries that power the plane when landing and taking off.

Representatives for Faradiar also claim the plane will be able to land and take off from shorter runways than conventional jet aircraft, needing just 300 meters of space—this feat will be possible due to the “vectored thrust” provided by the two contra-rotating propfans, its triple box wing design and a light body made of carbon composites. Once in the air, the plane will be capable of flying at speeds of 230 mph.

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Apr 1, 2019

Scientists Create an Artificial Cell That Makes Its Own Energy

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Artificial cells created inside the lab have taken another major step forward, with scientists developing cells that are able to produce their own chemical energy and synthesise parts of their own construction.

That makes these artificial cells a lot more like real, biological cells – cells that can construct and organise their own building blocks naturally.

Not only could this help us understand how real cells work and come into being in the first place, it could also be vital for a host of other areas of research – such as ongoing efforts to produce artificial organs and other body tissue to fight back against disease.

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Apr 1, 2019

Astronomers Worldwide Are About to Make a Groundbreaking Black Hole Announcement

Posted by in category: cosmology

The European Southern Observatory has just revealed there will be a huge announcement next week. Yes, we know how that sounds — but as far as we can tell, it appears the world is about to finally see the first ever photo of a black hole’s event horizon.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until the press event itself, which we will cover live on our site. But here’s a massive clue: according to the advance statement, the researchers will be discussing the “first result from the Event Horizon Telescope.”

For years, the Event Horizon Telescope has been staring into the heart of the Milky Way, trying to obtain a photo of the location of Sagittarius A*, our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole.

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