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Apr 3, 2019

Scientists Found an Edible Mushroom That Eats Plastic, and It Could Clean Our Landfills

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Whether we like it or not, our society has become completely reliant on plastic. From food preservation to water transportation, computer technology to healthcare and medicine, plastic can be found in nearly every facet of the human experience.

But as we well know, plastic is a double-edged sword, with massive amounts of plastic waste not only piling up in landfills, but floating in the most remote depths of our oceans and water supplies. And despite our knowledge of plastic’s harmful effects on the environment, we’ve become so reliant on plastic that there seems to be no end in sight. In fact, plastic production is growing on a yearly basis–and posing a potentially mortal threat to us all.

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Apr 3, 2019

Jefferson Starship — White Rabbit — 11/8/1975 — Winterland (Official)

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White Rabbit
Recorded Live: 11/8/1975 — Winterland — San Francisco, CA
More Jefferson Starship at Music Vault:

Grace Slick — vocals
Paul Kantner — vocals, guitar
Marty Balin — vocals, percussion
David Frieberg — keyboards, bass, vocals.
Craig Chaquico — lead guitar
Pete Sears — bass, piano
Johnny Barbata — drums, vocals (on track #4)

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Apr 3, 2019

Tassie devils ‘adapting to coexist with cancer’

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Probably why they are so feisty :3.

There is hope for the world’s largest carnivorous marsupials whose numbers have been ravaged by disease.

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Apr 3, 2019

Scientists weighed all the mass in the Milky Way galaxy. It’s mind-boggling

Posted by in category: space

The Milky Way has a mass of 1.5 trillion suns. We have no idea what most of it is made of.

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Apr 3, 2019

New Fossils Might Capture the Moment of Mass Extinction That Wiped Out the Dinosaurs

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks

Fossils uncovered in North Dakota appear to preserve the catastrophic fallout of the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs–but experts remain cautious.

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Apr 3, 2019

Australia’s Success Shows That the US Could Eliminate Cervical Cancer If It Really Wanted To

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

We have a blueprint for success. We just need to follow it.

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Apr 3, 2019

AI’s New Challenge: To Be as Smart as an Animal

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

While the goal may be the same, the various obstacles the AIs will need to overcome to achieve success will vary — they might need to move an object, for example, or demonstrate an understanding of object permanence.

“We expect this to be a hard challenge,” Matthew Crosby, one of the researchers behind the Animal-AI Olympics, told New Scientist. “A perfect score will require a breakthrough in AI, well beyond current capabilities.”

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Apr 3, 2019

Europe Is Stockpiling Wind Energy

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Clean power for windless days and hydrogen vehicles.

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Apr 3, 2019

An Interview with Dr. Judith Campisi

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

In this interview with Dr. Judith Campisi at Undoing Aging 2019, she talks about senolytics, immunotherapy, and other scientific topics.

At Undoing Aging 2019, we interviewed some of the best researchers who are involved in discovering therapies for the root causes of aging. Their research aims to ameliorate the damages of aging and may one day lead to a future without age-related diseases.

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Apr 3, 2019

Scientists worry ‘zombie deer’ disease could jump to humans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health

If you’ve heard of “zombie deer,” you’ve heard of the horrors of chronic wasting disease. CWD causes infected animals to stumble through the forest, sometimes drooling and becoming aggressive towards humans they once feared. They lose weight. They’re listless. The spookiest thing about it, though, isn’t its resemblance to zombie-dom—it’s the fact that it’s an incurable prion disease.

Prions are misfolded proteins that are somehow infectious (we’re still not really sure how or why) and for which we have no treatments or cures. If you were to catch one, you’d basically deteriorate over the course of several months, possibly losing the ability to speak or move, and eventually you would die. Doctors wouldn’t be able to do anything to save you.

Right now, CWD appears limited to deer, moose, and elk. But University of Minnesota researchers warned local lawmakers this week that we should be taking action now to prevent the potential spread to humans. Michael Osterholm, director of the university’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Prevention, testified that “It is my best professional judgment based on my public health experience and the risk of BSE transmission to humans in the 1980s and 1990s and my extensive review and evaluation of laboratory research studies … that it is probable that human cases of CWD associated with the consumption of contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead. It is possible that number of human cases will be substantial and will not be isolated events,” according to the Pioneer Press.

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