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Jan 31, 2019

Understanding white blood cells’ defense mechanisms could lead to better treatments

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Experiencing a bacterial infection? You’re generally prescribed antibiotics by your doctor. But how exactly do those antibiotics and your white blood cells work in tandem to improve your infection?

“The human body’s first line of defense against are certain white blood cells called neutrophils,” says J. Scott VanEpps, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine. “One of their weapons are neutrophil extracellular traps, also called NETs.”

The traps are microscopic networks of fibers made primarily of DNA that are produced by the neutrophils to capture bacteria. But how exactly they work, VanEpps notes, is still unclear.

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Jan 31, 2019

Could targeting this enzyme slow aging and related diseases?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

In showing how an enzyme halts cell division by producing reactive oxygen species, scientists shed new light on the biology of aging and related diseases.

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Jan 31, 2019

An amazing panel with Aubrey de Grey, Judy Campisi, and Nir Barzilai

Posted by in categories: genetics, life extension

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Hosted by John Lewis of Oisin. Panel title: “A Therapeutic Revolution Against Aging”.


Aubrey de Grey, Judy Campisi, Nir Barzilai in a panel titled “A Therapeutic Revolution Against Aging”. Hosted by John Lewis of Oisin.

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Jan 31, 2019

A Smart Stethoscope Puts AI in Medics’ Ears

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Engineers from Johns Hopkins reinvent the humble stethoscope to save lives.

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Jan 31, 2019

Senescent Cells and Senolytics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

As your body ages, increasing amounts of your cells enter into a state of senescence. Senescent cells do not divide or support the tissues of which they are part; instead, they emit a range of potentially harmful chemical signals that encourage nearby cells to enter the same senescent state.

Their presence causes many problems: they degrade tissue function, increase levels of chronic inflammation, and can even eventually raise the risk of cancer. Today, we will talk about what senescent cells are, how they contribute to age-related diseases, and, perhaps most importantly, what science is hoping to do about the problem.

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Jan 31, 2019

Driving An Actual Bipedal Mech Suit | Translogic 221

Posted by in category: entertainment

We’ll be honest, over the years on Translogic we’ve featured a lot of potentially scary tech. Like in many facets of life though, often the things that seem the most frightening actually turn out to be some of the most incredible. On this episode, we’ve hit new heights of both fear and amazement as our host Bucko actually gets to drive a fully functional, bipedal, outrageously badass mech suit. Stop reading. Just watch.

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Jan 31, 2019

The world’s first floating dairy farm will house 40 cows and be hurricane-resistant

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

  • The Dutch company Beladon is opening the world’s first floating dairy farm in the Netherlands.
  • Located in Rotterdam, the farm will house 40 cows in a high-tech facility on the water.
  • Minke van Wingerden, one of the project’s leaders, told Business Insider that the farm will produce an average of 211 gallons of milk each day.
  • Most of the cows’ food will come from city waste products, such as grains left over from local breweries and by-products from mills.
  • Beladon is also interested in launching floating chicken farms and floating vertical farming greenhouses.

A Dutch company is set to debut the world’s first floating dairy farm near Amsterdam.

A high-tech, multilevel facility will soon be floating in the water in Rotterdam, located roughly 50 miles outside of Amsterdam. Minke van Wingerden, a partner at the property development company Beladon, told Business Insider that the 89-by-89 foot farm will produce an average of 211 gallons of milk each day.

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Jan 31, 2019

Translating Aging Research – Ending Age Related Diseases 2018

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Ending Age-Related Diseases — October 3, 2018.

This is a video from the Ending Age-Related Diseases 2018 conference, which was held earlier this year at the Cooper Union in New York City. The conference was designed to bring the worlds of research and investment together in one place and explore the progress and challenges that the industry faces in developing and funding therapies to end age-related disease.

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Jan 31, 2019

Lamborghini and MIT team up on electric supercar without batteries

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology, transportation

Instead, the body of the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept car, made from exotic carbon nanotubes, would be used as a supercapacitor. Supercapacitors store and release energy in a manner different from that employed by batteries. They have certain advantages, but also serious disadvantages.

It could be years, if ever, before scientists from MIT and Lamborghini, which is part of the Volkswagen Group ( VLKAF ), can overcome the downsides. But the effort would be worth it, said Mauricio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s head of research and development.

“At the moment, we are really optimistic,” he said.

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Jan 31, 2019

Alphabet’s Loon sets its sights on the satellite industry

Posted by in category: futurism

Satellite company Telesat will use Loon’s networking software to manage low Earth orbit constellations.

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