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Mar 22, 2019

These x-rays of seeds turn biology into art

Posted by in category: biological

In her project Archiving Eden, photographer Dornith Doherty explores the beauty and necessity of the world’s botanical stockpiles.

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Mar 22, 2019

CRISPR/Cas9 therapy can suppress aging, enhance health and extend life span in mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

The findings, published on February 18, 2019 in the journal Nature Medicine, highlight a novel CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing therapy that can suppress the accelerated aging observed in mice with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that also afflicts humans. This treatment provides important insight into the molecular pathways involved in accelerated aging, as well as how to reduce toxic proteins via gene therapy.

“Aging is a complex process in which cells start to lose their functionality, so it is critical for us to find effective ways to study the molecular drivers of aging,” says Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory and senior author of the paper. “Progeria is an ideal aging model because it allows us to devise an intervention, refine it and test it again quickly.”

With an early onset and fast progression, progeria is one of the most severe forms of a group of degenerative disorders caused by a mutation in the LMNA gene. Both mice and humans with progeria show many signs of aging, including DNA damage, cardiac dysfunction and dramatically shortened life span. The LMNA gene normally produces two similar proteins inside a cell: lamin A and lamin C. Progeria shifts the production of lamin A to progerin. Progerin is a shortened, toxic form of lamin A that accumulates with age and is exacerbated in those with progeria.

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Mar 22, 2019

A SETI Search of Earth’s Co-orbitals

Posted by in categories: alien life, security

SETI for Bracewell probes? Yes please. Years ago Jill Tarter commented that looking for such probes would be worthwhile. These days we hear about Starshot, sending a fleet of lightweight probes to the nearest star within decades which brings into mind the obvious idea that maybe someone else did so long ago.


One objection to SETI is that it is not falsifiable — there is no point at which a lack of signals can prove that extraterrestrial civilizations do not exist. But there are some aspects of SETI that can be falsifiable. Consider a class of objects near enough for us to investigate not only with listening efforts but with probes, one small enough to be thoroughly covered, and one most people know almost nothing about. Could these offer a listening post for ‘Bracewell probes,’ a way of watching the development of our culture and reporting home to ETI? And if so, could we combine SETI with METI to advance both disciplines without compromising our own security?

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Mar 22, 2019

Dr. John LaMattina — Former President Pfizer Global R&D; Partner PureTech Ventures — IdeaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, science, transhumanism

Mar 22, 2019

Ending Age-Related Diseases Conference: March Update

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, life extension

On July 11-12th, we return to the Cooper Union in New York City for our second annual Ending Age-Related Diseases conference, which focuses on the progress in aging research as well as the business side of biotech.

We will be bringing you the latest aging research, investment, and business knowledge from some of the top experts in the industry. We will be packing two days full of talks and discussion panels featuring the people who are developing the technologies that could change the way we regard and treat aging forever.

We are currently offering reduced ticket prices until March 31st, after which the price increases to the regular $400 cost. If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, head on over to our event ticket page to secure your place now.

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Mar 22, 2019

New Facility Aims to Capture 40 Million Trees’ Worth of CO2 Every Year

Posted by in categories: economics, sustainability

Good for the environment and the economy.

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Mar 22, 2019

Gigantic EU research programme takes shape

Posted by in category: innovation

Like its predecessor, Horizon 2020, the new programme will fund collaborations between academia and industry, and prestigious discovery science. But the agreement also includes some fresh ideas, including a greater focus on innovation and initiatives to help poorer nations compete for funds.


Horizon Europe will fund a mix of academia–industry collaborations and discovery science — but its proposed budget of €100 billion has yet to be agreed. European Union officials have struck an agreement on the basic structure of the bloc’s next major science-funding scheme, Horizon Europe.

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Mar 22, 2019

Researchers Use Sound to Make a Range of Objects Float for the First Time

Posted by in categories: engineering, information science

When Genevieve posted about optical tweezers, I noticed the similarity with acoustic tweezers, so I needed to post this article as well, so as to add to hers.

A new algorithm recently helped scientists levitate multiple objects using sound waves in very strategic positions. It marked the first time that sound helped capture numerous objects in various positions. The findings were recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the United Kingdom.

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Mar 21, 2019

Microsoft just booted up the first “DNA drive” for storing data

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment

Microsoft has helped build the first device that automatically encodes digital information into DNA and back to bits again.

DNA storage: Microsoft has been working toward a photocopier-size device that would replace data centers by storing files, movies, and documents in DNA strands, which can pack in information at mind-boggling density.

According to Microsoft, all the information stored in a warehouse-size data center would fit into a set of Yahztee dice, were it written in DNA.

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Mar 21, 2019

The Air Force Is Building AI to Fly Fighter Jets Called “Skyborg”

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The plan is to have AI flying fighter planes by 2023.

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