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Sep 6, 2018

Evolutionary Study Uncovers the Genes That Extend Human Lifespan

Posted by in categories: biological, evolution

A study published in Molecular Biology Evolution provides new insight into why humans are able to live as long as we do identifying a handful of genes that were so strongly conserved millions of years ago, that they continue to influence our lifespans today…

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Sep 6, 2018

New Synthetic Protein May Kill Cancer Cells Without Harming Healthy Tissue

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The new protein combined with a fat molecule could be particularly effective in fighting brain cancer.

Destroy cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

That’s the goal of cancer treatment.

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Sep 6, 2018

Scientist Passed Over for Nobel Wins $3M, Donates It

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a PhD student at Cambridge University some five decades ago when she made an astronomical discovery while reviewing data from a radio telescope: faint, repeating pulses of radio waves.

These signals came to be known as pulsars, a type of neutron star described by Scientific American as “a city-sized collapsed core of a massive sun that is made of degenerate matter and throws off lighthouse-like beams of radio waves.” The discovery was a leap forward: It pointed to the existence of black holes, provided evidence for gravitational waves, and much more.

It also yielded a 1974 Nobel Prize—but not for Bell Burnell. Instead, the prize went to Antony Hewish, Bell Burnell’s PhD supervisor, the Guardian reports.

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Sep 6, 2018

You can now use Alexa and Cortana to control your Xbox

Posted by in category: entertainment

You can now control the Xbox from Alexa and Cortana. Microsoft announced his morning it’s introducing a new way to interact with Xbox One using voice commands, by way of an Xbox Skill that works with both Alexa and Cortana, across platforms. The skill will allow users to launch games, adjust the volume, start and stop their broadcasts to Mixer, capture screenshots and more.

For example, players will be able to say to their Echo speaker, “Alexa, start Rocket League,” and the console would power on, sign them in, and launch the game.

To use the new feature with Alexa, players will first have to sign in with their Amazon account then link their Microsoft account to the skill. With Cortana, users will instead have to first sign into the Xbox they want to control, then sign in with their Microsoft account to link the skill on their Windows 10 PC.

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Sep 6, 2018

A brain boost to fight Alzheimer’s disease

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

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the biggest medical challenges of our time. About 30 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the numbers are predicted to increase to 100 million by 2050 if we do not find effective prevention or treatment strategies (1). Substantial evidence suggests that leading a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, the mechanisms through which exercise protects the brain and whether we could bottle these as a treatment remain controversial. On page 991 of this issue, Choi et al. (2) reveal that in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, exercise improves memory through a combination of encouraging neurogenesis in the hippocampus and increasing the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a growth factor that supports neuronal survival. Their findings suggest that agents that promote both BDNF signaling and neurogenesis might be effective in preventing or treating Alzheimer’s disease.

This is an article distributed under the terms of the Science Journals Default License.

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Sep 6, 2018

Genital reconstruction: 5-year-old from Beed admitted to St George

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Mumbai: A five-year-old child from Majalgaon village in Beed, who may soon undergo a genital reconstruction surgery, was admitted to St George Hospital on Thursday. Parents of Aiman Khan, who was raised as a girl, have now made her Aadhaar number with the new male identity as Aman.

Medical superintendent Dr. Madhukar Gaikwad said the child’s sonography was carried out on Thursday. “We will be doing all the required medical examinations and then schedule the surgery.” The child’s karyotype study, which determines chromosomes, shows the presence of male XY chromosomes.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Rajat Kapoor, who evaluated the minor, has found the presence of testes, a male reproductive organ, and absence of female internal organs. He said the genitalia looks like that of a female due to underdevelopment.

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Sep 6, 2018

A Venus Flytrap-Like System Could Help Military Drones Avoid Detection

Posted by in categories: drones, military, space

The U.S. Army is eyeing a system that traps military drones while they’re on the move, which could help the devices avoid detection by enemies.

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Sep 6, 2018

Japan Will Soon Conduct The First Test of Elevator Movement in Space

Posted by in category: satellites

A team of researchers in Japan are ready to conduct the first test of their space elevator design using a small prototype and a pair of mini satellites.

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Sep 6, 2018

You never know what the future of #space tech may hold

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

Living in space is helping us save the environment back on earth — here’s just one of the ways. #SpaceFacts

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Sep 6, 2018

ANA and JAXA Partner to Create a New Space Industry Centered Around Real-World Avatars

Posted by in categories: business, economics, space travel

TOKYO, Sept. 6, 2018 (ANA HD/JAXA PR) — ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter ANA HD) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( JAXA ) are proud to announce the launch of “AVATAR X,” a multi-phased program to revolutionize space exploration and development using real-world Avatars (*1).

AVATAR X aims to capitalize on the growing space-based economy by accelerating development of real-world Avatars that will enable humans to remotely build camps on the Moon, support long-term space missions and further explore space from afar.

AVATAR X is part of “ANA’s AVATAR Vision (*2),” a breakthrough endeavor to advance and pioneer real-world Avatar technologies, and JAXA ‘s new research and development program “J-SPARC” ( JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation). Together with a growing list of public and private partners, AVATAR X hopes to catalyze new space-based businesses that will provide key services and an unprecedented level of access to space.

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