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Mar 18, 2019

Popular high blood pressure drug linked to sudden cardiac arrest risk

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A common calcium-channel blocking heart medication has been tentatively linked to increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest. The research comes from the European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET), though additional work is needed to determine whether the findings can be replicated. At the heart of the study were medications amlodipine and nifedipine, which are prescribed for high blood pressure and chest pain called angina.

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Mar 18, 2019

SpaceX Preparing to Begin Starship Hopper Tests

Posted by in category: space travel

They could start this week!

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Mar 18, 2019

Reforestation Drones Can Plant 100K Trees In An Hour

Posted by in categories: drones, engineering, sustainability

Sure, it’ll be great when a drone can drop off your Amazon Prime goodies or 7-Eleven snacks just minutes after you order them… but it’ll be even better when they help regrow millions of trees.

That’s what U.K.-based BioCarbon Engineering has set out to do. The company has been developing a high-tech system that uses drones to replant deforested areas — even in areas where planting wouldn’t be feasible using older methods.

BioCarbon’s system utilizes drones for two separate stages of the process. First, they’re sent into the target area to create a detailed, three-dimensional map. Once they’ve completed that step, the planting drones return to the site to do their thing.

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Mar 18, 2019

Dr. Philip Nitschke — Exit International — IdeaXme show — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, biotech/medical, business, cryonics, disruptive technology, engineering, futurism, geopolitics, health, human trajectories

Mar 18, 2019

Air-breathing SABRE rocket engine set to enter test phase

Posted by in category: futurism

Reaction Engine’s Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) is closer to reality with ESA and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) green lighting the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core. The successful review of the hypersonic engine, which is designed to act as both a jet and a rocket, means that the company can move on the major testing milestones in the next 18 months.

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Mar 18, 2019

Rise of the Machine Empaths

Posted by in categories: computing, food, mobile phones

It’s not just that millennials have astonishing facility with computers, taking to every cell phone and software or video game release like birds to the sky. And it is not only that they seem more mechanically adept than other generations, with fine motor skills far beyond those of older people (with their ham-handed, clunky attempts at tiny phone keyboards).

It’s that they seem to be becoming one with the technology.

Anyone who’s ever had to remove a cell phone from beneath a teenager’s bed pillow to allow for a good night’s sleep (uninterrupted by incoming texts and calls) or peel an avid gamer away from the console long enough to eat dinner knows what I’m talking about. The devices are not just tools — they are extensions of young bodies and minds. In fact, according to a recent Nielsen survey, eighty-three percent of Generation Y admit to sleeping with their phones.

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Mar 18, 2019

A.I.-generated text is supercharging fake news. This is how we fight back

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Last month, OpenAI announced a text generating A.I. so scarily accurate they claimed it would be dangerous to release it. Now researchers have developed a tool to help spot text written by bots. Here’s what it means for the future of fake news in an age of smart machines.

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Mar 18, 2019

The steering wheel in an F1 race car requires fighter jet components and lots of practice

Posted by in category: military

A look at the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 racing team’s steering wheel.

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Mar 18, 2019

Major US study finds Apple Watch can detect heart issues

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Researchers with the Stanford University School of Medicine found in a study sponsored by Apple and released Saturday that the company’s smartwatches can detect irregular heart rhythms.

Of the approximately 400,000 participants using Apple Watches in the eight-month study, 0.5 percent, or about 2,000 people, were sent irregular heart rhythm notifications.

“The results of the Apple Heart Study highlight the potential role that innovative digital technology can play in creating more predictive and preventive health care,” Lloyd Minor, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, said in a statement.

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Mar 18, 2019

‘Impossible’ discovery found on remote island off African coast: A ‘lost part of the world’

Posted by in category: futurism

Researchers have found rocks on a small island between Madagascar and the eastern coast of Africa, a discovery that has been described as mysterious for one very important reason — they shouldn’t be there.

The rocks in question, quartzite, were discovered by researchers at Columbia University, thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society. They had heard about them from a number of different media reports, but were finally able to confirm the presence of the quartzite, which is usually found in areas that have high temperatures and pressures, for themselves.

“This is contrary to plate tectonics,” said Cornelia Class, a geochemist at Columbia University, in a blog post. “Quartzite bodies do not belong on volcanic islands.”

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