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Dec 25, 2018

Why the U.S. Should Provide Universal Basic Income

Posted by in categories: economics, government

The government should consider giving out monthly Social Security checks—no strings attached.

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Dec 25, 2018

Universal Basic Income Explained – Free Money for Everybody? UBI

Posted by in categories: economics, media & arts

What is UBI? How would free money change our lives.

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Dec 25, 2018

Season’s Greetings

Posted by in category: space travel

Seasons Greetings to “all of you on the good Earth”

50 years ago today in 1968, the first crewed mission to the moon, Apollo 8, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. Celebrate the #Apollo50 anniversary with us: https://go.nasa.gov/2EBJnqq

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Dec 25, 2018

2019 Preview: People will receive transfusions of artificial blood

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Volunteers will be injected with red blood cells grown from stem cells in the lab. If it works it could mean blood donors are no longer required.

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Dec 24, 2018

Elon Musk shows off stainless steel ‘Starship’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

It was just last month that Elon Musk took to Twitter to unceremoniously announce that he was changing the name of the crew module and rocket booster of SpaceX’s BFR rocket program to “Starship” and “Super Heavy,” respectively. Now, in another spontaneous update from Musk via Twitter, we’re getting our first good look at the Starship section in all its stainless steel glory.

In the early morning hours, Musk tweeted out an image of the top section of the spacecraft with the simple caption “Stainless Steel Starship,” before following up with a few additional details about the progress of the program.

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Dec 24, 2018

Are Stem Cell Injections Really a Miracle Cure for Everything From Cancer to Cellulite?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

We looked into whether these for-profit clinics will really help you.

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Dec 24, 2018

The Genetic Revolution

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

CRISPR looks set to be the future of gene editing. But experts are cautioning that this revolutionary technique needs to be developed carefully. So what do the next few years hold?

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Dec 24, 2018

Sustainable ‘plastics’ are on the horizon

Posted by in categories: materials, sustainability

A new Tel Aviv University study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don’t require land or fresh water—resources that are scarce in much of the world. The polymer is derived from microorganisms that feed on seaweed. It is biodegradable, produces zero toxic waste and recycles into organic waste.

The invention was the fruit of a multidisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Alexander Golberg of TAU’s Porter School of Environmental and Earth Sciences and Prof. Michael Gozin of TAU’s School of Chemistry. Their research was recently published in the journal Bioresource Technology.

According to the United Nations, plastic accounts for up to 90 percent of all the pollutants in our oceans, yet there are few comparable, environmentally friendly alternatives to the material.

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Dec 24, 2018

New York Times App Lets You See a Higgs Particle Reaction from the Large Hadron Collider in Augmented Reality

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, cosmology, particle physics

Although it’s impossible (at least for now) to travel back in time to see the Big Bang, The New York Times has provided its readers the closest simulation of the experience via its latest augmented reality feature.

On Friday, the Times published “It’s Intermission for the Large Hadron Collider,” an interactive story that gives readers a virtual tour of the Large Hadron Collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and explores its most famous discovery, the Higgs boson.

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Dec 24, 2018

There will be no old people – anti-aging SophieCo

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Merry Christmas


Is the Fountain of Youth still just a dream, or does hope spring eternal when it comes to beating the curse of aging? Having haunted us for centuries, is a solution finally within our grasp? We spoke to Dr Aubrey de Grey, anti-aging pioneer, chief science officer, and co-founder of SENS Research Foundation.

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