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Oct 23, 2017

Suicide molecules kill any cancer cell

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

CHICAGO — Small RNA molecules originally developed as a tool to study gene function trigger a mechanism hidden in every cell that forces the cell to commit suicide, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study, the first to identify molecules to trigger a fail-safe mechanism that may protect us from cancer.

The mechanism — RNA suicide molecules — can potentially be developed into a novel form of cancer therapy, the study authors said.

Cancer cells treated with the RNA molecules never become resistant to them because they simultaneously eliminate multiple genes that cancer cells need for survival.

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Oct 23, 2017

1922 note reveals Albert Einstein’s theory of happiness

Posted by in category: futurism

One note, on the stationary of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, says that “a quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.” The other, on a blank piece of paper, simply reads: “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”


Two notes were given by Einstein to a courier in Tokyo that contain inspirational messages about life.

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Oct 23, 2017

Sucking CO2 from the atmosphere could save the planet — but it isn’t cheap

Posted by in categories: business, climatology, environmental, geoengineering, space, sustainability

Should definitely be worked on. Eventually the same stuff could be used to reverse engineer/terraform Venus.


When politicians talk about the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s usually framed in terms of restrictions on emissions for states and businesses. But the Paris Agreement wasn’t just an agreement to regulate — it was also an agreement to innovate. That’s because most experts agree that the world won’t be able to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, unless there’s a way to physically remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

A Swiss startup called Climeworks has made that their goal, developing the most advanced carbon-capture technology to date. VICE News went to Switzerland to see how the technology works and hear how the business plans to tackle climate change. Problem is, what Climeworks is doing isn’t cheap.

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Oct 23, 2017

How Creating a Gene Circuit Could Help to Combat Cancer

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

A research team at MIT has used synthetic biology to create a gene circuit that triggers the immune system to attack cancer when it first detects the signs of the disease.

The circuit works by only activating the immune response when two specific cancer biomarkers are detected. The new study was published in the journal Cell this week and represents an exciting step forward for synthetic biology and cancer research.

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Oct 23, 2017

UAE appoints first-ever Minister for Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, transportation

This announcement comes just a few days after the UAE announced their UAE 2031 AI strategy, which aims to make the government more efficient and streamlined by relying on AI technologies.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appears to be leading new trends in government reshuffles, now having introduced its first Minister for Artificial Intelligence.

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Oct 22, 2017

Quantum Machine Goes in Search of the Higgs Boson

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

D-Wave system shows quantum computers can learn to detect particle signatures in mountains of data, but doesn’t outpace conventional methods — yet.

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Oct 22, 2017

What can we learn from small fraction of people who own 1 BTC

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, geopolitics, internet

How many individuals own at least 1 BTC?

I was asked this question today at Quora, a popular Q&A blog covering a variety of technical and economic disciplines. Under my alias “Ellery”, I am the most viewed author on Bitcoin and the blockchain.

While this question may sound like a good factoid for a trivia game, it is directly related to something with with far reaching impact on your pocketbook and your future. It goes to the heart of a debate between warring factions: In the 2nd half of this answer, I address the eternal question:

Is Bitcoin a pyramid scheme? Or are we still early on the adoption curve?

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Oct 22, 2017

Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name

Posted by in category: futurism

Parent company Alphabet would provide services in response to data harvested.

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Oct 22, 2017

Man Modifies His Own Genes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

This man is modifying his genes to make himself stronger.

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Oct 22, 2017

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big — And You Pay for the Waste

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

ProPublica has been documenting the many ways health care dollars are being wasted. We’ve shown how hospitals throw out brand new supplies, nursing homes flush tons of unexpired medication and drug companies concoct costly combinations of cheap medication. Recently we described how arbitrary drug expiration dates cause us to toss safe and potent medicine.

Often, large swaths of the medical and pharmaceutical communities know about this waste — even about solutions to it — but do nothing. Those who end up paying the bill, in one way or another, are consumers.

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