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Mar 6, 2019

Jennifer Doudna Is Pioneering the Science — and Ethics — of Gene Editing

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, ethics, science

The Berkeley biochemist helped discover a world-changing biotechnology.

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Mar 6, 2019

5 Amazing Projects That Will Change the Future of Healthcare

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical, engineering

(3D-printed heart scaffold)

As the head of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s innovative Cancer Center, Bhargava has been plugging away at injecting more advanced engineering solutions into medical problems. The freeform 3D printer is one of the first futuristic achievements of that effort.

But Bhargava’s project is just one of a wave of technologies that stand to transform medicine and healthcare as we know it; to make them faster, more accurate, and hopefully, drastically more affordable. Microneedle patches, handheld diagnostic machines, and better sensing capabilities, as well as 3D bioprinting, are just a few of the technologies coming to a doctor’s office near you—or maybe even into your home—in the next decade.

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Mar 6, 2019

In the Future, Blockchain Robots Could Deliver Pizza and Perform Surgery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, robotics/AI

Intel is creating blockchain-controlled robots with other members of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.

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Mar 6, 2019

The Speeder: Jetpack Aviation opens pre-orders on jet powered flying motorcycle

Posted by in category: transportation

Jetpack Aviation has leap-frogged its own flying car project with the announcement that it’s taking pre-orders now on a self-stabilizing, jet turbine-powered flying motorcycle capable of 150 mph speeds, 20 minute endurance and 15,000 ft altitudes.

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Mar 6, 2019

Samsara is Developing Autophagy Boosting Therapies to Combat Aging

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

Samsara Therapeutics has completed a seed financing round in collaboration with Apollo Ventures, a venture capital company and biotech incubator that supports longevity research and treatments for age-related diseases.

Samsara Therapeutics, Inc. (“Samsara,”) a platform biotechnology startup engaged in the discovery and development of compounds that address the primary molecular causes of aging, announced today the closing of a seed financing round. The financing was led by Apollo Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm and company builder working across Europe and North America.

Additionally, on February 19th, 2019 Nature Communications published a peer-reviewed paper, “The flavonoid 4,4′-dimethoxychalcone promotes autophagy-dependent longevity across species” authored by Samsara’s scientific team [1]. The paper demonstrates the capability of the Samsara platform to identify novel MoA geroprotective small molecules that extend healthy lifespan across species and which are protective in mammalian models of disease.

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Mar 6, 2019

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Criminologists thought it was impossible to get DNA off of shell casings, but a technique pioneered in The Netherlands is having notable results.

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Mar 6, 2019

Inside the high-stakes race to make quantum computers work

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, finance, quantum physics

Quantum computers could help explain some of the most fundamental mysteries in the universe and upend everything from finance to encryption – if only someone could get them to work.

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Mar 6, 2019

The women who changed the way we see the universe

Posted by in category: space

Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and Vera Rubin all helped change the way we view the universe. So why don’t we hear more about them?

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Mar 6, 2019

2 female NASA astronauts and a Canadian flight controller will conduct the first-ever all-woman space walk

Posted by in category: space

Almost 35 years after Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space, history will once again be made.


Since 1998, there have been 213 spacewalks at the International Space Station. In March, an all-female spacewalk is happening aboard the ISS.

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Mar 6, 2019

Our brains reveal our choices before we’re even aware of them, study finds

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

We believe that when we are faced with the choice between two or more options of what to think about, non-conscious traces of the thoughts are there already, a bit like unconscious hallucinations,” Professor Pearson says. “As the decision of what to think about is made, executive areas of the brain choose the thought-trace which is stronger. In, other words, if any pre-existing brain activity matches one of your choices, then your brain will be more likely to pick that option as it gets boosted by the pre-existing brain activity.


A new UNSW study suggests we have less control over our personal choices than we think, and that unconscious brain activity determines our choices well before we are aware of them.

Published in Scientific Reports today, an experiment carried out in the Future Minds Lab at UNSW School of Psychology showed that free choices about what to think can be predicted from patterns of activity 11 seconds before people consciously chose what to think about.

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