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Mar 5, 2019

Advances in stem cell treatment give hope to millions with ‘incurable’ diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

The announcement that a London man has become the second in the world to be “functionally cured” of HIV is a major advance in stem cell transplant therapy.

The man — who wishes to remain anonymous — was given stem cells from a donor with genetic resistance to the disease and he has now been in long term remission for 18 months without medication.

The breakthrough comes ten years after the first such case of a patient with HIV going into sustained remission, known as the ‘Berlin Patient.’

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Mar 5, 2019

Israel’s first moon mission spacecraft sends back selfie

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

An Israeli spacecraft on its maiden mission to the moon has sent its first selfie back to Earth, mission chiefs said on Tuesday.

The image showing part of the Beresheet spacecraft with Earth in the background was beamed to mission control in Yehud, Israel – 23,360 miles (37,600km) away, the project’s lead partners said.

The partners, NGO SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, launched the unmanned Beresheet – Hebrew for Genesis – from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 22 February.

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Mar 5, 2019

Goodyear’s New Concept Tire Doubles as a Flying Car Propeller

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

Take a look at Goodyear’s vision for the future of transport.

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Mar 5, 2019

Epigenetic Alterations and Reprogramming Potential in Aging

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

The role of epigenetics, which determine how your genes are expressed, is being increasingly implicated in aging, as is the potential of therapies that revert epigenetics back to those of a younger person.

What are epigenetic alterations?

The DNA in each of our cells is identical, with only some small variations, so why do our various organs and tissues look so different, and how do cells know what to become?

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Mar 5, 2019

Coinbase Preventing Account Closures as #DeleteCoinbase Movement Spreads

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies

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Multiple users are reporting on social media that they are currently unable to delete their Coinbase accounts. This news comes as some cryptocurrency enthusiasts continue to clamor for a boycott of the exchange giant over its recent acquisition of Neutrino.

Amid the clamor for a boycott on Coinbase, some users are saying that the company is preventing them from closing down their accounts. Respondents say they followed the fairly easy account closing procedure only to be met with error messages.

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Mar 5, 2019

H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists have long tried to duplicate the procedure that led to the first long-term remission 12 years ago. With the so-called London patient, they seem to have succeeded.

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Mar 5, 2019

How Much Of The Unobservable Universe Will We Someday Be Able To See?

Posted by in category: cosmology

As more time passes since the Big Bang, more of the Universe comes into view. But how much?

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Mar 5, 2019

Remembering ENIAC, and the Women Who Programmed It

Posted by in category: computing

ENIAC was the world’s first electronic digital computer, and though it was glossed over in the history books, it was programmed by a team of six women. Remembering their contributions could inspire young women looking to break into the male-dominated tech industry.

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Mar 5, 2019

Chinese developers’ New Year’s resolution – diversify into robotics, green cars and Beijing’s other pet projects

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

To stay at the top of the tycoon pile, developers are quickly diversifying, embracing the government’s new pet industry – tech.

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Mar 4, 2019

Soon, hundreds of tourists will go to space. What should we call them?

Posted by in category: space

Astronauts or astro-nots?

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