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Dec 6, 2018

Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, health

Virginia Tech announced Thursday it will receive a record $50 million gift to support biomedical research, a landmark donation for the public university that will expand the influence of its academic health center in Roanoke.

The gift comes from the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust and from Heywood and Cynthia Fralin. It is twice as large as the previous record, a $25 million donation from Alice and Bill Goodwin for an engineering building that opened in 2014 on the university’s main campus in Blacksburg.

The new funding will help the university recruit and retain researchers, a spokesman said. A biomedical research institute will be named for the Fralin family and based within the Virginia Tech Carilion Academic Health Center.

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Dec 6, 2018

What Treasures Were Lost in the Destruction of the Great Musaeum of Alexandria?

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

The city he described did not exist for much longer. A bishop soon destroyed the heritage of many generations of ancient minds in the name of a new faith. In 391 AD, the beautiful temple of wisdom was ruined. There is no evidence of the existence of the library after that date, but it seems that the people of Alexandria, the legendary philosophers, scientists, and their supporters saved some of the books. However, in 642 AD, when the city was captured by Muslims, they burned all the books not related to Islam that they found in public places.

The monumental Musaeum of Alexandria was famous for its legendary library. The tragic story of the building’s destruction continues to be a painful one for people who love ancient history and literature. So what treasures were lost in its devastating fire?

The Musaeum, or Mouseion, was a home to art, music, poetry, and philosophy. It is extremely difficult to find out exactly what was located on the shelves of the library, but generations of passionate researchers have created some possible lists of the lost scrolls’ authors.

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Dec 6, 2018

25 Years of Servicing with Hubble

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was the first telescope designed to be serviced in orbit. Join Hubble astronauts live as they discuss servicing from the innovative Robotics Operations Center. Plus a robot demo!

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Dec 6, 2018

Raise your hand if you’re in this new photo from Mars

Posted by in categories: computing, space

Your name on Mars?

These two tiny chips contain the names of more than 2.4 million people who signed up to fly with me. We’re ON MARS, you guys.

You’re all honorary Martians!

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Dec 6, 2018

The 8-dimensional space that must be searched for alien life

Posted by in categories: alien life, mathematics

A new mathematical model suggests that signs of extraterrestrial intelligence could be common, for all we know—we’ve barely begun investigating the vastness where they might lie.

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Dec 6, 2018

Amazon founder gives $15 million to Catholic Charities

Posted by in category: futurism

The selected organizations, Bezos explained, “are working on a number of initiatives that support families in need.” Check it out:

Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2018 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- Three Catholic charitable organizations were named as winners of $5 million grants from the charitable organization of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.

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Dec 6, 2018

Jan Gruber – Looking at synergistic effects in longevity therapies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

And his team at Yale-NUS have recently completed a detailed set of studies looking at eleven of the most promising anti-aging single drugs, using nematode worms (C. elegans) as their model organism.

Drug synergy found to increase lifespan in worms

Even though testing the effects of single drugs on health and longevity in various organisms is challenging by itself, and testing multiple drugs and their synergistic effects can be a logistical and statistical nightmare, they found some surprising results, including up to a 96 percent increase in lifespan [1]. As they conclude in their new paper:

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Dec 6, 2018

Tim Berners-Lee wants to remake the web to help you protect your data

Posted by in category: internet

Its success will hinge on whether enough people adopt it beyond just hard-core techies.

The World Wide Web’s inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, has launched a way to make it easier for people to control their personal data. Will it take off?

The news: Berners-Lee is working with people at MIT and beyond on a startup called Inrupt, which runs an open-source project, Solid, that hands you back control over your own data.

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Dec 6, 2018

AI is not “magic dust” for your company, says Google’s Cloud AI boss

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI


Andrew Moore says getting the technology to work in businesses is a huge challenge.

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Dec 6, 2018

NASA Contest: Design the Gateway Program Graphic

Posted by in category: astronomy

Under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA has been charged with leading a “sustainable exploration of the Moon together with commercial and international partners.”

In response to this bold directive, NASA is working with U.S. and international partners to lead the development of the first permanent human spaceship in orbit around the Moon, known as the Gateway. The Gateway will be a part-time home and office for astronauts farther in space than humans have ever been before.

The Gateway will be important to building a permanent human presence on the Moon. Astronauts will visit at least once per year, living and working aboard the spaceship in deep space for up to three months at a time. NASA is looking at options for astronauts to shuttle between the Gateway and the lunar surface, to explore new locations across the Moon. Even before our first trip to Mars, astronauts will use the Gateway to train for life far away from Earth, and we will use it to practice moving a spaceship in different orbits in deep space.

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