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Nov 26, 2018

Thymus Shrinkage Contributes to Atherosclerosis

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Today, we want to highlight a study that shows the link between atherosclerosis and the age-related shrinking of the thymus, which is arguably the most important organ of the immune system [1].

The adaptive and innate immune systems and atherosclerosis

The thymus is essentially like an army base where new T cells develop and are trained to become the soldiers of the adaptive immune system. However, as we age, the thymus shrinks, its ability to train new T cells declines, and the immune cell-producing tissue turns to fat and slowly wastes away; this process is known as thymic involution.

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Nov 26, 2018

Disruption is overrated in terms of innovation

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, employment

Innovation has real costs—monetary, psychological, intellectual and effort-based—that need to be addressed or mitigated if you want people to actually innovate.

There’s an archetype in media that destruction and upheaval brings out the best ideas and creates jobs. In literature and in society, upheaval, necessity and desperation are portrayed as the prime motivators of innovative behaviour. The problem is that outside of soap operas and medical dramas, people usually have something to lose.

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Nov 26, 2018

From Fog of War to Flames of Peace–Wildfires Surge in Post-FARC Colombia

Posted by in category: military

The end of guerrilla warfare has led to an increase in woodland conflagrations and deforestation.

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Nov 26, 2018

Environment turns molecule into a switch

Posted by in category: particle physics

It looks like a cross with four arms of equal length that have a central atom at their intersection. All atoms are arranged in one plane so that the molecule is absolutely planar – at least in the normal state.

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Nov 26, 2018

See Spectacular Lunar Mission Images in 3D (Photos)

Posted by in category: space

New book “Mission Moon: 3D” presents the history of NASA’s Apollo missions, with 3D photographs.

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Nov 26, 2018

Inside the Lab Training Genome Surgeons to Fight Disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

At the Gladstone Institutes, Crispr pioneer Jennifer Doudna is trying to make genome editing a routine procedure.

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Nov 26, 2018

Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole

Posted by in category: particle physics

For centuries, physicists have hunted for particles with a single north or south pole to help put together their theory of everything. They may be closer than ever.

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Nov 26, 2018

However Defined, AI is Transforming How Business Gets Done

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

AI encompasses of a handful of cutting-edge techniques and methods. Over time, AI-powered solutions will likely enhance virtually all applications and business process.

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Nov 26, 2018

Dangerous Infection Tied To Hospitals Now Becoming Common Outside Them

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

C. Diff Infections Crop Up Outside Hospitals And Nursing Homes : Shots — Health News Infections with Clostridium difficile can be difficult to treat and life-threatening. Once a problem seen mainly in health care facilities, the infections are now occurring often in the community.

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Nov 26, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

A daring effort is under way to create the first children whose DNA has been tailored using gene editing.

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