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Apr 17, 2018

The more hours you sit per day, the smaller your medial temporal lobe (MTL) seems to become, brain scans show

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Important — “The researchers found that sedentary behavior is a significant predictor of thinning of the MTL and that physical activity, even at high levels, is insufficient to offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods”

— In the study, both (A) Total medial temporal lobe (MTL) and (B) parahippocampal thickness correlated inversely with hours of sitting/day, controlling for age. Reference: Siddarth P et al (2018), Sedentary behavior associated with reduced medial temporal lobe thickness in middle-aged and older adults. PLOS ONE.

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Apr 17, 2018

SpaceX just got approval to build Mars spaceships in Los Angeles from the city’s mayor

Posted by in category: space travel

SpaceX just got the okay to build its giant Mars spaceship in LA.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Monday that he’s officially approved SpaceX’s plan to build a Mars spaceship factory at the city’s port.

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Apr 17, 2018

Scientists accidentally discovered a mutant enzyme that could help the world eliminate plastic waste

Posted by in category: biological

Researchers in the US and UK examined an existing enzyme which had occurred naturally in landfill sites and was able to slowly digest man-made plastics.

But in the course of testing the enzyme’s origins, the researchers made biological changes to it that turbo-charged its ability to digest plastics, according to Britain’s University of Portsmouth.

According to The Guardian, the enzyme starts breaking down plastic in a matter of days, a process which would take centuries under normal conditions.

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Apr 17, 2018

CRISPR gene editing has been tested on 86 human patients

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

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Apr 17, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Connecting The Resilient — Spinal Cord Injury Podcast

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, disruptive technology, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, neuroscience

Apr 17, 2018

What Will the Automated City of the Future Look Like?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, food, health, robotics/AI, sustainability

Many large cities (Seoul, Tokyo, Shenzhen, Singapore, Dubai, London, San Francisco) serve as test beds for autonomous vehicle trials in a competitive race to develop “self-driving” cars. Automated ports and warehouses are also increasingly automated and robotized. Testing of delivery robots and drones is gathering pace beyond the warehouse gates. Automated control systems are monitoring, regulating and optimizing traffic flows. Automated vertical farms are innovating production of food in “non-agricultural” urban areas around the world. New mobile health technologies carry promise of healthcare “beyond the hospital.” Social robots in many guises – from police officers to restaurant waiters – are appearing in urban public and commercial spaces.

Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai are becoming prototype ‘robot cities,’ as governments start to see automation as the key to urban living.

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Apr 17, 2018

NASA Is Launching A Satellite To Find New Planets

Posted by in category: alien life

NASA’s new satellite will hunt for alien worlds.

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Apr 16, 2018

Startup’s Crazy High-Res Satellite Can See You Pick Your Nose In Traffic

Posted by in category: futurism

Yeah, it’s THAT good.

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Apr 16, 2018

NASA training chief claims the first person on Mars should be a woman

Posted by in category: space

While NASA has had several female astronauts, the space agency is yet to a put a woman on the moon.

To compensate, a training chief at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston claims that the first person on Mars should be a woman.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5’s Anna Foster, Allison McIntyre said: We have female astronauts, but we haven’t put a woman on the Moon yet.

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Apr 16, 2018

Scientists develop AI-based deep learning drug interaction, prediction syste

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, robotics/AI

A group of South Korean scientists have developed a deep learning system based on artificial intelligence that can precisely predict interactions between drugs, the government said Tuesday.

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