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Nov 21, 2018

First flight of ion-drive aircraft

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

A remarkable machine propelled by ionic wind could signal a future with cleaner aeroplanes.

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Nov 21, 2018

Landing on Mars is harder than you think. Here’s how NASA prepares

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Practice makes perfect when sending a robot on the perilous journey to the red planet.

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Nov 21, 2018

40 Million People With Diabetes Will be Left Without Insulin by 2030

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Insulin will be beyond the reach of around half of the 79 million people expected to be living with diabetes in 12 years time, a new study predicts.

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Nov 21, 2018

Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Researchers fly the first atmospheric aircraft to use space-proven ionic thrust technology.

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Nov 21, 2018

Meet the woman who discovered a whole new type of galaxy

Posted by in category: space

Turkish-born astrophysicist Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil shares her name with a rare double ring of stars more than 350 light-years away.

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Nov 21, 2018

Senescent Cell Therapies and Future Directions

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

We wanted to bring your attention to a recent publication that discusses the topic of cellular senescence and the contributions of senescent cells to aging and disease [1].

What is perhaps the most interesting part of this paper is the section covering the potential future directions that researchers may take in managing senescent cell populations in order to mitigate age-related disease.

The author writes not only about the direct destruction of senescent cells via senolytic drugs but also about the modulation of the harmful secretions these cells produce, which are called the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP).

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Nov 21, 2018

Improbable Thruster Seems to Work by Violating Known Laws of Physics

Posted by in categories: energy, physics, satellites

Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. It’s perhaps the best known law of physics, and Guido Fetta thinks he’s found a way around it.

According to classical physics, in order for something—like a spaceship—to move, conservation of momentum requires that it has to exert a force on something else. A person in roller skates, for example, pushes off against a wall; a rocket accelerates upward by propelling high-velocity combusted fuel downward. In practice, this means that space vessels like satellites and space stations have to carry up to half their weight in propellant just to stay in orbit. That bulks up their cost and reduces their useful lifetime.

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Nov 21, 2018

Scientists find way to melt gold at room temperature

Posted by in category: physics

Melting gold normally requires temperatures upwards of 1,064° C (1,947° F), but physics is never quite that simple. A team of researchers has now found a way to melt gold at room temperature using an electric field and an electron microscope.

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Nov 21, 2018

Infectious ‘Prions’ Found in the Eyes of Patients with Fatal Brain Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

People with the rare and fatal brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) show signs of the disease in their eyes, according to a new study.

The study found evidence of prions — the infectious proteins that cause the disease — in the eyes of nearly a dozen patients with CJD.

The findings suggest that patients’ eyes could potentially provide a “window” to the brain that may help researchers diagnose the disease early, if new eye tests are developed. [’Eye’ Can’t Look: 9 Eyeball Injuries That Will Make You Squirm].

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Nov 21, 2018

Longevity Therapeutics Summit

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

On January 29–31, 2019, the Longevity Therapeutics Summit is happening at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California. The conference is a great networking opportunity with some leading names in aging research giving talks during the event.

This will be a two-day conference plus a pre-conference workshop hosted by our good friend Kelsey Moody from Ichor Therapeutics. During the workshop, Kelsey will be giving his personal insights into launching and developing a successful biotech company, particularly the challenges faced in the field of rejuvenation biotechnology. This is sure to be a highly informative workshop and well worth your time, especially if you are interested in launching your own company in this field, but even if you are not, it may still prove interesting to learn about this challenging industry.

This conference aims at bringing together leading figures in biology, biotechnology, omics, investment, and other fields in order to discuss how to further accelerate progress in aging research so that the time between basic research and clinical use is as short as possible.

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