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Apr 20, 2018

CD9 and CD81 Genes Might Play a Role in CODP and Inflammaging

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Today we will be looking at new research that may provide a new treatment option for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

What is Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive respiratory disease characterized by shortness of breath and cough with sputum production. It generally takes a long time to develop, so it is more common in people who are at least forty years old.

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Apr 20, 2018

Happy birthday Aubrey de Grey

Posted by in categories: biological, life extension, mathematics, transportation

Happy birthday to dr. aubrey de grey bigsmile

How many biologists does it take to make nontrivial progress on an unsolved mathematical problem for the first time in nearly 70 years? The answer is one, at least if the biologist is Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the pioneer of the repair approach to aging.

Yes, you read that right. Today, in occasion of Dr. de Grey’s birthday, we’ve decided to take a short break from biology and rejuvenation to tell our readers about the recent scientific achievement of one of the world’s most famous biogerontologists—unexpectedly, but pleasantly so, in the field of mathematics.

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Apr 20, 2018

Quantum Radar Could Make Stealth Technology Obsolete

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Entangled photons are the secret sauce in quantum radars that detect stealth bombers.

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Apr 20, 2018

May 30th: The Future of Mental Health & Brain Enhancement @ Imperial College, London

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

Fun event if you’re in London on May 30th smile

___ Heads-up: the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology will host a keynote by Alvaro Fernandez on Wednesday, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhancement & Mental Health is Digital & Pervasive. Description: As seen in patent and investment trends, research findings and consumer/patient behaviors, Mental.

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Apr 20, 2018

New research could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells

Posted by in categories: physics, solar power, sustainability

Physicists at the University of Warwick have today, Thursday 19th April 2018, published new research in the fournal Science today 19th April 2018 (via the Journal’s First Release pages) that could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells by physically deforming each of the crystals in the semiconductors used by photovoltaic cells.

The paper entitled the “Flexo-Photovoltaic Effect” was written by Professor Marin Alexe, Ming-Min Yang, and Dong Jik Kim who are all based in the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics.

The Warwick researchers looked at the physical constraints on the current design of most commercial solar cells which place an absolute limit on their efficiency. Most commercial solar cells are formed of two layers creating at their boundary a junction between two kinds of semiconductors, p-type with positive charge carriers (holes which can be filled by electrons) and n-type with negative charge carriers (electrons).

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Apr 20, 2018

Drought returns to huge swaths of US, fueling fears of a thirsty future

Posted by in categories: climatology, futurism

Less than eight months after Hurricane Harvey pelted the Texas Gulf Coast with torrential rainfall, drought has returned to Texas and other parts of the West, Southwest and Southeast, rekindling old worries for residents who dealt with earlier waves of dry spells and once again forcing state governments to reckon with how to keep the water flowing.

Nearly a third of the continental United States was in as of April 10, more than three times the coverage of a year ago. And the specter of a drought-ridden summer has focused renewed urgency on state and local conservation efforts, some of which would fundamentally alter Americans’ behavior in how they use water.

In California, for example, officials are considering rules to permanently ban water-wasting actions such as hosing off sidewalks and driveways, washing a vehicle with a hose that doesn’t have a shut-off valve, and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians. The regulations, awaiting a final decision by the California State Water Resources Control Board, were in force as temporary emergency measures during part of a devastating five-year drought but were lifted in 2017 after the drought subsided.

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Apr 20, 2018

Model suggests well-designed subsidies can help farmers and give consumers better food choices

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, government, sustainability

When it comes to pegging the blame for the obesity crisis, farm subsidies are a popular target. Subsidies, the argument goes, encourage farmers to grow less-healthy foods—corn, turned into corn syrup, is the common culprit here—and fewer unsubsidized fruits and vegetables.

Not everyone agrees. Experts caution that cheap corn isn’t the only cause of poor nutrition and that other factors, like technology, are responsible for the low cost of . Still, it’s reasonable to ask: How can subsidies be used to make healthier food options more available?

One answer: by making sure that subsidies take into account consumer welfare as well as farmers’ incomes, suggest UCLA Anderson’s Prashant Chintapalli, a Ph.D student, and Christopher S. Tang. In a working paper examining a type of subsidy called “minimum support ,” or MSPs, the authors suggest that backing a diverse mix of crops—including fruits and vegetables—would give consumers a wider selection and be most effective at raising farmer profits at a lower cost to the government.

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Apr 20, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Glowing Skin Podcast — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, chemistry, DNA, genetics, health, innovation, life extension

Apr 20, 2018

Nick J Fox: The posthuman condition? A materialist odyssey from obesity to sexualities to ecology

Posted by in category: biotech/medical


IASH and the School of Social and Political Science are pleased to invite to a guest lecture by Prof. N.J. Fox (Sheffield) on 16th May 2018 in the IASH Coffee room. Coffee available from 3pm for 3.30pm start.

The posthuman condition? A materialist odyssey from obesity to sexualities to ecology.

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Apr 20, 2018

A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit

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

That raises significant issues for universities and governments. They also need A.I. expertise, both to teach the next generation of researchers and to put these technologies into practice in everything from the military to drug discovery. But they could never match the salaries being paid in the private sector.

Tax forms filed by OpenAI provide insight into the enormous salaries and bonuses paid to artificial intelligence specialists across the world.

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