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May 1, 2018

Rejuvenation Roundup April 2018

Posted by in categories: genetics, life extension

As April ends and, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, summer approaches, let’s have a look at the progress of worldwide efforts to extend the summer of life.

Kazan 2018: Interventions to Extend Healthspan and Lifespan

The highlight of April was unquestionably the Interventions to Extend Healthspan and Lifespan Conference, which was held in Kazan, Russia on April 23–26. Featuring over 40 distinguished speakers from the field of aging research, this conference, which was the fifth in the series, included talks on epigenetics, genomics, metabolomics, aging biomarkers, bioinformatics, effective advocacy, and more. LEAF board director Elena Milova attended the event and had the chance to interview several of the experts present, such as Dr. Andrei Gudkov and Professor David Gems. We will publish more interviews of these speakers in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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May 1, 2018

Transparent Aluminum

Posted by in categories: computing, habitats, military

ALON — Transparent Aluminum — is a ceramic composed of Aluminium, Oxygen and Nitrogen. Transparent Aluminum, was once pure science fiction, a technical term used in a Star Trek Movie from the 80’s.

In the movie Star Trek 4 The Voyage Home, Captain Kirk and his team, go back in time to acquire 2 whales from the past and transport them back to the future. Scotty needed some materials to make a holding tank for whales on his ship, but had no money to pay for the materials.

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May 1, 2018

An update on the potential habitability of TRAPPIST-1

Posted by in category: futurism

No aliens yet, but we’ve learned a lot.

One year ago, Franck Marchis wrote an article about the remarkable discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system. Here’s an update.

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May 1, 2018

NASA’s Crazy Plan to Send a Space Submarine to Titan

Posted by in category: alien life

NASA wants to send a space submarine to Saturn’s largest moon in hopes that it will bring us one step closer to discovering alien life.

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May 1, 2018

A Physicist Has Calculated The Best Place to Put Your Router

Posted by in categories: habitats, internet

Forget the trial and error — mathematics has proved where the best spot to place your router is.

Physicist Jason Cole has figured out a formula that can work out the best place to position your wireless router, and it ultimately depends on your house’s floor plan.

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May 1, 2018

A new physics discovery could change the game for quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, mathematics, particle physics, quantum physics

From tunneling through impenetrable barriers to being in two places at the same time, the quantum world of atoms and particles is famously bizarre. Yet the strange properties of quantum mechanics are not mathematical quirks—they are real effects that have been seen in laboratories over and over.

One of the most iconic features of quantum mechanics is “entanglement”—describing particles that are mysteriously linked regardless of how far away from each other they are. Now three independent European research groups have managed to entangle not just a pair of particles, but separated clouds of thousands of atoms. They’ve also found a way to harness their technological potential.

When particles are entangled they share properties in a way that makes them dependent on each other, even when they are separated by large distances. Einstein famously called entanglement “spooky action at a distance,” as altering one particle in an entangled pair affects its twin instantaneously—no matter how far away it is.

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May 1, 2018

At Last! A Vitamin That Can Make Your Blood Vessels Younger

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Could an aid in fighting heart disease be waiting on the shelves on your local grocery store? New research suggests you may be in luck.

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May 1, 2018

How bacteria are not only resisting antibiotics, but eating them too

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

As if it’s not bad enough that bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to our best antibiotics – some bugs are even eating the drugs. An international team of scientists has now examined just how the bacteria disarm and consume the antibiotics as food, uncovering new potential ways to fight back against resistance.

Bacteria are evolving resistance to antibiotics at an alarming rate, thanks to overprescription and overuse. If left unchecked, reports suggest that by 2050 the so-called superbugs could be responsible for up to 10 million deaths a year, ushering in a new dark age of medicine where our drugs simply don’t work.

Adding insult to injury, some species of bacteria flaunt their resistance by actually chowing down on antibiotics. New research out of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has set out to examine just how the bacteria manage to do this.

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May 1, 2018

The concrete is alive

Posted by in category: materials

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This concrete can heal itself, saving billions in construction costs.

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May 1, 2018

Russia Has Launched a Floating Nuclear Power Plant Critics Are Calling “Nuclear Titanic”

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

What could go wrong?

If the world is going to end, why not have it be for a ridiculous, insane reason?

Like, say, building nuclear power plants on top of a barge and sending it floating up to the Arctic?

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