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Sep 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma Is Going to Slam Straight Into South Florida, Models Now Agree

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All hurricane models now agree, hurricane irma is going to slam straight into south florida.

Miami south beach to get 10 feet of sea surge.


If you’ve ever lived in South Florida during hurricane season, chances are you’ve learned to read the various storm projection models like a fortuneteller scanning tarot cards. “I’m sorry, but the European model shows a far stronger eastern trend than the GFS,” you’ve probably said in a serious tone at…

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Sep 8, 2017

Tech companies rise to help Florida weather Irma

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You know those jokes about how people first go online and on social media in times of emergencies before they actually do something about said emergency? Well it’s time to turn that new habit on its head and actually make it useful. Florida governor Rick Scott urged residents to take advantage of apps like Gas Buddy, Google Maps, and Expedia to get the latest information on gas availability and road closures in preparing for hurricane Irma’s landfall. Of course, only before and after the storm, not during and especially not inside it.”

“The devastation in Houston left in Harvey’s wake has sent Florida scrambling to prepare for an even more frightening Irma. This has caused no small amount of panic buying of supplies and gas. The latter has been especially problematic and one that cannot be easily solved. The only temporary answer is to make sure you can actually find an open gas station before you actually get there.”

“Gas Buddy is stepping up to task to go beyond the app’s original purpose. Times like these, people are less concerned about finding the cheapest prices than they are finding gas in the first place. Like in Harvey’s case, Gas Buddy has activated its Fuel Tracker to show stations that have no power, no gas, or both. This information is sourced from users who already had the misfortune of finding that out the hard way.”

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Sep 8, 2017

MouseAge: What are Biomarkers of Aging?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

Today we have another video update from the Mouseage team who are working to create the first artificial intelligence-based photographic biomarker of aging in mice. The project aims to provide researchers with a cheap and effective biomarker system that can be used to quickly determine if interventions against the age-related diseases are effective as well as helping to save the lives of lab animals worldwide.

In this episode, Poly Mamoshina is at Oxford University is talking about aging biomarkers and why they are so important for research. Poly is a research scientist at Insilico Medicine in the Pharma AI division which specializes in artificial intelligence-based drug discovery. She is also a part of Computational biology team in Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford, you can learn more about her work here.

What are biomarkers and why are they so important in aging research? Poly explains in this informative video.

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Sep 8, 2017

We need to change how we bury the dead

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The way we traditionally bury the dead is horrible for the environment.

Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

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Sep 8, 2017

There’s a new kind of chocolate for the first time in 80 years — and it’s pink

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Sep 8, 2017

A spray that can mask your DNA wherever it’s left

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Is this a new frontier in personal privacy or is it just a handy tool for criminals? (via Freethink)

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Sep 8, 2017

A Student Found an Ancient Canadian Village That’s 10,000 Years Older Than The Pyramids

Posted by in category: futurism

For hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years, generations of the Heiltsuk Nation — an indigenous group in British Columbia — have passed down the oral histories of where they came from.

The Nation claims that its ancestors fled for survival to a coastal area in Canada that never froze during the Ice Age.

A new excavation on Triquet Island on British Columbia’s Central Coast has now backed up that claim, according to local news outlet CBC.

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Sep 7, 2017

‘Becoming Machines Is Part of Our Destiny,’ Says Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan [Podcast]

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

I was honored to be interviewed by Nick Gillespie (editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV) in a 40 minute podcast about transhumanism and my run for California Governor as a libertarian. Give it a listen—or read the text of the conversation in the link below: http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/07/transhumanism-libertarianism-zoltan


The “California Dream of Transhumanism” on why he’s pro-robot, running for governor of California, and still angry about getting busted at 18 for selling pot.

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Sep 7, 2017

We’ve just seen 15 new mysterious cosmic radio bursts from space

Posted by in category: space

Breakthrough Listen detected more radio pulses from the famous repeating source FRB 121102. They’re higher frequency than previous ones but we still don’t know what causes them.

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Sep 7, 2017

New class of drugs targets aging to help keep you healthy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The researchers, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are calling for senolytic drugs to make the leap from animal research to human clinical trials. They outlined potential clinical trial scenarios in a paper published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on Monday.

“This is one of the most exciting fields in all of medicine or science at the moment,” said Dr. James Kirkland, director of the Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic and lead author of the new paper.

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