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Nov 25, 2016

Commercial harvesting of stem cells under way

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A laboratory in Lanarkshire has started harvesting stem cells from children’s teeth.

It’s hoped the cells can be used in a cure if the children develop a disease later in life.

The American company BioEden will cryogenically store the cells in return for a monthly fee.

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Nov 25, 2016

We are pleased to share an update on our research in 3D capture and algorithms

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, information science, transportation

We took the technology out of the studio and into a car – making Holoportation truly mobile. To accomplish this, we reduced the bandwidth requirements by 97%, while still maintaining quality. This new mobile Holoportation system greatly increases the potential applications of real-time 3D capture and transmission.

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Nov 25, 2016

For the First Time, Living Cells Have Formed Carbon-Silicon Bonds

Posted by in categories: biological, computing

Scientists have managed to coax living cells into making carbon-silicon bonds, demonstrating for the first time that nature can incorporate silicon — one of the most abundant elements on Earth — into the building blocks of life.

While chemists have achieved carbon-silicon bonds before — they’re found in everything from paints and semiconductors to computer and TV screens — they’ve so far never been found in nature, and these new cells could help us understand more about the possibility of silicon-based life elsewhere in the Universe.

After oxygen, silicon is the second most abundant element in Earth’s crust, and yet it has nothing to do with biological life.

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Nov 25, 2016

15 Percent of Big Banks Will Be Using Blockchain by 2017, Says IBM

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, finance

In Brief:

  • IBM surveyed 200 global banks and financial institutions as part of two recently released studies.
  • The widespread use of Blockchain could lead to more secure, efficient banking experiences.

Recent reports by IBM have revealed that by 2017, 15 percent of big banks worldwide and 14 percent of major financial institutions will be using Blockchain technology.

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Nov 24, 2016

DARPA developing robots to fix and maintain satellites that are one tenth of the distance to the moon

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, satellites

DARPA is developing robotic support and maintenance of geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites with the Phoenix and GEO programs

The traditional process of designing, developing, building and deploying space systems is long, expensive and complex. These difficulties apply especially to the increasing number of expensive, mission-critical satellites launched every year into geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth. Unlike objects in low Earth orbit (LEO), such as the Hubble Space Telescope, satellites in GEO are essentially unreachable with current technology.

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Nov 24, 2016

Understanding Machine Learning [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Machines are now able to learn and evolve without human intervention. Here’s how it works, and what it means for the future of humanity.

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Nov 24, 2016

Universities’ AI Talent Poached by Tech Giants — By Daniela Hernandez and Rachael King | The Wall Street Journal

Posted by in categories: business, education, robotics/AI


Alphabet Inc.’s Google division last week hired the director of Stanford University’s artificial intelligence lab to lead a new AI unit, the latest in a long line of academic stars in artificial intelligence lured away by tech giants.”

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Nov 24, 2016

Gravity may have chased light in the early universe

Posted by in categories: physics, space

By Michael Brooks

It’s supposed to be the most fundamental constant in physics, but the speed of light may not always have been the same. This twist on a controversial idea could overturn our standard cosmological wisdom.

In 1998, Joao Magueijo at Imperial College London, proposed that the speed of light might vary, to solve what cosmologists call the horizon problem. This says that the universe reached a uniform temperature long before heat-carrying photons, which travel at the speed of light, had time to reach all corners of the universe.

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Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from SENS Research :D

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Happy Thanksgiving! This year during your holiday meal, share what you are thankful for and think about how to pay it forward on #GivingTuesday.

We are working hard to treat age-related diseases so that we all get to enjoy more wonderful days together like this. We need your help to do it.


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Nov 24, 2016

Predicting the Order of Arrival of the First Rejuvenation Therapies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Speculation about what order rejuvenation biotechnologies will arrive.

The first rejuvenation therapies to work well enough to merit the name will be based on the SENS vision: that aging is at root caused by a few classes of accumulated cell and tissue damage, and biotechnologies that either repair that damage or render it irrelevant will as a result produce rejuvenation. Until very recently, no medical technology could achieve this goal, and few research groups were even aiming for that outcome. We are in the midst of a grand transition, however, in which the research and development community is finally turning its attention to the causes of aging, understanding that this is the only way to effectively treat and cure age-related disease. Age-related diseases are age-related precisely because they are caused by the same processes of damage that cause aging: the only distinctions between aging and disease are the names given to various collections of symptoms. All of frailty, disease, weakness, pain, and suffering in aging is the result of accumulated damage at the level of cells and protein machinery inside those cells. Once the medical community becomes firmly set on the goal of repairing that damage, we’ll be well on the way to controlling and managing aging as a chronic condition — preventing it from causing harm to the patient by periodically repairing and removing its causes before they rise to the level of producing symptoms and dysfunction. The therapies of the future will be very different from the therapies of the past.

The full rejuvenation toolkit of the next few decades will consist of a range of different treatments, each targeting a different type of molecular damage in cells and tissues. In this post, I’ll take a look at the likely order of arrival of some of these therapies, based on what is presently going on in research, funding, and for-profit development. This is an update to a similar post written four years ago, now become somewhat dated given recent advances in the field. Circumstances change, and considerable progress has been made in some lines of research and development.

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