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Nov 28, 2016

Future schools could test a student’s DNA to predict their success

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, genetics, neuroscience

Our DNA encodes a complex biological blueprint for our lives.

Every toenail, artery, and brain cell we grow is meticulously planned and executed through our DNA’s unfathomably complex genetic instructions.

Recent genetics research has focused on how DNA may affect a person’s education, a field known as ‘educational genomics’.

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Nov 28, 2016

Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

The Australian anthropologist explains why being scared about AI and big data has more to do with our fear of each other than killer robots.

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Nov 28, 2016

Linking Excess Fat Tissue, Immune Dysfunction, and Cellular Senescence in Aging

Posted by in category: life extension

Fat tissue, immune dysfunction and cellular senescence are closely related. Here we have some commentary from Reason at Fightaging! once of our new Patron sponsors about some recent research liking these factors together.

“Cellular senescence is one of the root causes of aging, and there are at present serious, well-funded efforts underway to produce rejuvenation therapies based on the selective destruction of senescent cells in old tissues. This progress is welcome, but it could have started a long time ago. It has taken many years of advocacy and the shoestring production of technology demonstrations to finally convince the broader community of scientists and funding institutions that the evidence has long merited serious investment in treatments to clear senescent cells”.

#sens #aging

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Nov 28, 2016

Bioprinting Is One Step Closer to Making a Human Kidney

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, biotech/medical

Bioprinting has been all over the news in the past several years with headline-worthy breakthroughs like printed human skin, synthetic bones, and even a fully functional mouse thyroid gland.

3D printing paved the way for bioprinting thanks to the printers’ unique ability to recreate human tissue structures; their software can be written to ‘stack’ cells in precise patterns as directed by a digital model, and they can produce tissue in just hours and make numerous identical samples.

Despite the progress in bioprinting, however, more complex human organs continue to elude scientists, and resting near the top of the ‘more complex’ list are the kidneys.

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Nov 27, 2016

Google’s AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn’t Taught to Translate Between

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

In Brief

  • The AI can translate a language pair with a reasonable amount of accuracy if it has translated both of them into another common language.
  • This removes a significant amount of human input, and it opens the door to AI that learn and problem solve better than ever.

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Nov 27, 2016

This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy

Posted by in categories: innovation, neuroscience

Did you know you can rewire your brain? Neuroscientific research breakthroughs are revealing fascinating new truths about the malleability of our brains and, thus, the malleability of ourselves as well.

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Nov 27, 2016

Transhumanism: Imagine what could happen when your entire brain is online…

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, transhumanism


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Nov 27, 2016

New drug limits and then repairs brain damage in stroke

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

More progress to help stroke victims.

Researchers at The University of Manchester have discovered that a potential new drug reduces the number of brain cells destroyed by stroke and then helps to repair the damage.

A reduction in blood flow to the brain caused by is a major cause of death and disability, and there are few effective treatments.

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Nov 27, 2016

Drones for Delivery in Healthcare | By Andreessen Horowitz | SoundCloud

Posted by in categories: business, drones, governance, innovation

” … discuss using drones to leapfrog infrastructure, and save lives by doing it in less than 15 minutes.”

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Nov 27, 2016

Video Of The Week: A Crypto Economy — By Fred Wilson | AVC

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, economics, finance

“It’s a fairly concise but expansive vision of what is possible to build with open public blockchains.”

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