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Jul 30, 2017

Each person learns to be aware of himself by other people being aware of him

Posted by in category: neuroscience

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“He learns to manage his image in the minds of others, and finds himself reflected, as in a mirror, through the interface of language and non-verbal communication […] The self is not unitary and separate from others; peopling occurs in the context of mutual-mental-modeling relationships, which continue to affect each person when he is alone…” sarah perry.

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Jul 30, 2017

The First App Store For Your DNA Is Here

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

DNA testing is not new to consumers, but it’s a one-shot deal. You send in your sample, then you get to see ancestry and health data provided by the company you chose to use for testing. Some new insights might be added over time, but there’s not much else you can do with that genetic data. A startup called Helix is counting on people being curious enough to drop cash in its DNA app store on a regular basis. The initial testing costs $80, and after that you can buy the applications you want.

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Helix uses a type of genetic testing called DNA sequencing. Other companies like 23andme are using the far simpler genotyping; Helix is actually finding the pattern of nucleic acids (using flow cells like the one above) in your DNA for around 20,000 different genes, known as the exome. A genotyping test only tells you which variant you have of specific genes, so a full sequence generates about 100 times as much data. Helix is taking this approach because the company is not deciding what sort of data to show users. Instead, that’s all up to third-parties that decide to sell DNA apps to people in the Helix store, and the full sequence includes more precision.

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Jul 30, 2017

This ring can read your hand gestures

Posted by in category: futurism

Jul 30, 2017

Here is what music does to your body

Posted by in category: media & arts

Credit: Hashem Al-Ghaili
Research papers are here:
http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v14/n2/full/nn.2726.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4211412/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2776393/

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Jul 30, 2017

These are the longest-living life-forms on Earth

Posted by in category: life extension

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Jul 30, 2017

This can protect you from becoming shark bait

Posted by in category: futurism

Jul 30, 2017

The amazing science of redheads

Posted by in category: science

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Jul 30, 2017

Print everywhere!

Posted by in category: futurism

Jul 30, 2017

Awesome awe: The emotion that gives us superpowers

Posted by in category: media & arts

Awe is so powerful it alters your sense of self, connects you with humanity and boosts your mind and body. And there’s a surprising way to get more of it.

By Jo Marchant

HAVE you ever been stopped in your tracks by a stunning view, or gobsmacked by the vastness of the night sky? Have you been transported by soaring music, a grand scientific theory or a charismatic person? If so, you will understand US novelist John Steinbeck’s response to California’s giant redwood trees, which can soar more than a hundred metres towards the sky. “[They] leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always,” he wrote. “From them comes silence and awe.”

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Jul 30, 2017

New Research Says Self-Driving Cars Will Save an Absurd Amount of Money Avoiding Car Wrecks

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI, transportation

This would transform the world.

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