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Mar 23, 2017

Scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, space travel

I was under the impression that human trials were already underway, but this says they will start in 6 months.


UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars.

In a paper published in Science today, the team identifies a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA.

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Mar 23, 2017

One in Four Think Robots Would do a Better Job Than Human Politicians, Survey of U.K. Consumers Finds

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

Check out this new Newsweek story: http://www.newsweek.com/robot-politicians-ai-artificial-inte…2724?rx=us #transhumanism


A quarter of the 2,000 survey participants said robots would do a better job than humans.

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Mar 23, 2017

Dime-Size Thrusters Could Propel Satellites, Spacecraft

Posted by in categories: energy, internet, satellites

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A new propulsion engine with dime-size thrusters could be used to propel a host of spacecraft, from small satellites to crewed ships designed for interplanetary exploration.

The new propulsion engine, called Tile, could serve as an efficient and lightweight way to keep constellations of small satellites in orbit. Spaceflight companies — including OneWeb, Boeing and SpaceX — want to launch hundreds of thousands of these small satellites to provide broadband internet to everyone around the globe. And because several Tiles can be connected to produce more power, the engine has the potential to propel astronauts to Mars, according to Accion Systems, the company that designed Tile.

“Our technology starts on a nanometer scale, and then we can array that and scale that up to serve satellites,” said Natalya Bailey, CEO of Accion Systems. Bailey described the propulsion engine to an audience here at the New Space Age Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management on March 11. [Superfast Spacecraft Propulsion Concepts (Images)].

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Mar 23, 2017

First Successful Gene Therapy Against Human Aging? It May Be So

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Should these results prove to be accurate, it means that scientists have actually managed to create a way to reverse aging.

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Mar 23, 2017

Mysterious equipment spotted on SpaceX drone ship at Port Canaveral

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, space travel

Stephen Marr had his suspicions when he photographed a mysterious piece of equipment atop SpaceX’s drone ship at Port Canaveral on Monday.

“I knew there was something different there,” Marr, 34, said.

So he did what any lover of space and social media would do: He posted it online. Reddit users quickly propelled Marr’s clear, high-resolution photo to the top of the website’s SpaceX community and so began discussion that the object was likely a highly anticipated robot that would interact with Falcon 9 first stages.

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Mar 23, 2017

Luna, the Most Human AI Prototype to Date, Wasn’t Built By a Tech Giant

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

This AI hates racism, retorts wittily when sexually harassed, dreams of being superintelligent, and finds Siri’s conversational skills to be decidedly below her own.

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Mar 22, 2017

This pretty e-paper smart calendar is everything I want in a gadget

Posted by in category: mobile phones

A designer named Kosho Tsuboi has conceived a beautiful gadget idea. His product, the Magic Calendar, is an e-paper calendar that syncs with a smartphone to display your schedule. The project is associated with Google’s Android Experiments, which appears to be a Japanese program in which creators can pitch ideas for Android-centered gadgets. In this case, the calendar relies on a custom Android app, and, judging off the below video, uses Google Calendar for syncing.

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Mar 22, 2017

Breaking the Supermassive Black Hole Speed limit

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials. “Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow,” said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, “The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early development of the universe raised a fundamental question, how did they get so big so fast?”

Using computer codes developed at Los Alamos for modeling the interaction of matter and radiation related to the Lab’s stockpile stewardship mission, Smidt and colleagues created a simulation of collapsing stars that resulted in supermassive black holes forming in less time than expected, cosmologically speaking, in the first billion years of the universe. “It turns out that while supermassive black holes have a growth speed limit, certain types of massive stars do not,” said Smidt. “We asked, what if we could find a place where stars could grow much faster, perhaps to the size of many thousands of suns; could they form supermassive black holes in less time?” A video about the discovery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD4xECbHx_I&feature=youtu.be

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Mar 22, 2017

Aerospace start-ups pitch futuristic concepts to military defense, private companies in El Segundo

Posted by in categories: business, drones, military, space

Ten of the most promising new regional aerospace start-up companies descended on El Segundo on Tuesday to pitch their futuristic concepts for the next wave of industry advancement, from orbiting cell towers in space to drones that communicate with each other.

The event, organized by new-tech business support company Starburst Accelerator, was held at The Aerospace Corp., the research and development arm of the adjacent Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Such meetings between legacy aerospace companies and energetic up-and-comers are becoming commonplace, as the industry works to keep up with a flood of technological advancements propelling the commercialization of low-Earth orbit.

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Mar 22, 2017

Polyurea Coating Makes Things Unbreakable

Posted by in category: futurism

This coating makes things nearly indestructible.

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