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Feb 1, 2018

Synchronized Galactic Orbit Challenges Our Best Theory of How the Universe Works

Posted by in category: space

Scientists thought the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies were unique: They’ve got rings of smaller dwarf galaxies orbiting in what seems to be a synchronized fashion. But when a team of scientists recently looked at another galaxy, they realized it also seemed to shepherd a flock of dwarfs in a strange, synchronized dance. That’s not supposed to happen.

An international team of four researchers noticed the behavior in the elliptical Centaurus A galaxy, 30 million light years away from our own Milky Way. Dwarf galaxies should travel randomly around their parent, based on the standard theory of how galaxies form. Seeing yet another galaxy with this strange behavior is highly unlikely, and calls into question the very model that scientists use to understand structure in our universe.

Sure, you would expect to find one galaxy with this behavior, study author Oliver Müller from the University of Basel in Switzerland told Gizmodo. “But two or three is startling.”

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Feb 1, 2018

3D printing of living cells

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

Using a new technique they call “in-air microfluidics,” University of Twente scientists succeed in printing 3D structures with living cells. This special technique enable the fast and ‘on-the-fly’ production of micro building blocks that are viable and can be used for repairing damaged tissue, for example. The work is presented in Science Advances.

Microfluidics is all about manipulating tiny drops of with sizes between a micrometer and a millimeter. Most often, chips with tiny fluidic channels, reactors and other components are used for this: lab-on-a-chip systems. Although these chips offer a broad range of possibilities, in producing emulsions for example—droplets carrying another substance – the speed at which droplets leave the chip is typically in the microliter per minute range. For clinical and industrial applications, this is not fast enough: filling a volume of a cubic centimeter would take about 1000 minutes or 17 hours. The technique that is presented now, does this in a couple of minutes.

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Feb 1, 2018

Cancer ‘vaccine’ eradicates tumors in mice, holds promise in humans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Summary: Activating T cells in tumors destroyed most traces of cancer in mice, and had ‘amazing, bodywide effects,’ Stanford University researchers reported. The researchers are recruiting lymphoma patients to test the approach in a clinical trial. [This article first appeared on the website Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine used two novel agents to activate immune system T cells in tumors. The immune-boosting treatment destroyed most traces of cancer in mice the researchers reported in a study published on Jan. 31 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Injecting tiny amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eradicate all traces of cancer in the rodents, including distant metastases, the researchers found. The novel approach works for many different types of cancers, including tumors that arise spontaneously, the new study found.

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Feb 1, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Cafe Esoterica Radio Show (Part #1 ) — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, alien life, astronomy, bioengineering, biotech/medical, cosmology, cryonics, genetics, health, neuroscience…n-of-youth

Feb 1, 2018

Working, Beating Hearts Will Soon Be 3D-Printed From Patients’ Own Cells

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

Heart cells grown in a lab and assembled in the shape of the organ will eventually start beating in unison–and create a heart for a patient that has a higher chance of success in a transplant than one from another human.

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Feb 1, 2018

Altered Carbon Premiere Viewing Party/Meet Aubrey De Grey

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

We are pleased to announce a special event in San Francisco on Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST the opportunity to meet Dr. Aubrey de Grey from the SENS Foundation who will also be attending. This is a special screening of Altered Carbon, a new science fiction series coming to Netflix and based on the superb book by Richard Morgan.

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Feb 1, 2018

Multiverse Thought Experiment Suggests Life Could Still Exist Under Different Laws of Physics

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics

Image: istolethetv/Flickr Perhaps we’re not alone but instead reside in a multiverse stocked with all sorts of fantastical realms. These other universes are somewhat—but not exactly—like our own. Maybe gravity acts differently, or particles come in different shapes and sizes. Could life still exist in any of these bubbles? A team of researchers at the University of Michigan asked these questions but took things a step further. They removed one of the four fundamental forces of nature, the weak nuclear force, from their hypothetical universes. And according to their calculations, these alter…

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Feb 1, 2018

Anti-Aging Pioneer Aubrey de Grey: “People in Middle Age Now Have a Fair Chance”

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Aging is not a mystery, says famed researcher Dr. Aubrey de Grey, perhaps the world’s foremost advocate of the provocative view that medical technology will one day allow humans to control the aging process and live healthily into our hundreds—or even thousands.

“The cultural attitudes toward all of this are going to be completely turned upside down by sufficiently promising results in the lab, in mice.”

He likens aging to a car wearing down over time; as the body operates normally, it accumulates damage which can be tolerated for a while, but eventually sends us into steep decline. The most promising way to escape this biological reality, he says, is to repair the damage as needed with precise scientific tools.

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Feb 1, 2018

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to partner on US employee health care

Posted by in category: health

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday announced a partnership to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. The announcement slammed the shares of multiple companies in the health-care sector.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan announce plans to partner on ways to cut health care costs and improve services for U.S. employees.

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Feb 1, 2018

Altered Carbon Trailer

Posted by in category: life extension

For those of life extensionists who are in San Francisco or not far from it!

Tomorrow, February 2, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST, 54 Washburn St, San Francisco there will be the *Premiere Viewing Party*!

In the beginning of the party longevity researcher & TED Fellow *Aubrey de Grey* will be making some remarks on the current state of longevity research here in the real world before we partake of the fictional one.

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