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Jul 23, 2016

What if instead of using the computer to draw what you already know, you could tell the computer what you want to accomplish?

Posted by in category: computing

Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski discusses the astonishing results driven by generative design.

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Jul 23, 2016

Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, education, mathematics

Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic”—a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college.

She’d like to preserve the stuff “as long as I live, at least,” says Strauss, 37. But computers must be replaced every few years, and each time she must copy the information over, “which is a little bit of a headache.”

It would be much better, she says, if she could store it in DNA—the stuff our genes are made of.

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Jul 23, 2016

A team of scientists says they’ve found a way to reverse menopause

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A new blood treatment developed by researchers in Greece reportedly has the power to reverse menopause, enabling post-menopausal women to release eggs once again.

None of this has been peer-reviewed as yet, but if the results can be verified by others in the scientific community, the treatment might allow women to have offspring later in life.

It could also provide a treatment for those suffering from early menopause, a condition that affects roughly 1 percent of all women.

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Jul 22, 2016

Ray Kurzweil Outlines the Coming Biomedical Revolution [Video]

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, nanotechnology, Ray Kurzweil

Will we live longer lives in the future? According to Ray Kurzweil, it’s only a matter of time until technology begins successfully tackling age-related disease—and life expectancy grows longer and longer. At some point, technology will annually add more than a year to our life expectancy—allowing us to indefinitely increase lifespans, and perhaps eventually live as long as we want.

“We will get to a point where our longevity, our remaining life expectancy is moving on away from us. The sands of time will run in rather than run out,” Kurzweil says.

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Jul 22, 2016

Zoltan, a presidential candidate for the future

Posted by in categories: economics, geopolitics, transhumanism

A new story out on my time at the RNC from Orange County’s main paper. I’ll be at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday night and Tuesday day. Please join me and help spread #transhumanism! Some free Transhumanist Party t-shirts available (email me if you can make it: [email protected]) #ScienceCandidate #Election2016 #POTUS #TechVote

In Cleveland this week, I met the presidential candidate who’s looking farther into the future than any other.

I settled in at Chipotle’s with my chicken burrito and there he was, with two friends, sitting next to me.

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Jul 22, 2016

Another dark matter search comes up empty

Posted by in category: cosmology

Even though dark matter has not yet been found, scientists are confident it exists as its effects can be seen in the rotation of galaxies and the bending of light as it makes its way through the universe.

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has found no traces of dark matter.

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Jul 22, 2016

YOO — Timeline

Posted by in category: innovation

Introducing the anti-earthquake bed!

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Jul 22, 2016

Most of the universe may be trapped inside of ancient black holes

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology, particle physics

(A computer simulation of a black hole. NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI))

In case you haven’t heard, there is a very, very big problem with the universe: About 80% of all of the stuff inside it is missing.

Astronomers call this material “dark matter.” They know it’s out there because its huge mass tugs on and shapes galaxies, but no one has ever detected the material itself. Aside from exerting a gravitational pull, dark matter doesn’t seem to interact with stars, planets, dust, atoms, subatomic particles, or any other “normal” matter as we know it. It’s essentially invisible.

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Jul 22, 2016

New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Um microrobô com controlo remoto que parece e se move como uma bactéria.

Ao contrário dos robôs convencionais, estes microroboô são suaves, flexíveis,. Elas são feitas de um hidrogel biocompatível e nanopartículas magnéticas e sem motor. Estas nanopartículas têm duas funções. Eles dão aos microrobôs sua forma durante o processo de fabricação, e torná-los mover-se e nadar quando um campo magnético é aplicado.

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Jul 22, 2016

Chinese team to pioneer first human CRISPR trial

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

(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital has announced plans to begin a clinical trial where cells modified using the CRISPR gene editing technique will be used on human beings for the very first time. They plan to edit genes in such a way as to turn off a gene that encodes for a protein that has been shown by prior research to slow an immune response and by so doing treat patients with lung cancer.

The CRISPR has been in the news a lot of late as scientists creep ever closer to using it as a means to treat diseases or to change the very nature of biological beings. China has been a leader in promoting such research on human beings—they were the first to use the technique to on human embryos.

This new effort is seen as far less controversial—a team in the U.S. is planning a similar study as soon as they can get regulators to greenlight their project. The Chinese team plans to retrieve T cells from patients that have incurable and then edit the genes in those cells. More specifically, they will be looking to disable a gene that encodes for a protein called PD-1—prior research has shown that it acts as a brake on an to help prevent attacks on healthy cells. Once the cells have been edited and inspected very carefully to make sure there were no editing errors they will be allowed to multiply and then all of the cells will be injected back into the same patient’s bloodstream. It is hoped that the edited cells will cause the immune system to mount a more aggressive attack on , killing them and curing the patient.

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