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Sep 8, 2017

How to Store Data on Magnets the Size of a Single Atom

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics

Research and development is focused on developing new means of data storage that are more dense and so can store greater amounts of data, and do so in a more energy efficient way. Sometimes this involves updating established techniques: recently IBM announced a new magnetic tape technology that can store 25 gigabytes per square inch, a new world record for the 60-year-old technology. While current magnetic or solid-state consumer hard drives are more dense at around 200 gigabytes per square inch, magnetic tapes are still frequently used for data back-up.

However, the cutting edge of data storage research is working at the level of individual atoms and molecules, representing the ultimate limit of technological miniaturization.

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Sep 8, 2017

Undoing Aging Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference Announced

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

We are delighted to hear that the SENS Research Foundation and the Forever Healthy Foundation have joined forces to host an exciting conference about rejuvenation biotechnology on March 15–17, 2018 at the Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany.

The particularly good news is that this conference will be open to the wider community interested in this field and not just academia. We believe this is a fantastic move, as it allows more people to engage with the science and to learn firsthand from the researchers working on the front line. We very much support the idea that we are all in this together and thus are very pleased to see that the event is open to the entire community.

The event will be a fantastic opportunity to network as well as learn about the latest exciting innovations and progress in the field. The strength of our community relies on our ability to network effectively and engage with the wider public audience as well as attract the support of investors and philanthropists.

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Sep 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma Is Going to Slam Straight Into South Florida, Models Now Agree

Posted by in category: climatology

All hurricane models now agree, hurricane irma is going to slam straight into south florida.

Miami south beach to get 10 feet of sea surge.

If you’ve ever lived in South Florida during hurricane season, chances are you’ve learned to read the various storm projection models like a fortuneteller scanning tarot cards. “I’m sorry, but the European model shows a far stronger eastern trend than the GFS,” you’ve probably said in a serious tone at…

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Sep 8, 2017

Tech companies rise to help Florida weather Irma

Posted by in category: climatology

You know those jokes about how people first go online and on social media in times of emergencies before they actually do something about said emergency? Well it’s time to turn that new habit on its head and actually make it useful. Florida governor Rick Scott urged residents to take advantage of apps like Gas Buddy, Google Maps, and Expedia to get the latest information on gas availability and road closures in preparing for hurricane Irma’s landfall. Of course, only before and after the storm, not during and especially not inside it.”

“The devastation in Houston left in Harvey’s wake has sent Florida scrambling to prepare for an even more frightening Irma. This has caused no small amount of panic buying of supplies and gas. The latter has been especially problematic and one that cannot be easily solved. The only temporary answer is to make sure you can actually find an open gas station before you actually get there.”

“Gas Buddy is stepping up to task to go beyond the app’s original purpose. Times like these, people are less concerned about finding the cheapest prices than they are finding gas in the first place. Like in Harvey’s case, Gas Buddy has activated its Fuel Tracker to show stations that have no power, no gas, or both. This information is sourced from users who already had the misfortune of finding that out the hard way.”

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Sep 8, 2017

MouseAge: What are Biomarkers of Aging?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

Today we have another video update from the Mouseage team who are working to create the first artificial intelligence-based photographic biomarker of aging in mice. The project aims to provide researchers with a cheap and effective biomarker system that can be used to quickly determine if interventions against the age-related diseases are effective as well as helping to save the lives of lab animals worldwide.

In this episode, Poly Mamoshina is at Oxford University is talking about aging biomarkers and why they are so important for research. Poly is a research scientist at Insilico Medicine in the Pharma AI division which specializes in artificial intelligence-based drug discovery. She is also a part of Computational biology team in Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford, you can learn more about her work here.

What are biomarkers and why are they so important in aging research? Poly explains in this informative video.

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Sep 8, 2017

We need to change how we bury the dead

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The way we traditionally bury the dead is horrible for the environment. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

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Sep 8, 2017

There’s a new kind of chocolate for the first time in 80 years — and it’s pink

Posted by in category: food

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Sep 8, 2017

A spray that can mask your DNA wherever it’s left

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Is this a new frontier in personal privacy or is it just a handy tool for criminals? (via Freethink)

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Sep 8, 2017

A Student Found an Ancient Canadian Village That’s 10,000 Years Older Than The Pyramids

Posted by in category: futurism

For hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years, generations of the Heiltsuk Nation — an indigenous group in British Columbia — have passed down the oral histories of where they came from.

The Nation claims that its ancestors fled for survival to a coastal area in Canada that never froze during the Ice Age.

A new excavation on Triquet Island on British Columbia’s Central Coast has now backed up that claim, according to local news outlet CBC.

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Sep 7, 2017

‘Becoming Machines Is Part of Our Destiny,’ Says Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan [Podcast]

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

I was honored to be interviewed by Nick Gillespie (editor in chief of and Reason TV) in a 40 minute podcast about transhumanism and my run for California Governor as a libertarian. Give it a listen—or read the text of the conversation in the link below:

The “California Dream of Transhumanism” on why he’s pro-robot, running for governor of California, and still angry about getting busted at 18 for selling pot.

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