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Aug 20, 2017

Forever Labs preserves young stem cells to prevent your older self from aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Forever Labs, a startup in Y Combinator’s latest batch, is preserving adult stem cells with the aim to help you live longer and healthier.

Stem cells have the potential to become any type of cell needed in the body. It’s very helpful to have younger stem cells from your own body on hand should you ever need some type of medical intervention, like a bone marrow transplant as the risk of rejection is greatly reduced when the cells are yours.

Mark Katakowski spent the last 15 years studying stem cells. What he found is that not only do we have less of them the older we get, but they also lose their function as we age. So, he and his co-founders Edward Cibor and Steve Clausnitzer started looking at how to bank them while they were young.

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Aug 20, 2017

The Wireless Charging of Moving Electric Vehicles Just Overcame A Major Hurdle

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

In a recent study, Stanford scientists were able to transfer electricity wirelessly to a moving lightbulb. The technology they developed help overcome the limited driving range of electric cars, currently one of their biggest drawbacks.

If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway, it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles.

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Aug 20, 2017

Skylon: The Plane That Can Fly Anywhere In The World In 4 Hours

Posted by in category: space travel

Who wouldn’t want to have breakfast on the French Riviera, take a walk along the Great Wall of China in the afternoon, and then cap off the evening by staring at stars above the Alaskan wilderness? That fantastic day might be possible soon, thanks to British aerospace firm Reaction Engines Limited (REL). The company is working on an aircraft that will be able to transport passengers anywhere in the world in just four hours.

Yes. That’s four hours.

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Aug 20, 2017

Where is China’s Silicon Valley?

Posted by in categories: economics, innovation

The technology furor that has emerged way before 2014, and swept across the country can’t be more pronounced. As many as 17 national-level innovation demonstration zones from coastal Shenzhen to inland Chengdu city have been handpicked by the State Council, or China’s cabinet, and allowed to offer favourable policies to spur innovation and drive regional economic growth based on their respective strengths and geographical advantages.

Beijing has picked 17 tech hubs across the country to transform from a manufacturing-reliant economy to one led by tech and innovation.

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 8:16am.

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Aug 20, 2017

China rushes into embryo selection

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, genetics, government

China’s five year plan to eliminate birth defects by preimplantation genetic diagnosis of embryos.

Gene-editing with CRISPR has been in the headlines over the past month and touted as a way of eliminating genetic diseases. But the cruder and cheaper technique of preimplantation genetic diagnosis does the same. And it is exploding in China. According to a feature in Nature, fertility doctors there “have been pursuing a more aggressive, comprehensive and systematic path towards its use there than anywhere else”.

The government’s current five-year plan for economic development has made reproductive medicine, including PGD, a priority. In 2004, only four clinics in the whole country were licensed to perform PGD; now there are 40.

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Aug 20, 2017

How to Watch and Photograph the Eclipse

Posted by in category: futurism

WIRED’s Brent Rose goes over some of the best ways to watch this year’s total eclipse.

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Aug 19, 2017

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

At Georgia Tech’s Robotarium, where experiments can be run remotely, swarms of buggies and copters spring to life without notice—sometimes to their detriment.

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Aug 19, 2017

In a hotel lobby, Hospi announces bus schedules and distributes water bottles…

Posted by in category: transportation via @cnntech

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Aug 19, 2017

Weapons Money Intended For Economic Development Being Secretly Diverted to Lobbying

Posted by in category: economics

The UAE is funneling money meant for development projects to a think tank known to support arms sales.

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Aug 19, 2017

Scientists remotely hacked a brain, controlling body movements

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, neuroscience

Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body’s central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn’t authorize. It’s an incredibly scary thought, but scientists have managed to accomplish this science fiction nightmare for real, albeit on a much small scale, and they were even able to prompt their test subject to run, freeze in place, or even completely lose control over their limbs. Thankfully, the research will be used for good rather than evil… for now.

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The effort, led by physics professor Arnd Pralle, PhD, of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, focused on a technique called “magneto-thermal stimulation.” It’s not exactly a simple process — it requires the implantation of specially built DNA strands and nanoparticles which attach to specific neurons — but once the minimally invasive procedure is over, the brain can be remotely controlled via an alternating magnetic field. When those magnetic inputs are applied, the particles heat up, causing the neurons to fire.

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