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Aug 7, 2017

Elena Milova of LEAF asks whether senolytic therapies for senescent cells could have an adverse effect on the number of functional stem cells in the body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Dr. Alexandra Stolzing and Dr. Aubrey de Grey discuss.

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Aug 7, 2017

5G Is An International Health Crisis In The Making

Posted by in categories: health, internet

Before any rollouts of 5G, consumers should be demanding the scientific research proving safety, not just microwave technology consensus science where guys and gals get together and jawbone which science they want to accept and/or belief as factual, something that industry’s professional associations are keen to do and promote.

Whereas factually and in scientific reality, that industry’s funded research found 32% non-thermal radiation wave adverse effects, which ICNIRP states it will not accept. In my opinion as a researcher, that’s tantamount to scientific fraud.

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

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Aug 7, 2017

Microchipping Humans: First They Traded Freedom for Security, Now It’s Privacy for Convenience

Posted by in categories: computing, security

RFID microchipping is in the news again, this time as employees volunteer for implants — but the chips’ convenience lures before the impact on rights…

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Aug 7, 2017

CRISPR star Jennifer Doudna calls for public debate on embryo editing

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Jennifer Doudna reflects on what she sees as achievements and misuses of CRISPR genetic editing method.

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Aug 7, 2017

Pentagon Tightens Rules After Fake Cops Buy $1.2M in Weapons

Posted by in categories: government, law enforcement, military

A sting operation run by the Government Accountability Office revealed a number of loopholes that bad actors could use to buy excess military arms and equipment through the 1033 program.

When you realize you’ve somehow sold $1.2 million worth of controlled military equipment to a law enforcement agency that doesn’t exist, you’re likely to jumpstart efforts to reform that program.

That’s what happened when the Defense Logistics Agency learned that a sting operation run by the Government Accountability Office had exploited vulnerabilities in the Pentagon’s 1033 program, which sells local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies excess military equipment.

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Aug 7, 2017

An artificial eclipse for imaging extrasolar planets

Posted by in category: alien life

In our hunt for Earth-like planets and extraterrestrial life, we’ve found thousands of exoplanets orbiting stars other than our sun. The caveat is that most of these planets have been detected using indirect methods. Similar to how a person can’t look at anything too close to the sun, current telescopes can’t observe potential Earth-like planets because they are too close to the stars they orbit, which are about 10 billion times brighter than the planets that surround them.

A possible solution might be to create an artificial solar eclipse with two precisely positioned spacecraft, according to Simone D’Amico, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford and director of the Space Rendezvous Laboratory. One craft – known as a starshade – would position itself like the moon in a , blocking out the light of a distant star, so a second spacecraft with a telescope could view the nearby exoplanets from within the shadow cast by the starshade.

“With indirect measurements, you can detect objects near a star and figure out their orbit period and distance from the star,” said D’Amico, whose lab is working on this eclipsing system. “This is all important information, but with direct observation you could characterize the chemical composition of the planet and potentially observe signs of biological activity – life.”

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Aug 7, 2017

Russia’s Banks Get Serious About Digital Currencies

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance

With Russia looking to cure its economy of a hydrocarbon addiction, a consortium of the country’s biggest banks is proposing that it explores a different kind of gas for the answer.

The lenders, including Sberbank PJSC and VTB Group, aren’t developing gas of the natural variety. It’s also the name of a virtual unit based on the blockchain of ethereum, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency after bitcoin. The banks are hoping that by adopting the technology they will make payments safer and faster, while thrusting Russia to the forefront of a trend that’s transforming the financial industry.

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Aug 6, 2017

Project RAMA: Reconstructing Asteroids Into Mechanical Automata

Posted by in categories: solar power, space travel, sustainability

Many interesting ideas have been conceived for building space-based infrastructure in cislunar space. From O’Neill’s space colonies, to solar power satellite farms, and even prospecting retrieved near earth asteroids. In all the scenarios, one thing remained fixed — the need for space resources at the outpost. To satisfy this need, O’Neill suggested an electromagnetic railgun to deliver resources from the lunar surface, while NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission called for a solar electric tug to deliver asteroid materials from interplanetary space. At Made In Space, we propose an entirely new concept. One which is scalable, cost effective, and ensures that the abundant material wealth of the inner solar system becomes readily available to humankind in a nearly automated fashion. We propose the RAMA architecture, which turns asteroids into self-contained spacecraft capable of moving themselves back to cislunar space.

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Aug 6, 2017

With genetic morph, a weird type of anthrax has emerged—and it’s on a rampage

Posted by in category: genetics

It’s killing wildlife in African rainforests and may wipe out some chimp populations.

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Aug 6, 2017

The Israeli Military is Buying Copter Drones With Machine Guns

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

A breakthrough in drone design gives a glimpse into the future of urban warfare.

The Israeli military is buying small multi–rotor drones modified to carry a machine gun, a grenade launcher and variety of other weapons to fight tomorrow’s urban warfare battles. Their maker, Florida startup Duke Robotics, is pitching the TIKAD drone to the U.S military as well.

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