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Aug 10, 2017

Facebook just announced a YouTube competitor called Watch

Posted by in category: futurism

Facebook Watch will let users discover videos outside of their own feed more easily and let them follow favorite content creators.

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Aug 10, 2017

Salmon becomes world’s first genetically-modified animal to enter food supply

Posted by in categories: food, genetics

Canadian consumers won’t know if they are buying a fish engineered to grow twice as fast on less food.

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Aug 10, 2017

Video Games May Be a Part of the 2024 Olympics

Posted by in category: entertainment

Paris Olympic organizing committee considers adding video games to the 2024 Olympic ceremonies.

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Aug 10, 2017

​1 big thing: The Committee to Save America

Posted by in category: futurism

Here’s one of the most intriguing — and consequential — theories circulating inside the White House: The generals, the New Yorkers and Republican congressional leaders see themselves as an unofficial committee to protect Trump and the nation from disaster.

This loose alliance is informal. But as one top official told me: “If you see a guy about to stab someone with a knife, you don’t need to huddle to decide to grab the knife.”

The theory was described to Jim VandeHei and me in a series of private chats with high-ranking officials:

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Aug 10, 2017

Study Suggests Reaction Time Variability is an Aging Biomarker

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

There is a growing list of aging biomarkers available to researchers that help them measure how well someone is aging and assess how aging interventions are working in preclinical testing.

Some clinical biomarkers, such as DNA methylation and telomere length, are commonly used in labs. Other biomarkers, such as blood pressure, grip strength, heart rate variability, visual reaction time, and decision reaction time, are non-invasive and easy to test.

Currently, DNA methylation is generally regarded as the gold standard for aging biomarkers, although new techniques, such as cell functional age, are attempting to challenge that. The sensible choice, of course, would be to combine both methods to further improve the accuracy of results.

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Aug 10, 2017

Merion West Interviews Zoltan Istvan, Candidate for Governor of CA

Posted by in categories: economics, genetics, geopolitics, life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

A new interview I did on my transhumanist California Governor run:

On August 4th, Zoltan Istvan joined Merion West’s Erich Prince for an interview to discuss his campaign for Governor of California. Running in this race as a Libertarian, Mr. Istvan previously ran in the 2016 presidential election as a member of the Transhumanist Party. Working previously for National Geographic, Mr. Istvan is well-known for his writings on transhumanism, the movement that aims to improve human life and extend longevity through science. A pillar of his campaign for Governor of California includes a proposal for implementing universal basic income.

Erich Prince: Mr. Istvan, thank you for joining us this morning. Could you start by explaining the connection that you see between transhumanism, the movement you’re so involved with, and libertarianism?

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Aug 10, 2017

Thousands march for science across India

Posted by in categories: education, science

Among the demands of Wednesday’s rallies was the allocation at least three percent of the GDP to scientific and technological research and 10 percent towards education, a statement by the march organisers said.

People across 25 cities join scientists in demanding more funding for research and promotion of scientific temper.

Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath 09 Aug 2017 20:19 GMT Asia, India, Science, Science & Technology.

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Aug 9, 2017

Scientists: The Big Bang May Have Actually Been the ‘Big Bounce’

Posted by in category: cosmology

A team of physicists from the UK and Canada have provided a simulation that supports the theory that our universe did not start out the way the Big Bang model proposes, but rather expanded to its current state after a period of contraction—a cycle dictated by the Big Bounce Theory.

The Big Bounce theory states that the universe follows a cycle of contraction and expansion, repeated infinitely. According to this theory, the universe did not begin with a violent explosion, but rather formed as a previous universe expanded or “bounced” back collapsing during the contraction phase of this endless cycle.

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Aug 9, 2017

Did you know NASA is planning to capture an asteroid and put it in orbit around the moon?

Posted by in category: space

Aug 9, 2017

Chinese quantum satellite sends ‘unbreakable’ code

Posted by in categories: military, quantum physics, space

BEIJING (Reuters) — China has sent an “unbreakable” code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.

China launched the world’s first quantum satellite last August, to help establish “hack proof” communications, a development the Pentagon has called a “notable advance”.

The official Xinhua news agency said the latest experiment was published in the journal Nature on Thursday, where reviewers called it a “milestone”.

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