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Jan 20, 2018

First FDA-Approved Clinical Trial of Rapamycin the Anti-Aging Drug in Healthy Seniors

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

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A clinical trial of rapamycin on healthy seniors. The anti-aging drug extends the lifespan of mice and reduces inflammation markers.

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Jan 20, 2018

Can We Slow Aging in our Bodies with Intermittent Rapamycin Therapy?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

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The finding was a milestone in the field of anti-aging science. Professor Judith Campisi, Ph.D., a celebrity in the anti-aging field, and lead author of the study remarked

“Imagine the possibility of taking a pill [rapamycin] for a few days or weeks every few years, as opposed to taking something with side effects every day for the rest of your life. It’s a new way of looking at how we could deal with age-related maladies.” – Judith Campisi, PhD

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Jan 20, 2018

Revolutionary CRISPR Gene Editing with Nanoparticles

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

Looking back at best of 2017)


Summary: Nanotechnology meets gene editing. MIT researchers use nanoparticles instead of viruses to deliver the CRISPR gene editing system. This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman]

In a new study, MIT scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver the CRISPR gene editing system, eliminating the need to use viruses for delivery.

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Jan 20, 2018

Incredibly Rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Is About to Appear For The First Time in 150 Years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space

If you were awestruck by the New Year’s Day super moon, hold onto your pants.

On January 31, around midnight, the full moon will not only be super, it will be a blue moon and a blood moon.

The blue moon comes as it will be the second full moon in a month. That happens every two and a half years, hence the saying “once in a blue moon”.

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Jan 20, 2018

Bitcoin Wallet Maker Ledger Raises $75 Million for Security Push

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, security

Ledger SAS, a startup that makes electronic wallets for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has raised 61 million euros ($75 million) from investors including Draper Esprit Plc.

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Jan 20, 2018

Space mining is going to seriously disrupt Earth’s economy. And we’re nowhere near ready for the shock

Posted by in categories: economics, space

In the coming decades, the mining of precious minerals in space is likely to have a major impact on the global economy. And existing laws are nowhere near ready for the shift.

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Jan 20, 2018

Army Grapples With Cyber Age Battles In Megacities

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, drones, law, military, terrorism

High-tech warfare at knife-fight ranges: that’s the ugly future of urban combat. If you thought Baghdad was bad, with its roughly six million people, imagine a “megacity” of 10 or 20 million, where the slums have more inhabitants than some countries. Imagine a city of the very near future where suspicious locals post every US military movement on Twitter with digital photos and GPS-precise coordinates. Imagine roadside bombs that fly because the bad guys downloaded blueprints for a kamikaze mini-drone and built it with their 3D printer.

As the US pulls out of the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan, the Navy and Air Force may be looking to the wide-open Pacific, but the Army is increasingly concerned about the cramped alleyways of Third World cities. (The Marines, as usual, have a foot in both worlds). Chief of Staff Ray Odierno’s personal Strategic Studies Group — now led by hybrid warfare expert David Johnson — is working on the subject, as is the Army’s think tank and teaching institution, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). This August, after months of seminars, simulations, and study, the Army War College will host a “deep future wargame” set in a megacity, probably a coastal one, circa 2035.

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Jan 20, 2018

Futuristic “Living” Electronic Clothes and Walls Unveiled

Posted by in categories: electronics, futurism

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ez4RY2IszNk

The future of clothing unfolds at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with the unveiling of an e-ink dress and much more!

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Jan 20, 2018

Lockheed Exoskeleton Gives Troops A Leg Up, Literally

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

It is not Iron Man. It isn’t even Iron Fist. Lockheed Martin’s newest exoskeleton is more like Iron Leg. But for a soldier humping his weapons, ammo and body armor up a mountain in Afghanistan or a high-rise building in a future urban battle, a device to take the load off would be welcome. And, unlike science fiction supersuits, we can build it now.

Exoskeletons are part of the Pentagon’s Third Offset Strategy, which seeks to use robotics and artificial intelligence to enhance humans on the battlefield, rather than to replace them. There’s no area where the need is more acute than in the infantry, which takes the vast majority of casualties.

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Jan 20, 2018

Nanoparticle gel could make mass-market low-cost Holography, LIDAR

Posted by in categories: engineering, holograms, nanotechnology

Why aren’t holograms or related optical devices part of our everyday lives yet? The technologies can be created by using magnetic fields to alter the path of light, but the materials that can do that are expensive, brittle and opaque. Some only work in temperatures as cold as the vacuum of space.

Minjeong Cha, MSE PhD Student, applies a gel made up of chiromagnetic nanoparticles that are a conduit for modulating light to a laser apparatus. Image credit: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering

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