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Jan 24, 2017

Biologists just created the world’s first stable semi-synthetic organism

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Created by a team of bioengineers, the semisynthetic organism has DNA made up of four natural bases and two manmade bases.

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Jan 24, 2017

The First Medical Tricorder? The Big Viatom CheckMe Pro Review

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

The Big Viatom Checkme Pro Review: let’s see to what extent the device can bring the medical tricorder to life by measuring health parameters!

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Jan 24, 2017

10 Reasons Why People Should Not Fear Digital Health Technologies

Posted by in category: health

The development of digital health technology causes many concerns regarding bioethics. Here are 10 examples why people should not be afraid of, but rather embrace the advancements of such technologies.

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Jan 24, 2017

Nanoparticles May Bring an End to Death

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

A team of scientists engineered a nanoparticle to help remove the toxins found in a wide variety of snake bites. This could impact the estimated 4.5 million people who are bitten by snakes each year, and the 100,000 who die from the venom.

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Jan 24, 2017

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s AI Acquisition Will Make Science Free for All

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, science

Back in September, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – the philanthropic company set up by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan – set a goal to invest $3 billion to cure, prevent, and manage disease by the end of the century.

The company has taken a huge first step toward the objective by partnering with scientists, doctors, engineers, and other key stakeholders. With the acquisition of Toronto-based company, Meta, the team is moving even closer to their goal by creating tools and technology designed to empower the scientific community.

Meta is a research paper search engine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver the most relevant results to researchers. Following this acquisition, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative will enhance the service before eventually rolling it out for free.

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Jan 24, 2017

Friends and transhumanists, the next 6 weeks presents a very unique opportunity for transhumanism to grow into a mainstream movement

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism

I’m aware of a number of the world’s most important publications soon to be covering it. As a result, I encourage all of you that are in leadership and public positions to temper your political perspectives and posts in social media (whatever side they fall on), and instead to focus on pushing life extension and transhumanist themes forward. We should strive to show that we are united by our aims and love of radical science and technology, and not divided by politics. If pursued correctly, #transhumanism can grow into a multi-billion person movement that will ensure global prosperity, protect liberties, and eliminate biological death and most suffering of humanity. Thanks for considering this! And please let others know. #future

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Jan 24, 2017

Are We Terrible at Advocacy, or is it Actually Hard to Persuade People of the Merits of Living Longer in Good Health?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Science isn’t the easiest thing to understand especially biology, but are we getting the message right about rejuvenation biotechnology? Reason at Fight aging delves into the issues and offers commentary about our recent blog article at LEAF.

For those of us who immediately understand, at first recognition, that the opportunity to live a longer life in good health would be a fantastic thing, and in fact so wondrous that we should jump up and do something to make it happen, it is a continual puzzle that we find ourselves in a minority. How is it that we live in a world in which the majority simply doesn’t care, or if prompted on the topic, declares their desire to age, suffer, and die on the present schedule? After a few years of this, one might be forgiven for thinking that we are just not very good at advocacy. But given a second consideration, we might ask why we should have to be good at advocacy at all in this situation. Isn’t more good health and vigor, and an absence of horrible, debilitating age-related disease, an obvious and unalloyed good? Isn’t the whole point of medicine to defeat disease and prolong health? Isn’t it the case that all of these people in favor of aging and age-related death nonetheless go out and visit the doctor when they get ill, while supporting research into treatments for cancer and other age-related diseases? I don’t think that we are the irrational ones in this picture.

After going on fifteen years of writing on this topic, I don’t have much more of an idea than I did when I started as to why greater human longevity isn’t an obvious and highly important goal for everyone. The same questions and theories back then are still here today, and there is still little data to pin down their accuracy: fear of frailty, of overpopulation, of any change, even positive, and so forth. Since it was an immediate and evident revelation for me, rather than a gradual conversion, perhaps I am not the right person to achieve that understanding. I am, however, pleased to see that despite the challenges our community of iconoclasts, heretics, revolutionaries, and rational thinkers on the subject of longevity science is greatly expanded these days. More of these folk than ever are writing and persuading, both inside and outside the scientific community. We have progressed and grown as a community, alongside progress in the state of the science.

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Jan 24, 2017

Morphing metamaterial models take origami to a whole new level

Posted by in categories: engineering, materials

Metamaterials are an almost magical class of materials that can do things that seem impossible, but they can only perform one miracle at a time. Now Harvard researchers have come up with a toolkit for constructing metamaterials that flow from one shape and function into another, like origami.

Metamaterials have been around since the 1940s, but only in recent years has their development taken off. Unlike conventional substances, metamaterials have functions and properties that are independent of what they’re made of. Instead, their repetitive microstructures allow them to do the seemingly impossible – think flat lenses that act like they’re curved, structures that shrink instead of expanding when heated, and even invisibility cloaks.

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Jan 24, 2017

Is alien life EVERYWHERE? Claims it has become ‘fabric of the universe’

Posted by in categories: alien life, quantum physics

Interesting hypothesis…

Despite all that scientists now know, much of our universe still remains a mystery.

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Jan 24, 2017

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green Uses Lasers to Fight Cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Fighting cancer with lasers.

In an effort to eliminate the side effects of modern cancer treatments, Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green began exploring the use of light-activated nanoparticles to target tumors directly. #HistoryNOW

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