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Jan 7, 2017

‘New York 2140’ Is a Sci-Fi Vision of the World Reshaped

Posted by in categories: climatology, economics, sustainability

If a trip to Venice is your ideal holiday, then you’re going to love the future.


Most of us, however, will be quite sobered by Kim Stanley Robinson’s upcoming novel, New York 2140, a near-future projection of a world reshaped by climate change. Sea level has risen by 50 feet, flooding the Big Apple and countless coastal cities around the planet. Thousands of species have gone extinct.

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Jan 7, 2017

Evidence for Some of the Burden of Fat Tissue to Result from Increased Levels of Cellular Senescence

Posted by in categories: health, life extension

More evidence to support that excess fat ages the body and is linked with inflammation and senescent cells.

Excess visceral fat tissue is very bad for long-term health. Being obese is by some measures as harmful as a smoking habit when it comes to remaining life expectancy. Even modest amounts of excess weight have a measurable negative impact on the future trajectory of health and longevity. There is an enormous mountain of data to support these points, ranging from large human studies to simple but compelling experiments in which the surgical removal of fat from mice leads to extended life spans. Unfortunately we evolved in an environment of scarcity and so find it a challenge to stay slim in an environment of plenty; this is a high class problem to have in exchange for an end to unavoidable famine and malnutrition, but a problem nonetheless.

One of the contributing causes of degenerative aging is the growing presence of senescent cells in tissues. While investigating the effects of changes in the amount of fat tissue in mice, researchers here find evidence to suggest that some portion of the damage done by fat tissue occurs because it hosts many more senescent cells than would otherwise be present in the body. These cells produce a mix of inflammatory signals, and may well be a sizable cause of the well-known link between visceral fat and increased inflammation. Chronic inflammation alone drives a faster progression of most of the common fatal age-related conditions, and that is without considering all of the other damage done due to the signaling produced by senescent cells.

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Jan 7, 2017

MIT Invented The Material We’ll Need To Build In Space

Posted by in categories: materials, space

It’s ten times stronger than steel but is only 5% as dense, and it could revolutionize architecture on Earth, too.

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Jan 7, 2017

Moore’s Law Will Soon End, but Progress Doesn’t Have to

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, supercomputing

In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore published a remarkably prescient paper which observed that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit was doubling every two years and predicted that this pace would lead to computers becoming embedded in homes, cars and communication systems.

That simple idea, known today as Moore’s Law, has helped power the digital revolution. As computing performance has become exponentially cheaper and more robust, we have been able to do a lot more with it. Even a basic smartphone today is more powerful than the supercomputers of past generations.

Yet the law has been fraying for years and experts predict that it will soon reach its limits. However, I spoke to Bernie Meyerson, IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer, and he feels strongly that the end of Moore’s Law doesn’t mean the end of progress. Not by a long shot. What we’ll see though is a shift in emphasis from the microchip to the system as a whole.

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Jan 7, 2017

IBM predicts five innovations for the next five years

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

IBM has unveiled its annual “5 in 5” – a list of ground-breaking innovations that will change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.

In 1609, Galileo invented the telescope and saw our cosmos in an entirely new way. He proved the theory that the Earth and other planets in our Solar System revolve around the Sun, which until then was impossible to observe. IBM Research continues this work through the pursuit of new scientific instruments – whether physical devices or advanced software tools – designed to make what’s invisible in our world visible, from the macroscopic level down to the nanoscale.

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Jan 6, 2017

This Is Probably What A Store Will Be Like in the Future

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Amazon announces a new type of smart brick-and-mortar shopping with no checkouts.

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Jan 6, 2017

Scar-free wound healing could be on its way

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

There are a couple of reasons that scar tissue looks different than regular skin – it lacks hair follicles, and it has no fat cells. Recently, though, scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine succeeded in addressing both factors. They’re now able to get wounds to heal with regenerated skin, instead of with scar tissue.

Myofibroblasts are the most common type of cell found in healing wounds, and they’re associated with scar formation. Led by U Penn’s Dr. George Cotsarelis, the research team was able to get those cells to transform into ones known as adipocytes – these are the fat cells that are present in normal skin, but absent in scars.

Scientists in the Cotsarelis Lab already knew which growth factors were necessary for hair follicles to form in the skin. This knowledge previously allowed them to induce follicles to grow at wound sites on mice, although that would supposedly only be solving half of the problem.

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Jan 6, 2017

Aging does not have to mean what it means to many people today

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension

The researchers at CellAge see aging differently to many people and they have a vision.

#aging #crowdfundthecure

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Jan 6, 2017

Researchers Create New, Self-Healing Artificial Muscles

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, materials

And it’s inspired by X-Men’s Wolverine.

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Jan 6, 2017

This 3D Printed Art Project Could Have Medical Applications

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

Futurism, Brooklyn, New York. Covering the latest scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations.

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