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Oct 5, 2016

‘Alien megastructure’ star keeps getting more mysterious

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A mysterious star that some astronomers believe could harbor an “alien megastructure,” continues to confound researchers.

A study accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal has only “deepened the mystery” surrounding the strange light pattern emitted from the star known as KIC 8462852.

Josh Simon of the Carnegie Institute and Ben Montet of Caltech analyzed data gathered by the Kepler space telescope during the four-year period the telescope observed KIC 8462852, Carnegie Science said in a statement.

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Oct 5, 2016

Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, transportation

A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion. Stephen Dowling investigates the challenges of making airliners run on atomic power.

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Oct 5, 2016 / Life Extension Advocacy Foundation

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Time to reimagine aging.


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Oct 5, 2016

It is time to classify biological aging as a disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, life extension, neuroscience

Classifying aging as a disease, the debate is hotting up as ICD11 at WHO draws near.

What is considered to be normal and what is considered to be diseased is strongly influenced by historical context (Moody, ). Matters once considered to be diseases are no longer classified as such. For example, when black slaves ran away from plantations they were labeled to suffer from drapetomania and medical treatment was used to try to “cure” them (Reznek, ). Similarly, masturbation was seen as a disease and treated with treatments such as cutting away the clitoris or cauterizing it (Reznek, ). Finally, homosexuality was considered a disease as recently as 1974 (Reznek, ). In addition to the social and cultural influence on disease definition, new scientific and medical discoveries lead to the revision of what is a disease and what is not (Butler, ). For example, fever was once seen as a disease in its own right but the realization that different underlying causes would lead to the appearance of fever changed its status from disease to symptom (Reznek, ). Conversely, several currently recognized diseases, such as osteoporosis, isolated systolic hypertension, and senile Alzheimer’s disease, were in the past ascribed to normal aging (Izaks and Westendorp, ; Gems, ). Osteoporosis was only officially recognized as a disease in 1994 by the World Health Organization (WHO, ).

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Oct 5, 2016

How we can profit from winning the battle against ageing

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How society can profit from treating age-related diseases.

We’re now living longer than ever – only to suffer from diseases of old age. New therapies promise a new lease of life for the elderly – and big profits for investors, says Matthew Partridge.

Over the past century, average life expectancy in most countries has grown substantially. Vastly lower infant mortality, improved living standards, better public sanitation, and the discovery of cures or vaccines for many once-deadly diseases, have seen average life expectancy in most developed nations rise to around 80, compared with 50 in 1900. Developing nations have benefited too. Life expectancy in China, for example, was just 43 in 1960 – it’s 75 today. Indeed, according to the World Health Organisation, no individual nation outside Africa now has a life expectancy of below 60, and even Africa has seen huge gains since 2000, helped by improved anti-malarial measures and wider availability of HIV/Aids treatments.

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Oct 5, 2016

Tech billionaires are asking scientists for help breaking humans out of the computer simulation they think they might be trapped in

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Two tech billionaires might be working with scientists to try to break us out of what they believe is a computer simulation controlled by someone else.

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Oct 5, 2016

This headband can give you lucid dreams every night! 💤

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Oct 5, 2016

The UK military wants your ideas for how to build swarms of attack drones

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What’s that buzzing sound?

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Oct 5, 2016

Google $80 Daydream VR headset is soft and self-contained

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It’s 30 percent lighter than other headsets.

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Oct 5, 2016

Google’s Pixel phones make their debut

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, virtual reality

The first ‘Made by Google’ phones are here, meet the Pixel.

It has Google Assistant built-in, the “best smartphone camera,” unlimited photo storage and is Daydream VR compatible. The price starts at $649.

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