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Monthly Archives: September 2013

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A Long-Lived Rodent Offers Hints to the Causes of Aging

The secret to a long life could lie with the naked mole-rat. This admittedly unsightly rodent is about the size of a mouse but lives about 10 times as long. Vera Gorbunova, a biologist at the University of Rochester, wants to know why. In her lab’s most recent study on this unlikely animal, published September 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Gorbunova and her colleagues show that naked mole-rat cells made just one-tenth the protein-synthesis errors of mouse cells. (Other studies put humans on a par with mice.) The accuracy may stem from an extra strand of RNA that makes their ribosomes different from those of most mammals.

Peachy Printer Kickstarter Promises $100 3D Printer and Scanner – Can They Do It?

3D printers tend to blow up on Kickstarter. And one of the latest, the Peachy Printer, is no exception. The project's raised almost C$500,000, about ten times its original goal. Peachy is an innovative approach to 3D printing being offered for as little as C$100. But there are yet many unmet challenges to be navigated before its June 2014 delivery date.

Google Joins Top Universities in Quest to Fulfill Potential of Online Education

With online education, you don't have to go to MIT to learn from one of their top professors. You don't have to spend six figures or four years to get knowledge applicable to the career of your choosing. Education can continue all your life, if you like. Eventually online ed may even facilitate career adaptation in a more rapidly changing economic environment. Online education is full of potential. But today, it's still an experiment, and as anyone who's taken a course will tell you, the experience isn't perfect.

Space Panel at the 2013 Graduate Studies Program

Recorded during the 2013 Graduate Studies Program, a panel discussion about the future of space exploration and the role of government and commercial interests in the return to space. The participants include: Dan Barry -...

FDA Approves Artificial Pancreas You Can Wear

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued its first-ever approval of an artificial pancreas that may make life easier and healthier for such patients. The device, made by Minneapolis-based Medtronics, relies on a computer algorithm to sync the results of a continuous reading of the wearer’s glucose levels and with a pump that provides appropriate amounts of insulin.

Tim Maupin’s Film, ‘The Last Generation to Die,’ to Explore Longevity and Life Extension

The May issue of National Geographic boldy states, “This Baby Will Live to Be 120 (and It’s Not Just Hype)”; Pew Research published a poll on radical life extension in August; Google funded a new company, Calico, to tackle aging in September. Independent of all these developments, Chicago filmmaker, Tim Maupin, launched a Kickstarter for a short film titled, “The Last Generation to Die.” Maupin, thinks now is a great time to start a conversation about life extension. And he’s right. The idea that within decades a genetic fountain of youth may plausibly reverse the aging process, even indefinitely stave off death, is rising up in pop culture.

Life Expectancy Gains Are Slowing, Especially in the U.S.

Modern medicine has undeniably extended the lives of people around the world, but, recently, a few data points have begun to muddle the clean upward trends. Gains in life expectancy have begun to slow, particularly in the United States.

Stem Cell Breakthrough in Mice Points Toward a Way to Repair Tissue in Humans

Some Spanish researchers were the first to turn mature cells into stem cells inside the body itself. They prompted the cells of adult mice to regain the ability to develop into any type of specialized cell, which is normally only briefly present during embryonic development. The results were published in September in the journal Nature.

Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Could Be Done by Computers, Study Says

A recent study out of Oxford University found that almost half of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to being taken over by computers as artificial intelligence continues to improve. The study, based on 702 detailed job listings, found that computers could already replace many workers in transportation and logistics, production labor and administrative support. But computers are also increasingly qualified to perform "non-routine cognitive tasks."

Global Grand Challenge Framing — 2013 Graduate Studies Program

This video filmed during the 2013 Graduate Studies Program presents Singularity University's efforts in tackling eight initiates dubbed Global Grand Challenges. A variety of speakers present the current state of each area offering insights...

3D iPad Scanner by Occipital Digitizes the World for 3D Printing and Augmented Reality

Three days into its Kickstarter, app developer Occipital had raised just under $600,000, or roughly six times its $100,000 goal—which was met in the first three hours. What’s got early adopters and developers so excited? A 3D scanner called Structure that attaches to and runs on an iPad.

Intel Unveils Tiny, Low-Power Quark Chip For Internet of Things

Intel recently announced their newest line of chips, dubbed Quark, are a fifth the size and consume a tenth the power of Atom, their smallest low-power chip to date. Quark marks a shift, a few years in the making, from Intel’s traditional focus on powerful, fast processors for PCs. In fact, the chipline aims beyond even mobile. According to Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, "Smartphones and tablets are not the end-state. The next wave of computing is still being defined. Wearable computers and sophisticated sensors and robotics are only some of the initial applications."

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