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The advances benefiting human longevity. Follow along as Singularity Hub discusses the future of health and latest trends in longevity.

Star Trek Replicator? Barrier Between Physical and Digital Worlds Fading

You know that replicator from Star Trek that was able to make food and other items seemingly out of thin air?  Well, such a device does not disobey the laws of physics and is...

Solar Power Game-Changer: Near Perfect Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles

A huge leap has been made in the creation of high efficiency, cost effective solar power with the announcement of the world's first material that absorbs the entire spectrum of sunlight (UV, visible, and...

Artificial Retina Brings Sight Back to the Blind

Wow!  Physorg.com reports that an artificial retina has achieved real success in bringing limited sight to the blind.  The Department of Energy estimates that 6 million Americans are blind because their retinas have been...

Amateurs Are Trying Genetic Engineering At Home

Marcus Wohlsen from the Associated Press came out with an article on December 26, 2008 describing the emergence of do it yourself genetic engineers (biohackers) working from their basements and garages.  Biohacker Meredith Patterson...

Re-attaching Severed Limbs a Routine Procedure

Did you know that re-attaching severed limbs is a routine procedure that was pioneered in the 60's and has been commonplace since the 80's? Well, we didn't know this either until we stumbled upon...

Cook Biotech Offers Stunning Tissue Regeneration Capability

It still seems like science fiction to many, but for more than a decade now mankind has had the technology to regenerate human tissue to repair large or complex wounds resulting from burns, gashes,...

Researchers Reprogram Pancreas Cells to Produce Insulin

The Short: The Harvard Crimson and the LA Times offer some of the better articles reporting that researchers have genetically reprogrammed mice pancreas cells directly into a completely different type of cell called a B...

Researchers Grow an Entire Rat Heart, Pig Heart Next Target

The Short: In January 2008 University of Minnesota Researchers reported that they were able to grow an entire rat heart from scratch. The story is available here at npr, and there is also an audio...

Researchers Produce Red Blood Cells From Stem Cells

News outlets are reporting that researchers from Advanced Cell Technology, Inc have been able to differentiate human embryonic stem cells into red blood cells. This could be a major breakthrough in mankind's quest to...

Tengion – The Company That Will Grow You a Custom Organ

Earlier we reported here at the hub that growing tissue and organs is not a science fiction story about the future, but instead is a technology that exists today. A company called Tengion...

Researchers Stop Decline In Organ Function Associated With Old Age

As humans age the systems in our cells for cleaning up unwanted proteins and other debris become less efficient. It is theorized that junk in our cells thus accumulates, leading to further deterioration...

Alloderm Allows you to Grow New Skin

Lifecell is a company that offers a suite of tissue regeneration technologies that have been used for more than 1 million successful implants and grafts in the last decade. Their flagship product, Alloderm, is...

Growing New Organs is Not the Future…it is Happening Today!

Growing new organs to replace old or damaged organs is no longer science fiction or something we will do in the future. It is happening now and real patients are having real organs...

Robotic Surgery Taking the Industry by Storm

Intuitive Surgical introduced its Da Vinci robotic surgical system to the world in 1999, converting surgeons into "super surgeons" by giving them eyes with 3D HD vision and digital zoom and giving them hands...

With no Health Regulations to Stop Them Chinese Companies Take the Lead in Stem Cell Therapy

In the United States there are countless regulatory hurdles that must be overcome for new drugs and new medical treatments to make their way to the masses. Not so in China! Check out Beike...

Lumosity: Keeping Your Brain Healthy so you Can Make it to the Singularity

In the coming decades mankind will unleash an amazing torrent of technological abilities as we march toward the singularity, but that won't mean much for you or me if our bodies don't live long...

Intel: Human and Computer Intelligence Will Merge in 40 Years

"...perhaps as early as 2012 we'll see the lines between human and machine intelligence begin to blur. Nanoscale chips or machines will move through our bodies, fixing deteriorating organs or unclogging arteries.  Sensors will...

IEEE Spectrum Special Report on Prosthetic Arms

In Feb 2008 IEEE Spectrum released a fantastic special report on some of the latest work being done on prosthetic arms. The special report covers a lot of ground, but mostly focuses on DARPA's Revolutionizing...

The Networked Pill From Proteus Biomedical

Michael Chorost published an article in MIT Technology Review about a networked pill from a company called Proteus Biomedical. The pill, called Raisin, releases a sand grain sized microchip into the body in...

Michael Chorost – Cochlear Implants and World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans and Machines

Below is an interesting video of Michael Chorost speaking at Google June 30, 2008. Michael spends about half of the video explaining the amazing cochlear implant that has enabled himself and more than 100,000...

Tiny Robotic Tweezers Can Pick Up and Move Individual Cells!

Newscientist reports that researchers at the University of Toronto have created a microgripper device capable of grabbing and releasing objects as small as a cell. Tiny tweezers or grippers have been created by several...

Laser Surgery Probe Precise Enough to Target Individual Cancer Cells

The University of Texis at Austin reports that Professor Adela Ben-Yakar and colleagues have developed a femtosecond laser "microscalpel" that is so precise that it can destroy a single cell while leaving nearby cells...

World’s Oldest Person?

I recently stumbled upon some articles on the oldest people alive and thought it would be interesting to post this information here at Singularity Hub: The oldest person alive today (that can be verified against...

Chip for Eye Implants Could Run for a Year on Millimeter Sized Battery

An IEEE Spectrum report and University of Michigan report tell of a fascinating advance in the development of a tiny microchip that can be implanted into the eye or other parts of the human...

Nanotechnology Overhyped in the Past…Booming Today!

In a press release Lux Research reports that nanotechnology is in the midst of a phenomenal boom, predicted to find its way into an astonishing $3.1 trillion worth of products by 2015. In...

Stimulating Nerves With Light Instead of Electricity Opens New Doors for Science

For decades now the standard approach to stimulating human nerve cells has been to use the method used by the human body itself - electrical current. Electrical stimulation of nerves is quite effective, but...

Growing New Blood Vessel Networks With Cell Injections

Major news outlets are reporting that researchers have been able to grow heart blood vessels in mice by injecting the mice with progenitor cells. The researchers implanted "human endothelial and mesenchymal progenitor cells...

Living past 100 years with anti-aging genes

Two separate projects are both analyzing the genes of healthy, old (90 or even 100 years) people to see if they have genes in common that may be responsible for enabling their longevity. Technology Review...

Ingestible pill measures human core temperature, heart rate in real time

HQ Inc. offers the CorTemp temperature pill that can record body temperature and heart rate data continuously and wirelessly transmit this data to an external device for graphing and archiving. The pill is swallowed...

The Bionic Body Shop – Buy Custom Upgrades for Your Body Now!

From the IEEE report on the singularity comes a really cool flash tool that gives you a tour of the implants and technologies for human enhancement that are already commercially available today. A...

ORlive – online repository of webcasts and videos of live surgeries

I just stumbled upon an incredible site called OR-live.com where you can witness live video of the latest surgical procedures. This is an excellent resource for researching and understanding how the medical field...

Birth of nanotechnology documented by this historic IBM photo

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found a cool reference to the birth of nanotechnology in the article titled "Rupturing The Nanotech Rapture" by Richard A.L. Jones: The birth of nanotechnology is...

IEEE special report on the singularity

IEEE produced a special report on the singularity in its June 2008 issue located here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity This is a comprehensive report, representing many diverse views about the singularity from a selection of tech luminaries and scholars...

Physicists tweak quantum force, reducing barrier to nano sized devices

The University of Florida today reports that scientists have reduced the Casimir force between two metal plates by changing the surface of the plates from a flat surface into a corrugated or comb-like structure. The...

The Fight to End Aging Gains Legitimacy, Funding

This article at Wired reports on the gaining acceptance of aging as a disease by society.  The article focuses on Aubrey De Grey and his Methuselah Foundation and notes their conference Aging: The...

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