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Interview With David Sinclair: Advancing The Treatments For Aging As A Disease

Posted in Interviews, Medicine, Science on 13th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

A painful descent into old age isn't something we have to accept, David Sinclair explains why in this interview:

How Old Is The Universe? Our Answer Keeps Getting Better

Posted in Featured, Science on 6th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

As measurements of the early and modern universes have gotten more precise, they’ve started to clash.

Pesticides Might Be Worse For Bees Than We Thought

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

“Wild bees are really important, and those are the bees that are doing really badly,”

New Research Shows There Is Probably No Water Under The South Pole Of Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

Mars may have clay under its South Pole, not liquid water, as some researchers previously suspected. After years of scientific mystery, a new study is one of three recent works that give evidence for alternate explanations to the Martian lakes hypothesis.

Moderna Says Vaccine Efficacy Still Strong After 6 Months, But Booster Likely To Be Needed

Posted in Medicine on 6th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

The company does note that a possible reduction in efficacy in the face of the new Delta variant indicates a likely need for third dose boosters later in 2021.

Combining Cancer Therapies For Better Patient Outcomes

Posted in Medicine on 6th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

A Triple-combo of drugs targeting pancreatic cancer is going into human trials.

Is DeepMind’s New Reinforcement Learning System A Step Toward General AI?

Posted in Software on 5th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

The paper proves that if you can create a complex enough environment, design the right reinforcement learning architecture, and expose your models to enough experience , you’ll be able to generalize to various kinds of tasks in the same environment.

An Artificial Pancreas Has Been Trialed In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

A successful trial means that hopefully this technology will one day be able to give diabetes patients the same life and ability as those who don't have the condition. This is a very big step in that direction.

WHO Wants COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Redirected To Countries In Need

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

The goal, says the WHO, is to have 10 percent of every country vaccinated within two months.

Next-Generation Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted Into First US Patient

Posted in Hardware, Medicine on 4th Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

Embedded sensors automatically adapt blood flow to a person’s needs in any given moment; if, for example, they’re exercising, blood flow will increase. It's this aspect that has earned the Carmat heart the designation of 'next-generation'

Can Consciousness Be Explained By Quantum Physics?

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

New knowledge of quantum fractals could provide the foundations for scientists to experimentally test the theory of quantum consciousness. If quantum measurements are one day taken from the human brain, this could help researchers decide whether consciousness is a classical or a quantum phenomenon.

1 In 3 Cancer Articles On Social Media Contain Harmful Misinformation

Posted in Medicine, Online, Science on 3rd Aug, 2021
by Alex Muller

The researchers hope their findings will aid the development of tools and behavioral interventions to counter cancer misinformation online.