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“I feel weightless”: Nike-backed researchers invent a wearable robot that makes you faster

April 6th, 2020 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

  “It can do things that your muscles can’t do.” As workout studios close their doors amid a global pandemic, people are left with one of the cheapest and easiest ways to break a sweat: running. But just because you know you could be running, doesn’t mean you’ll actually go out and jog. That’s where […]

Old human cells rejuvenated with stem cell technology

April 2nd, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Old human cells can become more youthful by coaxing them to briefly express proteins used to make induced pluripotent cells, Stanford researchers and their colleagues have found. The finding may have implications for aging research. Old human cells return to a more youthful and vigorous state after being induced to briefly express a panel of […]

Oxford scientists develop new coronavirus test that provides results in just 30 minutes

March 18th, 2020 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new coronavirus test that produces results around three times faster than the current fastest testing methods, and that requires only relatively simple technical instrumentation. In addition to these benefits, the researchers behind the test’s development say that it could even help detect patients affected by coronavirus […]

How caloric restriction prevents negative effects of aging in cells

March 15th, 2020 at 3:58 am » Comments Off

Summary: A new study provides the most detailed report to date of the cellular effects of a calorie-restricted diet in rats. While the benefits of caloric restriction have long been known, the new results show how this restriction can protect against aging in cellular pathways. If you want to reduce levels of inflammation throughout your […]

How smoking could make you unemployable

March 8th, 2020 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Intrusive ‘wellness’ policies and rules on off-duty behavior are becoming widespread.  Nearly a decade after she stopped smoking, Mabel Battle still has the last pack of cigarettes she ever bought. She keeps it as a reminder of all the gray Ohio winter workdays she spent standing outside her office with the other shivering smokers getting […]

We are nearing ‘longevity escape velocity’ — where science can extend your life for more than a year for every year you are alive

March 4th, 2020 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Technological convergence in 8 areas is taking direct aim at the limits of human lifespan  By Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler Technology hasn’t just improved our lives; it’s also extended them — considerably. For most of history, humans lived about 25 years. Real acceleration emerged at the turn of the 20th century, when everything […]

What’s in your water? Researchers identify new toxic byproducts of disinfecting drinking water

February 20th, 2020 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

When phenols, compounds that are commonly found in drinking water, mix with chlorine, hundreds of unknown, potentially toxic byproducts are formed. Mixing drinking water with chlorine, the United States’ most common method of disinfecting drinking water, creates previously unidentified toxic byproducts, says Carsten Prasse from Johns Hopkins University and his collaborators from the University of […]

8 powerful examples of AI for good

February 17th, 2020 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Amid the cacophony of concern over artificial intelligence (AI) taking over jobs (and the world) and cheers for what it can do to increase productivity and profits, the potential for AI to do good can be overlooked. Technology leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, Huawei and Google have entire sections of their business focused on the […]

The ‘forever chemicals’ fueling a public health crisis in drinking water

February 9th, 2020 at 3:09 pm » Comments Off

About 700 PFAS-contaminated sites have been identified across the US while those exposed to enough chemicals can face devastating health consequences Recent tests revelaed dangerous levels of PFAS in rain, a range of foods and sewage sludge that farmers spread on cropland as fertilizer. In 2002, the French multinational Saint-Gobain boosted production of chemically weatherproofed […]

People lacking access to food 10-37% more likely to die prematurely: Study

January 25th, 2020 at 5:14 pm » Comments Off

People with inadequate access to food due to financial constraints are 10 to 37 per cent more likely to die prematurely from any cause other than cancer, according to a study published on Monday. Researchers, including those from the University of Toronto, looked at data from more than half a million adults in Canada. The […]

New Harvard study fights fat with salty, icy injections

January 19th, 2020 at 8:58 pm » Comments Off

Injecting an icy saline slurry into fat deposits could be a new fat-reduction technique It sure sounds like a pop-up ad you’d see online, but scientists have created and tested a new treatment that melts away belly fat. The new technique, developed by researchers from Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), involves injecting an […]

Google Maps may soon highlight well-lit streets for walkers

December 8th, 2019 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

New Lighting layer could make walking at night safer. Google Maps is great for getting directions while driving and using public transport, but in the last year it has been rolling out more features focused on traveling by foot as well. Recently, the company introduced AR walking directions and detailed spoken walking directions for people […]

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