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Welcome to the Town That Is Trying to Cure Aging

For just about his entire life, Ron Smith has been a subject of a scientific inquiry. At birth, in 1972, he was studied by scientists, and then assessed again at age three to document his physical fitness, mental health and intelligence. Every few years after that, he has returned to be poked, prodded and tested in the name of science. This year, Smith will turn 45.

https://gizmodo.com/welcome-to-the-town-that-is-trying-to-cure-aging-1794006390

Not sleeping? You might be part of a genetic elite


It was a fact widely known that Margaret Thatcher could get by on only four hours’ sleep a night.

And just like the former British prime minister, some high-profile business leaders also claim to do their best work on only the briefest of shut-eye. Jack Dorsey, who is CEO of both Twitter and the payments company Square, said recently: “I don’t sleep much, but it’s enough.”

So why is it that some people can be productive and energetic despite getting less sleep than everyone else?
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/04/not-sleeping-gene-mutation-california-research/

Mosquito-killing fungi engineered with spider and scorpion toxins could help fight malaria

Fungus specifically targets mosquitoes, is safe for humans and other insects

Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In some of the hardest-hit areas in sub-Saharan Africa, the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite have become resistant to traditional chemical insecticides, complicating efforts to fight the disease.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uom-mfe061217.php

A.I Versus M.D. What happens when diagnosis is automated?


In some trials, “deep learning” systems have outperformed human experts.
ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL SAVAGE

One evening last November, a fifty-four-year-old woman from the Bronx arrived at the emergency room at Columbia University’s medical center with a grinding headache. Her vision had become blurry, she told the E.R. doctors, and her left hand felt numb and weak. The doctors examined her and ordered a CT scan of her head.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/ai-versus-md

3D cell printer tipped to be ‘game changer’ in preventing osteoarthritis


PHOTO Professor Peter Choong demonstrates the Biopen which has been successfully tested on sheep.
SUPPLIED: ST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL

Australian surgeons hope to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis in patients by using 3D technology to print live cells to repair damage to bones, muscles, tendons and tissue in organs.

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-25/3d-cell-printer-pen-game-changer-osteoarthritis/8557374?pfmredir=sm

A veggie burger that bleeds? Now the ‘clean meat’ revolution is cooking on gas

Plant-based products meant to resemble animal foods are becoming even more convincing and delicious – and lowering the barriers to a vegan lifestyle

Some of the most anticipated and iconic promises of the future have come up empty. There are no flying cars, interstellar teleporters, floating hoverboards, or fully functional, live-in robotic house cleaners. Not only have we not colonised Mars – we haven’t even set foot on it.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/18/veggie-burger-clean-meat-revolution-plant-foods-animals

This New Grocery Store Is Completely Free for People in Need

“Take what you need, give if you can.”

In the first of its kind, a food-rescue supermarket opens its doors in Sydney, Australia. The revolutionary food store was opened by OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food waste organisation. The food rescue operation collects surplus food from 2,000 commercial outlets and redistributes it to 900 charities.

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/first-food-rescue-supermarket-opens-in-australia/