A Scientist Thinks Someone Alive Today Will Live to be 1,000

A pocket of researchers in Silicon Valley believe that people currently living can survive for 1,000 years. But others in the field remain skeptics.

Happy Birthday!

Aubrey de Grey, a scientist who studies regenerative medicine, thinks that new biotechnology will let people who are already alive today reach the ripe old age of 1,000.

“It’s extraordinary to me that it’s such an incendiary claim,” de Grey said according to a new overview by The Week.

De Grey is just one of many in Silicon Valley who are determined to expand the human lifespan as much as technologically possible, signifying a growing but still controversial field of researchers obsessed with staving off death.

Basic Math

For instance, The Week reports that a Korean doctor named Joon Yun has offered Lees verder

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“BirthStrikers” Refuse to Reproduce Because of Climate Change

Members of the growing BirthStrike movement are publicly announcing their decision to forgo parenthood in the face of climate catastrophe.

Climate Catastrophe

In February, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noted during an Instagram Live video that many young people are currently questioning whether it’s “okay to still have children” with climate catastrophe on the horizon.

For a group of people calling themselves BirthStrikers, the answer is “No.”

The members of the growing BirthStrike movement have publicly vowed not to procreate due to the existential threat of climate change — and they’re hopeful that sharing their decision might draw added attention to the world’s climate problem.

Forgoing Parenthood

BirthStrike founder Blythe Pepino publicly announced the group in early March, not long after Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram Live Lees verder

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Google Glitch Wrongly Claimed That Ghana’s Economy Collapsed

On March 15, Google converted currencies to Ghana's Cedi at one-fourth of its actual value. This is the third country to be hit by the glitch this year.

“Minor Glitch”

On March 15, people looking up Ghana’s exchange rate got a bit of a shock — according to Google’s exchange rate service, the Ghanaian Cedi was trading at one-fourth its normal value, signaling some sort of economic cataclysm.

In actual fact, a U.S. dollar is currently trading for about 5.10 Cedi. But an error that Google has since referred to as a “minor glitch” shifted the exchange rate to a catastrophic 22.72 Cedi per dollar, CNN reports — a troubling sign of the power of information brokers in the age of the web.

Unknown Cause

Many people throughout Ghana were caught off guard by the exchange Lees verder

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Handheld CRISPR Device Diagnoses Genetic Disease in 15 Minutes

Scientists built a handheld device that uses CRISPR genetic tools and graphene transistors to screen for the mutations behind muscular dystrophy.

Standardized Testing

To help make genetic screening easier and more accessible, scientists built a handheld device that uses CRISPR gene-editing technology to scan for mutations much more easily than existing labs can.

The device, which Keck Graduate Institute bioengineer Kiana Aran told Futurism looks a bit like a blood glucose monitor, can analyze a purified DNA sample for signs of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in a matter of 15 minutes — a major improvement compared to conventional wait times of several weeks.

Long Road

The new technology, described in research published Monday in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, uses a transistor made of graphene that’s sensitive Lees verder

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Tesla Is Now Building Cars With Hardware For “Full Self-Driving”

“Full Self-Driving”

According to a Tesla vehicle inventory data website, Tesla is installing a system called Hardware 3 (HW3) in its cars that will enable “Full Self-Driving” capabilities.

Tesla news site Teslarati made the discovery — which could represent a major step up from the latest iteration of the company’s Autopilot feature.

A New Chip

Hardware 3 is supposed to finally make Tesla cars fully “self-driving” — what exactly that means is not entirely clear yet. What we do know is that the new chip will greatly improve performance Teslarati reports, allowing the onboard computer to make far more calculations per second, helping it to get better at Lees verder

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Climate Change Just Wiped out Its First Mammal

First noticed in 2016, the Australian government recently confirmed the first mammalian extinction that was caused by human-induced climate change.

Rest in Peace

For the first time, a mammal has been driven extinct by human-caused climate change.

The Australian government has declared a small rodent called the Bramble Cay mosaic-tailed rat as extinct. The rising sea level coupled with worsening storms wiped out almost all of its food supply on the small island it inhabited, according to Scientific American — a grim reminder of bleak effects of humans on the global environment.

Under The Rug

This year, Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy put out a press release describing a call to increase its efforts to protect the country’s endangered and threatened inhabitants.

The press release recommended moving Lees verder

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360-Degree Video Puts You in the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

This ultra-high-definition 360 degree visualization comes courtesy of data collected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory and NASA's Ames supercomputer.

Galaxy Quest

Strap in and hold tight — you’re about to be teleported into a 360-degree rendering of the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

The ultra-high-definition visualization comes courtesy of data collected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, a space observatory that launched into orbit in 1999. NASA’s Ames supercomputer rendered the data as a stunning simulation you can experience from the comfort of home.

“This visualization shows the effects of massive stellar giants blowing off powerful winds in the region around the Galaxy’s supermassive black hole,” NASA said in a statement.

Hot as Hell

In the video, you can watch gases emit X-rays and see Lees verder

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The World’s First Reprogrammable DNA Computer is Here

For the first time, scientists build a DNA computer that can be written and rewritten to run different software, just like a conventional computer.

Flexible Strands

A stark limitation to biological computers was that any code programmed into DNA couldn’t be rewritten. UC Davis computer scientist David Doty told Wired that using a DNA computer is “like having to build a new computer out of new hardware just to run a new piece of software.”

But now, Doty and his team have built the first DNA-based computer that can be written and rewritten like any other — a potentially revolutionary leap that could lead to the next generation of biological computing.

Building Blocks

In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Doty and other scientists from UC Davis, California Institute Lees verder

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New Facility Aims to Capture 40 Million Trees’ Worth of CO2 Every Year

A startup says it's building a futuristic facility that'll suck as much CO2 out of the atmosphere of every year as 40 million trees.

Carbon Capture

A Canadian startup called Carbon Engineering says it’s secured the funding to build a futuristic facility that’ll suck as much carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere every year as 40 million trees — and its financial backers include Microsoft founder Bill Gates and several major energy companies.

“This financing round — the largest of its kind into a [direct air capture] company — shows the growing recognition of both the benefits and commercial readiness of our DAC technology,” said CEO Steve Oldham in a statement. “As the world assesses how to address climate change while keeping economies running with the energy they Lees verder

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