Thursday, 19 January 2017

Forget blood transfusions, the fountain of youth could be closer to hand

Forget blood transfusions, the fountain of youth could be closer to hand

There has been a lot of hype and hope over transfusing old people with young blood in an attempt to rejuvenate the body in a similar manner to earlier Heterochronic parabiosis experiments, where the circulatory systems of an old and a young mouse are linked and some level of rejuvenation was observed[1]. Many researchers initially thought that the positive results in these tests were due to there being pro-youthful signals in the young blood, however more recent research suggests that the likely reason is the dilution of pro-aging factors present in the old blood rather than there being any “secret sauce” in young blood.

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Ancient Egyptian “pot burials” are not what they seem

Ancient Egyptian “pot burials” are not what they seem

A new interpretation of why people buried their dead in food jars 5,500 years ago.

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New Zealand to ban plastic microbeads by July 2018

New Zealand to ban plastic microbeads by July 2018

New Zealand plans to ban cosmetic products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads from July next year because of the risk they pose to aquatic and marine environments.

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How a computer sees history after "reading" 35 million news stories

How a computer sees history after "reading" 35 million news stories

So far, humans have relied on the written word to record what we know as history. When artificial intelligence researchers ran billions of those words from decades of news coverage through an automated analysis, however, even more patterns and insights were revealed.

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