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Next Big Future: Understanding DNA repair and cancer resistance genes from Bowhead whales to enable 200 year lives in humans

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have sequenced the genome of the bowhead whale, estimated to live for more than 200 years with low incidence of disease. The bowhead whale is the longest living mammal on earth. The team wanted to understand why they live so long and don't succumb to some of the same illnesses as humans do earlier in life.

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The Internet of Anything: The 3-D Printer That Can Spit Out Custom Electronics | WIRED

Today's 3D printers are great for building plastic stuff, things like toys and musical instruments and even shoes. Some can also print metal objects, like car parts and jewelry and, well, guns. But Jennifer Lewis helped create a new kind of printer, one that can print electronics, like hearing aids and other wearables.

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What can we change in today's society to promote technological growth at a faster rate? * /r/Futurology

I'm looking for answers that are exact and feasible. What are the latest game changers that has been instituted? What should be done next?

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Hedge fund robots are crushing their human rivals

The hedge fund robots are winning again. That's a key lesson from 2014, when computer algorithm-led investing produced stellar returns, beating most gut-driven human managers and dramatically recovering most of their losses from 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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The electric scooter of the future

After operating in stealth mode for four years, Taiwanese startup Gogoro is showing a beautiful electric scooter - but the real news is in how they're planning to power it.

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We are becoming a new species, we are becoming Homo Evolutis

At TED 2009, now halfway through the near-weeklong binge of activities and presentations, Juan Enriquez energized and perhaps terrorized attendees with his brief look into the future of human affairs, and indeed, of the human species.

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What is Aging? Most Scientists Still Get it Wrong

Most people misunderstand what aging is. It's not just the public who have been deceived - Most scientists and medical researchers who study aging are on the wrong track. The culprit is the "natural medicine" movement that has dominated thinking about our bodies for the last 50 years. "Respect the body's wisdom.

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Our System Is So Broken, Almost No Patented Discoveries Ever Get Used | WIRED

The unspoken reality is that the U.S. patent system creates a market so constricted by high transaction costs and legal risks that it excludes the vast majority of small and mid-sized businesses and prevents literally 95 percent of all patented discoveries from ever being put to use to create new products and services, new jobs, and new economic growth.

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Astronomers simulate the universe with realistic galaxies | KurzweilAI

An international team of astronomers has developed a simulation of the universe in which realistic galaxies are created - their mass, size, and age are similar to those of observed galaxies. Previous computer simulations had limited success because their simulations were too old, too spherical, and either too massive or too small.

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This router can power your devices wirelessly from 20 feet away

Wireless charging hasn't really set the world on fire. Since the Palm Pre first introduced us to the idea at CES 2009, a few companies have added similar functionality to their phones and smartwatches. Power without wires is undoubtedly useful, but none of the solutions have ever set our devices free from a charging pad, which is tantamount to plugging them in, really.

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Simple Pictures That State-of-the-Art AI Still Can't Recognize | WIRED

Look at these black and yellow bars and tell me what you see. Not much, right? Ask state-of-the-art artificial intelligence the same question, however, and it will tell you they're a school bus. It will be over 99 percent certain of this assessment.

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For SpaceX, 'X' marks the spot - CNN.com

A Falcon 9 rocket will lift the cargo into orbit, and for the first time, the company will try to land the rocket's first stage on a floating platform. Traditionally, rockets have been designed to fall back to Earth after separating from the spacecraft they lifted, and then burn up on reentry or crash into the ocean.

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Brain-to-brain verbal communication in humans achieved for the first time - CNET

A team of researchers has successfully achieved brain-to-brain human communication using non-invasive technologies across a distance of 5,000 miles. Humans just got a step closer to being able to think a message into someone else's brain on the other side of the world: in a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of researchers has successfully achieved brain-to-brain transmission of information between humans.

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Has /r/futurology changed your perception? * /r/Futurology

I subbed about a year ago. Back then I was an overweight, depressed, balding 30 something. After a year reading articles in this sub, especially...

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The High-Tech Future of the Uterus

When I suffered my third consecutive miscarriage this past May, my mom said she wanted to help me out however she could, even if it meant being my surrogate. I laughed it off-a 60-year-old surrogate?-but it turned out that, as always, Mom had been on to something.

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