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Common drugs may combat aging disease

July 10, 2008

University of Oviedo (Spain) researchers have found that two common drugs–statins (used to reduce cholesterol) and bisphosphonates (used to curb osteoporosis)–have reversed the effects in mice of progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes premature aging.

Progeria accelerates aging from early childhood and is usually fatal before puberty. It is caused by gene mutations that disrupt production of the protein prelamin A, found inside the nuclei of cells. The… read more

Common diabetes drug promotes development of brain stem cells

Could lead to treating people with brain injuries or even neurodegenerative diseases
July 10, 2012


Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat Type II diabetes, can help trigger the pathway used to instruct stem cells in the brain to become nerve cells researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have found.

Brain stem cells and the neural cells they generate play a role in the repair of the injured or degenerating brain. This study suggests a novel therapeutic approach to treating people… read more

Common chemicals may act together to increase cancer risk, international study finds

July 22, 2015

Disruptive potential ft

Common environmental chemicals assumed to be safe at low doses may act separately or together to disrupt human tissues in ways that eventually lead to cancer, according to a task force of almost 200 scientists from 28 countries.

In a nearly three-year investigation of the state of knowledge about environmentally influenced cancers, the scientists studied low-dose effects of 85 common chemicals not considered to be carcinogenic to humans.… read more

Common Alzheimer’s drug may benefit patients in later stages of disease

March 11, 2012


The drug donepezil, approved for use only in the mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease, could benefit patients in the later stages of the disease, researchers at King’s College London have found.

The study assessed the effects of two Alzheimer’s drugs — donepezil (Aricept) and memantine (Ebixa or Axura). Donepezil is currently licensed in the UK for use in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s,… read more

Commercial version of MIT Media Lab CityCar unveiled

January 26, 2012

City Car

A full-scale version of the stackable, electric CityCar, created by researchers at the MIT Media Lab and commercialized by a consortium of automotive suppliers in the Basque region of Spain, was unveiled at the European Union Commission headquarters on January 24.

Branded “Hiriko,” the two-passenger EV vehicle incorporates all of the essential concepts of the MIT Media Lab CityCar: a folding chassis to occupy a small footprint… read more

Commercial asteroid hunters announce plans for new robotic exploration fleet

World’s first fleet of asteroid-hunting spacecraft announced by Deep Space Industries
January 22, 2013


Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced Monday night that it will send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft out into the solar system to hunt for resources to accelerate space development to benefit Earth.

These “FireFly” spacecraft utilize low-cost cubesat components and get discounted delivery to space by ride-sharing on the launch of larger communications satellites.

“This is the first commercial campaign to explore the small… read more

Commercial applications of (CNTs) soon to be realised

April 14, 2004

Georgia Tech Research Institute is developing a carbon nanotube-based electrochemical double-layer supercapacitor, a project sponsored by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

Such supercapacitors would provide more power, increased energy density (more charge per gram of weight), and longer life than traditional batteries and capacitors that store electrical energy.

Commentary: Living forever

December 29, 2005

Ray Kurzweil “takes human evolution far beyond today’s most optimistic forecasts in … arguably the most blogged-about book of 2005, a 640-page blockbuster: ‘The Singularity Is Near.’”

“These hold that anyone born today will live to be 130 and productive to 110, and those born in the 22nd century will live to 250. The glass-half-full-and-filling geomancers of the human genome research world can perceive ‘immortality’ in the 23rd century.… read more

Coming to TV screens of the future: Smell-O-Vision

June 16, 2011

Researchers at UC San Diego and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Korea have demonstrated that it is possible to generate thousands of odors with a device small enough to fit on the back of your television.

This could make real “Smell-O-Vision” possible. “Smell-O-Vision” was a film technique that released smells during films, used for only one movie, The Smell of Mystery, released… read more

Coming to the Battlefield: Stone-Cold Robot Killers

January 7, 2009

Armed robotic aircraft soar in the skies above Pakistan, hurling death down on America’s enemies in the war on terrorism. Soon — years, not decades, from now — American armed robots will patrol on the ground as well, fundamentally transforming the face of battle.

The Army stands on the threshold of one of the greatest transformations in war-fighting history, on the short list with steel and gunpowder. The Future… read more

Coming Soon: Web Video in High Definition

August 21, 2007

Adobe has announced that it is integrating the standard H.264 format, the same video format used in Blu-Ray and HD-DVD video players and the latest cable and satellite set-top boxes for high definition video) into the newest version of its popular Flash video player.

Coming Soon: Smarter Soldiers

June 3, 2003

Soldiers of 2011 will step into wired uniforms that incorporate all the equipment they need. The uniforms will monitor vital signs and plug them into a massive network of satellites, unmanned planes and robotic vehicles.

Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine

March 10, 2008

A new kind of immersive visual and auditory experience on the Web is emerging, fueled by hardware innovations (Wii, iPhone, multitouch displays, etc.) and more powerful programming tools, like PicLens, which offers a small icon cue inset in each Web photo that lets users know they are on a site that can be browsed with the software.

Clicking on the icon transports the user away from the… read more

Coming soon: make your phone your wallet

May 31, 2011

Google Wallet

Google, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, has given a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make a user’s smart phone into a wallet. The user is able to tap, pay, and save using a phone and near field communication (NFC).

Because Google Wallet is a mobile app, it can do more than a regular wallet. Users will be able to store… read more

Coming soon: Google on your brain

July 28, 2006

Our software and data is moving to giant remote servers connected to the Internet while other trends are taking us toward ultimate mobility.

The cellphone is becoming more like a PC while the PC is becoming more like a cellphone. In short, the next great era of computing — succeeding the PC one — will likely be about smaller, cheaper, more-powerful portable devices.

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