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Cell Aging Slowed by Putting Brakes on Noisy Transcription

August 3, 2015

Working with yeast and worms, researchers found that incorrect gene expression is a hallmark of aged cells and that reducing such “noise” extends lifespan in these organisms.

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Epigenetics regulates lifespan in yeast.

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Study Reveals New Insight Into DNA Repair

August 3, 2015

DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are the worst possible form of genetic malfunction that can cause cancer and resistance to therapy.

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If this research leads to better repair of double strand breaks, it could be a big breakthrough against cancer.

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Suggestion: The EM Drive Is Getting The Appropriate Level Of Attention From The Science Community

August 3, 2015

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A rational response to the hype and counter-hype surrounding the EM Drive.

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Imaging tool lets scientists look inside brain at nanoscale resolution

August 3, 2015

A new imaging tool promises to open the door to all sorts of new insights about the brain and how it works. The tool lets scientists see each of the human brain’s 100 trillion synapses and 100 billion neurons, individually, plus all other cellular objects and many of their sub-cellular components.

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If you can image the brain at nanometer scale, can you see the memories stored there? What about the motivations and character traits?

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Experts: FAA Review Process for SpaceShipTwo Flawed, Subject to Political Pressure

August 2, 2015

SpaceShipTwo fuselage (Credit: NTSB) By Douglas Messier Managing Editor The Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental permit to Scaled Composites to begin flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in 2012 despite serious…

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Safety experts contend that proper safety checks were never performed in SpaceShipTwo, either before or after they made major structural changes to accommodate the new nylon engine. In addition, scenarios involving human error were not investigated.

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Asteroid Impact Early Warning System: First Scope Up and Running

August 1, 2015

The first Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope is now in operation on Haleakala – on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA. When ATLAS is completed in 2015, it will consist of two telescopes, 100 miles…

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Telescope designed to find and track "town killer" asteroids is up and running in Hawaii.

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Blame a Catastrophic Blindspot for the Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash @ Weeder

August 1, 2015

Blame a Catastrophic Blindspot for the Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash http://t.co/ZrchowEUX6 #tech #science

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The proximate cause of the fatal SpaceShip 2 crash was pilot error. However, more serious was the fact that the design of the spacecraft did not anticipate that such an error could be made.

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