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Avi Roy
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

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This Amazing Video Shows a White Blood Cell Chasing and Eating Bacteria 

To be more specific: The video shows a neutrophil chasing Staphylococcus aureus, a.k.a phagocytosis

Video made by: David Rogers, Vanderbilt University

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The Longevity Reporter: The Weekly Newsletter on Aging (Nov 22, 2014)

This week: Nature’s Guide to Immortality;  An organ shortage is killing people, Lab-Grown Organs may Help;   How to Use Statistics to Live Longer; A Plutocratic Proposal to Accelerate Drug Development; and more

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Our Latest Project --- Serendipity: Your Weekly Dose of Curiosity (47, 2014)

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1) Nature's Guide to Immortality: Aging Apes, Ancient Clams and a Jellyfish that Never Dies -

2) Pass Me the Gene Gun: A Biolistic Technique that Physically Fires DNA into Cells -

3) Using Machine Learning Techniques, Computers can Now Look at Paintings and Predict What the Full Scenery Might have Looked Like -

4) The Mystery of the Number Stations: A Voice Reciting an Endless Stream of Numbers, All Day, Everyday -

5) Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity -

6) What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain: It’s One Seriously Misunderstood Substance -
Created and Edited by: Avi Roy, Tomáš Halgaš, and Raphaella Hull

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Google Wants to Store Your Genome: Connect & Compare them with Others to Accelerate Medical Innovations

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A Handy Guide to Longer Living Through Science!

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Ray Kurzweil and Marvin Minsky Discuss Artificial Intelligence, The Future of Work and Longevity, and other Aspects of the Singularity 

Review by: Guillermo Valle Pérez and Avi Roy

In his discussion with Ray Kurzweil, Marvin Minsky proposes a top-down approach for trying to understand the mind, so that we focus on the patterns of thinking and then try to find which part of the brain does which function, instead of seeing how the smaller parts work and trying to find what patterns emerge.

This is akin to saying that to understand how a computer works it’s more useful to understand its software rather than its hardware. His idea that, with the right models, we could program the high-level functions of human intelligence on a Pentium chip can be then understood by imagining how much less resources are needed to run the right recompiled version of a program than to emulate a whole machine to run the original version of the program.

However, we think it likely that initial success will be achieved with the bottom-up approach. Prof. Minsky’s approach is the most natural, and indeed the only approach to understanding complex systems in the pre-supercomputer era. But with computers today capable of immensely complex simulations, we are starting to explain phenomena before we even understand it. Turbulence, for example, appears in our simulations of fluids following simple laws of physics, yet we don't really understand why it happens. The same thing could happen with the brain in the next few decades, if estimates that exascale computing would be enough to simulate it at the neuron level are correct.

During the discussion, Ray Kurzweil and Marvin Minsky also speculate about how increasing human longevity beyond 200 years, and the advent of true AI and of mind uploading will change the future of how we work and live.

Source: Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is Singularity Near?

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Visualized: How Ebola Compares To Other Infectious Diseases

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How we Die: Cancer. Which cancers kill the most?

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in developed countries; the first being heart disease. In 2007, cancer accounted for 24% of deaths in England: 110,400 deaths out of the total 470,700. 

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues and organs in our body. Cancer is the general name given to a group of diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer; cancer that begins in melanocytes of the skin is called melanoma. 

In this infographic we highlight the cancers that kill the most number of people.

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Google is Testing Free Doctor-Patient Video Chats, When you Search for Symptoms
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