In the latest WikiLeaks data dump, around a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables were published online. “Cablegate,” as it is being called, has revealed some rather startling information. Among the tech-relevant secrets, the State Department tasked agents to collect DNA
Nancy Pelosi is 70 years old and aiming to run as minority leader despite the huge losses the Dems suffered under her majority leadership. Even if you disagree with her politics, you can’t help but notice that she looks pretty
Great work from Canadian-based researchers. See full study here.
Here’s the Washington Post story.
Here’s the press release.
The SU Blog says: “From its founding, a goal of Singularity University has been to spread its wealth of information beyond the gates of its headquarters at NASA Ames Research Park. Now, just over a year since kicking off its
This is a fascinating story about a woman named Deepa Kulkarni who accidentally cut off the top of her pinky finger. After being told by regular doctors that they have to cut even more of it to make her better
Here’s my most recent column: Cloud computing, technology delivered over the Internet, has become a hot area in the last few years. The technology marketplace moves at breakneck speeds, but it is still shocking when innovation almost completely wipes out
From the WSJ: In a study being published Friday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, scientists at Stanford University describe how they got muscle tissue in mice to regenerate, essentially re-awakening an ability that had been thought lost over evolutionary
Here’s the first part of my column on the recent Congressional investigation into the genomcs industry: The genomics industry, which provides reports about disease risk, ancestry, and drug reactions based on one’s DNA, came under fire last week as a
This is an amazing article about (70 year old!) Harvard Professor George Whitesides. He’s working to create cheap diagnostics for developing countries and he tells the reporter this: My view of the health care worker of the future is not
It’s been a tough week for the personal genomics testing marketplace. First there were two long days of FDA meetings, and then today an Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings where the GAO announced the results of a “sting” operation
It’s always annoying to me when I hear people talk about how new advances in medicine are always going to cost more. In many cases the opposite is true. Here’s a well-written article from the NYT explaining why robotic surgery
This is super-interesting and the researchers say they could be testing it in humans within a year. From the press release: “Researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center created a large, well armed battalion of tumor-seeking immune system cells and
I’m moderating a panel of cool women entrepreneurs and scientists at SU tomorrow night. If you’re around and interested in attending, here’s the link: http://singularityu.org/women2010/
Was a super-interesting discussion. Recordings of the sessions are up on the web already if you missed them.
Thomas Perls, Paola Sebastiani, and others recently published work that finds 70 genes to be involved in longevity (WSJ article). Using these genes, scientists could predict with 77% accuracy who would be exceptionally long-lived. Given this evidence, I wonder what
Here’s my most recent column on DIY bio: Personal computing altered the world forever, and now the digitization of biology is poised to bring about sweeping change. Craig Venter’s recent announcement of the first synthetic genome was a huge milestone,
Here’s a worthwhile read on the topic of Singularity University. NYT journalist Ashlee Vance covers a large swath of relevant material about the Singularity and also mentions my upcoming book on longevity issues.
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