Episode 49 - Longevity pt 3

This week we continue with longevity research. We examine some critiques against it, and consider what it will mean for society if more and more people live longer.

Also, vertical farming in Shanghai, the ISS 200th spacewalk, and wandering black holes.



Shanghai vertical farming

ISS 200th spacewalk

Wandering black holes

Criticisms and Implications of Longevity research



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(Martin Lisec)

Links for further reading
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategies_for_Engineered_Negligible_Senescence#Technology_Review_controversy
https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/geront/43.1.4
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/testing/genepatents
http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/longevity-boom-and-its-impact.aspx
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Episode 42 - CRISPR and gene editing

This week we dive into the world of CRISPR-Cas9 and gene editing with a hopefully easy to understand overview of the basics. What is CRISPR, what can and might it do, what are the concerns and roadblocks.

Also, new nano metal techniques for improving hardness, and the Air Force X37 sets a record.



Nano Metal



nanometal

Air Force X37



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(Air Force)

CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing



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(Mirus)

This is probably the best video for an understandable explanation of CRISPR

http://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-crispr-cas9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnYppmstxIs
https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-simplified-explanation-of-CRISPR
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a19067/11-crazy-things-we-can-do-with-crispr-cas9/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/the-most-exciting-uses-of-gene-editing-technology-involve-no-editing/422619/
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Episode 38 - The Future Of Food pt 3 - GMOs and Gene Editing

This week I talk about a controversial topic, genetically modified organisms and gene editing, and how these aspects of modern science can feed us far into the future. I will have links to the science on the show's web page, for my part I focus on the basics and the benefits of GMOs and gene editing for food production.

Also, metamaterial news, new planets, and the Hubble Constant



New strong and light metamaterial

The Hubble Constant

New Planets

wild-cultivated
(wild progenitors to some of our food)

Information about GMOs and Gene Editing:



https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org
https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/what-foods-are-gmo/
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/02/23/rice-plants-genetically-tweaked-tame-arsenic-found-soil-reducing-risk-humans/
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/02/16/organic-farming-better-environment/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillus_thuringiensis#Safety_studies
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/06/19/how-your-food-would-look-if-not-genetically-modified-over-millennia/
https://futurism.com/a-new-drought-simulation-has-concluded-with-frightening-results/
http://ascienceenthusiast.com/crispr-cpf1-soybeans-healthier-no-dna/
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Episode 34 - Themes for 2017 - Communication

This week I ramble about the need for level-headed communication for a functional society, and ponder why it's so hard to do, including science communication.
Also, lots of medical news from Earth and space about stem cells and genetics.
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- Stephen R. Covey


Medical news of stem cell and genetic treatments

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(Ricardo Carrasco III)
Stem Cells for Paralasys
Leukemia treatment

NASA's Twin Study

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(Robert Markowitz)
Some links about science and communication I referenced for the show
http://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-have-figured-out-what-makes-people-reject-science-and-it-s-not-ignorance
http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/01/relearning-how-write?utm_source=sciencemagazine&utm_medium=facebook-text&utm_campaign=howtowrite-10682
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-convince-someone-when-facts-fail/
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/the-delusion-of-alternative-facts/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_POLE_BLOG

Some science news sources I think are the best at reporting and writing
https://www.scientificamerican.com/
http://www.sciencemag.org/
http://www.livescience.com/
https://phys.org/
http://www.universetoday.com/
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