Katatsumuri (1137173) writes "Telomerase activator TA-65 has been tested on humans in Spain. It promises life extension and longer youth for everyone.
Quoting the press release: "The publication reports that TA-65 can cause telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, to become active in human cells. Telomerase activation by TA-65 was shown to lengthen the shortest telomeres in humans, potentially extending human lifespan and healthspan. Telomerase activation is thought to be a keystone of future regenerative medicine and a necessary condition for clinical immortality. Although TA-65 is probably too weak to completely arrest the aging process, it is the first telomerase activator recognized as safe for human use."
Katatsumuri (1137173) writes "Scientists have detected water ice on the surface of an asteroid 24 Themis. The researchers say that ice is not stable in such circumstances and has to be being replenished by some means — perhaps from inside the object. With escape velocity of 87 m/s and water ice present, can this 200 km sized asteroid be a good target for a space mission?" Link to Original Source top
Katatsumuri (1137173) writes "A new computer-based technique is exploring uncharted territory in the fruit fly brain with cell-by-cell detail that can be built into networks for a detailed look at how neurons work together. The research may ultimately lead to a complete master plan of the entire fly brain. Mapping the estimated 100,000 neurons in a fly brain, and seeing how they interact to control behavior, will be a powerful tool for figuring out how the billions of neurons in the human brain work." Link to Original Source top
Katatsumuri (1137173) writes "Jointech has announced yet another $100 notebook. This one seems to literally cost $100. It weighs 680g and has a 7" display. Not much hardware to use with 64M RAM and 64M ROM, but you can add an SD memory card and USB devices. Designed for Windows CE — but how long until someone installs Linux on it? Will this be an Eee killer?" Link to Original Source top
"An international team of astronomers led by David Bennett of the University of Notre
Dame has discovered an extra-solar planet of about three Earth masses orbiting a star
with a mass so low that its core may not be massive enough to maintain nuclear reactions."
"The planet orbits its host star or brown dwarf with an orbital radius similar to that of
Venus. But the host is likely to be between three thousand and 1 million times fainter
than the Sun, so the top of the planet's atmosphere is likely to be colder than Pluto.
However, the planet is likely to maintain a massive atmosphere that would allow warmer
temperatures at lower altitudes. It is even possible that interior heating by radioactive
decays would be sufficient to make the surface as warm as the Earth, but theory suggests
that the surface may be completely covered by a very deep ocean."
Katatsumuri (1137173) writes "Ubuntu Brainstorm has seen several improvements, and received a lot of positive feedback and contributions. It looks like a very successful representation of a public opinion poll.
What kind of company could possibly scale this up to let Internet users suggest ideas in a similar way to anyone they like, be it Google, Microsoft, or Cowboy Neal? My first thoughts were Google and Slashdot. Maybe some readers here can suggest other companies?