Friday, July 29, 2016

cool biotech news

"Portable bioreactor from MIT produces medications, vaccines on-demandJuly 29, 2016 at 10:25 am

A new project from MIT and DARPA has demonstrated the ability to synthesize multiple medications on-demand and as-needed using yeast. The discovery could revolutionize our ability to deliver medications after natural disasters or to remote locations."-source extremetech

Thursday, July 28, 2016

cool music Digital Daggers Still here

cool new product

"Put on your rose-tinted glasses because Sega has actually signed off on an officially licensed mini-Sega Mega Drive console, as well as a new Sega-branded handheld that will let you play ROMs on the go.

While the two-player Sega Mega Drive will come with 80 games pre-installed, it also has a cartridge slot that will even let you play your existing game library. The handheld features an SD cart slot, alongside the aforementioned pre-installed 80 games"-quoted from secondary source

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Prolonged sitting health risks exercise news article

 "Now for the good news: ...Earlier this year, yet another study, this time by researchers from the University of Leicester, found that people who exercise regularly really do offset the unhealthy side effects of sitting all day. And the latest meta-analysis published today in The Lancet supports that conclusion.-source gizmodo

Another earlier news report indicated that micro activity(fidgeting) while sitting also does away with the increased health risks.

"As other studies have, the team found that longer time spent sitting was linked to mortality. Among women sat for more than seven hours per day and who didn’t fidget much, their risk of mortality was 43% higher than those who sat for less than five hours. (When the team adjusted for things like smoking and drinking, the mortality risk for sitting for more than seven hours a day was still higher by 30%.)

But what was really interesting was that being more fidgety seemed to counteract this effect: That is, the middle- and high-fidgeting groups didn’t have any greater risk of death even sitting more than seven hours every day."-source forbes 

Some animals can be totally inactive for several months as part of their life cycle, they neither lose muscle mass nor bone mass, iirc, and they likely do not suffer increased mortality from such as they likely have evolved mechanisms to cope with prolonged inactivity.     The thing is all life shares dna and the genetic traits that allow for such can be transfered from one species to another.  Future humans are likely to one day be modified such that prolonged inactivity results in no harm to one's health, even indefinite inactivity.   For now fidgeting and exercise are necessary, but that is only the case due to our genetic weakness.

Comment on car crash proof human design 2016

 Recently a very grotesque human design for car crash survival was shown, but the design assumes a need for physical rather than genetic modification for car survival, genetic modification would be far more potent and would basically abolish the need for physical modification.   The following is a comment regarding the design:

"This is ridiculous it is based on the notion of preserving lthe function of existing organs. Physically humans don't have to be changed at all to better survive car collisions, you only have to ensure the organs can sustain damage even massive damage and still survive. The ability to metabolically suspend most organs would allow decades of survival even if the person was split in half or their heart and most organs were completely crushed. The ability to regenerate combined with metabolic suspension and state of the art facilities, to take care of the injured and provide energy and raw materials, while recuperating would do away with the need for any physical modification.
The central nervous system could also be regeneration capable, and backups of brain states could allow even massive brain damage to not be fatal nor lead to large memory loss.
Increasing ribs, fat, bone just to better protect an inferior set of organs is ridiculous, when the organs can be modified genetically to survive even if oxygen, blood supply is cut by reducing or suspending metabolism till help arrives, and being able to regenerate once raw materials and energy are provided in a controlled facility."-link to source

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