C(60) fullerene is a naturally occurring molecule containing 60 carbon atoms arranged in a sphere. It is famously known as the buckyball, short for buckminsterfullerene, and discovered in 1985.
In the current study researchers fed the molecule dissolved in olive oil to rats and compared outcomes to a control group of rats who got plain olive oil.
The main question they wanted to answer was whether chronic C60 administration had any toxicity, what they discovered actually surprised them.
“Here we show that oral administration of C60 dissolved in olive oil (0.8 mg/ml) at reiterated doses (1.7 mg/kg of body weight) to rats not only does not entail chronic toxicity,” they write “but it almost doubles their lifespan.”
A CULTURAL HISTORY OF PHYSICS An excerpt from a new book by Karoly Simonyi, courtesy of Edge.
Science, art, the humanities, and culture come together in this astonishing and precious addition to the citizen-driven knowledge base of ourselves and our world in Humanity 3 consciousness.
Read the Preface of by Simoniy's son of how the book came to be written, and the author's Introduction to his history of humanity's knowledge base from ancient times to our current questions, through the lens of physics.
Taste pages from throughout the 600 page volume.
Written for everyone who cares to know anything, and how to know it.
Want to make your own pants? The site will have instructions for that. And also how to make your own sewing machine. It aims to be a repository of instructions on how to make everything, and change how we think about where our stuff comes from.
There are signs of stress in our democracy. Every election, fewer people vote, and studies show that political engagement of all kinds is decreasing. Through innovative quantitative research, wider public outreach with the Canadian public, media analysis and interviews with political leaders, Samara is working to understand why this is happening and what needs to be improved in our democracy.
What ideals should we look for in our democracy? Participants told us:
1. Democracy must be responsive. The actions of the political system must be relevant to the Canadian public and people must have the capacity to hold politicians to account.
2. Democracy must be inclusive. The political system must allow different voices to be heard and the Canadian public needs to have the capacity to express their voice.
3. Democracy must be participatory. The political system must provide opportunities for the Canadian public to engage and the public should be interested in taking these opportunities.
This post is about an event that will happen tomorrow, a continent away, the other side of the Atlantic. Few of you reading it will have a chance to read it in time to decide to go there and be part...The invitation to the event starts by reminding us: “New political cultures foment new political densities. Underlying these densities of relationships, knowledge, capacities, and resources, is the question of organization.”
The message is becoming public: 'Damage to the “commons,” known as “externalities,” has been discussed for decades, although the most threatening one—loss of our collective ability to feed ourselves, through erosion and fertilizer depletion—has received little or no attention. There have been no useful tricks proposed, however, for how we will collectively impose sensible, survivable, long-term policies over problems of the “commons.” To leave it to capitalism to get us out of this fix by maximizing its short-term profits is dangerously naïve and misses the point: capitalism and corporations have absolutely no mechanism for dealing with these problems, and seen through a corporate discount rate lens, our grandchildren really do have no value.' [My emphasis added]
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, has unveiled a new add-on for the popular web browser which its CEO says will 'pull back the curtain' on web advertising firms, showing users who watches their clicks.
'Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web,' Mozilla said. 'It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.'
'Collusion will allow us to pull back the curtain and provide users with more information about the growing role of third parties, how data drives most Web experiences, and ultimately how little control we have over that experience and our loss of data,' said Kovacs.
Mozilla aims to build up a database of the worst offenders - and make the data available to privacy campaigners.
In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.
Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision 3 years after the decree was written despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization due largely to the pressure from farmers that together form the Parque de la Papa in Cusco, a farming community of 6,000 people that represent six communities.
Residents of one Canadian town(Fort Chipewyan) are engaged in a David and Goliath-style battle over the dirtiest oil project ever known.
These days the powers that be are beginning to listen. The recent Oilsands Advisory Panel, appointed by Jim Prentice, the former environment minister, stressed in its December 2010 report the importance of proper research and regulation. We have to know what is in the water.
Maybe David has a chance to win again. Goliath would be better for it.
In Moscow, a few days before the Russian election, an exuberant crowd - including a couple getting married - put on the coolest, hugest, most joyous flash mob you've ever seen to the tune of "Puttin' On the Ritz" - in the snow, yet. A tentative online consensus thinks they're protesting Putin; either way, they're fabulous.
“Dressed up like a million dollar trooper/Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper.”
Neurology informs the approach at a Manhattan institution founded by members of the Blue Man Group and their wives for children from pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Having rapidly grown to more than 200 students in preschool through third grade, the school has become a kind of national laboratory for integrating cognitive neuroscience and cutting-edge educational theory into curriculum, professional development and school design.
If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100% effectiveness.
People need a tangible bridge to close the gap between new energy technologies and the real-life priorities they face every day.
I feel that I use more electricity than I should and I bet you do, too. When I was a kid, my parents taught me to turn off the lights when I left a room, never leave the fridge door open, and only use the AC when absolutely necessary.
Mayor Mockus of Bogotá and his spectacularly applied theory:
Antanas Mockus had just resigned from the top job of Colombian National University. A mathematician and philosopher, Mockus looked around for another big challenge and found it: to be in charge of, as he describes it, a 6.5 million person classroom.
"I was deeply moved by Frank's transformation. Frank and the boys demonstrate what community can look like if we take a stand for a purpose larger then ourselves. Seeing this film is an invitation for your heart to open." -Woody Harrelson
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