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Meet the doctor who'll grow you a new nose (Wired UK)

Meet the doctor who'll grow you a new nose (Wired UK) | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In a hospital in North-West London, noses, ears and windpipes lie disembodied in racks and on table tops
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Thomas Landrain - Biohacking: when biotech breaks free - YouTube

The future of biotech is maybe not where we expect it. The cost of innovation in traditional and institutional biotech is too high. Amateurs around the world...
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The Micro is a $200 3D printer that can make a teacup in an hour

The Micro is a $200 3D printer that can make a teacup in an hour | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
There are more than a couple of reasons why 3D printing hasn't truly hit critical mass, and the team at M3D thinks it's sidestepped them with The Micro,
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Ultra tiny camera has no lens – uses algorithm to develop pictures

Ultra tiny camera has no lens – uses algorithm to develop pictures | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —An extremely tiny lensless camera, developed by Rambus, has been slowly making waves over the past year. Researchers for the company, David Stork and Patrick Gill won a Best Paper award at last year's Sencomm 2013 for describing what the company has created. They spoke again at last month's ...
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Synthetic DNA advance is hailed

Synthetic DNA advance is hailed | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.
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21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World

21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. 
"We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below.
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▶ Ramez Naam - Better than Borg - YouTube

Better than Borg in an Age of Enhancement Science, Technology & the Future - By Design http://scifuture.org
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Daniel C. Dennett: The De-Darwinizing of Cultural Change (HeadCon '13 Part X) | Edge.org

Daniel C. Dennett: The De-Darwinizing of Cultural Change (HeadCon '13 Part X) | Edge.org | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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Do We Need Humans?

Do We Need Humans? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.
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The Technium | Edge.org

The Technium | Edge.org | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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‘Who Owns the Future?’ by Jaron Lanier

‘Who Owns the Future?’ by Jaron Lanier | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The computer scientist Jaron Lanier provides insights on technology in his new book, “Who Owns the Future?”
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We need to talk about TED

We need to talk about TED | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Benjamin Bratton: Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster
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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism | KurzweilAI

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism | KurzweilAI | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of
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Scientists regenerate organ in mice in world-first breakthrough

Scientists regenerate organ in mice in world-first breakthrough | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Results on regenerated thymus in very old mice potentially open way for helping humans live longer

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Scientists have regenerated a living organ for the first time, potentially opening the way for life-lengthening human therapies.

A team at Edinburgh University’s medical research centre for regenerative medicine managed to rebuild the thymus of very old mice, re-establishing the health of the organ seen in younger creatures.

Scientists reactivated a natural mechanism that shuts down with age to rejuvenate the thymus, an organ near the heart that produces important infection-fighting white blood cells, called T cells.

By targeting a protein called FOXN1, which helps control how genes are switched on, the function of the thymus was restored. Treated mice began to make more T cells.

The research, published in the journal Development, found the thymus grew to twice its previous size, and the recovery appeared sustainable. Scientists now will look into any unintended consequences of increasing FOXN1.

The thymus is the first organ in the human body to deteriorate as we age, contributing to the declining capacity of older people to fight off new infections, such as flu.

The breakthrough may lead to treatments that could significantly elongate human life. But this would be many years away, given that the process has been tested only on mice.


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Kickstarter and the Bitcoin Climax | Keen On... - YouTube

Having raised over $37,000 on Kickstarter to make a TV show about the future of money, Heather Schlegel knows a thing or two about both social and financial ...
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BioEdge: Savulescu - We have a moral obligation to increase the intelligence of our children

BioEdge: Savulescu - We have a moral obligation to increase the intelligence of our children | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu calls for genetic screening of the unborn for IQ genes.

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Here's how we take back the Internet

Here's how we take back the Internet | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.
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Meet the 'Most Connected Man' in the World

Meet the 'Most Connected Man' in the World | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

And you thought managing a smartphone and an inbox was exhausting.

45-year-old Chris Dancy is known as the most connected man in the world. He has between 300 and 700 systems running at any given time, systems that capture real-time data about his life.

His wrists are covered with a variety of wearable technology, including the fitness wristband tracker Fitbit and the Pebble smartwatch. He weighs himself on the Aria Wi-Fi scale, uses smartphone controlled Hue lighting at home and sleeps on a Beddit mattress cover to track his sleep.


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Berners-Lee seeks web 'Magna Carta'

Berners-Lee seeks web 'Magna Carta' | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging - NBC News

Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging - NBC News | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

Craig Venter, who managed to make science both lucrative and glamorous with his pioneering approach to gene sequencing and synthetic biology, is taking on a new venture: aging.

He has joined forces with the founder of the X Prize and an expert in cell therapy to launch on Tuesday a new company called Human Longevity Inc. The man who once took off on his personal yacht to sample all the microscopic life in the seas plans to leverage some of the most fashionable new scientific approaches to figure out what makes us sick and old.

The San Diego-based company will tackle aging using gene sequencing; stem cell approaches; the collection of bacteria and other life forms that live in and on us called the microbiome; and the metabolome, which includes the byproducts of life called metabolites.

They’ll start out with what they are calling the largest human sequencing operation in the world.

“We are building a lab to a scale never attempted (before),” Venter told NBC News.

Venter first shot to fame when he raced with government scientists to finish the first map of all human DNA, called the human genome. Venter, himself a former government scientist, annoyed his former colleagues with a brash new approach to gene sequencing that was much faster but far less accurate, in their opinion.


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Paulina N's curator insight, March 6, 6:30 AM

Mr Venter seems credible and has excellent track record, so I wouldn't be surprised if his plans would come to fruition

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Zoltan Istvan on Singularity 1 on 1: The Transhumanist Wager Is A Choice We’ll All Have To Make

Zoltan Istvan on Singularity 1 on 1: The Transhumanist Wager Is A Choice We’ll All Have To Make | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The Transhumanist Wager maps out the dangerous period humanity has to navigate in the 21st century. Check out what Zoltan Istvan has to say about his book.
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Cure for love: Chemical cures for the lovesick - life - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist

Cure for love: Chemical cures for the lovesick - life - 12 February 2014 - New Scientist | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
As we discover more about love's neural basis, we are getting closer to a pill to diminish heartbreak

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ROSES are red, violets are blue, when you reject me, what can I do? As we discover more about love's neural basis, we are getting closer to a way of curing its ills.

While many might be wary of a chemical cure for heartbreak, there is an argument that such anti-love solutions could help people struggling with suicidal or delusional thoughts because of unrequited love, or those in the clutches of unrelenting grief. The morals of the use and misuse of such drugs are complex (see "Cure for love: Should we take anti-love drugs?"), but ethics aside, what could a cure for love look like?

First things first: what is love? For Shakespeare, it "is an ever-fixed mark, that looks on tempests and is never shaken". For neuroscientists, it's less poetic: a neurobiological phenomenon that falls into three subtypes: lust, attraction and attachment – all of which increase our reproductive and parental success.

Each aspect is grounded in a suite of overlapping chemical systems in the brain. There are ways to diminish each of them, says Helen Fisher at Rutgers University in New Jersey, but they aren't always palatable.

Take lust. Ever found yourself obsessing over the tiniest details of a person? Their hair, say, or the number of kisses in a text? This tunnel vision resembles some of the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, so Donatella Marazziti at the University of Pisa in Italy, compared the brains of 20 people in the first throes of love with those of 20 people with OCD.

Both groups had unusually low levels of a protein that transports serotonin – a hormone involved in regulating mood – around the brain. Retesting the lovers a year later revealed that their serotonin levels had increased, and that they no longer reported an obsessive focus on their partners.


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The Artificial Womb Is Born And The World of the Matrix Begins | ConsciousNewsMedia

The Artificial Womb Is Born And The World of the Matrix Begins | ConsciousNewsMedia | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
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The WELL: Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2014

The WELL: Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2014 | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
The WELL: Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2014
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