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Cheap heroin replaces painkillers as drug of choice

Cheap heroin replaces painkillers as drug of choice | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A survey of more than 9,000 patients at drug treatment centers confirms an increase in heroin use as prescription painkillers become too expensive and difficult to buy.
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So the drug companies thought they had a captive market. Wrong again. Their justification for marking up drugs is unacceptable when we know it to be a fact that the longer you make something, the more efficient you get at doing that. Yet, because their product is badly needed, they price,  not on a specific margin, but on the results. So, those who cannot afford the legal drug, go to the illegal drug. Shame on the drug companies for causing this to happen.  JB

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This has been a long standing issue of the implications opiate prescription pain medication has done over the years reguarding addiction and heroin. 

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Lithium metal battery prototype boasts 3 times the capacity of lithium-ions

Lithium metal battery prototype boasts 3 times the capacity of lithium-ions | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
In the quest for a better lithium battery, one thing stands between scientists and a genuine breakthrough: dendrites. But if a new technology lives up to its potential, it could solve this problem and enable lithium-metal batteries that can hold three times the energy of lithium-ion ones.
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This is definitely paradigm enhancement and a verge innovation. It solves the "dendrite" problem once and for all and triples the energy storage capacity of lithium-based batteries.  JB

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How Blockchain Technology Will Change Everyday Life

How Blockchain Technology Will Change Everyday Life | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Blockchain is one of the hottest topics in the world right now. However, many people are still having a hard time trying to wrap their heads around the concept of Blockchain despite the fact that it's a simple concept and shouldn't be so elusive.
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An attempt to explain this new technology.  JB

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James Schreier's curator insight, June 12, 1:53 PM

Seems like there are a lot of implications here that could be explored!

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Tiny Tech: 5 Amazing New Nanotechnologies

Tiny Tech: 5 Amazing New Nanotechnologies | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Nanotechnology is the technology and science of extremely small things that are typically less than 100 nanometers (nm) long. A nanometer is 10-9 long or about as long as three atoms sitting side by side. The technologies being developed at nanoscales will have major impacts on our future.
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Make sure yoiu watch the video of the special waterproof nanotech.  JB

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Freeze Phil 2020 - Getting My Avatar a Better Memory and AI before then . .

Freeze Phil 2020 - Getting My Avatar a Better Memory and AI before then . . | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The Freeze Phil Campaign has been incubating for some time but was formally started, finally, in October 2012. The goal of this project is a legal, "Pre-Mortem Cryonic Suspension" for Philip Rhoades at an appropriate time and place for him and of his own choosing. The plan is to build a substantial campaign to force legislative change that will allow people more flexibility about their end of (current) life decisions ie in short, to allow people a legal "Pre-Mortem Cryonic Suspension."
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An interesting take on cryogenic freezing.  JB

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Speedy treatment of sepsis can save lives - Futurity

Speedy treatment of sepsis can save lives - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
"There is considerable controversy about how rapidly sepsis must be treated," says Christopher W. Seymour. "We can finally say that faster is better."
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Finally we are getting a handle on this horrible condition.  JB

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Great Barrier Reef bleaching even worse than first thought

Great Barrier Reef bleaching even worse than first thought | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
​The news has gone from bad to worse to "very concerning" for Australia's Great Barrier Reef, with the world's largest reef system suffering through a second consecutive coral bleaching event that is proving even more destructive than first predicted.
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Tragedy developing.  JB

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Trio of antibiotics gangs up to kill superbugs - Futurity

Trio of antibiotics gangs up to kill superbugs - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Taken together, three antibiotics that are ineffective on their own appear to kill superbugs that have defeated nearly all other options.
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Big deal. This continues the discoveries of combination drugs that perform at a very high level. Get these things on the market as soon as possible!  JB

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New Study Shows Warmer Temperatures May Increase Emissions of Carbon Dioxide from Alaskan Tundra

New Study Shows Warmer Temperatures May Increase Emissions of Carbon Dioxide from Alaskan Tundra | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A newly published study reveals that warmer temperatures and thawing soils may be driving an increase in emissions of carbon dioxide from Alaskan tundra to the atmosphere, particularly during the early winter. More carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere will accelerate climate warming, which, in
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This has been a hypothesis that is starting to look real. The high northern latitudes have a lot of methane and CO2 that will be released if the temperature crosses a key level. We don't want to get into a spiral that this might trigger.  JB

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David Sinclair and His Team Announce A Giant Leap In the Battle Against Aging

David Sinclair and His Team Announce A Giant Leap In the Battle Against Aging | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Anti-aging pioneer David Sinclair and his research team have identified a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA – and it could mean big things for the future of anti-ageing drugs, childhood cancer survivors and even astronauts.
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This research supports US research and the importance of NAD+.

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Tick protein joins fight against MRSA - Futurity

Tick protein joins fight against MRSA - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A protein derived from ticks makes antibiotics currently used to treat MRSA much more potent--and could be effective in treating other staph infections.
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I've always said, "Every living creature has a gift for us." This certainly follows that rule.  JB

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Engineering a New Language

Engineering a New Language | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Tech investor Elon Musk has elaborated on plans for his recently launched Neuralink venture – a company he founded to link the human brain with machine interfaces – which, if successful, raises some fascinating questions about the way we understand and use language.
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The guy just doesn't stop. This is a very interesting project because the end result may be a new, global language that can be used universally, not just with machines.  JB

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MIT Engineers Develop New Technique for Highly Conductive Graphene Wafers

MIT Engineers Develop New Technique for Highly Conductive Graphene Wafers | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
By using an adhesive-like layer of nickel to peel graphene from silicon carbide, engineers at MIT have developed a technique to produce highly conductive wrinkle-free graphene wafers. Graphene has been touted as a promising successor to silicon and for years researchers around the globe have obse
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One day I'm seeing graphene as a salt water filter. The next day it is being lauded as a replacement for silicon on which to build super fast computer chips. What a deal!!!  JB

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DNA-repairing drug could fight aging and radiation damage

DNA-repairing drug could fight aging and radiation damage | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers have been able to restore cell function of old mice to that of younger mice. The team says an anti-aging drug could be developed in a few years, and the treatment also shows promise in reversing DNA damage caused by radiation exposure – good news for cancer battlers or space travelers.
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The NAD pathway to anti aging has been in my sights for more than five years. It is gathering momentum as one of the more effective pathways to cell regeneration. Way to go Harvard? JB

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The revolutionary redox system that produces and stores energy in the home

The revolutionary redox system that produces and stores energy in the home | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Imagine having a fridge-sized box in your home that generates and stores electricity, heats and cools the house, provides hot water and churns out oxygen and hydrogen to use or sell. New Atlas spoke to two of the minds behind this potentially game-changing "Swiss army knife" of energy production.
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And the ideas keep coming. Definitely a novel approach to energy production and storage at the residential level.  JB

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This combo may trigger memory loss in Alzheimer's - Futurity

This combo may trigger memory loss in Alzheimer's - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
On their own, amyloids don't seem to explain the memory and learning declines linked to Alzheimer’s disease. New research suggests a second factor.
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Surprising new pathway to Alzheimer's from this research.  JB

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Latest steel-punching, hypersonic railgun projectiles test-fired

Latest steel-punching, hypersonic railgun projectiles test-fired | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Giving artillery a speed boost, General Atomics test fired a hypersonic projectile using a three megajoule Blitzer railgun. Subjected to over 30,000 Gs and reaching a velocity in excess of Mach 5 (3,800 mph, 6,125 km/h), the supershell was equipped with a new Guidance Electronics Unit.
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And so weapons keep "improving"  too. The "Railgun" is truly a 21st century weapon and will have a profound effect on war.  JB

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Electric road powers Renault EVs

Electric road powers Renault EVs | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and sustainable transportation company Vedecom recently demonstrated a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system – it lets electric cars draw power from the road, as they're in motion.
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Tkhe logical next step in electric cars. On-the-fly recharging. Definitely a new paradigm for cars but not for trains.  JB

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Fifty percent success as Electron reaches space, but not orbit

Fifty percent success as Electron reaches space, but not orbit | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Rocket Lab's Electron booster went on its maiden flight, but failed to reach orbit. This Thursday at 4:20 pm NZST (04:20 GMT), the unmanned rocket lifted off from New Zealand and achieved space altitude, but failed to reach orbital velocity and plummeted back to Earth over the Pacific Ocean.
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It's beginning to look like the early automobile industry as more competitors successful join the chase.  JB

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Tiny creatures struggle to build shells in acidic water - Futurity

Tiny creatures struggle to build shells in acidic water - Futurity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Tiny organisms called foraminifera suffer under conditions that mirror the ocean of the future. That could spell trouble for the carbon cycle.
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Watch the little things--canary in the coal mine--to get an early warning. We are killing the oceans. Dumb!  JB

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The Dark Side Of The Singularity

The Dark Side Of The Singularity | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The Singularity is coming and promises to change on a fundamental and massive level. While the future will be full of amazing advancements and technological wonders, the question is, will we be able to change with it?
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A good look at a very effective futurist summarizing his view of the coming singularity. Quick reading. Challenging thoughts.  JB

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New Yale Study Pinpoints Key Pathway in Inflammation and Aging

New Yale Study Pinpoints Key Pathway in Inflammation and Aging | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A newly published study from Yale University details the critical role IL-10 plays in controlling inflammation and the possible implications for preventing or treating cell damage that often occurs with aging. In patients with colitis, a serious condition affecting the gut, the immune system turn
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We are now getting to finer and finer understanding of the aging process. Yale is one of the prime movers. It is past time to begin to talk about and explore the implications of dramatically extended healthy life.  JB

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Electronic gut-checking capsule tested on humans

Electronic gut-checking capsule tested on humans | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
​A couple of years ago, scientists developed a swallowable electronic capsule that measures concentrations of intestinal gases, and transmits that data to a smartphone. It's now been tested on humans for the first time.​
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It is already clear that your alimentary canal carries huge amounts of information about your health, including if you have cancer or not. Now we add this technology which gives much subtler information in a gentle way. I would bet that soon a critical part of our yearly physical will be preceded by swallowing one of these and sending the readout to your doctor.  JB

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FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations - ExtremeTech

FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations - ExtremeTech | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
FCC chairman Pai has released a plan to roll back the 2015 Title II
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We went through the drill one year ago and the answer seemed clear: NN kept the Internet cheap enough for anyone which increases the likelihood of global collaboration between inventors and entrepreneurs. That's worth billions of dollars.  JB 

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A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change

A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. Experts are blaming its sudden spread across the United States on climate change and globalization.
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Here come the second and third order consequences of Global warming. Because these slugs inhabit local produce, even your own garden can infect you. And this parasite is living hell.  We need a treatment for humans and a way to kill these parasites before they spread thru-out the planet.

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Graphene membrane separates the salt from the seawater

Graphene membrane separates the salt from the seawater | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a graphene-oxide membrane with a scalable, uniform pore size that can filter out even the smallest salts, giving it potential for producing drinking water from salt water without affecting the flow of the water too much.
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Oh, it's graphene again, except I reported on this potential several years ago. Now it is coming to fruitition and it could change access to safe drinking water in a global way!  JB

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