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Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living

Silicon Valley is coming for death. But it’s looking in the wrong place.<p>After disrupting the way we love, communicate, travel, work, and even eat, …

Silicon Valley

Purging the body of 'retired' cells could reverse ageing, study shows

Findings raise possibility that a future therapy that rids the body of senescent cells might protect against the ravages of old age<p>Purging retired cells from the body has been shown to undo the ravages of old age in a study that raises the prospect of new life-extending treatments .<p>When mice were …

Longevity

5 Secrets to Casting Your Film From a Top Indie Casting Director

Here’s how Vicky Boone, casting director of ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’, finds the best possible on-screen talent—even on a …

Movies

Why The Director of Cannes' 'Mean Dreams' Thinks You Should Involve the Entire Crew in Decisions

Nathan Morlando faced many challenges shooting his Terrence Malick-inspired <i>Mean Dreams,</i> but his dedicated cast and crew pulled together a …

Filmmaking

To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell review – solving the problem of death

A captivating exploration of transhumanism features cryonics, cyborgs, immortality and the hubris of Silicon Valley<p>Max More runs Alcor, an American company which, in exchange for $200,000, will store your corpse in liquid nitrogen until the science exists to revive you. Tim Cannon is a computer …

Silicon Valley

A Massive List of Spring 2017 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

Spring is the season for new life—and new grant opportunities.<p>Green is underfoot, which means green dollar bills could soon be at the end of your …

Filmmaking

Drug 'reverses' ageing in animal tests

Health and science reporter, BBC News website<p><b>A drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals, say scientists.</b><p>They have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function.<p>The team at Erasmus University Medical Center, in the …

Longevity

“Utterly Shocking”: Silicon Valley Slams White House for Ignoring A.I. Threat

The Trump administration just dismissed the single greatest challenge facing the U.S. economy.<p>If there’s one thing that labor economists and leaders in Silicon Valley generally seem to agree on, it’s that increasingly sophisticated technology is coming to replace American jobs. According to a new …

Silicon Valley

Meet Nadia, the scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions

Have you ever dreamt of gazing into the eyes of chatbot while explaining your frustration with a service? If so, that would be oddly specific, but you’d also be in luck, thanks to an ambitious New Zealand startup.<p>The company, which has the eerie name of Soul Machines, has created a virtual chatbot …

Chatbots

How Kim Sherman Turned a Crazy Story into a Sundance-Winning Short

An urban legend inspired this Sundance award-winning short film, made by a producer-turned-director.<p>When Kim Sherman came across the craziest story …

Filmmaking

Ageing is a disease. Gene therapy could be the 'cure'

After her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Elizabeth Parrish began researching gene therapy treatments. She then started testing them on herself<p>In September 2015, Elizabeth Parrish flew from Seattle to Colombia to receive an experimental treatment.<p>Craig Venter wants to tackle the ultimate …

Gene Therapy

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Artificial Intelligence

The End of the Universe as We Know It

What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality? Imagine, for example, that you wake up one cold winter morning and look out your window to find that the view is completely obscured by beautiful ice crystals, forming strange patterns on the glass. You might see something like the image …

Physics

How emotions are 'made': why your definition of sadness is unlike anyone else's

Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett is changing the way we think about our emotions<p>Lisa Feldman Barrett says we need to revamp our thinking on emotions. She’s a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, where she applies psychology and neuroscience research to explore how emotions …

Psychology

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.<p>A study …

Exercise

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary …

Great Depression

A Science of the Soul

A philosopher’s quest to understand the making of the mind.<p>Four billion years ago, Earth was a lifeless place. Nothing struggled, thought, or wanted. Slowly, that changed. Seawater leached chemicals from rocks; near thermal vents, those chemicals jostled and combined. Some hit upon the trick of …

Consciousness
Machine Learning

Luna, the Most Human AI Prototype to Date, Wasn't Built By a Tech Giant

Luna is the most amazing AI you’ve never heard of. Ask her to find the square root of 3,942,871 she promptly replies, “The result is 1,985.6664.” She …

Artificial Intelligence

Old Couples Tell Researchers the Secrets to a Happy Marriage

How does one make a marriage last? Researchers interviewed and surveyed over 700 people with a combined 40,000 years of marriage experience.<br>Read More

Marriage

'Win It All': Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson on Shooting a 16mm Micro-Budget Movie for Netflix

Netflix's <i>Win it All</i> may be Joe Swanberg's most mainstream movie yet, but it was still a true micro-budget endeavor.<p>For the oral history of …

Filmmaking

How to Pitch Your Film: A Step-By-Step Breakdown

“Nobody wants to be the first in on the project—everyone wants to get on a train that’s moving.”<p>The road to getting a film off the ground is never …

Filmmaking

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens<p>• Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination<p>It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. …

The 5 Best Supplements for Your Brain

Marie ParksHave you ever walked into a room with the intention of doing something, but when you got there you had no recollection of what it was? It …

The Brain

Does Dark Matter Exist, Or Is Gravity Wrong? The Answer Lies Billions Of Years In The Past

When we look out at the luminous matter in the Universe — stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies and the hot gas in and between them — it tells a couple of different stories. One is the story of how normal matter (based on atomic nuclei and electrons) comes together to emit, absorb and otherwise …

Dark Matter

The Next Mobile Computing Platform: A Pair Of Sunglasses

<b>Within the next several years, wearable, lightweight smartglasses will replace your smartphone, your monitor, even your television.</b><p>Osterhout Design Group (ODG), just raised 58 Million dollars to turn its successful R-7 Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) for enterprise into a $1,000 consumer product (the …

Augmented Reality

Networking Getting You Nowhere? Try This Instead

"The industry is too big and too competitive to wait around for somebody to give you a job."<p>If passing out your business card at industry events …

Networking

Who Has The Healthiest Hearts In The World?

A few years ago, Dr. Gregory Thomas thought he had finally found the Holy Grail of heart disease. And it was even found in a tomb.<p>He was studying the arteries of 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummies, and he thought this was finally it: a culture that would be free of heart disease. Heart disease …

Heart Disease

LHC Discovers Five New Particles at the Same Time — NOVA Next

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have discovered five new subatomic particles that “have been hiding in plain sight for years,” …

Physics