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    There are now more and more promising studies that could potentially reverse some effects of aging. Certainly something to be hopeful about, I think there's potential there for everyone to live well beyond a hundred with a good quality of life too.

    Apart from drugs and hormones that can reverse some effects of aging, transfusion of young blood has proven to rejuvenate older mice in lab studies.

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    Joe Rogan and Mel Gibson talked at length about stem cells and their rejuvenating powers.

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    Mmmm musta missed that one, ta.

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    It's in the Rogan thread. I believe it was from last year.

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    On a sunny morning last week, 1,200 students between the ages of 8 and 14 headed to the beach to undertake the biggest pollution clean up ever seen in the historic Belgian coastal city of Ostend.

    A collective of teachers from 26 catholic schools launched the initiative with a commitment to providing their pupils with the tools and knowledge to help them live in a world where the environment is cared for.

    A representative of the Flemish Minister of the Environment, Koen van den Heuvel, applauded their “Oceans of tomorrow” project, which was developed in partnership with the University of Antwerp to teach 8,000 local children about the importance of clean seas over the course of a year.


    And, to make it fun, they brought along a support staff of blue Surfs.


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    Skiing in Copenhagen?

    That’s right. Last weekend in Copenhagen, an 8-year dream was realized when the first paying skiers took their runs down a one-third-mile course, wrapping around what is possibly the greenest power plant in the world.

    The plant is so clean and safe that designers were able to turn its building mass into a new hub for social life.


    A hybrid between a building and a landscape, the huge glass and mirrored structure contains planters covering the façade in a checkerboard pattern that might one day give the illusion of a green mountain from every direction.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3da4ot7khtQ


    Copenhill, as it’s called, features ski-lifts on the outside and also a glass elevator for seeing the inner workings of how the city’s trash is transformed into both electricity and heating for more than 200,000 homes.

    The waste-to-power plant itself opened in 2017 under the name Amager Bakke (Amager, for the island Copenhagen is on, and Bakke, the Danish word for “hill”).

    Visitors can relax in the restaurant and bar at the highest point of the building, or meander on the steep hiking and running trails. It even features the tallest climbing wall in the world— 270-feet (85 meters) high, designed with overhangs and ledges of white, like an icy mountain. (For certified climbers only at the top.)



    The $660 million power plant will process up to 440,000 tons of waste each year using furnaces, turbines, and steam. The electricity it produces can heat 160,000 homes and provide electric power to another 60,000. And though these numbers are impressive, the 24-hour operation of the entire facility can reportedly be handled by just two engineers.

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    Cardboard and saltwater to grow crops? You bet!


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    I just discovered that there is a search engine that plants trees as you search. It's called Ecosia.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    Cardboard and saltwater to grow crops? You bet!

    Great find Dreamtimer!!! I like the simplicity of the engineering bit.
    Whatever is true. Whatever is noble. Whatever is right. Whatever is lovely. Whatever is admirable. Anything of excellence and worthy of praise. Dwell on these things. Jesus Christ (I agree)

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    Enzymes Recycling Plastic

    A French startup is poised to solve most of the world’s recycling conundrums with a new process that uses enzymes to break down the most problematic PET plastics (like contaminated black food trays) into a form so pure that it can be used to make clear water bottles that look and act like those made from petroleum.

    The company, Carbios, envisions a circular plastic economy where nothing is wasted—and they have the money and backing from major global corporations to make it happen.

    In the midst of an insanely productive year, the ‘biorecycling’ company secured two U.S. patents for its proprietary enzymatic process to break-down, purify, and reuse a wide array of PET plastic waste—only a small fraction of which is currently recycled. They plan to license the technology to recycling companies, and already have.

    The green chemistry company wrapped up funding for the construction of a new recycling plant that will use enzymes to biorecycle—all at once, and in a few hours—multicolored plastic, like food trays or polyester shirts—for which the recycling rate is close to zero.

    Another global problem is the sheer volume of recycled plastic needed to satisfy the many multinational consumer-products corporations that under extreme pressure to reduce their plastic waste.

    Carbios is keen to satisfy the need and has established strategic partnerships with companies like Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, L’Oréal, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, all of whom want to help get the recycling technology to market more quickly. The corporations are supporting the startup with funding and expertise.



    Currently, PET bottles, normally coded with the identification code number ‘1’ inside a recycling symbol on the bottom of the container, can be shredded and used to make lower grade products, such as carpets, Addidas shoes, and graduations gowns, but to make a food grade plastic, the bottles need to be hydrolyzed down to monomers, and then purified—which is exactly what Carbios does in a process they describe as an infinite loop.

    To this end, in February 2019, Carbios announced it had successfully produced the first PET-bottles made with 100% Purified Terephthalic Acid, the organic compound used to make PET packaging and products, through the enzymatic recycling of plastic waste. This major milestone is a world-first and confirms the potential of the company’s technology to engage the whole industry in a responsible transition towards a circular economy.

    The company says its enzyme process uses lower temperatures than other new tech, which use biological processes to break down plastic, which reduces energy consumption—and it doesn’t use solvents.

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    World’s Largest Holocaust Archive is Now Making Their Records Available to Everyone on the Internet

    For years, the Arolsen Archives has collected and housed more than 30 million documents on the people who fell victim to Nazi persecution during WWII—and they are now available to the public for free.

    The Arolsen Archives, which is the world’s largest archive on Holocaust victims, recently partnered with Ancestry.com in order to digitize and publish all of their records on the internet.

    The documents include everything from passenger lists of displaced persons; registers of people living in Germany who were persecuted by public institutions and corporations; and even burial information for the deceased.

    All of the records are now viewable on the Ancestry website so that they can be preserved and made available for future generations.

    “It is more important than ever to show what can happen if these values about solidarity, about equality, about respect are not upheld,” Arolsen Archive Director Floriane Azoulay told Great Big Story.


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    Washington D.C. may not be the most congenial town when it comes to reaching across the political aisle, but when it comes to sports, it may be one of the friendliest.

    After the Washington Nationals baseball franchise lost three straight games on their home turf last weekend to their opponents, the Houston Astros, there was none of the toxic name-calling that made headlines in the political rags—at least, according to one Texas fan who wanted to thank the city for its cordial hospitality.

    When dejected ‘Nats’TexTex fans opened the sports page in Monday’s Washington Post, a quarter page ad appeared with the heading: AN OPEN LETTER TO NATS FANS.

    The anonymous buyer who purchased the ad described himself as ‘an appreciative Astros fan,’ and said their whole family of diehard Astros fans traveled to D.C. just to cheer on their Texas team in a World Series game—which would have been risky in some cities where nasty fans take their sports allegiances way too seriously (cough-cough… Philadelphia).

    “Whether in restaurants, on the way to the game, or at our seats, Nats fans have been nothing but thoroughly friendly, engaging and welcoming,” the ad read.

    Traveling around the nation’s capital in their navy blue and orange Astros colors, they experienced none of the vitriol they might have expected.

    “There seems to be a true appreciation of what we have in common like passion for the sport… the fun of two great teams battling it out on the field, rather than a shallow focus on what differentiates us,” the ad read. “In a world where unfortunately the focus is quite often put on the latter, I have been truly struck by how well we have been treated.”

    A proud D.C. sports fan Charlie Haworth of Falls Church, Virginia, shared the letter on Facebook, and referred to a pair of recent championship wins for the city—Washington Capitals (in hockey) and Mystics (in basketball)—saying, “We may not have as many championships as other places but we have respect. There was no looting, burning or anything negative in the celebrations of the past 2 professional teams championship wins.”




    Go Nats! World Series Champions! My sister-in-law is over the moon.

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    New Antiviral Drug Shown to Be ‘Highly Effective’ in Treating All Flu Strains in Animals and Human Tissue

    According to a study by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, the antiviral drug blocks RNA polymerase, the enzyme that plays a central role in replicating the genome of influenza virus, causing mutations in the viral genome. If enough mutations occur, the genome becomes nonfunctional and the virus cannot replicate. The findings were published online in Science Translational Medicine last week.

    “The compound is highly efficacious against influenza,” said Dr. Richard Plemper, senior author of the study and a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. “It’s orally available, it’s broad spectrum against all influenza virus strains tested, and most important it establishes a high barrier against viral escape from inhibition.”

    In the study, the new antiviral drug was tested in ferrets, the most informative animal model for human influenza disease, against various strains that include seasonal and pandemic viruses, such as the swine-origin influenza virus responsible for a 2009 pandemic. The researchers found that the antiviral drug efficiently inhibited replication of all of these strains. Virus burden dropped rapidly after treatment, and the duration of fever was significantly shorter in treated ferrets than in control animals that did not receive the drug.

    “We think that the next generation of influenza antiviral drugs must not only be efficacious and safe, but also address the resistance problem,” said Dr. Mart Toots, first author of the study and a research assistant professor associated with Dr. Plemper’s lab in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

    That is where the new drug comes in. Through a combination of conventional and ultra-deep sequencing, Toots has demonstrated in collaboration with Dr. Alex Greninger at the University of Washington that it is very challenging for the virus to find a viable way to avoid the compound.

    “We have not identified specific resistance mutations yet and are confident to say that the genetic barrier against viral resistance is high,” Plemper said. “We believe that this compound has high clinical potential as a next-generation influenza drug that combines key antiviral features.”

    This research on the compound, EIDD-2801, emerged from collaboration among Georgia State’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences and researchers at The Emory Institute of Drug Development (EIDD) and Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory who originally discovered the compound.

    EIDD-2801 has entered formal preclinical development and clinical testing is expected to start in 2020.


    (Dr. Mart Toots, , that must've been a fun name to grow up with...)

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    For years, the Arolsen Archives has collected and housed more than 30 million documents on the people who fell victim to Nazi persecution during WWII—and they are now available to the public for free.

    The Arolsen Archives, which is the world’s largest archive on Holocaust victims, recently partnered with Ancestry.com in order to digitize and publish all of their records on the internet.

    The documents include everything from passenger lists of displaced persons; registers of people living in Germany who were persecuted by public institutions and corporations; and even burial information for the deceased.

    All of the records are now viewable on the Ancestry website so that they can be preserved and made available for future generations.

    “It is more important than ever to show what can happen if these values about solidarity, about equality, about respect are not upheld,” Arolsen Archive Director Floriane Azoulay told Great Big Story.
    This post should be bookmarked for when the next Holocaust denier comes along.
    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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