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CRISPR Used to Correct Defective Gene in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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January 3, 2016 - Genomics tool, CRISPR is altering the way we fight heritable diseases. The acronym stands for clustered, regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. I first wrote about this tool back in December 2013.

I'm Tired of Reading Editorial Opinion that States COP 21 was a Failure

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December 21, 2015 - Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere of our planet, and here in Toronto we are being told that Christmas and this month of December will likely be the warmest Toronto has ever experienced.

The Most Improbable News Headline I Read Today - Canada Selling Bottled Air to China

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December 15, 2015 - The headline reads "Chinese buy up bottles of fresh air from Canada." It sounds like a joke but in fact an Edmonton, Alberta company, Vitality Air, is bottling Rocky Mountain fresh air and selling it to China.

Reinventing Afterlife - AI Company on a Mission to Bring You Back After You Die

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November 27, 2015 - This sounds like science fiction at its spookiest but a Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence company called Humai, short for Human Resurrection Through Artificial Intelligence, is working on reinventing afterlife.

Cicadas and Lifespans - Reflections on a Morning Walk

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August 23, 2015 - I'm listening to cicadas outside my apartment window this morning. The steady high-pitched buzz saw singing that often is mistaken by those who are uninformed for the sound of electricity passing through wires. On my morning walks these past few weeks with Maya, my red miniature poodle, it has been hard not to notice cicadas.

Peter Diamandis Wants You to Bank Your Stem Cells

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July 28, 2015 - If you are a regular reader of this blog then you have read about the importance of our research into stem cells and their therapeutic value. I'm even contemplating having my stem cells harvested to inject into my osteoarthritic left knee to help restore the cartilage I have lost over the years.

Raising Kids in Exponential Times

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July 22, 2015 - In his latest email blast Peter Diamandis talks about children and education beginning with the statement "How do you raise kids today during these exponential times?" Unfamiliar with therm "exponential times?" Then visit the website Exponential Times: The Future Comes Faster Than You Think.

Education and the Future - Two Paradigms

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July 12, 2015 - Young people face a very different future from previous generations. Career paths outside of hard science professions are not as secure as in the past. Any work that can be automated using robots and artificial intelligence is bound to be disrupted as the century progresses.

So how are governments planning education to meet the future?

The War on Bacteria is Moving Away from Antibiotics

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July 11, 2015 - Since penicillin first arrived on the scene we have been hooked on antibiotics to fight disease. The benefit - an incredible increase in human longevity. Antibiotics have altered our relationship with nature. But we have also through continuous use seen the erosion of antibiotic effectiveness in combating increasingly resistant bugs.

Peter Diamandis Talks About Directed Goals for Billionaire Philanthropists

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July 7, 2015 - In his latest email blast Peter Diamandis talks about "impact pledges." What are they and how do they differ from the type of investment Bi

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