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Google Ventures and the Search for Extending human lifespan to 500 years and beyond

Bill Maris has $425 million to invest this year, and the freedom to invest it however he wants. He’s looking for companies that will slow aging, reverse disease, and extend life. “If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes,” Bill Maris, president and managing partner of …

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Progress to factory assembled small modular Nuscale Light Water Reactor

NuScale Power has successfully installed a full-length test version of its nuclear-powered steam generator in Piacenza, Italy. The tests will provide important input into NuScale’s Design Certification Application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which it expects to file in the second half of 2016. NuScale expects to deploy its first system for the Utah Associated …

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Revamping US Navy Surface ships from now to 2025

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments had a study with recommendations for improving the US Navy surface ships. It appears that one of the recommendations that was made is being followed. The recommendation was to upgrade a version of the LCS to fill the Small surface combat ship role. In 2001, the Navy planned …

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Engineered E. coli spin fibers as tough as spider silk

Spider silk is stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar, but efforts to spin our own have so far failed to match the real thing. Now a German research group has come up with artificial fibres that equal its toughness, which could lead to safer airbags. Previous attempts to mimic spider silkMovie Camera have focused …

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