Patrick Cox's Tech Digest - View by Tag "aging"

Another Study Shows Oxaloacetate Helps Fight Alzheimer’s in Animals

August 22, 2016

Here’s one of my favorite jokes. An older fish meets a group of young fish and asks, “How’s the water?” To which, the young fish respond, “What the heck is water?” While it may not make you laugh, the point is important. We tend to tune out things that are right in front of us. This phenomenon is aptly called a blind spot. Most people are unaware of their own punctum caecum (the large physiological blind spot in our field of vision).


We’re Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

August 29, 2016

In the late 80s, Japan’s economy seemed unstoppable. Japanese investors acquired some of the world’s most famous masterpieces and a string of landmark US properties, including Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Many science-fiction novels and music videos predicted permanent Japanese economic dominance.


Here’s How Pharma Is Using AI Deep Learning to Cure Aging

March 6, 2017

In 2011, scientists made one of the most important discoveries in the history of AI development. They found that graphics processing units (GPUs) are far better at simulating biological learning than central processing units (CPUs).


The Game of Science

April 3, 2017

Fogy, geezer, dotard, and fossil are just a few of the epithets aimed at older people who are assumed to be out of touch with the new. But the fact is, we’re all getting old. People who once looked down on the wrinkled and greying are enduring, in turn, the stigma of age.


Future Shock, Medical Foods, and Aging

May 15, 2017

In 1970, Alvin Toffler discussed the concept of “future shock” in his book by that name. It’s a simple notion. By the time some new thing is fully understood, it’s obsolete. And if enough technological progress occurs in a short time, it can be overwhelming and induce a kind of societal paralysis.


The Population Implosion Will Force BioTech Innovation

July 10, 2017

Last year, we began to see articles in the press conceding that overpopulation wasn’t going to end civilization. This year, we’re seeing reports on the real population problems—depopulation and aging.


A Matter of Life and Debt

October 23, 2017

Sit down. It’s time we had a serious talk. I hate to tell you this. But we’re broke.


Tapping Hidden Embryonic Powers for Perfect Health

November 13, 2017

My trip back from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel was brutal. It was a 26-hour trek complicated by a nasty cold, but it was worth it. While in Rehobot, south of Tel Aviv, I found unexpected support for what may be the most important scientific theory of our era. It is the theory that aging can be reversed by accessing embryonic gene pathways.


The Cure for Fat and Broke, and a Prediction

January 2, 2018

For me, like so many others, the New Year is a time for self-assessment. Traditionally, of course, I spend it wracked with guilt and shame over how much I ate and drank over the holidays. And soon, we’ll all move on to the ceremonial Abandonment of the Resolutions.


The Kavanaugh Fight and Radical Life Extension

October 8, 2018

The intensity of the Supreme Court appointment battle was due in large part to the length of a justice’s term. Like all US federal judges, Brett Kavanaugh’s is a lifetime appointment.


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