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Will We Begin to TAME the Age Monster in Two Weeks?

June 5, 2017

As things stand right now, most people won’t get the retirements they’ve been promised. Unless there are huge changes, Social Security, Medicare, and pension systems will be severely cut back. This will cause economic impacts worse than the Great Depression. But in two weeks, we should find out if we have a chance to solve the problem before it becomes a catastrophe.

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Academic Vs. Capitalist Science

May 30, 2017

Until this year, April 22 was celebrated by many as Earth Day. The focus of Earth Day events was support for environmental protection, particularly climate accords. The image of Earth Day has been compared to a renaissance fair, complete with references to Gaia and other quasi-mystical earth-mother notions.

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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.

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The World Could Be Changed June 16 by the Metformin TAME Trial

May 8, 2017

Who is the most important scientist in the world today? Depending on your interests, answers could vary. If we assume, though, that being alive and healthy is prerequisite to most other interests, I think the answer would be Dr. Nir Barzilai.

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The March for Science Isn’t Over

April 24, 2017

The March for Science confused me. Clearly, science and technology are responsible for the huge advances in standard of living and life spans we’ve experienced in the modern era. More science is a good thing.

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New CBO Report Justifies Booming Regenerative Medicine Investment

April 10, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office recently released its long-term budget outlook. This report should have sparked a national discussion about the impact of societal aging, but big media largely ignored it. Fortunately, there are signs that smart investors are hedging this failure by investing in regenerative medicine (RM).

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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.

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Brit Billionaire Could Be the Biotech Tipping Point

March 27, 2017

We are in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. In the first part of the 21st century, advances in computer technology have dramatically increased the pace of biological sciences. In the previous century, life spans had already nearly doubled since the beginning of the 20th century. This trend will accelerate.

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