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The Key to a Long Life Has Little to Do With ‘Good Genes’

In 2013, Google cofounder and CEO Larry Page announced the formation of a new Alphabet entity dedicated to solving the pesky puzzle of mortality. Since then, the billion-dollar longevity lab known as Calico—short for California Life Company—has been trying to tease apart the fundamental biology of aging in the hopes ...

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Brazil Museum Fire Leaves Ashes, Recrimination and Little Else

Brazil Museum Fire Leaves Ashes, Recrimination and Little Else Image The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, a day after it was ravaged by fire.CreditCreditMauro Pimentel/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Manuela Andreoni, Ernesto Londoño and Lis Moriconi Sept. 3, 2018 RIO DE JANEIRO — The ...

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The Little Robot That Taught the Big Robot a Thing or Two

Your brain is great and all, but it has a serious limitation: You can’t just download new information instantly, like in The Matrix. Robots, however, certainly can. Just imagine a future where they’re hooked up in the cloud—when one of them learns something, they all learn something. Let’s just hope ...

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A Mysterious Killer Algae Just Got a Little Less Puzzling

As far as algae goes, Pseudo-nitzschia is an outright menace. It produces a neurotoxin, domoic acid, that works its way up the food chain, building up in shellfish like crabs and clams. And when humans eat those shellfish, the neurotoxin leads to a disorder known as amnesic shellfish poisoning—featuring symptoms ...

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Japan’s Leader Has Little Use for Hiroshima’s Lessons of Pacifism

By JONATHAN SOBLE May 26, 2016 HIROSHIMA, Japan — Tokyo is Japan’s political and commercial capital. Kyoto is its temple-filled repository of traditional culture. But Hiroshima — obliterated by an American atomic bomb 71 years ago, then rebuilt with a newly peaceful and prosperous country — is in many ways the heart ...

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