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April 11, 2014

“Every now & then, rarely really, a technology suddenly & unexpectedly appears from out of left-field & leaves us wonder-struck & enchanted, because it transform the very fabric of our reality. Ideally, such technologies are simple, yet all the while endowed with futuristic-like sophistication & englightment. Preferably, they are deeply human-connected, transcending time, place & occasion. They may even seem invisible & unintelligible, but like the air we breathe & the water we drink, they may be vital, perhaps even a life-force, a quintessence.”

April 9, 2014

Friends often look at me quizzically when I tell them this. One says, “But I can feel myself wearing down.” And another: “Nothing works the way it used to. Isn’t that the definition of wearing out?” And again: “Do you mean it’s all in my head, it’s not really happening?” and then a moment later, “do you mean it doesn’t have to be this way?”

April 3, 2014

Feel free…

March 27, 2014

In a paper published late last year, a cautious and expert biochemist reports that none of the most popular “life extension supplement” mixes actually extend life span in mice.

February 17, 2014

Last month, these two world-class demographers published a cross-species study correlating fertility with the rate of aging, and they report results that are deeply at odds with the predictions of evolutionary theory.

February 3, 2014

Telomere biology has the potential to extend human life span, to dramatically lower rates of the great remaining killer diseases: heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. All three diseases increase exponentially with age, and their toll will be slashed as we we learn how to address the body’s aging clocks.

January 21, 2014

CoQ10 plays a crucial role both in energy production and in detox. Our bodies make less of it as we age, and we function less well for that. For more than 30 years, supplementation with CoQ10 has been identified as a promising anti-aging strategy and preventive for diseases of the heart and the brain. But in extensive animal studies and dozens of clinical trials, CoQ10 has shown modest benefit, or none at all. Part of the problem is that, when CoQ10 is taken into the digestive system, very little of it gets to the site where it can work. Where CoQ10 belongs is in the cellular energy factories, the organelles called mitochondria. Very recently, a mitochondria-targeted form of CoQ10 has become commercially available. Preliminary experiments with MitoQ in animals and humans are very promising.

January 3, 2014

It has been only one year since the International Longevity Alliance (“ILA”) became consolidated in December 2012 at the Eurosymposium on Healthy Aging in Brussels. This is the first annual report of our progress since our inception.

December 23, 2013

Some antidepressant herbs and medications have anti-aging properties. Is this a win-win happenstance, or time to step back and look at goals?

December 23, 2013

‘This is 2013′, I had thought to myself. ‘There has to be a less primitive way… a less painful solution.’

Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
January 18th, 2011

Ben Goertzel converses with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator.

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