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Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 10/10/2010 | 0 Comments

The year's coolest new cars debut at the Paris Auto Show.  Fans of the Great Places Blogmaster will recall a recent post on the subject of the 50 worst cars in the world a week or so ago. 

Today, however, your Blogmaster recommends that you check out this link, which illustrates eight of the coolest cars in the spotlight at the Paris Auto Show.

There, you'll find this beauty, the 911 Porsche Speedster, the throwback to the amazing Porsche 356 that ended production in 1965. 

The Speedster 911, offering a 408-horsepower, six-cylinder engine with a seven-speed automatic transmission. 

Production will be limited to just 356 cars, which will have lower windshields than other 911,s as well as a "double-bubble" hardcover that can substitute for the manually-operated cloth top.

And the paint color?  "Pure Blue," developed specifically for the Speedster 911. 







Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 10/7/2010 | 0 Comments



In biblical times, people were long-lived.  It is said that Adam lived 930 years, and his son, Seth, lived to be 912.  Seth's son, Lamech, lived 777 years, and Noah, Lamech's son, lived to be 950.  Noah's son, Shem, lived to be 600, and his son, Arphaxad, lived 438 years.  Skipping a few generations, Abraham lived to be 175; jumping a few more, Moses lived 120 years. 

 

Recently, experts have generally agreed that humans have a theoretical maximum lifespan of 125 years--similar to Moses.  Even if that estimate is correct, we know that our health declines many years--even decades--before that. 

Many scientists believe that the 125-year lifespan, as well as the earlier decline in health, is caused by the gradual shortening of our "telomeres," which are the structures at the ends of our chromosomes.  This shortening is believed to be the so-called "clock of aging" in our bodies. 

 

The good news is that a human cell that does not undergo this shortening will divide indefinitely, which means that it would be literally immortal.  Bottom line:  If we could find a way to stop--or reverse--this shortening, we could live forever!


Enter Sierra Sciences, LLC, a biotechnology company founded in 1999.  The company is dedicated to preventing--or reversing--cellular aging, ultimately curing diseases associated with human aging, including the aging process itself.  Here's how:  Our reproductive cells don't experience shortening of telomeres; they don't age.  They have an enzyme, "telomerase," which re-lengthens the telomeres as they shorten.  Sierra Sciences is searching for pharmaceuticals that will produce telemorase in all our cells. 

If successful, the
Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon thought he had found when he landed in St. Augustine, Florida, is actually 2,800 miles northwest, in Reno, Nevada.  That's where you'll find the home of Sierra Sciences.

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 9/29/2010 | 0 Comments

The Tech Awards is an international program that honors innovation from around the world.  Winners of the award have developed products that apply technology that benefit humanity.  An international panel of judges nominates three "Laureates" in the following categories:  Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality, and Health.

Launched in 2000 by the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Tech Awards recognize individuals, for-profit companies, and nonprofit organizations from around the world. An international panel of judges nominate three Laureates in each of the following five categories: Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality and Health

Pictured here is a jet-injection system that employs air pressure to deliver vaccines and drugs without the use of needles.  Pharmajet's product, a finalist in this year's Tech Awards program, prevents cross-contamination and needle-related injuries.  Best of all, perhaps, is the fact that the system helps cut down on waste and could save billions of dollars in annual needle costs.



 

 

 

 

 

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