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FDA Approves Sensor-Pill to Confirm Patients Ingested Medication

The FDA has approved a new drug with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) employs an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill. The sensor records that the medication was taken. “The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.” (Nov. 13, 2017)

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Early Stage Research Shows Promise for Autism Drug

Published in Nature Communications, a collaboration between the Scintillon Institute, UCSD School of Medicine; Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and others indicates that a new drug treatment, NitroSynapsin, “largely corrected electrical, behavioral and brain abnormalities in [..] mice” having symptoms associated with autism. (Nov 15, 2017)

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Analysis Suggests the Chicxulub Impactor 66myo Had a 13% Chance of Mass Extinction

Tohoku University researchers have analyzed the composition of the earth at the point of impact of the Chicxulub Impactor, the asteroid that struck the planet 66 million years ago. They found that the soot required to be lifted into the atmosphere this impact so as to cause mass extinction existed in only 13% of the Earth’s surface. (Nov 10, 2017)

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Researchers at Scripps Research Institute Identify Plausible Catalyst for Life

Scripps chemists report in Nature Chemistry that diamidophosphate (DAP) can phosphorylate each of the four nucleoside building blocks of RNA in water. Moreover, with imidazole, a simple organic compound likely present early in the Earth’s history, DAP’s activity “also led to the appearance of short, RNA-like chains of these phosphorylated building blocks.” Furthermore, DAP combined with water and imidazole phosphorylated glycerol and fatty acid (lipid building blocks). (Nov 6, 2017)

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David Fogel Joins the Lifeboat Foundation

I was pleased to be invited to join the Lifeboat Foundation this week. The Lifeboat Foundation is a “nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards the Singularity.” I have joined advisory boards in scientific freedom, robotics/AI, and complex systems. (Nov. 4, 2017)

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New Species of Great Ape Identified

A group of remote Sumatran orangutans has been identified as being a unique species. Named Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), orangutans number about 800. (Nov 2, 2017)

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It’s International Observe the Moon Night

Any night is a good night to observe the moon, but Saturday, October 28, 2017 is International Observe the Moon night. So go out and enjoy the half-moon through a pair of binoculars or a nice telescope. -- David

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