Daniel Lemire is a computer science professor at the Data Science Laboratory of the Université du Québec (TÉLUQ) in Montreal. His research is focused on software performance and data engineering. He is a techno-optimist and a free-speech advocate.
Science and Technology links (June 15th 2019)
We know that naked mole rats are ageless mammals, in the sense that their mortality rate appear constant (not increasing with age). We believe that many sea creatures are similarly ageless. However, new research shows that sea urchins actually age in reverse: their mortality rate diminishes with age. Many trees also age in reverse: older trees are harder to kill.
Many companies offer fancy diagnosis services for the very rich. These companies are not doing so well. Simply put, being able to learn everything that is wrong or could be wrong with you, is not necessarily a net positive. In fact, preventative medical diagnosis has a poor track record all around. It causes stress, obviously. It may also entice people to engage in unhelpful therapies.