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 (February 1st 2020)
Almost all climate predictions are based on the so-called “business as usual” model, yet this model is based on assumptions that are unrealistically pessimistic. (Source: Nature)
The oceans are not acidic, their PH is about 8.0. (Source: Forbes)
As we age, we tend to accumulate “senescent cells”: these are cells that should be dead but somehow linger around. We know how to kill them selectively with some success. Recent research suggests that brain neurodegeneration might be caused by senescent brain cells. Neurons themselves do not become senescent, as far as I know, but supporting cells like astrocytes do. This suggests that we may improve brain health in older people with therapies to remove senescent cells. Similarly, senescent cells might cause osteoporosis, the phenomenon whereas the bones of older people become brittles.