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October 5th, 2004 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Oct. 5th, 2004

01:25 pm - More Laren Corie notes on batteries

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05:55 pm - Raleigh: personal trainer recommendations?

Does anyone know of a good personal trainer in the Raleigh area? I live near Crabtree Valley Mall. I'm looking for someone who can meet me for an hour once/week. What do you think a fair fee would be?

05:57 pm - Raleigh: WebObjects consulting?

I'm looking for someone to do Apple WebObjects 4.5 (Objective-C) consulting for me, for roughly two hours/week. Anyone have any recommendations in the Raleigh area? How much of a fee should I offer?

07:21 pm - Why We Fall Apart

Via Newmark's Door:


Why We Fall Apart

First in a series of
reports on biomedical
engineering innovations

Engineering's reliability theory explains human aging

By Leonid Gavrilov & Natalia Gavrilova

CHILDHOOD IS A SPECIAL TIME INDEED. If only we could maintain our body functions as they are at age 10, we could expect to live about 5000 years on average. Unfortunately, from age 11 on, it's all downhill!

The problem is that our bodies deteriorate with age. For most of our lives, the risk of death is increasing exponentially, doubling every eight years. So, why do we fall apart, and what can we do about it?

Many scientists now believe that, for the first time in human history, we have developed a sophisticated enough understanding of the nature of human aging to begin seriously planning ways to defeat it. These scientists are working from a simple but compelling notion: the body, far from being a perfect creation, is a failure-prone, defect-ridden machine formed through the stochastic process of biological evolution. In this view, we can be further improved through genetic engineering and be better maintained through preventive, regenerative, and antiaging medicine and by repairing and replacing worn-out body parts. In short, the rate at which we fall apart could be decreased, maybe even to a negligible level.

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