Peter Thiel thinks the blood of the young could help him fight death

August 3, 2016 by  
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Elon Musk and Peter Thiel co-founded PayPal together, but public perception of the two is wildly different. While Musk is often seen as a real-life Iron Man here to usher in an age of green technology and carbon-free living, Thiel has made headlines for supporting Donald Trump and bankrupting Gawker . Now an interview with Thiel has surfaced, in which the tech billionaire says he’s exploring parabiosis, or blood transfusions from young people to help fight aging and death . Thiel told Inc. reporter Jeff Bercovici, “I’m looking into parabiosis stuff, which I think is really interesting. This is where they did the young blood into older mice and they found that had a massive rejuvenating effect…it’s one of these very odd things where people had done these studies in the 1950’s and then it got dropped altogether. I think there are a lot of these things that have been strangely underexplored.” Related: PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Invests Big Money in 3D-Printed Steaks Thiel is referring to 1950’s experiments in which scientists connected the circulatory systems of two rats by stitching them together. For decades parabiosis was generally considered fringe science, but now some researchers in the U.S., China, and Korea are taking another look. A U.S. company, Ambrosia, is conducting trials where participants over 35 pay $8,000 to receive blood transfusions from donors younger than 25. Thiel Capital Chief Medical Officer and Thiel’s Personal Health Director Jason Camm reportedly reached out to Ambrosia for more information, but a Thiel Capital spokesperson told Inc. Thiel has yet to begin parabiosis treatments. Thiel has spoken out on his unique perspective on death before. He’s invested in biotech startups and plans to be cyrogenically frozen upon death. Nearly two years ago he told The Telegraph , “You can accept [death], you can deny it, or you can fight it. I think our society is dominated by people who are into denial or acceptance, and I prefer to fight it.” Back in 2009 he wrote in the journal Cato Unbound , “I stand against confiscatory taxes, totalitarian collectives, and the ideology of the inevitability of the death of every individual.” Via Vanity Fair Hive and Inc. Images via Steve Jurvetson on Flickr and Fortune Live Media on Flickr Save

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The future of reporting: Goodbye, annual PDFs; hello, real-time feeds

March 28, 2016 by  
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Don’t get too excited about the death of the yearly corporate sustainability report. Soon reporting will be always on, wide open and searchable, says the Global Reporting Initiative.

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Why doesn’t sustainability messaging work better?

March 28, 2016 by  
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Adobe’s sustainability strategist offers lessons, and a clean example from Colgate.

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UK town offers $380k reward to find killer of beloved local goose

March 3, 2016 by  
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The untimely death of Grumpy Gertie in the village of Sandon came as a shock to those who had come to love the resident goose. After discussing his death on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, listeners pooled together $380,000 as a reward for information leading to his killer. Read the rest of UK town offers $380k reward to find killer of beloved local goose

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What the Supreme Court shakeup means for climate change

February 18, 2016 by  
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The Clean Power Plan hangs in the balance following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Quotes of the Day: John F. Kennedy on the environment

November 22, 2013 by  
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On the 50th anniversary of his death, a look back at some of JFK’s statements.

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6 Dog toy companies making tough and sustainable toys

November 22, 2013 by  
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Selecting toys for our dogs can be a tough task, especially when we want the right combination of durable, stylish, and sustainably made. These companies have our dogs’ best interests at heart, and have come up with adorable and affordable options.

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LEDs become part of the building fabric with "Light Transmissive Carpets"

November 22, 2013 by  
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This is the future of lighting design, where the LEDs become permanent parts of the buildings, not something that is just plugged in.

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11 natural tricks to tackle your winter cold

November 22, 2013 by  
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Whether you’re suffering or feel it coming, here are some easy, homemade ways to fight off a cold.

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Portable supercapacitor-powered speakers charge in 5 minutes, good for 500,000 charges

November 22, 2013 by  
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These high quality portable speakers charge in just a few minutes minutes, play for 6 hours on a single charge, and are handcrafted from bamboo and open-source hardware. Welcome to the future.

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