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The 2015 Cryonics Institute Board of Directors Elections

Sunday, 26 July 2015 by System Administrator

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 The 2015 Cryonics Institute Board of Directors Election Announcement

It is time once again for interested parties to submit their Ballot statements if they wish to be considered for election to the CI board of directors. Ballot statements must be postmarked or received by email at CI Facility no later than August 1st 2015. If the candidates wish to be included on the paper ballot before the election they must submit a bio of 150 words or less before this date.

The following four directors seats out of twelve are up for election for a term of three years.
All four incumbents have announced that they will run again this year.
Connie Ettinger T2015
Pat Heller T2015
Joe Kowalsky T2015
Paul Hagen T2015

Best of luck to all who run.

Brain Inspired Algorithms may make for optimized computational networks

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 by System Administrator

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Brain-inspired algorithms may make for optimized computational networks
Quantifying the rates of synapse pruning in the mammalian neocortex led to new algorithms for constructing adaptive and robust computational networks across several domains
July 19, 2015


Salk and Carnegie Mellon researchers developed a new model for building efficient networks by studying the rate at which the brain prunes back some of its connections during development. In this model, nodes (such as neurons or sensors) make too many connections (left) before pruning back to connections that are most relevant (right). The team applied their synaptic pruning-based algorithm to air flight patterns and found it was able to create routes to allow passengers to reach their destinations efficiently. (credit: Salk Institute and Carnegie Mellon University)

The developing brain prunes (eliminates) unneeded connections between neurons during early childhood. Now researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Carnegie Mellon University have determined the rate at which that happens, and the implications of that finding for computational networks.

First working synthetic immune organ with controllable antibodies

Saturday, 13 June 2015 by System Administrator

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First working synthetic immune organ with controllable antibodies
Promises to lead to better understanding of the immune system, develop new therapies, improve testing of new classes of drugs and toxic chemicals
June 11, 2015

When exposed to a foreign agent, such as an immunogenic protein, B cells in lymphoid organs (such as the spleen) undergo germinal center (immune defense) reactions. The image on the left is an normal immunized mouse spleen with activated B cells (brown) that produce antibodies. At right, top: a scanning electron micrograph of synthetic porous synthetic immune organoids that enable rapid proliferation and activation of B cells into antibody-producing cells. At right, bottom: primary B cell viability and distribution is visible 24 hours following encapsulation of B cells from the mouse lymphoid organ into the synthetic organoids. (credit: Singh Lab)