They used a chemical to rejuvenate muscle in mice and said it was the equivalent of transforming a 60-year-old's muscle to that of a 20-year-old — but muscle strength did not improve. Their study, in the journal Cell, identified an entirely new mechanism of ageing and then reversed it. http://www.cell.com/retrieve/pii/S0092867413015213
Other researchers said it was an "exciting finding"."
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As a former paper industry professional (recycled pulp), Paper is fine except that people limit its use to readable font. That is what led to Microfiche (which is now being dumped by the truckload at recycling stations as "obsolete tech"). If you printed a hard copy of everything either to microfiche or extremely small 1-point font, you could store the data in a type of seedbank or gene bank.
A salt mine may not be appropriate, but I'd like to start a business where everyone could send their hard drives to a giant 100 year Time Capsule Vault in the Sonoran desert. We are shredding retired professors hard drives which the professors probably would prefer to see preserved. The "half life" of privacy risk is different for different data... experiments, emails, credit card numbers, and porn browsing cookies are not posing the same posthumous risk/benefit. We are cremating too many of our future fossils.
IMHO the biggest threat to raw data is misplaced or randomized fear of privacy combined with copyright planned obsolescence (or mandated "e-waste" shredding for working tech, out of fear that poor people will misuse a display device). Certain data does need to be destroyed, and certain papers shredded. Treating all "data" as having the same expiration date has something to do with the loss of the data in the article.
In other news yesterday, CBS 60 Minutes Pelley Award for reporting on the electronics industry, "2008 "The Wasteland", was discredited by the 5th major exhaustive study of "e-waste" exports (this one done by MIT) which shows CBS report that 80% of all "e-waste" exports are not recycled but dumped overseas. From the report, "Quantitative Characterization of Domestic and Transboundary Flows of Used Electronics 12/2013":
""The results show that approximately 258.2 million units of used electronic were generated and 171.4 million units were collected in the US in 2010. Export flows were estimated to be 14.4 million units, which is 8.5% of the collected estimate on average. On a weight basis, 1.6 million tons of used electronics were generated in the US in 2010 and 0.9 million tons were collected. Of the amount collected, 26.5 thousand tons were exported, which is 3.1% of the weight collected."
It is not that CBS 60 Minutes gets the story wrong that bothers me so much as the organization's stonewalling of these studies, after 41 export traders were arrested just in the past year, and after the source organization in Seattle who told them "80% of all e-waste is exported" not only abandoned the "statistic" but claimed never to have said it. http://tinyurl.com/lr7z5n3 What relates this to TFA is that both the ability by the manufacturing country to "brick" PCs they have made and sold, and the original hype about export for reuse, is PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE. If the PCs were bricked, would the economy really collapse? Or would there be a bunch of PCs ready to sell which had a different bios chip? Want to know about OEMs bricking the secondary market, and where "waste" comes from? Read Vance Packard's 1960 book "The Waste Makers", available both in print and on Kindle.
"But it shouldn’t require another Sandy Hook to make us realize something has to change. The school shooters are committing a grandiose form of suicide. Media, traditionally, doesn’t cover suicides, and is very careful when it does. It’s a long-standing custom, borne out of numerous studies from groups like the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the National Institute of Mental Health.
“More than 50 research studies worldwide have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals,” the NIMH concluded. “The magnitude of the increase is related to the amount, duration and prominence of coverage.”