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Science Progressing: Week Ending November 4

Science Progressing is your guide to the week’s top science and technology policy news you shouldn’t have missed. Did we leave anything out? Tweet or facebook us and let us know.

LIFE SCIENCE
Researchers purge cells that drive aging in mice
Scientists have found a way to deplete senescent cells, thought to contribute to aging, in mice. The discovery holds promise that medical research may be able to address the many diseases of aging.

TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT
Senate Dems: Go green or go dark
Language in the new Senate appropriations bill asserts that no lightbulb shall be purchased for a federal building unless it complies with green energy standards.

TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT
Government apps for mobile devices could be on the way
As government officials trade in their Blackberrys for other mobile devices, agencies across the government gear up to develop a myriad of new government “apps,” creating business opportunities for developers.

NUCLEAR SAFETY
Reactor in Japan restarts, a first since the tsunami
The first reactor in Japan since the Fukushima incident restarted in Western Japan on Tuesday.

PSYCHOLOGY
Mental-health guide accused of overreach
With the looming publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, psychologists levy critiques that the diagnostic manual overreaches in its diagnosis of psychological disorders they say have little scientific bases and will be used to “stigmatize eccentric people.”

DEMOGRAPHICS
Making sense of 7 billion people
On October 31, the world’s population reached 7 billion. Wired considers what this means in context of total biomass of the planet.

ENERGY INNOVATION
Late-stage VC funding for Solar Soars
As the cost of solar continues to plummet and the technology becomes increasingly mainstream, solar companies are increasingly seeking traditional growth equity rather than scarcer early-stage financing for new projects. This is a good thing, argues Climate Progress’s Stephen Lacey.

INNOVATION
Five steps for university inventors
A handy FAQ to help orient inventors to the world of university-industry technology transfer.

INNOVATION INCUBATORS
Innovation incubators taking off in Canada
Business incubators are helping foster clusters where a culture of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization can thrive across Canada.

INNOVATION INCUBATORS
How to build a venture-financed ecosystem
Mayor Bloomberg of New York has declared New York to be the entrepreneurship capital of the United States, and Daniel Isenberg of the Economist has a few tips for what makes for good venture ecosystems.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The way startups are being financed has completely changed
With credit still tight and risk capital investors increasingly focused on later stage investments, inventors and entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to get startup capital through traditional channels. Here is a list of five brand new ways innovative entrepreneurs are getting access to startup capital in the 21st century information economy.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
North Carolina congressman introduces bill to help entrepreneurs get access to crowd-sourced startup capital (VIDEO)
Speaking of crowdsourcing, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has introduced legislation to make it easier for entrepreneurs to crowdfund their ideas.

ZOMBIE RESEARCH
Support zombie fish research!(VIDEO)
Crowd-sourcing isn’t just for startups, it’s also being used to support scientific research. One project seeking funding on Rockethub.com proposes to study mind-controlling parasites that infect fish to see what the parasites have learned over millions of years of evolution about neurochemistry.

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