Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Sat, 07 Dec 2019 02:03:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Congratulations to the NASA and SpaceX teams on another successful resupply launch! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/congratulations-to-the-nasa-and-spacex-teams-on-another-successful-resupply-launch https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/congratulations-to-the-nasa-and-spacex-teams-on-another-successful-resupply-launch#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2019 02:03:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/congratulations-to-the-nasa-and-spacex-teams-on-another-successful-resupply-launch

Learn more about what’s on board the Dragon spacecraft headed to the International Space Station: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/spx19-research

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SLAC scientists invent a way to see attosecond electron motions with an X-ray laser https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/slac-scientists-invent-a-way-to-see-attosecond-electron-motions-with-an-x-ray-laser https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/slac-scientists-invent-a-way-to-see-attosecond-electron-motions-with-an-x-ray-laser#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2019 01:44:08 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/slac-scientists-invent-a-way-to-see-attosecond-electron-motions-with-an-x-ray-laser

Called XLEAP, the new method will provide sharp views of electrons in chemical processes that take place in billionths of a billionth of a second and drive crucial aspects of life.

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Simple machine learning scorecard for seizures is saving lives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/simple-machine-learning-scorecard-for-seizures-is-saving-lives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/simple-machine-learning-scorecard-for-seizures-is-saving-lives#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2019 01:43:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/simple-machine-learning-scorecard-for-seizures-is-saving-lives

Computer scientists from Duke University and Harvard University have joined with physicians from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Wisconsin to develop a machine learning model that can predict which patients are most at risk of having destructive seizures after suffering a stroke or other brain injury.

A point system they’ve developed helps determine which patients should receive expensive continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) monitoring. Implemented nationwide, the authors say their could help hospitals monitor nearly three times as many patients, saving many lives as well as $54 million each year.

A paper detailing the methods behind the interpretable machine learning approach appeared online June 19 in the Journal of Machine Learning Research.

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Researchers program cancer-fighting cells to resist exhaustion, attack solid tumors in mice https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/researchers-program-cancer-fighting-cells-to-resist-exhaustion-attack-solid-tumors-in-mice https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/researchers-program-cancer-fighting-cells-to-resist-exhaustion-attack-solid-tumors-in-mice#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:23:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/researchers-program-cancer-fighting-cells-to-resist-exhaustion-attack-solid-tumors-in-mice

Awesome!


A new approach to programing cancer-fighting immune cells called CAR-T cells can prolong their activity and increase their effectiveness against human cancer cells grown in the laboratory and in mice, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

The ability to circumvent the exhaustion that the genetically engineered cells often experience after their initial burst of activity could lead to the development of a new generation of CAR-T cells that may be effective even against solid cancers—a goal that has until now eluded researchers.

The studies were conducted in mice harboring human leukemia and . The researchers hope to begin in people with leukemia within the next 18 months and to eventually extend the trials to include solid cancers.

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“This Could Be a Tragedy For Humanity” | The First Brain Chip Implant https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/this-could-be-a-tragedy-for-humanity-the-first-brain-chip-implant https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/this-could-be-a-tragedy-for-humanity-the-first-brain-chip-implant#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:22:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/this-could-be-a-tragedy-for-humanity-the-first-brain-chip-implant

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Scientists Develop Photocatalyst That Can Turn CO2 to Fuel https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/scientists-develop-photocatalyst-that-can-turn-co2-to-fuel https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/scientists-develop-photocatalyst-that-can-turn-co2-to-fuel#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:03:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/scientists-develop-photocatalyst-that-can-turn-co2-to-fuel

CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2019 — In a recent study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, scientists used a photocatalyst largely made of copper to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol.

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How We Are Growing Organs In The Lab? | Dr. Jim Wells | TEDxCincinnati https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/how-we-are-growing-organs-in-the-lab-dr-jim-wells-tedxcincinnati https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/how-we-are-growing-organs-in-the-lab-dr-jim-wells-tedxcincinnati#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:42:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/how-we-are-growing-organs-in-the-lab-dr-jim-wells-tedxcincinnati

Over 116,000 people in the US are on organ transplant waiting lists because of a shortage in healthy donated organs. Dr. Wells and his team have been harnessing the power of stem cells to grow miniature versions of human organs in the laboratory. Today, mini organs are being used to help diagnose patients and improve care and Dr. Wells and colleagues are working to generate lab grown organs for future transplantation into patients. Screen reader support enabled. FB: James Wells, LinkedIn: James Wells As a Developmental Biologist, Jim Wells has spent the past two decades trying to uncover how a single cell gives rise to tissues, organs and eventually a whole organism. With this information as a roadmap, he has pioneered approaches to generate mini organs (organoids) from stem cells in the laboratory. Dr. Wells is now part of a team that is using tissue engineering to generate bigger and more functional organs in the lab that can be used for transplantation into patients in the future. Dr. Wells is a professor of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is in the Division of Developmental Biology and where he established the human pluripotent stem cell facility. He is also the Director for Basic Research in the Division of Endocrinology and was appointed Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine. As a Developmental Biologist, Jim Wells has spent the past two decades trying to uncover how a single cell gives rise to tissues, organs and eventually a whole organism. With this information as a roadmap, he has pioneered approaches to generate mini organs (organoids) from stem cells in the laboratory. Dr. Wells is now part of a team that is using tissue engineering to generate bigger and more functional organs in the lab that can be used for transplantation into patients in the future. Dr. Wells is a professor of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is in the Division of Developmental Biology and where he established the human pluripotent stem cell facility. He is also the Director for Basic Research in the Division of Endocrinology and was appointed Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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How Should One Live Everlasting Life? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/how-should-one-live-everlasting-life https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/how-should-one-live-everlasting-life#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:42:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/how-should-one-live-everlasting-life

Ethical concerns about new and emerging technologies that could significantly extend human lifespans generally focus on their potential impact on individuals and the permissibility of providing such treatment options. Because these technologies might also prompt us to assess and balance interests of different individuals and groups, given resource and production limitations, life-extension technologies provoke profound conversations about the nature and value of traditional conceptions of humanity.


Life extension requires careful consideration of resource scarcity, justice, and what, if anything, is intrinsic to the experiences we define as human.

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China Has Built Artificial Sun For Clean Energy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/china-has-built-artificial-sun-for-clean-energy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/china-has-built-artificial-sun-for-clean-energy#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:22:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/china-has-built-artificial-sun-for-clean-energy

China has developed its own artificial sun that uses nuclear fusion to generate clean energy as much as 10 suns! China has recently completed the construction of this reactor and the operations for the same are expected to commence starting sometime in 2020.

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Will We Ever Find Dark Matter? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/will-we-ever-find-dark-matter https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/will-we-ever-find-dark-matter#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 21:42:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/12/will-we-ever-find-dark-matter

The failed hunt for elusive dark matter means that we may have to rethink our hypotheses.

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