Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:29:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/cosmologists-clash-over-the-beginning-of-the-universe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/cosmologists-clash-over-the-beginning-of-the-universe#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:02:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/cosmologists-clash-over-the-beginning-of-the-universe

What happened before the Big Bang? And what happened before that? Stephen Hawking’s answer—there was no beginning—is now the subject of intense debate.


A recent challenge to Stephen Hawking’s biggest idea — about how the universe might have come from nothing — has cosmologists choosing sides.

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How China Is Creating the Factory of the Future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-china-is-creating-the-factory-of-the-future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-china-is-creating-the-factory-of-the-future#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:43:56 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-china-is-creating-the-factory-of-the-future

By comparison, the next biggest market, Japan, will be responsible for 11% of all shipments over that same period and the U.S. for 7%. Developing-world markets Mexico, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Brazil will collectively buy just 5% of industrial robots.


China is setting the pace in automation to create the factory of the future.

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Anti-aging compound from pomegranates proves promising in human clinical trials https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/anti-aging-compound-from-pomegranates-proves-promising-in-human-clinical-trials https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/anti-aging-compound-from-pomegranates-proves-promising-in-human-clinical-trials#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:23:03 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/anti-aging-compound-from-pomegranates-proves-promising-in-human-clinical-trials

Since aging is a key driver of many diseases, targeting that process could be a handy catch-all for treating a range of diseases and improving quality of life for pretty much everybody. Researchers at EPFL have now reported a new step towards that goal, with human clinical trials of a fruit-derived compound showing promise in slowing mitochondrial aging in elderly patients, with no side effects found.

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Aston Martin will race a detuned Valkyrie at Le Mans in the new Hypercar class https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/aston-martin-will-race-a-detuned-valkyrie-at-le-mans-in-the-new-hypercar-class https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/aston-martin-will-race-a-detuned-valkyrie-at-le-mans-in-the-new-hypercar-class#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:22:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/aston-martin-will-race-a-detuned-valkyrie-at-le-mans-in-the-new-hypercar-class

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced a new top class for the Le Mans endurance race – a “hypercar” class that will begin in 2020–21, designed to entice some of the world’s most extreme streetcars to throw down and prove themselves. And one we’ll definitely see on track is the awesome Aston Martin Valkyrie.

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A genetic mutation could help us understand how to stop pain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-genetic-mutation-could-help-us-understand-how-to-stop-pain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-genetic-mutation-could-help-us-understand-how-to-stop-pain#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-genetic-mutation-could-help-us-understand-how-to-stop-pain

People like Jo Cameron, who can’t feel any pain, could help us find the on-off switch for suffering.

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5 Things You Likely Never Knew About Apollo 11 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/5-things-you-likely-never-knew-about-apollo-11 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/5-things-you-likely-never-knew-about-apollo-11#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:02:14 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/5-things-you-likely-never-knew-about-apollo-11

On the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the technological history surrounding this one giant leap is full of surprises.

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Drug-Resistant Bacteria Common at Horse Farms, Study Shows https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/drug-resistant-bacteria-common-at-horse-farms-study-shows https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/drug-resistant-bacteria-common-at-horse-farms-study-shows#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:40:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/drug-resistant-bacteria-common-at-horse-farms-study-shows

Scientists found 200 E. coli strains, about half of which were resistant to at least one microbial agent, in manure, air, and horse nostrils at Polish riding centers. Here’s what that means for you.

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GSK partners with CRISPR pioneer Doudna to find new drugs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/gsk-partners-with-crispr-pioneer-doudna-to-find-new-drugs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/gsk-partners-with-crispr-pioneer-doudna-to-find-new-drugs#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:23:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/gsk-partners-with-crispr-pioneer-doudna-to-find-new-drugs

GSK forms CRISPR alliance with UC Berkeley and UCSF to create functional genomics insitute. The main one, technologywise, is this about using CRISPR as a gene function screen. One can do a gazillion experiments at once, fleshing out connections, sketching the biology, finding drug targets. http://bit.do/eU942


S AN FRANCISCO — The drug maker GlaxoSmithKline announced Thursday that it would team up with some of the nation’s most prominent CRISPR researchers to use the gene-editing technology in a search for new medicines, establishing a new lab in San Francisco and spending up to $67 million over five years.

Jennifer Doudna, the University of California, Berkeley, researcher who co-invented the CRISPR enzyme technology, will help lead the effort, along with Jonathan Weissman, a UC San Francisco researcher who has been using CRISPR to understand the function of individual human genes and how they work together. Both are Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

The lab will be called the Laboratory for Genomic Research and will be based near UCSF’s Mission Bay campus. The money will fund 24 full-time University of California employees, in addition to as many as 14 full-time GSK employees. GSK’s machine learning and artificial intelligence groups will create computer systems that can handle the large amounts of data the project is expected to create. It will focus on immunology, oncology, and neurology.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Will Launch NASA Probe to Study Space Radiation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-falcon-heavy-will-launch-nasa-probe-to-study-space-radiation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-falcon-heavy-will-launch-nasa-probe-to-study-space-radiation#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:22:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-falcon-heavy-will-launch-nasa-probe-to-study-space-radiation

SET aims to study effects of radiation on satellites.

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Aubrey de Grey, PhD, Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/aubrey-de-grey-phd-co-founder-of-sens-research-foundation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/aubrey-de-grey-phd-co-founder-of-sens-research-foundation#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:22:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/aubrey-de-grey-phd-co-founder-of-sens-research-foundation

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of SENS Research Foundation, delivers an overview of aging and the many health problems that develop in our advanced years.

Dr. de Grey is a respected member of the science community; he is the noted biomedical gerontologist who devised the innovative SENS platform and co-founded the SENS Research Foundation to further it. Dr. de Grey has written about his work and as an established researcher, he has been appointed to the editorial and scientific advisory boards of many journals, organizations, etc. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America as well as the American Aging Association. He holds a BA in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Biology from the prestigious University of Cambridge.

Dr. de Grey discusses his research in aging and the motivations for tackling the career. As he states, aging is the number one medical problem as it causes more suffering. He was motivated to research in this area because he found that not enough was being done to focus on aging and the myriad of problems that come with it. He talks about the many excuses that are given as reasons to simply accept aging as it is, or not focus on it at all, such as “it’s inevitable…everything ages,” or the philosophical—“death gives meaning to life,” or social—“maybe we could do this, but it would create new problems worse than the problem we are solving.” And as the Ph.D. states, none of these excuses stand up to even the faintest scrutiny, however, they still remain quite popular.

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Phosphorous and calcium in lobster will strengthen your bones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/phosphorous-and-calcium-in-lobster-will-strengthen-your-bones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/phosphorous-and-calcium-in-lobster-will-strengthen-your-bones#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:22:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/phosphorous-and-calcium-in-lobster-will-strengthen-your-bones

There are many nutritional and delicious benefits of eating lobster. Some of them include protecting heart health, increasing energy, decreasing inflammation, speeding healing, promoting growth, boosting brain functioning and building strong bones. Lobsters are shelled marine creatures which are taking parts of crustaceans. They have the scientific name Homarus nephrops. This scientific name is the North Atlantic variety. This undersea creature is having old look and it is considered to be luxury or delicacy food in many parts of the world. Nowadays lobster is exported to many parts of the world. They are particularly popular in North America. Lobsters are delicious food but they have high prices which is a reason why they are not consumed a lot. It is important to know that the lobster has high amounts of cholesterol and sodium. If you suffer from cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure or any other health condition, then you should not consume lobster because it has minerals and nutrients which are not ideal for these conditions. Every food should be consumed in moderation. Lobster is ideal food for people to get many vitamins and minerals that are essential for their health. People who live in North American coasts can have lobster in every time because here the price of it is very low.

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CRISPR used to build dual-core computers inside human cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-used-to-build-dual-core-computers-inside-human-cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-used-to-build-dual-core-computers-inside-human-cells#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:21:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-used-to-build-dual-core-computers-inside-human-cells

The CRISPR gene-editing system is usually known for helping scientists treat genetic diseases, but the technology has a whole range of possible uses in synthetic biology too. Now researchers at ETH Zurich have used CRISPR to build functional biocomputers inside human cells.

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Millions of Venmo transactions scraped in warning over privacy settings https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/millions-of-venmo-transactions-scraped-in-warning-over-privacy-settings https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/millions-of-venmo-transactions-scraped-in-warning-over-privacy-settings#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:03:18 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/millions-of-venmo-transactions-scraped-in-warning-over-privacy-settings

A computer science student has scraped seven million Venmo transactions to prove that users’ public activity can still be easily obtained, a year after a privacy researcher downloaded hundreds of millions of Venmo transactions in a similar feat.

Dan Salmon said he scraped the transactions during a cumulative six months to raise awareness and warn users to set their Venmo payments to private.

The peer-to-peer mobile payments service faced criticism last year after Hang Do Thi Duc, a former Mozilla fellow, downloaded 207 million transactions. The scraping effort was possible because Venmo payments between users are public by default. The scrapable data inspired several new projects — including a bot that tweeted out every time someone bought drugs.

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New Tardigrade Species Found in Parking Lot in Japan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-tardigrade-species-found-in-parking-lot-in-japan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-tardigrade-species-found-in-parking-lot-in-japan#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:02:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-tardigrade-species-found-in-parking-lot-in-japan

New species of tardigrade, world’s toughest animal, has been discovered in Japan.

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Tsunami Threat After Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Off New Zealand https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/tsunami-threat-after-magnitude-7-4-earthquake-off-new-zealand https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/tsunami-threat-after-magnitude-7-4-earthquake-off-new-zealand#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/tsunami-threat-after-magnitude-7-4-earthquake-off-new-zealand

STORY SUMMARY

HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a threat message, saying that there was no threat to Hawaiʻi but the tsunami waves were possible closer to the earthquake center.

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What would happen if we cut oxygen from the brain? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/what-would-happen-if-we-cut-oxygen-from-the-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/what-would-happen-if-we-cut-oxygen-from-the-brain#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:22:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/what-would-happen-if-we-cut-oxygen-from-the-brain

What happens to the brain without oxygen?

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Beijing Engineer Has Created The World’s First AI Cat Shelter That Will Identify, Feed, And Warm Stray Cats https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/beijing-engineer-has-created-the-worlds-first-ai-cat-shelter-that-will-identify-feed-and-warm-stray-cats https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/beijing-engineer-has-created-the-worlds-first-ai-cat-shelter-that-will-identify-feed-and-warm-stray-cats#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:02:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/beijing-engineer-has-created-the-worlds-first-ai-cat-shelter-that-will-identify-feed-and-warm-stray-cats

Cheezburger.com — Crafted from the finest Internets.

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Russian Hackers Tried to Attack U.S. Power Grid https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/russian-hackers-tried-to-attack-u-s-power-grid https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/russian-hackers-tried-to-attack-u-s-power-grid#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:43:11 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/russian-hackers-tried-to-attack-u-s-power-grid

A hacking group linked to the Russian government has been attempting to breach the U.S. power grid, Wired reports.

Security experts from the non-profit group the Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and security firm Dragos tracked the hackers — and warn that the group has been probing the grid for weaknesses, searching for ways that they could access U.S. systems.

Even though there are no signs that the group has succeeded in accessing the power grid, the attacks still have experts worried. And that’s partly because of the history of this particular hacking group: Xenotime, who created the infamous Triton malware. In late 2017, Triton attacked critical infrastructure such as the industrial control systems used in power plants, and it could have been used to cause massive destruction through tampering with power plant controls. That lead it to be labeled the “world’s most murderous malware.”

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AI-Aided Video Surveillance Will Watch and Silently Judge Us https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-aided-video-surveillance-will-watch-and-silently-judge-us https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-aided-video-surveillance-will-watch-and-silently-judge-us#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:42:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-aided-video-surveillance-will-watch-and-silently-judge-us

Gone are the days when a store’s security cameras only mattered to shoplifters.

Now, with the rising prevalence of surveillance systems constantly monitored by artificial intelligence, ubiquitous security systems can watch, learn about, and discriminate against shoppers more than ever before.

That’s the gist of a new ACLU report titled “The Dawn of Robot Surveillance,” about how emerging AI technology enables security companies to constantly monitor and collect data about people — opening new possibilities in which power is abused or underserved communities are overpoliced.

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NASA’s ‘Green’ Fuel Will Make Its Space Debut on SpaceX Falcon Heavy Mission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nasas-green-fuel-will-make-its-space-debut-on-spacex-falcon-heavy-mission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nasas-green-fuel-will-make-its-space-debut-on-spacex-falcon-heavy-mission#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nasas-green-fuel-will-make-its-space-debut-on-spacex-falcon-heavy-mission

A green propellant alternative will be tested out in space for the first time.

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Heidi Burdett https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/heidi-burdett https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/heidi-burdett#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:24:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/heidi-burdett

The world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery London ExCeL October 10–13 2019.

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New Gene Therapy Priced at $1.8 Million in Europe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-gene-therapy-priced-at-1-8-million-in-europe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-gene-therapy-priced-at-1-8-million-in-europe#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:24:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-gene-therapy-priced-at-1-8-million-in-europe

A new gene therapy for a rare blood disorder will sell for €1.6 million ($1.8 million) in Europe, according to the maker of the recently approved treatment, whose sticker price is the latest indication that already high drug costs are continuing to climb.

After it goes on sale, the Zynteglo gene therapy from Bluebird Bio Inc. will be the second-most expensive drug in the world after Novartis’s $2.1 million Zolgensma gene therapy, which was recently approved for sale in the U.S.

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New CRISPR research partners defend academic-industry model https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-crispr-research-partners-defend-academic-industry-model https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-crispr-research-partners-defend-academic-industry-model#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:23:57 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-crispr-research-partners-defend-academic-industry-model

The collaboration, its architects say, was designed to carefully address questions familiar to partnerships involving academic and industry scientists.

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Chronic Wasting Disease: A Big Problem For Wildlife https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/chronic-wasting-disease-a-big-problem-for-wildlife https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/chronic-wasting-disease-a-big-problem-for-wildlife#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:23:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/chronic-wasting-disease-a-big-problem-for-wildlife

You may be familiar with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease. Did you know there’s a lesser-known—but similar—illness that affects deer, moose, and elk? It’s called chronic wasting disease, and like mad cow, it is also a brain disease, thought to be caused by a malformed, twisted protein called a prion. CWD leads to unusual behavior, and often results in the animals becoming gruesomely thin before they die. First discovered in 1967, CWD now has been detected in at least 26 states, three Canadian provinces, Norway, Sweden, and South Korea.

Rae Ellen Bichell, a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau and KUNC, explored chronic wasting disease in a multipart series titled “ Bent Out Of Shape.” She joins Ira to talk about the disease, research into its origin and spread, and what’s known about the possible effects of human exposure to CWD.

Check out the full series.

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The woman who founded $1 billion biotech Gossamer told us about the 3 jobs that prepared her to be a first-time CEO https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-woman-who-founded-1-billion-biotech-gossamer-told-us-about-the-3-jobs-that-prepared-her-to-be-a-first-time-ceo https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-woman-who-founded-1-billion-biotech-gossamer-told-us-about-the-3-jobs-that-prepared-her-to-be-a-first-time-ceo#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:23:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-woman-who-founded-1-billion-biotech-gossamer-told-us-about-the-3-jobs-that-prepared-her-to-be-a-first-time-ceo

Sheila Gujrathi has worked as a doctor, a McKinsey consultant, and at an up-and-coming biotech. Each role prepared her to be CEO in different ways.

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LulzBot 3D Bioprinting Collaboration Brings New Innovations https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/lulzbot-3d-bioprinting-collaboration-brings-new-innovations https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/lulzbot-3d-bioprinting-collaboration-brings-new-innovations#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:06:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/lulzbot-3d-bioprinting-collaboration-brings-new-innovations

New LulzBot bioprinting hardware coming 2019 with long term goal of printing real functional tissues.

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Toward artificial intelligence that learns to write code https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/toward-artificial-intelligence-that-learns-to-write-code https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/toward-artificial-intelligence-that-learns-to-write-code#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:06:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/toward-artificial-intelligence-that-learns-to-write-code

Researchers combine deep learning and symbolic reasoning for a more flexible way of teaching computers to program.

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Over-the-air wireless charging will come to smartphones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/over-the-air-wireless-charging-will-come-to-smartphones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/over-the-air-wireless-charging-will-come-to-smartphones#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:05:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/over-the-air-wireless-charging-will-come-to-smartphones

That’s not all. Imagine charging your smartwatch while you wear it.

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Ebola vaccine shows ‘very impressive’ performance in outbreak https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ebola-vaccine-shows-very-impressive-performance-in-outbreak https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ebola-vaccine-shows-very-impressive-performance-in-outbreak#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:05:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ebola-vaccine-shows-very-impressive-performance-in-outbreak

The experimental Ebola vaccine being used to try to contain the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is protective 97.5% of the time.

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Quantum Computing, Now and in the (Not Too Distant) Future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/quantum-computing-now-and-in-the-not-too-distant-future https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/quantum-computing-now-and-in-the-not-too-distant-future#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:04:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/quantum-computing-now-and-in-the-not-too-distant-future

To date, more than 110,000 users have run more than 7 million experiments on the public IBM Q Experience devices, publishing more than 145 third-party research papers based on experiments run on the devices. The IBM Q Network has grown to 45 organizations all over the world, including Fortune 500 companies, research labs, academic institutions, and startups. This goal of helping industries and individuals get “quantum ready” with real quantum hardware is what makes IBM Q stand out.

SF: What are the main technological hurdles that still need to be resolved before quantum computing goes mainstream?

JW: Today’s approximate or noisy quantum computers have a coherence time of about 100 microseconds. That’s the time in which an experiment can be run on a quantum processor before errors take over. Error mitigation and error correction will need to be resolved before we have a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

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Space Gets 100 Times Cheaper By 2023 and We Will Get Moon Bases and More https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/space-gets-100-times-cheaper-by-2023-and-we-will-get-moon-bases-and-more https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/space-gets-100-times-cheaper-by-2023-and-we-will-get-moon-bases-and-more#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:04:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/space-gets-100-times-cheaper-by-2023-and-we-will-get-moon-bases-and-more

If SpaceX gets a fully reusable Super Heavy Starship flying to orbit in 2020 and then has 100 fully reusable flights by 2023 then the cost of space will drop by 100 times. This will start fulfilling the plans for lunar bases, lunar mining, and space-based solar power.

If each Super Heavy Starship costs $300 million and has $1 million in operating and maintenance cost per flight then the per flight cost is $4 million. Super Heavy Starship is supposed to launch about 100 tons to orbit.

Assuming that 800 Starlink satellites are launched by April 2020, then SpaceX will start doubling its revenue from $2–3 billion to $5–6 billion in 2020 and ten billion in 2021. This will mean that SpaceX will be able to afford to build dozens of Super Heavy Starships.

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Bill Gates just backed a chip startup that uses light to turbocharge AI https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bill-gates-just-backed-a-chip-startup-that-uses-light-to-turbocharge-ai https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bill-gates-just-backed-a-chip-startup-that-uses-light-to-turbocharge-ai#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:03:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bill-gates-just-backed-a-chip-startup-that-uses-light-to-turbocharge-ai

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

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Blood donation breakthrough sees scientists convert all types to O using gut bacteria https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/blood-donation-breakthrough-sees-scientists-convert-all-types-to-o-using-gut-bacteria https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/blood-donation-breakthrough-sees-scientists-convert-all-types-to-o-using-gut-bacteria#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:03:08 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/blood-donation-breakthrough-sees-scientists-convert-all-types-to-o-using-gut-bacteria

In a breakthrough that could save thousands of lives, scientists have found a way to convert all blood types to the universal type that is safe for all patients to receive, by using microbes found in the human gut.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have figured out how to convert blood types A, B and AB into the universal Type O, which all patients can receive in a transfusion, regardless of their own blood type.

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Nothing Is Solid & Everything Is Energy – Scientists Explain The World of Quantum Physics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nothing-is-solid-everything-is-energy-scientists-explain-the-world-of-quantum-physics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nothing-is-solid-everything-is-energy-scientists-explain-the-world-of-quantum-physics#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nothing-is-solid-everything-is-energy-scientists-explain-the-world-of-quantum-physics

What we perceive as our physical material world, is really not physical or material at all, in fact, it is far from it. This has been proven time and time again by multiple Nobel Prize (among many other scientists around the world) winning physicists, one of them being Niels Bohr, a Danish Physicist who made significant contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory.

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” – Niels Bohr

At the turn of the nineteenth century, physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. In doing so, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe that was at the very heart of scientific knowing was dropped, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. Scientists began to recognize that everything in the Universe is made out of energy.

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Germany Opens 62-Mile Bicycle Highway That’s Completely Car-Free https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/germany-opens-62-mile-bicycle-highway-thats-completely-car-free https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/germany-opens-62-mile-bicycle-highway-thats-completely-car-free#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:43:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/germany-opens-62-mile-bicycle-highway-thats-completely-car-free

Germany has opened the first three-mile stretch of a bicycle highway that will eventually span over 62 miles, connecting 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum, and Hamm, as well as four universities. And this highway is an entirely separate roadway that will remain completely car-free.

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Self-cleaning Clothes Made Possible By Nano-enhanced Textile https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/self-cleaning-clothes-made-possible-by-nano-enhanced-textile https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/self-cleaning-clothes-made-possible-by-nano-enhanced-textile#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:42:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/self-cleaning-clothes-made-possible-by-nano-enhanced-textile

Circa 2016


Not a big fan of laundry day? Well what if you could wash your clothes just by stepping into the sunshine? Thanks to researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, a self-cleaning textile could make that possible in the very near future. With the help of special nanostructures grown directly into the fabric, these new textiles could degrade organic matter like dirt, dust, and sweat when exposed to a concentrated light source.

To achieve this effect, the nanostructures used by the RMIT University team are made copper and silver. These metals are great at absorbing visible light, and when they’re exposed to light from the sun or even a light bulb, the nanostructures react with increased energy that creates “hot electrons”.

Hot electrons have to expend their excess energy somehow, and in this case they do so with a rapid burst that lets the nanostructures degrade organic molecules. Once a light source is introduced, the nanostructures take less than six minutes to break down organic matter — in effect cleaning themselves completely.

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Martian Architecture Will Swap Glassy Skyscrapers for Caves So We Survive https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/martian-architecture-will-swap-glassy-skyscrapers-for-caves-so-we-survive https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/martian-architecture-will-swap-glassy-skyscrapers-for-caves-so-we-survive#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:42:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/martian-architecture-will-swap-glassy-skyscrapers-for-caves-so-we-survive

The cities of the future may look more like the dwellings of the past.

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The five: unsung female scientists https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-five-unsung-female-scientists https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-five-unsung-female-scientists#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-five-unsung-female-scientists

The history of science has often seen women’s work overlooked and their credit stolen.

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AMI 750 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ami-750 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ami-750#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:02:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ami-750

The AMI 750, acoustic therapeutic sound instrument, has been described as the most effective device for stress and pain relief in the market today.

As our most popular product, the AMI 750 provides access to ten therapeutic sound channels and is utilized by professional healthcare practitioners and private owners worldwide.

Weighing less than 9 pounds and measuring 14.5 x 14 x 3 inches, it is easy to transport from room to room or in a carry-on bag for travel.

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Fully Automated Luxury Communism: a timely vision https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/fully-automated-luxury-communism-a-timely-vision https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/fully-automated-luxury-communism-a-timely-vision#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:22:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/fully-automated-luxury-communism-a-timely-vision

David Wood


I find myself in a great deal of agreement with Fully Automated Luxury Communism (“FALC”), the provocative but engaging book by Novara Media Co-Founder and Senior Editor Aaron Bastani.

It’s a book that’s going to change the conversation about the future.

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It’s Still A Little Hard To Believe ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Is Releasing On PS4 And Xbox One https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/its-still-a-little-hard-to-believe-cyberpunk-2077-is-releasing-on-ps4-and-xbox-one https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/its-still-a-little-hard-to-believe-cyberpunk-2077-is-releasing-on-ps4-and-xbox-one#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:22:15 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/its-still-a-little-hard-to-believe-cyberpunk-2077-is-releasing-on-ps4-and-xbox-one

Again, it’s all good stuff, essentially what I would hope for out a next-gen Deus Ex, but it’s still a little difficult to judge these elaborate upgrade trees without actually getting the opportunity to move through them at the intended pace. From what we can see, it’s plenty deep: there is the opportunity to build a hacking-fluent cyber ninja, and I’m going to guess that a good chunk of people playing this game are going to go that route.


‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is clearly stretching the limits of what’s possible on Xbox One and PS4.

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Smart Steel and Flesh: Real-time Narrative/News Clips/After Action Assessments of the Otso/Donovia Conflict of 2030/03 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/smart-steel-and-flesh-real-time-narrative-news-clips-after-action-assessments-of-the-otso-donovia-conflict-of-2030-03 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/smart-steel-and-flesh-real-time-narrative-news-clips-after-action-assessments-of-the-otso-donovia-conflict-of-2030-03#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:02:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/smart-steel-and-flesh-real-time-narrative-news-clips-after-action-assessments-of-the-otso-donovia-conflict-of-2030-03

Joel Aud

The Mad Scientist team executed its 2019 Science Fiction Writing Contest to glean insights about the future fight with a near-peer competitor in 2030. We received 77 submissions from both within and outside of the DoD. This story was one of our semi-finalists and features a futuristic look at warfare and its featured technologies.

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Technology and Human Potential with Nichol Bradford https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/technology-and-human-potential-with-nichol-bradford https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/technology-and-human-potential-with-nichol-bradford#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 06:39:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/technology-and-human-potential-with-nichol-bradford

Nichol Bradford, MBA, is the CEO & Founder of the Willow Group and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab, Conference, and TT200 List. Prior to becoming a leader in Transformative Technology, Bradford was a senior executive in video games with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi Games — including operating World of Warcraft China. Nichol is a graduate of Singularity University GSP15, has an MBA from Wharton School of Business in Strategy. She is author of a novel, The Sisterhood.

Here she describes developments in the emerging industry of transformative technology. She points out that, in the next 25 years, enormous numbers of jobs will be displaced by automation. This challenge, and others, make it essential that people large numbers of people actualize more of their innate potential. Technology can assist in this process — particularly when it is scalable and can be afforded by the millions. She emphasizes a variety of technological advances while emphasizing the importance of ethics, privacy, and data sovereignty.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).

(Recorded on February 18, 2019)

For a complete, updated list with links to all of our videos, see https://newthinkingallowed.com/Listings.htm.

For opportunities to engage with and support the New Thinking Allowed video channel — please visit the New Thinking Allowed Foundation at http://www.newthinkingallowed.org.

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Spinach power for solar cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spinach-power-for-solar-cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spinach-power-for-solar-cells#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:56:08 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spinach-power-for-solar-cells

Popeye would be proud.


Popeye uses spinach to power his muscles. Now, scientists are looking to spinach as a power source for making electricity.

A solar cell converts sunlight into electricity. Most of these, today, are made of a material called silicon. The new device instead uses proteins from spinach and from a bacterium called Rhodobacter sphaeroides.

To make the solar cell, a team of biologists and chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge extracted certain light-sensitive proteins from the spinach and the bacteria. They placed about 2 billion of these proteins on a piece of glass. They made the proteins stick by embedding them in a special framework that looks and acts like a cell membrane.

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Conjugating Carboxylic Acid Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/conjugating-carboxylic-acid-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/conjugating-carboxylic-acid-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:55:55 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/conjugating-carboxylic-acid-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles

Conjugating Carboxylic Acid Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles, unlike other gold nanoparticles, are pre-ready for covalent conjugation. The carboxlic acid groups on the surface of the gold nanoparticles are easily reacted with primary amines via a condensation reaction which yields strong amide bonds. Usually, this is achieved by using a water-soluble carbodiimide linker such as EDC.

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Man vs. Machine: IBM’s Supercomputer Wins Debate Against Humans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/man-vs-machine-ibms-supercomputer-wins-debate-against-humans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/man-vs-machine-ibms-supercomputer-wins-debate-against-humans#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:55:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/man-vs-machine-ibms-supercomputer-wins-debate-against-humans

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Robots are finally smart enough to understand humans and talk back. By leveraging artificial intelligence, IBM’s Project Debater is a supercomputer that can take on human opponents in a debate — and win! Although humans have better delivery, Project Debater was able to make better arguments with more facts.

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You’re already transhuman, you just don’t know it: MWC Barcelona https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/youre-already-transhuman-you-just-dont-know-it-mwc-barcelona https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/youre-already-transhuman-you-just-dont-know-it-mwc-barcelona#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 02:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/youre-already-transhuman-you-just-dont-know-it-mwc-barcelona

My writeup of the coolest and session at MWC Barcelona where there was a live on-stage demonstration of a human chip being implanted into someone’s hand.


Welcome to the future, where we already transhuman and microchipped. Will you merge with technology or be left behind?

Watch the full video of the human chip implant live on stage:

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Extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields cause DNA strand breaks in normal cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-cause-dna-strand-breaks-in-normal-cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-cause-dna-strand-breaks-in-normal-cells#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 02:10:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-cause-dna-strand-breaks-in-normal-cells

Conclusions:


Extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields aren’t considered as a real carcinogenic agent despite the fact that some studies have showed impairment of the DNA integrity in different cells lines. The aim of this study was evaluation of the late effects of a 100 Hz and 5.6 mT electromagnetic field, applied continuously or discontinuously, on the DNA integrity of Vero cells assessed by alkaline Comet assay and by cell cycle analysis. Normal Vero cells were exposed to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (100 Hz, 5.6 mT) for 45 minutes. The Comet assay and cell cycle analysis were performed 48 hours after the treatment.

Exposed samples presented an increase of the number of cells with high damaged DNA as compared with non-exposed cells. Quantitative evaluation of the comet assay showed a significantly (0.001) increase of the tail lengths, of the quantity of DNA in tail and of Olive tail moments, respectively. Cell cycle analysis showed an increase of the frequency of the cells in S phase, proving the occurrence of single strand breaks. The most probable mechanism of induction of the registered effects is the production of different types of reactive oxygen species.

The analysis of the registered comet indices and of cell cycle showed that extremely low frequency electromagnetic field of 100 Hz and 5.6 mT had a genotoxic impact on Vero cells.

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DNA: nanopore sequencing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-nanopore-sequencing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-nanopore-sequencing#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:45:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-nanopore-sequencing

Oxford Nanopore systems offer real-time, scalable, direct DNA sequencing. This can be performed on the portable MinION device, the benchtop GridION and the high-thoughput, high-sample number PromethION.

Nanopore sequencing also offers, for the first time, direct RNA sequencing, as well as PCR or PCR-free cDNA sequencing.

With nanopore sequencing, the user chooses fragment length and the nanopore sequences the entire fragments. Reads approaching 1Mb have been reported.

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Biometric Identifiers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/biometric-identifiers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/biometric-identifiers#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:45:14 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/biometric-identifiers

Spotlight: FBI Pushes Forward with Massive Biometric Database Despite Privacy Risks.


The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) focuses public attention on emerging civil liberties, privacy, First Amendment issues and works to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet.

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Map your genome at home with a cell-phone sized human DNA sequencer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/map-your-genome-at-home-with-a-cell-phone-sized-human-dna-sequencer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/map-your-genome-at-home-with-a-cell-phone-sized-human-dna-sequencer#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:44:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/map-your-genome-at-home-with-a-cell-phone-sized-human-dna-sequencer

And yet still; the system still requires everyone to carry an identification card.


The most extensive and detailed human genome sequence yet has been assembled using a hand-held device roughly the size of a cell phone.

An international team of scientists working at a lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, created a portable nanopore sequencer that not only used DNA fragments hundreds of times longer than is standard, but closed 12 gaps in the known human genome, according to a UCSC press release. That makes the human genome it assembled the most complete one ever created to date. A paper describing the research was published in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology.

The sequencer works by identifying changes in the flow of individual molecules of DNA when they pass through a microscopic membrane hole known as a nanopore. The device can read one million letters of DNA at a time, and has now been used to sequence a human individual’s entire genome, according to New Scientist.

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First Human Clinical Trial Results on the Anti-Aging Compound, Urolithin A, PUblished https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/first-human-clinical-trial-results-on-the-anti-aging-compound-urolithin-a-published https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/first-human-clinical-trial-results-on-the-anti-aging-compound-urolithin-a-published#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:42:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/first-human-clinical-trial-results-on-the-anti-aging-compound-urolithin-a-published

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—(BUSINESS WIRE).

Breakthrough translational science of dietary supplementation with Urolithin A, a pomegranate metabolite, on mitochondrial and cellular health in humans published in the journal Nature Metabolism

Amazentis, an innovative life sciences company pioneering scientific breakthroughs in nutrition to manage health conditions linked to aging, announced today a collaborative publication in Nature Metabolism with scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) demonstrating the Company’s lead product, Urolithin A (UA), is safe, bioavailable and improves mitochondrial and cellular health in humans.

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Act now on CRISPR babies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/act-now-on-crispr-babies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/act-now-on-crispr-babies#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/act-now-on-crispr-babies

Another researcher has announced controversial plans to gene edit babies. The scientific community must intervene.

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Genetic Brain-Mapping of Autism Photo https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/genetic-brain-mapping-of-autism-photo https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/genetic-brain-mapping-of-autism-photo#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 21:35:15 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/genetic-brain-mapping-of-autism-photo

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Scientists discovered a mushroom that eats plastic, and believe it could clean our landfills https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-discovered-a-mushroom-that-eats-plastic-and-believe-it-could-clean-our-landfills https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-discovered-a-mushroom-that-eats-plastic-and-believe-it-could-clean-our-landfills#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-discovered-a-mushroom-that-eats-plastic-and-believe-it-could-clean-our-landfills

What if this rare mushroom is a solution to the earth’s plastic problem?

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Is America Ready for Legalized Shrooms? This Psychologist Made of Bees Says “Yes” https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/is-america-ready-for-legalized-shrooms-this-psychologist-made-of-bees-says-yes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/is-america-ready-for-legalized-shrooms-this-psychologist-made-of-bees-says-yes#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 17:03:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/is-america-ready-for-legalized-shrooms-this-psychologist-made-of-bees-says-yes

O.o!


With the growing economic success of legalized recreational marijuana in 11 states it seems that national legalization is right around the corner, but could hallucinogenic mushrooms be next?

The city of Oakland recently decriminalized shrooms, a policy likely to be enacted by the entire state of California. Advocacy groups for the outright legalization of psilocybin have gained a lot of traction in recent years throughout California, Oregon and Colorado. We recently interviewed a respected psychologist who believes that legalized magic mushrooms not only could but should happen in America. He was incredibly wise, and made of hundreds of thousands of bees.

Hard Times: Thanks for taking the time to sit down and talk with us today Doctor… what was the name again?

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Why SpaceX is Making Starlink https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/why-spacex-is-making-starlink https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/why-spacex-is-making-starlink#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 17:02:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/why-spacex-is-making-starlink

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New drugs for breast cancer could replace chemotherapy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-drugs-for-breast-cancer-could-replace-chemotherapy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-drugs-for-breast-cancer-could-replace-chemotherapy#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:43:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-drugs-for-breast-cancer-could-replace-chemotherapy

Antibody drug conjugates (ADC) are generating excitement with a breast cancer treatment called DS-8201, which has few side effects.

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Summer camps face new risk amid ongoing measles outbreak https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/summer-camps-face-new-risk-amid-ongoing-measles-outbreak https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/summer-camps-face-new-risk-amid-ongoing-measles-outbreak#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:43:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/summer-camps-face-new-risk-amid-ongoing-measles-outbreak

An ongoing measles outbreak is raising new concerns for parents this summer. Camps are trying to do what they can to keep kids safe. Dr. Jon LaPook explains.

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Researchers Discover Revolutionary Way to Transform Blood Types to Allow for More Transfusions https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/researchers-discover-revolutionary-way-to-transform-blood-types-to-allow-for-more-transfusions https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/researchers-discover-revolutionary-way-to-transform-blood-types-to-allow-for-more-transfusions#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:43:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/researchers-discover-revolutionary-way-to-transform-blood-types-to-allow-for-more-transfusions

Type O blood is the universal donor, but these scientists have found a way to make Type A into Type O. This could double the blood supply for transfusions.

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Nanoscale optical imaging gets simpler and cheaper https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nanoscale-optical-imaging-gets-simpler-and-cheaper https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nanoscale-optical-imaging-gets-simpler-and-cheaper#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:42:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/nanoscale-optical-imaging-gets-simpler-and-cheaper

With a lens-free makeover scanning near-field optical microscopes (SNOMs) could become a common lab tool.

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Scientists Create the World’s Fastest RAM https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-create-the-worlds-fastest-ram https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-create-the-worlds-fastest-ram#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:03:05 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-create-the-worlds-fastest-ram

Greek researchers create the world’s fastest RAM.

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DNA as an Electromagnetic Fractal Cavity Resonator: Its Universal Sensing and Fractal Antenna Behavior https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-as-an-electromagnetic-fractal-cavity-resonator-its-universal-sensing-and-fractal-antenna-behavior https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-as-an-electromagnetic-fractal-cavity-resonator-its-universal-sensing-and-fractal-antenna-behavior#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:22:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-as-an-electromagnetic-fractal-cavity-resonator-its-universal-sensing-and-fractal-antenna-behavior

We report that 3D-A-DNA structure behaves as a fractal antenna, which can interact with the electromagnetic fields over a wide range of frequencies. Using the lattice details of human DNA, we have modeled radiation of DNA as a helical antenna. The DNA structure resonates with the electromagnetic waves at 34 GHz, with a positive gain of 1.7 dBi. We have also analyzed the role of three different lattice symmetries of DNA and the possibility of soliton-based energy transmission along the structure.

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CRISPR technology is revolutionizing the improvement of tomato and other fruit crops https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-technology-is-revolutionizing-the-improvement-of-tomato-and-other-fruit-crops https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-technology-is-revolutionizing-the-improvement-of-tomato-and-other-fruit-crops#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:37:13 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-technology-is-revolutionizing-the-improvement-of-tomato-and-other-fruit-crops

Fruits are major sources of essential nutrients and serve as staple foods in some areas of the world. The increasing human population and changes in climate experienced worldwide make it urgent to the production of fruit crops with high yield and enhanced adaptation to the environment, for which conventional breeding is unlikely to meet the demand. Fortunately, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) technology paves the way toward a new horizon for fruit crop improvement and consequently revolutionizes plant breeding. In this review, the mechanism and optimization of the CRISPR system and its application to fruit crops, including resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, fruit quality improvement, and domestication are highlighted. Controversies and future perspectives are discussed as well.

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Scientists Develop New Laser That Can Find and Destroy Cancer Cells in the Blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-develop-new-laser-that-can-find-and-destroy-cancer-cells-in-the-blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-develop-new-laser-that-can-find-and-destroy-cancer-cells-in-the-blood#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:36:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/scientists-develop-new-laser-that-can-find-and-destroy-cancer-cells-in-the-blood

Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood. And now, researchers have developed a new kind of laser that can find and zap those tumor cells from the outside of the skin.

Though it may still be a ways away from becoming a commercial diagnostic tool, the laser is up to 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods used to detect tumor cells in blood, the researchers reported June 12 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

To test for cancer spread, doctors typically take blood samples, but often the tests fail to find tumor cells even if they are present in a single sample, especially if the patient has an early form of cancer, said senior author Vladimir Zharov, director of the nanomedicine center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Womankind’s giant leap: who will be the first female moonwalker? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/womankinds-giant-leap-who-will-be-the-first-female-moonwalker https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/womankinds-giant-leap-who-will-be-the-first-female-moonwalker#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:36:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/womankinds-giant-leap-who-will-be-the-first-female-moonwalker

Who will take the giant leap for womankind?

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Astrophysicists gear up for 2020 decadal survey https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/astrophysicists-gear-up-for-2020-decadal-survey https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/astrophysicists-gear-up-for-2020-decadal-survey#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:28:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/astrophysicists-gear-up-for-2020-decadal-survey

ST. LOUIS — As astrophysicists prepare to begin their next decadal survey, other scientists and members of Congress endorsed the overall process even as they suggested some changes.

At a town hall meeting during the 234th meeting of the American Astronomical Society here June 11, leaders of the latest astrophysics decadal survey, dubbed Astro2020, said they’re ready to begin work identifying scientific priorities in the field for the coming decade and what spacecraft and ground-based observatories are best suited for them.

Robert Kennicutt, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and Texas A&M University who serves as co-chair of Astro2020, said the National Academies, which oversees the decadal survey, received more than 450 nominations to serve on the steering committee Astro2020 decadal survey. Ultimately the National Academies selected 20 people, counting Kennicutt and fellow co-chair Fiona Harrison of Caltech, to serve on the committee.

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Ad Astra | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ad-astra-official-trailer-hd-20th-century-fox https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ad-astra-official-trailer-hd-20th-century-fox#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 08:42:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ad-astra-official-trailer-hd-20th-century-fox

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

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SmartSuit: A Hybrid, Intelligent, and Highly Mobile EVA Spacesuit for Next Generation Exploration Missions. https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/smartsuit-a-hybrid-intelligent-and-highly-mobile-eva-spacesuit-for https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/smartsuit-a-hybrid-intelligent-and-highly-mobile-eva-spacesuit-for#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 07:42:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/smartsuit-a-hybrid-intelligent-and-highly-mobile-eva-spacesuit-for

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‘Cold Quasars’ May Be at the End of Their Lives, But They Can Still Birth Stars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/cold-quasars-may-be-at-the-end-of-their-lives-but-they-can-still-birth-stars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/cold-quasars-may-be-at-the-end-of-their-lives-but-they-can-still-birth-stars#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:16:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/cold-quasars-may-be-at-the-end-of-their-lives-but-they-can-still-birth-stars

Quasars usually signify the end of a galaxy’s star formation, but new research suggests some, if not all, galaxies may continue to build new stars for a few million years after the process should have ended.

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Why Nuclear Fusion Really is Coming Soon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/why-nuclear-fusion-really-is-coming-soon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/why-nuclear-fusion-really-is-coming-soon#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:15:49 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/why-nuclear-fusion-really-is-coming-soon

How will this affect space travel as well as per grids?

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Boston Dynamics: New Robots Now Fight Back https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/boston-dynamics-new-robots-now-fight-back https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/boston-dynamics-new-robots-now-fight-back#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:15:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/boston-dynamics-new-robots-now-fight-back

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AI Superpowers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-superpowers https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-superpowers#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:14:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-superpowers

Turns out that last one was a CGI joke but this one isn’t. Facebook wouldn’t let me delete the post.


Recently, I picked up Kai-Fu Lee’s newest book, AI Superpowers.

Kai-Fu Lee is one of the most plugged-in AI investors on the planet, heading management of over $2 billion AUM between six funds, and over 300 portfolio companies in the U.S. and China.

Drawing from his pioneering work in AI, executive leadership at Microsoft, Apple and Google (where he served as founding president of Google China), and his founding of VC fund Sinovation Ventures, Lee shares invaluable insights about:

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Next Month’s Total Solar Eclipse Will Pass Right Over a Space Observatory https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/next-months-total-solar-eclipse-will-pass-right-over-a-space-observatory https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/next-months-total-solar-eclipse-will-pass-right-over-a-space-observatory#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:02:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/next-months-total-solar-eclipse-will-pass-right-over-a-space-observatory

Next month, a total solar eclipse will pass over a slice of the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina—and directly over an observatory in the Andes run by the National Science Foundation.

Astronomers and physicists are now preparing the experiments they plan to run during the eclipse. As with past eclipses, these experiments will focus on observing the Sun, as well as the effects of eclipses on Earth.

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Electron (or ‘hole’) pairs may survive effort to kill superconductivity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/electron-or-hole-pairs-may-survive-effort-to-kill-superconductivity https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/electron-or-hole-pairs-may-survive-effort-to-kill-superconductivity#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 00:44:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/electron-or-hole-pairs-may-survive-effort-to-kill-superconductivity

Scientists seeking to understand the mechanism underlying superconductivity in “stripe-ordered” cuprates—copper-oxide materials with alternating areas of electric charge and magnetism—discovered an unusual metallic state when attempting to turn superconductivity off. They found that under the conditions of their experiment, even after the material loses its ability to carry electrical current with no energy loss, it retains some conductivity—and possibly the electron (or hole) pairs required for its superconducting superpower.

“This work provides circumstantial evidence that the stripe-ordered arrangement of charges and magnetism is good for forming the charge-carrier pairs required for superconductivity to emerge,” said John Tranquada, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Tranquada and his co-authors from Brookhaven Lab and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, where some of the work was done, describe their findings in a paper just published in Science Advances. A related paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by co-author Alexei Tsvelik, a theorist at Brookhaven Lab, provides insight into the theoretical underpinnings for the observations.

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A new rubber source could save water, preserve rain forests and even prevent allergic reactions https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-new-rubber-source-could-save-water-preserve-rain-forests-and-even-prevent-allergic-reactions https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-new-rubber-source-could-save-water-preserve-rain-forests-and-even-prevent-allergic-reactions#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 00:43:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-new-rubber-source-could-save-water-preserve-rain-forests-and-even-prevent-allergic-reactions

And it’s made in America.

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Quantum physics experiment shows Heisenberg was right about uncertainty, in a certain sense https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/quantum-physics-experiment-shows-heisenberg-was-right-about-uncertainty-in-a-certain-sense https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/quantum-physics-experiment-shows-heisenberg-was-right-about-uncertainty-in-a-certain-sense#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 00:42:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/quantum-physics-experiment-shows-heisenberg-was-right-about-uncertainty-in-a-certain-sense

Heisenberg’s famous Uncertainty Principle is put to the test to see if things really are uncertain in the quantum world.

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Bioinformation Within the Biofield: Beyond Bioelectromagnetics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bioinformation-within-the-biofield-beyond-bioelectromagnetics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bioinformation-within-the-biofield-beyond-bioelectromagnetics#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:43:11 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bioinformation-within-the-biofield-beyond-bioelectromagnetics

This review article extends previous scientific definitions of the biofield (endogenous energy fields of the body) to include nonclassical and quantum energy fields. The biofield is defined further in terms of its functional property to act as a resonance target for external forms of energy used as treatment modalities in energy medicine. The functional role of the biofield in the body’s innate self-healing mechanisms is hypothesized, based on the concept of bioinformation which, mediated by consciousness, functions globally at the quantum level to supply coherence, phase, spin, and pattern information to regulate and heal all physiologic processes. This model is used to explain a wide variety of anomalies reported in the scientific literature, which can not be explained by traditional biophysics and bioelectromagnetics.

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Here’s a look at what Uber Air drones, skyports may look like https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/heres-a-look-at-what-uber-air-drones-skyports-may-look-like https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/heres-a-look-at-what-uber-air-drones-skyports-may-look-like#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:22:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/heres-a-look-at-what-uber-air-drones-skyports-may-look-like

There’s less traffic in the skies, right?

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Microsoft Is Building an All-In-One DNA Data Storage Device https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/microsoft-is-building-an-all-in-one-dna-data-storage-device https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/microsoft-is-building-an-all-in-one-dna-data-storage-device#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:43:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/microsoft-is-building-an-all-in-one-dna-data-storage-device

The modern world is facing a tsunami of data. DNA is emerging as an ultra-compact way of storing it all, and now researchers supported by Microsoft have created the first system that can automatically translate digital information into genetic code and retrieve it again.

In 2018 we created 33 zettabytes (ZB)—33 trillion gigabytes—of data, according to analysts at IDC, and they predict that by 2025 that figure will rise to 175 ZB. It’s been estimated that if we were to store all our information in flash drives, by 2040 it would require 10 to 100 times the global supply of chip-grade silicon.

DNA, on the other hand, is so compact it could shrink a data center to the size of a few dice. But for that to become practical we need a DNA-based equivalent of a hard drive that lets you upload and download data in a simple and intuitive way.

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How Area 51 Works https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-area-51-works https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-area-51-works#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:43:03 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-area-51-works

Less than 100 miles from Las Vegas, is the most famous secret military installation on the planet: Area 51. For decades, the U.S. government refused to acknowledge it existed. But now, the secret is out.

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DNA could store all of the world’s data in one room https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-could-store-all-of-the-worlds-data-in-one-room https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-could-store-all-of-the-worlds-data-in-one-room#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 20:43:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/dna-could-store-all-of-the-worlds-data-in-one-room

New algorithm delivers the highest-ever density for large-scale data storage.

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A Data Storage Revolution? DNA Can Store Near Limitless Data in Almost Zero Space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-data-storage-revolution-dna-can-store-near-limitless-data-in-almost-zero-space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-data-storage-revolution-dna-can-store-near-limitless-data-in-almost-zero-space#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 20:43:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-data-storage-revolution-dna-can-store-near-limitless-data-in-almost-zero-space

In the age of big data, we are quickly producing far more digital information than we can possibly store.

Last year, $20 billion was spent on new data centers in the US alone, doubling the capital expenditure on data center infrastructure from 2016.

And even with skyrocketing investment in data storage, corporations and the public sector are falling behind.

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Is It Possible to Treat Cancer With Circadian Rhythms? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/is-it-possible-to-treat-cancer-with-circadian-rhythms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/is-it-possible-to-treat-cancer-with-circadian-rhythms#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 20:42:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/is-it-possible-to-treat-cancer-with-circadian-rhythms

Could circadian clocks be used to treat cancer? Here’s what to know.

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Introducing Bio Well Camera GDV Camera GDV BIO Well Camera GDV https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/introducing-bio-well-camera-gdv-camera-gdv-bio-well-camera-gdv https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/introducing-bio-well-camera-gdv-camera-gdv-bio-well-camera-gdv#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:02:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/introducing-bio-well-camera-gdv-camera-gdv-bio-well-camera-gdv

The 21st Century version of the Kirlian camera is now called a GDV camera.


Application de l’effet Kirlian — Méthode GDV du Professeur Konstantin KOROTKOV

Pour en savoir plus :

http://www.mednat.fr

http://www.medecine-quantique.org

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The Science Behind Nightmares https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-science-behind-nightmares https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-science-behind-nightmares#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:22:57 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-science-behind-nightmares

How often do you have nightmares?

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Adobe Shows Off First Research for Tools to Detect Manipulated Photos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/adobe-shows-off-first-research-for-tools-to-detect-manipulated-photos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/adobe-shows-off-first-research-for-tools-to-detect-manipulated-photos#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:42:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/adobe-shows-off-first-research-for-tools-to-detect-manipulated-photos

Photoshop has long been one of the primary sources of manipulated photos and imagery, so in an attempt to counter the fake news epidemic, Adobe has also started developing tools that can both detect when an image has been manipulated, and reverse the changes to reveal the original.

This is far from the first time Adobe has come up with ways to try and counter misuse of its products. Already built into Photoshop are image recognition tools that prevent scans or photos of certain bank notes from being opened at all, although it’s far from foolproof. This new detection tool has also been designed with a hyper-specific task: to detect when a face has been warped and subtly manipulated using Photoshop’s own Face Aware Liquify tool which makes it relatively easy to change the size of someone’s eyes, nose, mouth, or entire face.

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Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/better-memory-through-electrical-brain-ripples https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/better-memory-through-electrical-brain-ripples#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/better-memory-through-electrical-brain-ripples

A study in mice shows improved cognitive performance when these bursting signals move around memory circuits.

  • By Simon Makin on June 14, 2019

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Wild New Discovery Shows How We Can Switch Majorana Fermions On And Off https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/wild-new-discovery-shows-how-we-can-switch-majorana-fermions-on-and-off https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/wild-new-discovery-shows-how-we-can-switch-majorana-fermions-on-and-off#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:03:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/wild-new-discovery-shows-how-we-can-switch-majorana-fermions-on-and-off

The particle known as a Majorana fermion is as mysterious and uncontrollable as it is unique. It’s the only known particle that is also its own antiparticle, and has properties that make it an alluring candidate for qubits, the basic unit of information in a quantum computer.

Harnessing that potential, however, is easier said than done — Majorana fermions are slippery little suckers. But a team of particle physicists now reports they’ve found a way to control them.

“We now have a new way to engineer Majorana quasiparticles in materials,” said physicist Ali Yazdani of Princeton University. “We can verify their existence by imaging them and we can characterise their predicted properties.”

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These Are The Most Helpful Exoskeletons https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/these-are-the-most-helpful-exoskeletons https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/these-are-the-most-helpful-exoskeletons#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:03:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/these-are-the-most-helpful-exoskeletons

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These 7 exoskeletons are making the world easier to navigate.

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Graphene (With a Twist) Is Helping Scientists Understand Superconductors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/graphene-with-a-twist-is-helping-scientists-understand-superconductors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/graphene-with-a-twist-is-helping-scientists-understand-superconductors#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:02:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/graphene-with-a-twist-is-helping-scientists-understand-superconductors

Layers a single atom thick are naturally lightweight, yet also surprisingly tough and flexible. This led to initial speculation for graphene being used as the ideal building material or protective body armor of the future. Yet it is the electrical properties of graphene, which arise from the unique behavior of electrons in such a thin layer, that have led to the first use cases for graphene in sensors and LEDs. Superconductivity, on top of everything else, is the icing on the cake for this remarkable material.

A Physicist’s Playground

Of course, twisted bilayer graphene (TBG) is not the first substance to exhibit superconducting properties. Superconductors, which can, amongst other things, generate extremely high magnetic fields without losing energy to electrical resistance, are already widely in use. Striking examples include the magnets at ITER, the world’s largest fusion device, currently under construction.

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Slug Saves Satellite Cells from Senescence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/slug-saves-satellite-cells-from-senescence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/slug-saves-satellite-cells-from-senescence#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/slug-saves-satellite-cells-from-senescence

In a new study, researchers have found that the zinc-finger transcription factor Slug is responsible for repressing p16Ink4a, a compound that promotes senescence in human tissue. The researchers suggest that Slug is worth exploring as a treatment for sarcopenia [1].

Satellite cells

Satellite cells are specialized stem cells that form new muscle cells when the muscle is injured [2]. Populations of satellite stem cells remain quiescent in normal muscle tissue, only becoming activated through physical damage of some sort. This allows the tissue to heal properly, restoring function and allowing for natural regeneration. However, in both humans and mice, old age leads to increased p16Ink4a, which causes defects in this regeneration [1].

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Superbug gene that resists “last resort” antibiotics detected in US for the first time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/superbug-gene-that-resists-last-resort-antibiotics-detected-in-us-for-the-first-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/superbug-gene-that-resists-last-resort-antibiotics-detected-in-us-for-the-first-time#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:23:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/superbug-gene-that-resists-last-resort-antibiotics-detected-in-us-for-the-first-time

Antibiotics were one of the most important scientific developments of the 20th century, helping to easily control bacterial infections and make previously life-threatening procedures and illnesses safe. But inversely, they might also be one of the biggest medical issues of the 21st century, as bacteria evolve resistances to our best drugs. Now, a bacterial gene that grants resistance to “last resort” antibiotics has been detected in a patient in the US, for the first time.

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Revealing ‘hidden’ phases of matter through the power of light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/revealing-hidden-phases-of-matter-through-the-power-of-light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/revealing-hidden-phases-of-matter-through-the-power-of-light#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:23:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/revealing-hidden-phases-of-matter-through-the-power-of-light

Most people think of water as existing in only one of three phases: Solid ice, liquid water, or gas vapor. But matter can exist in many different phases—ice, for example, has more than ten known phases, or ways that its atoms can be spatially arranged. The widespread use of piezoelectric materials, such as microphones and ultrasound, is possible thanks to a fundamental understanding of how an external force, like pressure, temperature, or electricity, can lead to phase transitions that imbue materials with new properties.

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Origins of Saturn’s rings are uncovered thanks to NASA’s Cassini probe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/origins-of-saturns-rings-are-uncovered-thanks-to-nasas-cassini-probe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/origins-of-saturns-rings-are-uncovered-thanks-to-nasas-cassini-probe#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:02:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/origins-of-saturns-rings-are-uncovered-thanks-to-nasas-cassini-probe

Exactly how and when the Saturn’s rings formed is an issue that has fascinated astronomers and planetary scientists for centuries.

The rings are made mostly of particles of water ice that range in size from smaller than a grain of sand to as large as mountains.

The ring system extends up to 175,000 miles (282,000km) from the planet, but for all their immense width, they are razor-thin, about 30 feet (10 meters) thick in most places.

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India hopes to become fourth country on the moon in September https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/india-hopes-to-become-fourth-country-on-the-moon-in-september https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/india-hopes-to-become-fourth-country-on-the-moon-in-september#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:42:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/india-hopes-to-become-fourth-country-on-the-moon-in-september

The mission will make India the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon, adding its name to a long list of recent achievements in space exploration. In the past 10 years, the Indian space agency has launched multiple missions into space to gain a better understanding of Mars and the Moon.


India’s space agency says it will make the country’s first landing on the surface of the moon in September this year.

The country’s latest lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, which means “moon vehicle” in Sanskrit, is to lift off in mid-July.

The mission will make India the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon, adding its name to a long list of recent achievements in space exploration. In the past 10 years, the Indian space agency has launched multiple missions into space to gain a better understanding of Mars and the moon.

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Lunar-Polar Propellant Mining Outpost (LPMO): Affordable Exploration and Industrialization https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/lunar-polar-propellant-mining-outpost-lpmo-affordable-exploration-and-industrialization https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/lunar-polar-propellant-mining-outpost-lpmo-affordable-exploration-and-industrialization#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:22:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/lunar-polar-propellant-mining-outpost-lpmo-affordable-exploration-and-industrialization

The Lunar Polar Gas-Dynamic Mining Outpost (LGMO) (see quad chart graphic) is a breakthrough mission architecture that promises to greatly reduce the cost of human exploration and industrialization of the Moon. LGMO is based on two new innovations that together solve the problem of affordable lunar polar ice mining for propellant production. The first innovation is based on a new insight into lunar topography: our analysis suggests that there are large (hundreds of meters) landing areas in small (0.5–1.5 km) nearpolar craters on which the surface is permafrost in perpetual darkness but with perpetual sunlight available at altitudes of only 10s to 100s of meters. In these prospective landing sites, deployable solar arrays held vertically on masts 100 m or so in length (lightweight and feasible in lunar gravity) can provide nearly continuous power.

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A new way to travel space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-new-way-to-travel-space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-new-way-to-travel-space#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:22:55 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-new-way-to-travel-space

We can now sail on sunlight in space, just like a sailboat at sea! Our CEO Bill Nye explains how.

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Gut microbes eat our medication https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/gut-microbes-eat-our-medication https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/gut-microbes-eat-our-medication#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/gut-microbes-eat-our-medication

The first time Vayu Maini Rekdal manipulated microbes, he made a decent sourdough bread. At the time, young Maini Rekdal, and most people who head to the kitchen to whip up a salad dressing, pop popcorn, ferment vegetables, or caramelize onions, did not consider the crucial chemical reactions behind these concoctions.


Even more crucial are the reactions that happen after the plates are clean. When a slice of sourdough travels through the digestive system, the trillions of microbes that live in our gut help the body break down that bread to absorb the nutrients. Since the human body cannot digest certain substances — all-important fiber, for example — microbes step up to perform chemistry no human can.

“But this kind of microbial metabolism can also be detrimental,” said Maini Rekdal, a graduate student in the lab of Professor Emily Balskus and first-author on their new study published in Science. According to Maini Rekdal, gut microbes can chew up medications, too, often with hazardous side effects. “Maybe the drug is not going to reach its target in the body, maybe it’s going to be toxic all of a sudden, maybe it’s going to be less helpful,” Maini Rekdal said.

In their study, Balskus, Maini Rekdal, and their collaborators at the University of California San Francisco, describe one of the first concrete examples of how the microbiome can interfere with a drug’s intended path through the body. Focusing on levodopa (L-dopa), the primary treatment for Parkinson’s disease, they identified which bacteria are responsible for degrading the drug and how to stop this microbial interference.

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Biofield Science: Current Physics Perspectives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/biofield-science-current-physics-perspectives https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/biofield-science-current-physics-perspectives#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:22:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/biofield-science-current-physics-perspectives

An intriguing experimental result, known as “the phantom leaf effect,” if fully verified, may be an example of some or even all of these biofield processes. In these experiments, coronal discharge or the Kirlian photographic effect reveals a field effect in the morphological form of an intact living leaf even after part of the leaf is severed. This suggests an analogy to the subjective experience of a phantom limb reported by patients after the limb has been amputated. There might be a persisting biofield that represents the amputatedlimb. First described by Adamenko and reported by Tiller and by Ostrander and Schroeder, more recent validating experiments have been performed with detection methods of greater precision; these are summarized in Hubacher. In his most recent publication, Hubacher performed the experiment with highest definition photographic samples using the largest number of samples to date. Of 137 leaves severed and imaged, 96 (70%) demonstrated clear phantoms.


This article briefly reviews the biofield hypothesis and its scientific literature. Evidence for the existence of the biofield now exists, and current theoretical foundations are now being developed. A review of the biofield and related topics from the perspective of physical science is needed to identify a common body of knowledge and evaluate possible underlying principles of origin of the biofield. The properties of such a field could be based on electromagnetic fields, coherent states, biophotons, quantum and quantum-like processes, and ultimately the quantum vacuum. Given this evidence, we intend to inquire and discuss how the existence of the biofield challenges reductionist approaches and presents its own challenges regarding the origin and source of the biofield, the specific evidence for its existence, its relation to biology, and last but not least, how it may inform an integrated understanding of consciousness and the living universe.

Key Words: Biofield, quantum mechanics, physics.

Conventional biology is based on molecular processes—ie, biochemical interactions that ultimately reduce to macromolecules such as DNA and RNA. Even organismal biology, which concerns itself with addressing organisms as wholes, still relies on the reductionist approach of understanding the whole by analyzing how the parts fit together. These approaches, although very successful in specific scientific and medical applications, fail to address phenomena that by their nature are holistic—ie, they may need to be explained from a whole organism context, crossing boundaries of scale, and thereby including quantum and conventional fields, mind, and relationship to environment. It seems that biology, despite the great successes it has achieved and the multitude of applications in theory as well as in practice, has still not undergone the types of revolutions that shook physics over the last 100 years.

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Reno streets closing; NASA resumes drone testing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/reno-streets-closing-nasa-resumes-drone-testing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/reno-streets-closing-nasa-resumes-drone-testing#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 02:42:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/reno-streets-closing-nasa-resumes-drone-testing

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The city of Reno has announced some downtown street closures as NASA resumes a series of drone tests in high-density urban settings.

Beginning Friday, Lake Street will be closed from 1st to 2nd streets from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. through June 20, and again June 23–25.

Chism Street also will be closed from Dickerson to 2nd Street from June 14-July 2.

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Terrifying AI Matches DNA to Facial Recognition Databases https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/terrifying-ai-matches-dna-to-facial-recognition-databases https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/terrifying-ai-matches-dna-to-facial-recognition-databases#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 02:02:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/terrifying-ai-matches-dna-to-facial-recognition-databases

Cops would love to have a system that uses DNA from a crime scene to generate a picture of a suspect’s face, but that tech is still restricted to science fiction.

That technology may never exist, but a team of Belgian and American engineers just developed something similar. Using what they know about how DNA shapes the human face, the researchers built an algorithm that scans through a database of images and selects the faces that could be linked to the DNA found at a crime scene, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications — a powerful crime-fighting tool, but also a terrifying new way to subvert privacy.

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MDMA Erases PTSD Symptoms After Two Guided Therapy Sessions, Study Finds https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/mdma-erases-ptsd-symptoms-after-two-guided-therapy-sessions-study-finds https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/mdma-erases-ptsd-symptoms-after-two-guided-therapy-sessions-study-finds#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 02:02:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/mdma-erases-ptsd-symptoms-after-two-guided-therapy-sessions-study-finds

An international study on MDMA and PTSD discovered that over half of patients no longer qualified for PTSD after just two guided psychotherapy sessions.

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European Rover To Probe The ‘Third Dimension’ Of Mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/european-rover-to-probe-the-third-dimension-of-mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/european-rover-to-probe-the-third-dimension-of-mars#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/european-rover-to-probe-the-third-dimension-of-mars

This mission is going underground.

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Upgrade Your Memory With a Surgically Implanted Chip https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/upgrade-your-memory-with-a-surgically-implanted-chip https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/upgrade-your-memory-with-a-surgically-implanted-chip#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:43:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/upgrade-your-memory-with-a-surgically-implanted-chip

Brain prostheses for the computer in your skull.

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Podcast #32: Reimagining Our Tomorrows with Joe Tankersley https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/podcast-32-reimagining-our-tomorrows-with-joe-tankersley https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/podcast-32-reimagining-our-tomorrows-with-joe-tankersley#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:23:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/podcast-32-reimagining-our-tomorrows-with-joe-tankersley

“We should celebrate when optimism and hard work triumph over cynicism, lethargy, and fatalism.”– Sadiq Khan.

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Stunning but Deadly, China’s Bioluminescent Algal Blooms Are Getting Bigger https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/stunning-but-deadly-chinas-bioluminescent-algal-blooms-are-getting-bigger https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/stunning-but-deadly-chinas-bioluminescent-algal-blooms-are-getting-bigger#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:23:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/stunning-but-deadly-chinas-bioluminescent-algal-blooms-are-getting-bigger

Satellite imagery taken over the past two decades shows that the toxic bioluminescent microorganisms responsible for China’s sparkling blue seas are becoming increasingly abundant.

New research published in Geophysical Research Letters is the first to use satellite data to track algal blooms consisting of red Noctiluca scintillans (RNS), a single-celled microorganism that produces the beautiful bioluminescent blue glow known as “blue tears.” These tiny sea creatures prefer coastal waters, especially along the coast of the East China Sea where they appear in the numbers required to produce the spectacular blue glow.

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SpaceX Returns To Business As Usual With Launch Of Canadian Satellites https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-returns-to-business-as-usual-with-launch-of-canadian-satellites https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-returns-to-business-as-usual-with-launch-of-canadian-satellites#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:22:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-returns-to-business-as-usual-with-launch-of-canadian-satellites

SpaceX has successfully launched a rocket carrying three Canadian satellites into orbit, the company’s seventh launch of the year.

At 7.17 A.M. Pacific time today, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. About eight minutes after launch, the first stage of the booster touched down at the company’s Landing Zone 4 near the launch site – only the second ever landing here.

This was also the second time this booster had launched, having gone to space previously on the historic first uncrewed demonstration mission of the Crew Dragon spacecraft in March this year. That mission launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, whereas this was SpaceX’s 15th ever launch from Vandenberg of their 79 total launches.

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Former Blue Origin and SNC executive joins Vector https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/former-blue-origin-and-snc-executive-joins-vector https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/former-blue-origin-and-snc-executive-joins-vector#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:22:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/former-blue-origin-and-snc-executive-joins-vector

Updated 5 p.m. Eastern with corrected quote provided by the company in final paragraph.

WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle Vector has hired a new chief financial officer who previously held similar positions at Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Vector announced June 12 Stephanie Koster as its new CFO, leading the company’s finance and business operations. Koster joined the company in March, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 bids temporary goodbye to West Coast in launch & landing photos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-falcon-9-bids-temporary-goodbye-to-west-coast-in-launch-landing-photos https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-falcon-9-bids-temporary-goodbye-to-west-coast-in-launch-landing-photos#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:22:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/spacex-falcon-9-bids-temporary-goodbye-to-west-coast-in-launch-landing-photos

SpaceX has completed its last California Falcon 9 launch of 2019 and the company’s official pictures of the mission are unexpectedly spectacular considering the near-zero visibility incurred by coastal fog.

Lifting off on June 12th, Falcon 9 successfully delivered the Canadian Space Agency’s Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) – likely weighing ~5000 kg (11,000 lb) – to a 600 km (370 mi) sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). Made up of three separate Earth observation satellites, RCM has a combined value greater than $1 billion and has thus become the single most expensive payload – perhaps by as much as a factor of two – SpaceX has ever launched. Although disappointing, RCM made for a spectacular temporary finale to SpaceX’s West Coast launch activity, likely the company’s last Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) mission for at least 6–9 months.

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Solid State Air Purification System https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/solid-state-air-purification-system https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/solid-state-air-purification-system#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 22:03:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/solid-state-air-purification-system

Space Technology Mission Directorate, STMD

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Breaking Down α-Synuclein Aggregates https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/breaking-down-%ce%b1-synuclein-aggregates https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/breaking-down-%ce%b1-synuclein-aggregates#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 21:56:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/breaking-down-%ce%b1-synuclein-aggregates

Today, we want to point out a new publication that recently appeared in the Science Translational Medicine journal, as its authors have discovered a new mechanism by which the brain protects itself from the harmful α-synuclein protein aggregates associated with Parkinson’s and that may open the door to new therapies against these conditions.

To understand where these harmful protein aggregates come from, we should take a look at how proteins are created and what goes wrong during the process of proteostasis.

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Researchers Transform Type A Into Universal Donor Blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/researchers-transform-type-a-into-universal-donor-blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/researchers-transform-type-a-into-universal-donor-blood#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 21:02:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/researchers-transform-type-a-into-universal-donor-blood

Scientists convert blood type A into universal donor blood!

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New Laser Zaps and Destroys Cancer Cells in Real Time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-laser-zaps-and-destroys-cancer-cells-in-real-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-laser-zaps-and-destroys-cancer-cells-in-real-time#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-laser-zaps-and-destroys-cancer-cells-in-real-time

A team of scientists from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences have successfully tested a laser that can track down cancer cells and kill them — all from outside the skin.

While being completely non-invasive, “this technology has the potential to significantly inhibit metastasis progression,” Vladimir Zharov, author of the paper that was published today in Science Translational Medicine, tells IEEE Spectrum. The idea is to kill of cancer cells before they are able to metastasize, or spread, through the body — the primary cause of cancer-related deaths.

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Science fiction and folk medicine inspire novel wound dressings https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/science-fiction-and-folk-medicine-inspire-novel-wound-dressings https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/science-fiction-and-folk-medicine-inspire-novel-wound-dressings#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:43:11 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/science-fiction-and-folk-medicine-inspire-novel-wound-dressings

A relatively inexpensive egg-based formula and a Star Trek-like plasma patch can accelerate healing of serious and chronic wounds, which affect millions of Europeans every year.

According to trade association MedTech Europe, around 4 million people in the EU develop non-healing wounds each year. These are most commonly bedsores or diabetic ulcers, and the problem is likely to become worse as lower birth rates and higher life expectancy means the European population is getting older.

Dr. Carsten Mahrenholz from German company COLDPLASMATECH says that physicians tend to just re-dress as they are very hard to heal. But he warns that the current issues we are experiencing with multidrug-resistant bacteria means that we are on the brink of a return to the Middle Ages in terms of our susceptibility to infection.

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New Tech Could Allow Blind People To See Through The Eyes Of Others https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-tech-could-allow-blind-people-to-see-through-the-eyes-of-others https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-tech-could-allow-blind-people-to-see-through-the-eyes-of-others#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:42:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/new-tech-could-allow-blind-people-to-see-through-the-eyes-of-others

This fantastic project will involve sharing visual images between two brains. It will read the vision of a sighted person and transfer the images this person sees into the brain of a blind person “telepathically” in less than 1/20th of a second.

A team of neuroengineers has begun working on a headset or a helmet that directly links the human brain to machines without the need for surgery. This headset and the technologies that power it will enable this telepathic visual sharing.

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Crionica: Valerja Pride, Interview (KrioRus, Moska) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crionica-valerja-pride-interview-kriorus-moska https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crionica-valerja-pride-interview-kriorus-moska#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:42:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crionica-valerja-pride-interview-kriorus-moska

Italian and english di R. Guerra.


*KrioRus — la prima società di crionica russa, fondata nel 2005 come progetto da un’organizzazione non governativa Movimento transumanista russo. KrioRus è l’unica azienda criogenica in Europa, che possiede il proprio criostoraggio. ( In Italia, a Mirandola — Modena- la KrioRus ha per referente ufficiale l’impresa Onoranze Funebri di Filippo Polesinanti” Polistena Human Criopreservation” )

**VALERJA PRIDE fondatrice e amministratore delegato KrioRus, futurologa

D- La crionica fa parte della medicina del futuro?

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Optics / Photonics Information https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/optics-photonics-information https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/optics-photonics-information#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:23:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/optics-photonics-information

The gold vapor laser has been widely used in the treatment of cancer using photodynamic therapy.


Using Blue Light to See Through Fire in Optical Imaging Dr Matthew Hoehler AZoOptics talks to Dr Matthew Hoehler about his recent research, using blue light to see through fires and make previously impossible qualitative observations about material damage during a fire.

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India sets sights on its own space station around 2030 World News https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/india-sets-sights-on-its-own-space-station-around-2030-world-news https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/india-sets-sights-on-its-own-space-station-around-2030-world-news#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:04:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/india-sets-sights-on-its-own-space-station-around-2030-world-news

2022: First astronauts.


Not content with just sending astronauts into the cosmos, India is also planning an ambitious project to develop and launch its own space station, the head of its space agency has announced.

Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), told reporters on Thursday that the effort will be an extension of its Gaganyaan mission, which aims to blast New Delhi’s first ever astronauts into orbit by August 2022.

“We have to sustain the Gaganyaan program after the launch of the human space mission, Sivan said.

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Stem Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth In 2 Months! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/stem-cell-dental-implants-grow-new-teeth-in-2-months https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/stem-cell-dental-implants-grow-new-teeth-in-2-months#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:03:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/stem-cell-dental-implants-grow-new-teeth-in-2-months

Scientists really never back down. A new dental replacement procedure is in the works, and it could be a whole lot better than getting regular dentures or standard implants.

Losing a tooth is a source of major pain, and it also comes with a lot of issues and long-term discomforts. Dentures are one way to replace a lost or bad tooth, but they come with a lot of burdens on their own.

It takes a while to get used to having teeth you were not born with, and some people’s gums and jaw bones are just not suitable to receive implants.

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Laser Destroys Cancer Cells Circulating in the Blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/laser-destroys-cancer-cells-circulating-in-the-blood https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/laser-destroys-cancer-cells-circulating-in-the-blood#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:03:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/laser-destroys-cancer-cells-circulating-in-the-blood

The first study of a new treatment in humans demonstrates a noninvasive, harmless cancer killer.

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A Superconducting Magnet Just Smashed The Strongest Magnetic Field Record https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-superconducting-magnet-just-smashed-the-strongest-magnetic-field-record https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-superconducting-magnet-just-smashed-the-strongest-magnetic-field-record#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:44:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/a-superconducting-magnet-just-smashed-the-strongest-magnetic-field-record

A new superconducting magnet has briefly sustained an astonishing 45.5 tesla magnetic field intensity. For comparison, your flimsy fridge magnets have about 1 percent of a single tesla.

The measurement, achieved by researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) at Florida State University resets the bar on what’s possible in direct current magnetic fields, exceeding the previous limit by half a tesla.

MagLab already houses the world’s strongest continuous magnet, a hybrid that relies on pairing an insanely cold superconductor with a more typical electromagnet to operate.

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PatcherBot robot frees humans from laborious lab work https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/patcherbot-robot-frees-humans-from-laborious-lab-work https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/patcherbot-robot-frees-humans-from-laborious-lab-work#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:43:49 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/patcherbot-robot-frees-humans-from-laborious-lab-work

Automatic system could speed up drug discovery by conducting time-consuming single-cell electrophysiology measurements without human supervision.

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How to Build a Self-Conscious Machine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-to-build-a-self-conscious-machine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-to-build-a-self-conscious-machine#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:43:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/how-to-build-a-self-conscious-machine

To replicate ourselves in AI, we first have to embrace human error—and as sci-fi writer Hugh Howey argues, we probably shouldn’t.

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Sensitive Whiskers Could Make Small Drones Safer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/sensitive-whiskers-could-make-small-drones-safer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/sensitive-whiskers-could-make-small-drones-safer#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:43:16 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/sensitive-whiskers-could-make-small-drones-safer

Animals of all shapes and sizes have whiskers of some sort. Cats and dogs and rodents have them. Seals have them too. Some birds have them, as do insects and fish. Whiskers have shown up across such a diversity of animals because they’re an efficient and effective method of short range sensing. Besides just being able to detect objects that they come into direct contact with, whiskers can also sense fluid flows (like the speed and direction of moving air or water), and they work even if it’s dark or foggy or smoky.

While we’ve seen some research on whiskers before—I’m sure you remember the utterly adorable ShrewBot—there hasn’t been too much emphasis on adding whiskers to robots, likely because lidar and cameras offer more useful data at longer ranges. And that’s totally fine, if you can afford the lidar or the computing necessary to make adequate use of cameras. For very small, very cheap drones, investing in sophisticated sensing and computing may not make sense, especially if you’re only interested in simple behaviors like not crashing into stuff.

At ICRA last month, Pauline Pounds from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, demonstrated a new whisker sensing system for drones. The whiskers are tiny, cheap, and sensitive enough to detect air pressure from objects even before they make physical contact.

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Electric scooter recharges in 5 minutes with StoreDot’s new battery tech https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/electric-scooter-recharges-in-5-minutes-with-storedots-new-battery-tech https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/electric-scooter-recharges-in-5-minutes-with-storedots-new-battery-tech#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:28:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/electric-scooter-recharges-in-5-minutes-with-storedots-new-battery-tech

Range and recharge times are perhaps the two biggest issues currently facing electric vehicles. But StoreDot is ready to solve at least one of those. The company just showed off its fast charging batteries by topping up an empty electric scooter battery in just 5 minutes.

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Rare Genetic Mutation Raises Pain Tolerance To Superhuman Levels https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/rare-genetic-mutation-raises-pain-tolerance-to-superhuman-levels https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/rare-genetic-mutation-raises-pain-tolerance-to-superhuman-levels#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:27:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/rare-genetic-mutation-raises-pain-tolerance-to-superhuman-levels

Scientists have found a genetic mutation that cranks up someone’s pain tolerance to the superhuman level.

New research describes an Italian family with a rare gene that turns down their pain sensitivity and might offer clues in the development of pain treatments, particularly those who experience chronic pain. The six members of this family, who are from three different generations, have “a distinctive pain response that has not been identified in any other people,” University College London explained. The low-pain condition is called congenital analgesia and has been connected to a couple of other genetic mutations as well, but the studied family has a unique set of symptoms.

“The members of this family can burn themselves or experience … bone fractures without feeling any pain,” lead study author James Cox said in the university statement. “Their nerves are all there, they’re just not working how they should be. We’re working to gain a better understanding of exactly why they don’t feel much pain.”

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CRISPR-Cas9 Therapy May Suppress Aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-cas9-therapy-may-suppress-aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-cas9-therapy-may-suppress-aging#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:27:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/crispr-cas9-therapy-may-suppress-aging

Age is a leading risk factor for a number of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease among others, such conditions make a real need for development of anti-aging therapies urgent. Salk Institute researchers may have developed a new gene therapy to help decelerate the aging process, as published in the journal Nature Medicine.

CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing therapy has been shown by the Salk Institute team to suppress the accelerated aging observed in mice with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome; and provided insight into the molecular pathways involved in accelerated aging, and how to reduce toxic proteins via gene therapy.

Having an early onset and fast progression progeria is a severe form of degenerative disorder caused by LMNA gene mutations; signs of accelerated aging include DNA damage, cardiac dysfunction, and dramatically shortened lifespan. LMNA genes produce lamin A and lamin C inside a cell, progeria shifts production of lamin A to progerin which is a toxic shortened form of lamin A that accumulates with age and becomes exacerbated with the condition.

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Brain surgery using sound waves https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/brain-surgery-using-sound-waves https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/brain-surgery-using-sound-waves#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:27:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/brain-surgery-using-sound-waves

Doctors in London have used sound waves to successfully operate deep inside the brain.

They treated a man from Cornwall who suffered from uncontrollable tremors in his right hand.

The ultrasound machine Exablate Neuro, is produced by Insightec, a technology firm based in Israel. Their graphic explains how it works.

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The world’s largest set of brain scans are helping reveal the workings of the mind and how diseases ravage the brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-worlds-largest-set-of-brain-scans-are-helping-reveal-the-workings-of-the-mind-and-how-diseases-ravage-the-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-worlds-largest-set-of-brain-scans-are-helping-reveal-the-workings-of-the-mind-and-how-diseases-ravage-the-brain#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:27:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-worlds-largest-set-of-brain-scans-are-helping-reveal-the-workings-of-the-mind-and-how-diseases-ravage-the-brain

ENIGMA consortium’s probe of many brain disorders finds common structural changes in diverse kinds of epilepsy.

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Taiga Motors launches new electric snowmobiles with impressive specs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/taiga-motors-launches-new-electric-snowmobiles-with-impressive-specs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/taiga-motors-launches-new-electric-snowmobiles-with-impressive-specs#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:26:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/taiga-motors-launches-new-electric-snowmobiles-with-impressive-specs

Taiga Motors is one of the rare companies working to bring to market an all-electric snowmobile, which is actually a segment of transportation that desperately needs cleaner solutions.

The startup is unveiling today its new lineup of electric snowmobiles with some impressive specs.

With little to no standards and many two-stroke engines, current gas-powered snowmobiles are generally incredibly polluting – sometimes 50 times more polluting than an average car. People operate the machines to experience the great outdoors and it’s a shame to have to pollute your environment to do it.

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The illusion of time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-illusion-of-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-illusion-of-time#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:26:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-illusion-of-time

Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.

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Mysterious Majorana quasiparticle is now closer to being controlled for quantum computing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/mysterious-majorana-quasiparticle-is-now-closer-to-being-controlled-for-quantum-computing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/mysterious-majorana-quasiparticle-is-now-closer-to-being-controlled-for-quantum-computing#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:25:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/mysterious-majorana-quasiparticle-is-now-closer-to-being-controlled-for-quantum-computing

As mysterious as the Italian scientist for which it is named, the Majorana particle is one of the most compelling quests in physics.

Its fame stems from its strange properties—it is the only particle that is its own antiparticle—and from its potential to be harnessed for future quantum computing.

In recent years, a handful of groups including a team at Princeton have reported finding the Majorana in various materials, but the challenge is how to manipulate it for quantum computation.

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Congress Is Officially Freaking Out About Deepfakes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/congress-is-officially-freaking-out-about-deepfakes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/congress-is-officially-freaking-out-about-deepfakes#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:25:20 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/congress-is-officially-freaking-out-about-deepfakes

Outgunned

The news comes after the spread of a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that had been tampered with to make her appear drunk. Earlier this month, the video mysteriously disappeared from Facebook.

Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday, “I don’t think we’re well prepared at all. And I don’t think the public is aware of what’s coming. There’s no end to the pernicious abuse of this technology.”

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Research decodes plant defense system, with an eye on improving farming and medicine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/research-decodes-plant-defense-system-with-an-eye-on-improving-farming-and-medicine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/research-decodes-plant-defense-system-with-an-eye-on-improving-farming-and-medicine#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:25:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/research-decodes-plant-defense-system-with-an-eye-on-improving-farming-and-medicine

UMBC’s Hua Lu, professor of biological sciences, and colleagues have found new genetic links between a plant’s circadian rhythm (essentially, an internal clock) and its ability to fend off diseases and pests. The findings were 10 years in the making and published in Nature Communications this week. The results could eventually lead to plants that are more resistant to disease-causing pathogens and better treatment for human diseases.

“It’s quite cool,” Lu says, “because, in both and animals, people are beginning to study the crosstalk between the clock and the immunity system.”

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Bill Gates: Custom Cancer Vaccines Will Revolutionize Medicine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bill-gates-custom-cancer-vaccines-will-revolutionize-medicine https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bill-gates-custom-cancer-vaccines-will-revolutionize-medicine#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:22:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/bill-gates-custom-cancer-vaccines-will-revolutionize-medicine

And unlike chemotherapies, they’d leave healthy cells largely undamaged.

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Control of Life: Pictures From a Medical Revolution, 1965 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/control-of-life-pictures-from-a-medical-revolution-1965 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/control-of-life-pictures-from-a-medical-revolution-1965#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:42:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/control-of-life-pictures-from-a-medical-revolution-1965

Artificial wombs.


LIFE.com republishes part of a 1965 LIFE magazine series that grappled with some of the era’s most exciting and troubling advances in science and medicine.

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Ubiquitous Patterns: As Above, So Below | Video https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ubiquitous-patterns-as-above-so-below-video https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ubiquitous-patterns-as-above-so-below-video#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ubiquitous-patterns-as-above-so-below-video

From the synapses that connect billions of neurons in the brain to the filaments of dark matter that link galactic superclusters, there’s a fractal reiteration across the magnitude of scales akin to the Mandelbrot fractal set. The mathematics behind the Mandelbrot set, which is derived from a very simple underlying formula, makes me think that its intricate fractal chaos and stunningly beautiful design can’t help but leave a feeling that there’s something larger than life going on here, that you are staring right at some ineffable cosmic mystery. https://www.ecstadelic.net/top-stories/ubiquity-of-patterns-in-nature #patterns #fractals #fractality #SyntellectHypothesis #FiveParadigms #MindsEvolution #FractalPatterns #EmergentPatterns #AsAboveSoBelow #UbiquitousPatterns #FractalGeometry #SacredGeometry #MandelbrotSet #MTheory #MultiFractality


In Nature, we find patterns, designs and structures from the most minuscule particles, to expressions of life discernible by human eyes, to the greater cosmos. These inevitably follow geometrical archetypes, platonic solids, some call it sacred geometry, which reveal to us the essence of each form and its vibrational resonances. They are also symbolic of the underlying holistic principle of inseparability of the part and the whole.

It is this principle of oneness underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all form in its myriad diversity. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and unity provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to contemplate the sacred foundation of all things created.

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Amazon conference showcases robots and social uses of artificial intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/amazon-conference-showcases-robots-and-social-uses-of-artificial-intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/amazon-conference-showcases-robots-and-social-uses-of-artificial-intelligence#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/amazon-conference-showcases-robots-and-social-uses-of-artificial-intelligence

Thousands of tech fans descended on the Mojave desert for the conference, a public offshoot of Amazon Chairman Jeff Bezos’ previous invitation-only MARS conferences (the acronym stands for “Machine Learning, Robotics, Automation and Space”).

It resembled a tech summer camp, replete with offerings of cutting-edge technology demos, talks and social events.

In dozens of breakout sessions, business leaders discussed the future of jobs, drones, and tools powered by Amazon’s cloud platform in fields ranging from space exploration to health care.

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Caner is man made https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/caner-is-man-made https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/caner-is-man-made#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 05:42:55 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/caner-is-man-made

Researchers confirm that cancer is man-made.

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The Mad Gasser of Mattoon, Illinois https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-mad-gasser-of-mattoon-illinois https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-mad-gasser-of-mattoon-illinois#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 04:22:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/the-mad-gasser-of-mattoon-illinois

This sounds like the works of an MKULTRA CIA Perp. (First generation.)


Was someone going around gassing people in their homes?

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Evolutionary discovery to rewrite textbooks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/evolutionary-discovery-to-rewrite-textbooks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/evolutionary-discovery-to-rewrite-textbooks#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 04:22:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/evolutionary-discovery-to-rewrite-textbooks

Scientists at The University of Queensland have upended biologists’ century-old understanding of the evolutionary history of animals.

Using to investigate how multi-celled animals developed, their findings revealed a surprising truth.

Professor Bernie Degnan said the results contradicted years of tradition.

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Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/wireless-devices-go-battery-free-with-new-communication-technique https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/wireless-devices-go-battery-free-with-new-communication-technique#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 03:42:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/wireless-devices-go-battery-free-with-new-communication-technique

This technology is also used for surveillance.


We might be one step closer to an Internet-of-things reality.

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.

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Artificial Wombs: What’s Really Needed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/artificial-wombs-whats-really-needed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/artificial-wombs-whats-really-needed#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 03:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/artificial-wombs-whats-really-needed

This technology is being pushed as “New”. This was already perfected in 1965 if not before.


A recent article in Nature Communications announces the development of a kind of artificial womb (or extracorporeal gestational system). So far it has been used to further the development of premature lambs. Technology website Gizmodo breaks down the technical journal article in more understandable terms.

The research team, led by Alan Flake from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has shown that it’s possible to support extremely premature lambs in an external artificial womb, and to recreate the conditions required for normal gestational development. The lambs were able to grow inside a fluid-filled device, which sustained them for a record-breaking four weeks. Subsequent tests on the lambs indicated normal development of their brain, lungs, and organs. It may take another decade before this technology can be used on premature human infants, but it’s an important step in that direction.

Lambs were selected for the experiment because their lung development is in many ways similar to human lung development and thus important comparisons can be made.

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AI, Immunology, and Healthcare — Professor Shai Shen-Orr PhD., Associate Professor at Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, and Founder and Chief Scientist CytoReason — ideaXme — Ira Pastor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-immunology-and-healthcare-professor-shai-shen-orr-phd-associate-professor-at-technion-israel-institute-of-technology-and-founder-and-chief-scientist-cytoreason-ideaxme-ira-pastor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-immunology-and-healthcare-professor-shai-shen-orr-phd-associate-professor-at-technion-israel-institute-of-technology-and-founder-and-chief-scientist-cytoreason-ideaxme-ira-pastor#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 01:43:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=91979 ]]> https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/ai-immunology-and-healthcare-professor-shai-shen-orr-phd-associate-professor-at-technion-israel-institute-of-technology-and-founder-and-chief-scientist-cytoreason-ideaxme-ira-pastor/feed 0 Genome Medical nets $23M to grow its telegenomics service platform https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/genome-medical-nets-23m-to-grow-its-telegenomics-service-platform https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/genome-medical-nets-23m-to-grow-its-telegenomics-service-platform#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 01:02:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/genome-medical-nets-23m-to-grow-its-telegenomics-service-platform

Telegenomics provider Genome Medical has raised $23 million to help scale up its “last-mile” patient counseling services for healthcare systems and individuals across the U.S.

The company also plans to expand its team of clinical genomics specialists as well as continue the development of its delivery platform. The series B round brings Genome Medical’s fundraising total up to $46 million since its 2016 founding.

The latest financing was led by Echo Health Ventures, a collaboration between Cambia Health Solutions and Mosaic Health Solutions. Other new backers included LRVHealth, Casdin Capital, Perceptive Advisors, Manatt Venture Fund and Dreamers Fund.

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This Harvard Prof Is Listing Genes That Could Make You Superhuman https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/this-harvard-prof-is-listing-genes-that-could-make-you-superhuman https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/this-harvard-prof-is-listing-genes-that-could-make-you-superhuman#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 21:42:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/this-harvard-prof-is-listing-genes-that-could-make-you-superhuman

Harvard geneticist George Church, famous for his plan to resurrect the woolly mammoth, has been assembling a list of genetic mutations and alterations that could give people longer lives and superhuman powers.

The spreadsheet, which reads like a mad scientist’s field notes, lists the known pros and cons of each gene. For instance, a specific mutation to the LRP5 gene would give you extra-strong bones — but also make you less buoyant in water. Other edits could give subjects resistance to radiation or incredible skills at holding their breath underwater.

All in all, the spreadsheet serves as a glimpse into the sort of changes we may expect once human gene-hacking becomes safer and more common.

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Asteroid mining not a million miles away https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/asteroid-mining-not-a-million-miles-away https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/asteroid-mining-not-a-million-miles-away#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/asteroid-mining-not-a-million-miles-away

Work by a team of University of Adelaide scientists to perfect metal and mineral extraction processes is bringing the possibility of mining the wealth contained within asteroids closer to reality. But science fiction won’t become fact until asteroid mining becomes economically as well as technically viable.

“Asteroids such as Bennu are closer to us than Adelaide is to Alice Springs, about 1000 kilometres away in Earth’s near orbit,” says Professor Volker Hessel, Deputy Dean-Research from the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) and Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering.

“Advances in space exploration mean that these bodies which contain nickel, cobalt, and platinum as well as water and organic matter, are now within reach.”

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Detecting bacteria such as E. coli in minutes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/detecting-bacteria-such-as-e-coli-in-minutes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/detecting-bacteria-such-as-e-coli-in-minutes#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:23:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/detecting-bacteria-such-as-e-coli-in-minutes

A discovery by researchers at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick offers a new technology for detecting bacteria in minutes by ‘zapping’ the bacteria with electricity.

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Study shows more effective method for detecting prostate cancer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/study-shows-more-effective-method-for-detecting-prostate-cancer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/study-shows-more-effective-method-for-detecting-prostate-cancer#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:23:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/06/study-shows-more-effective-method-for-detecting-prostate-cancer

Each year, 1 million men in the U.S. undergo biopsies to determine whether they have prostate cancer. The biopsy procedure traditionally has been guided by ultrasound imaging, but this method cannot clearly display the location of tumors in the prostate gland.

A multidisciplinary team of UCLA physicians has found that a new method, which includes guided by magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, can be used together with the traditional method to increase the rate of prostate cancer detection.

Ultrasound has been used to visualize the prostate in order to take a representative sampling of tissue to biopsy. The introduction of MRI has allowed doctors to see specific lesions in the prostate and only take tissue samples from those spots. But the two sampling methods often aren’t used in combination.

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