Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:02:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Spaceworks Hibernation Chambers may finally help Astronauts cool down and rest in a deep and dreamless slumber https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/spaceworks-hibernation-chambers-may-finally-help-astronauts-cool-down-and-rest-in-a-deep-and-dreamless-slumber https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/spaceworks-hibernation-chambers-may-finally-help-astronauts-cool-down-and-rest-in-a-deep-and-dreamless-slumber#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:02:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/spaceworks-hibernation-chambers-may-finally-help-astronauts-cool-down-and-rest-in-a-deep-and-dreamless-slumber

We all know that real space travel and space colonization will not be achieved without the hard work, passion, and courage of people willingly taking risks for the greater good of humanity.

However, we can put all our hearts into deep space missions but won’t succeed unless we also provide the technological innovations needed. Let’s say, that thermal radiation isn’t our biggest enemy in space (literally roasting and melting our astronauts), speed and time are still affecting us the most. Mars, which is only a mere six months of travel time away from Earth, is certainly manageable, but getting to the outer parts of our own solar system already took some 10 years to accomplish.

So, it’s obvious why sci-fi avoids any further questioning by putting space explorers in sleep mode. In reality, shutting down humans is hard to do, whereas keeping a body alive in suspension mode is tricky, to say the least.

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Britain powered 24 hours without coal for first time in 135 years in ‘watershed moment’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/britain-powered-24-hours-without-coal-for-first-time-in-135-years-in-watershed-moment https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/britain-powered-24-hours-without-coal-for-first-time-in-135-years-in-watershed-moment#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:22:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/britain-powered-24-hours-without-coal-for-first-time-in-135-years-in-watershed-moment

The UK’s first 24 hours without using coal as part of its energy mix has been hailed “a watershed” moment.

For the first time since the industrial revolution, the country fulfilled all of its energy needs without using coal for a full day. It is bound to happen more frequently, the National Grid said.

Around half of energy came from natural gas and about a quarter came from nuclear plants, according to Grid Watch. Wind, biomass and imported energy made up the difference.

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Rockstar is not happy about driverless cars learning from ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ without permission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/rockstar-is-not-happy-about-driverless-cars-learning-from-grand-theft-auto-v-without-permission https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/rockstar-is-not-happy-about-driverless-cars-learning-from-grand-theft-auto-v-without-permission#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/rockstar-is-not-happy-about-driverless-cars-learning-from-grand-theft-auto-v-without-permission

I remember posting that video in here a few months ago. Some lab in California was testing their AI’s to drive cars in the game. I wish they’d let them goof around in Multiplayer it would be interesting to mess with one. How would it re act if it got attacked, if a random person hopped in a car and started playing with the radio or other weird stuff.


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Here are 15 Job Openings at Elon Musk’s New Startup, Neuralink https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/here-are-15-job-openings-at-elon-musks-new-startup-neuralink https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/here-are-15-job-openings-at-elon-musks-new-startup-neuralink#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:02:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/here-are-15-job-openings-at-elon-musks-new-startup-neuralink

On Thursday, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his new startup, Neuralink, which will focus on melding the human brain and artificial intelligence.

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Great to see so many science supporters in the US today https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/great-to-see-so-many-science-supporters-in-the-us-today https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/great-to-see-so-many-science-supporters-in-the-us-today#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:23:03 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/great-to-see-so-many-science-supporters-in-the-us-today

Special thanks to Rachel Lyn Edler, a wonderful designer on my team, who carreid a poster of my science-minded campaign today in Santa Rosa, CA)

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Update: My Jacque Fresco interview and video on a Resource Based Economy via NowThis Future shared a few weeks ago now has 142,000 Facebook shares, 16,000 comments, 102,000 likes, and 12.3 million views https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/update-my-jacque-fresco-interview-and-video-on-a-resource-based-economy-via-nowthis-future-shared-a-few-weeks-ago-now-has-142000-facebook-shares-16000-comments-102000-likes-and-12-3-million-vie https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/update-my-jacque-fresco-interview-and-video-on-a-resource-based-economy-via-nowthis-future-shared-a-few-weeks-ago-now-has-142000-facebook-shares-16000-comments-102000-likes-and-12-3-million-vie#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:23:09 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/update-my-jacque-fresco-interview-and-video-on-a-resource-based-economy-via-nowthis-future-shared-a-few-weeks-ago-now-has-142000-facebook-shares-16000-comments-102000-likes-and-12-3-million-vie

Wow! For context, that’s nearly 4x times the amount of daily views that Bill O’Reilly used to get on his #1 cable show on Fox before he was fired. smile Give the video a view: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisFuture/videos/1500983249942850/ #transhumanism

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Elon Musk’s new company wants to link human brains with computers in 4 years https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/elon-musks-new-company-wants-to-link-human-brains-with-computers-in-4-years https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/elon-musks-new-company-wants-to-link-human-brains-with-computers-in-4-years#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:42:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/elon-musks-new-company-wants-to-link-human-brains-with-computers-in-4-years

Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with computers by creating micron-sized devices.

Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke and cancer lesion in about four years, Musk said in an interview with the website Wait But Why on Thursday.

“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” Musk said in the interview. Neuralink will be Musk’s third company along with Tesla and SpaceX.

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Noah’s Ark 2.0 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/noahs-ark-2-0 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/noahs-ark-2-0#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:22:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/noahs-ark-2-0

For two decades, the architect Stephen Valentine has been designing, planning and developing — though not yet building — a structure quite unlike anything built before. He calls the building Timeship and describes it as a repository for the technologies and people working to stretch the boundaries of being human, a Silicon Valley for life-extension research.


It’s the first take on an architecture of immortality, but is cryogenics hub Timeship a grand delusion or looming reality?

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Google says it is on track to definitively prove it has a quantum computer in a few months’ time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/google-says-it-is-on-track-to-definitively-prove-it-has-a-quantum-computer-in-a-few-months-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/google-says-it-is-on-track-to-definitively-prove-it-has-a-quantum-computer-in-a-few-months-time#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:22:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/google-says-it-is-on-track-to-definitively-prove-it-has-a-quantum-computer-in-a-few-months-time

The search giant plans to reach a milestone in computing history before the year is out.

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    Tom Simonite

  • April 21, 2017
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    ‘Negative mass’ created at Washington State University https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/negative-mass-created-at-washington-state-university https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/negative-mass-created-at-washington-state-university#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:22:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/negative-mass-created-at-washington-state-university

    We are one step closer to actually creating an Alcuberre FTL drive…


    Experimental images of an expanding spin-orbit superfluid Bose-Einstein condensate at different expansion times (credit: M. A. Khamehchi et al./Physical Review Letters)

    Washington State University (WSU) physicists have created a fluid with “negative mass,” which means that if you push it, it accelerates toward you instead of away, in apparent violation of Newton’s laws.

    The phenomenon can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos, said Michael Forbes, PhD, a WSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington. The research appeared Monday (April 17, 2017) in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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    Thomas Pesquet, Space Photographer | Thales Group https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/thomas-pesquet-space-photographer-thales-alenia-space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/thomas-pesquet-space-photographer-thales-alenia-space#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:51:08 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=52412

    “Over the last few months, Thomas Pesquet has been able to bring Space into thousands of households, especially their younger members.”

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    Special Address: Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation | Global Philanthropy Forum https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/special-address-rajiv-shah-president-rockefeller-foundation-global-philanthropy-forum https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/special-address-rajiv-shah-president-rockefeller-foundation-global-philanthropy-forum#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:42:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=52410

    Watch this video on YouTube.

    “Rockefeller Foundation president Raj Shah discusses today’s “watershed moment for philanthropy.””

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    How Global Value Chains Push and Pull U.S. Companies on Climate Action — By Emilie Prattico | Business for Social Responsibility https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/how-global-value-chains-push-and-pull-u-s-companies-on-climate-action-by-emilie-prattico-business-for-social-responsibility https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/how-global-value-chains-push-and-pull-u-s-companies-on-climate-action-by-emilie-prattico-business-for-social-responsibility#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:39:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=52407

    “But for most companies operating within global value chains, the pull and push of climate action also comes from abroad, and many U.S. companies now understand the potential to demonstrate global leadership through climate action.”

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    Quantum Cryptography Is Unbreakable. So Is Human Ingenuity — By Joshua Holden | Singularity Hub https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/quantum-cryptography-is-unbreakable-so-is-human-ingenuity-by-joshua-holden-singularity-hub https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/quantum-cryptography-is-unbreakable-so-is-human-ingenuity-by-joshua-holden-singularity-hub#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:34:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=52404

    “But that’s not really true. What is true is that pretty much anyone can get hold of software that, when used properly, is secure against any publicly known attacks. ”

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    Breakthroughs arise from a precise mix of old and new knowledge, say scientists — By Eoin O’Carroll | The Christian Science Monitor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/breakthroughs-arise-from-a-precise-mix-of-old-and-new-knowledge-say-scientists-by-eoin-ocarroll-christian-science-monitor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/breakthroughs-arise-from-a-precise-mix-of-old-and-new-knowledge-say-scientists-by-eoin-ocarroll-christian-science-monitor#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:28:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=52400

    Analysis of millions of studies and patents found that the most influential science draws a clear line to the work of previous generations of scientists, a pattern that was ‘nearly universal in all branches of science and technology.’”

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    Daisy Robinton — The Fight Against Aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/daisy-robinton-the-fight-against-aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/daisy-robinton-the-fight-against-aging#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/daisy-robinton-the-fight-against-aging

    Primarily talking about CRISPR.


    Daisy Robinton explores bioengineering and its potential to end ageing.

    “The use of gene-editing technology paired with the dropping cost of genome sequencing and analysis is greatly facilitating our ability to understand the functional and mechanistic impact of those genetic mutations on diseases caused by mutations in DNA sequence,” she says.

    ABOUT WIRED HEALTH 2017
    Hundreds of healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology influencers and leaders met at the fifth annual WIRED Health event at 30 Euston Square, London on March 9. Discover some of the fascinating insights from the esteemed speakers here: http://wired.uk/O6xMxJ

    ABOUT WIRED EVENTS
    WIRED events shine a spotlight on the innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs who are changing our world for the better. Explore this channel for videos showing on-stage talks, behind-the-scenes action, exclusive interviews and performances from our roster of events. Join us as we uncover the most relevant, up-and-coming trends and meet the people building the future.

    ABOUT WIRED
    WIRED brings you the future as it happens — the people, the trends, the big ideas that will change our lives. An award-winning printed monthly and online publication. WIRED is an agenda-setting magazine offering brain food on a wide range of topics, from science, technology and business to pop-culture and politics.

    CONNECT WITH WIRED
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    Shanghai planning huge vertical farm, looking to change the way it feeds its 24 million residents https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/shanghai-planning-huge-vertical-farm-looking-to-change-the-way-it-feeds-its-24-million-residents https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/shanghai-planning-huge-vertical-farm-looking-to-change-the-way-it-feeds-its-24-million-residents#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:02:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/shanghai-planning-huge-vertical-farm-looking-to-change-the-way-it-feeds-its-24-million-residents

    Another article to go with this:

    http://inhabitat.com/shanghai-is-planning-a-massive-100-hect…on-people/


    As Shanghai continues to expand outward, replacing agriculture with urbanization, a US-based design firm is looking to reimagine the way that Shanghai grows food to feed its 24 million people.

    The Sasaki planning and urban design firm is turning heads with its masterplan for a 250-acre urban agricultural district in Pudong called Sunqiao, which will include, most spectacularly, towering vertical farms that grow lots of leafy vegetables.

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    Meet Fedor the Gunslinging Robot https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/meet-fedor-the-gunslinging-robot https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/meet-fedor-the-gunslinging-robot#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:42:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/meet-fedor-the-gunslinging-robot

    Cylon Prototype?


    Russia’s new gunslinging robot is not The Terminator, but it sure does looks like it.

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    One Big Question: What will space exploration look like in 2040? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/one-big-question-what-will-space-exploration-look-like-in-2040 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/one-big-question-what-will-space-exploration-look-like-in-2040#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:22:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/one-big-question-what-will-space-exploration-look-like-in-2040

    The 33rd annual Space Symposium wrapped up recently in Colorado and New Atlas was on hand to check out some of the exhibits and talks. Amidst the rocket models, jet engines and satellites, we found a quiet corner to sit down with Scott Fouse, the vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center. For our One Big Question series, we wanted to get his thoughts on what reaching for the stars will look like in the future, so we asked him: What will space exploration look like in 2040?

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    Crosswise Summer Experience https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/crosswise-summer-experience https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/crosswise-summer-experience#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:42:57 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/crosswise-summer-experience

    An event on #transhumanism at a Christian university in Southern California in June. Looks interesting:


    Humanism is “our most sympathetic understanding and treatment of human nature.”

    TRANShumanism is “the drive to fundamentally revolutionise what it means to be human by way of technological advancements.”

    For those of you who are new to the term, Dr. Joel Oesch, on his blog Fishing for Leviathan, defines it this way, “Transhumanism has nothing to do with your race or gender identity, at least not directly. Rather, the term reflects the human desire to transcend its current condition both individually and socially, most notably to rise above the limitations of our physical selves. Transhumanism is a movement of people committed to using technology to further the human race in profound ways. In most iterations, Transhumanism is viewed as the next great step of human evolution. Homo sapiens has evolved into a wholly new species, Homo technicus.”

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    A naked singularity: Can we spot the most extreme object in the universe? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/a-naked-singularity-can-we-spot-the-most-extreme-object-in-the-universe https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/a-naked-singularity-can-we-spot-the-most-extreme-object-in-the-universe#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/a-naked-singularity-can-we-spot-the-most-extreme-object-in-the-universe

    A team of scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India, have found new ways to detect a bare or naked singularity, the most extreme object in the universe.

    When the fuel of a very massive star is spent, it collapses due to its own gravitational pull and eventually becomes a very small region of arbitrarily high matter density, that is a ‘Singularity’, where the usual laws of physics may breakdown. If this singularity is hidden within an event horizon, which is an invisible closed surface from which nothing, not even light, can escape, then we call this object a black hole.

    In such a case, we cannot see the singularity and we do not need to bother about its effects. But what if the event horizon does not form? In fact, Einstein’s theory of general relativity does predict such a possibility when massive stars collapse at the end of their life-cycles. In this case, we are left with the tantalizing option of observing a naked singularity.

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    Is Beet Juice the Secret to Staying Young? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/is-beet-juice-the-secret-to-staying-young https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/is-beet-juice-the-secret-to-staying-young#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/is-beet-juice-the-secret-to-staying-young

    Beets are a common sweetening ingredient in the juices you’ll find at most health food stores, but a recent study found another reason to drink the bright red juice: It has anti-aging benefits.

    Researchers at Wake Forest University knew that exercise has positive anti-aging effects on the brain, and were looking for ways to increase those benefits.

    “What we showed in this brief training study of hypertensive older adults was that, as compared to exercise alone, adding a beet root juice supplement to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what you see in younger adults,” W. Jack Rejeski, co-author of the study, told EurekAlert.

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    Another nearby planet found that may be just right for life https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/another-nearby-planet-found-that-may-be-just-right-for-life https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/another-nearby-planet-found-that-may-be-just-right-for-life#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:02:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/another-nearby-planet-found-that-may-be-just-right-for-life

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers have found yet another planet that seems to have just the right Goldilocks combination for life: Not so hot and not so cold. It’s not so far away, either.

    This new, big, dense planet is rocky, like Earth, and has the right temperatures for water, putting it in the habitable zone for life, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

    It’s the fifth such life-possible planet outside our solar system revealed in less than a year, but still relatively nearby Earth. Rocky planets within that habitable zone of a star are considered the best place to find evidence of some form of life.

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    Facebook Literally Wants to Read Your Thoughts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-literally-wants-to-read-your-thoughts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-literally-wants-to-read-your-thoughts#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:22:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-literally-wants-to-read-your-thoughts

    “Our brains produce enough data to stream 4 HD movies every second. The problem is that the best way we have to get information out into the world — speech — can only transmit about the same amount of data as a 1980s modem,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.


    At Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, on Wednesday, the group unveiled what may be Facebook’s most ambitious—and creepiest—proposal yet. Facebook wants to build its own “brain-to-computer interface” that would allow us to send thoughts straight to a computer.

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    Elon Musk Just Outlined How He’ll Merge The Human Brain and AI https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/elon-musk-just-outlined-how-hell-merge-the-human-brain-and-ai https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/elon-musk-just-outlined-how-hell-merge-the-human-brain-and-ai#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:42:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/elon-musk-just-outlined-how-hell-merge-the-human-brain-and-ai

    Last week, Elon Musk confirmed reports regarding the launch of his new venture, Neuralink. Today, more details have come to light regarding the company’s ultimate goal to develop a brain-computer interface.

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    Real-life tricorders are here 230 years early, courtesy of the Tricorder XPrize https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/real-life-tricorders-are-here-230-years-early-courtesy-of-the-tricorder-xprize https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/real-life-tricorders-are-here-230-years-early-courtesy-of-the-tricorder-xprize#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:02:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/real-life-tricorders-are-here-230-years-early-courtesy-of-the-tricorder-xprize

    In the far future, tricorders are invented and humanity spends many centuries prospering due in part to their widespread adoption. It’s too early to tell whether we’re on that timeline or a different one, but rest assured that one part of Gene Roddenberry’s quixotic vision for the future has indeed come to pass. Tricorders are coming to the mass market, courtesy of the just-awarded Tricorder XPrize.

    The $2.5 million first prize went to Final Frontier Medical Devices, a team of seven including four Trekkie siblings, for their DxtER diagnostic device (below).

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    What if you could type directly from your brain at 100 words per minute? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/what-if-you-could-type-directly-from-your-brain-at-100-words-per-minute https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/what-if-you-could-type-directly-from-your-brain-at-100-words-per-minute#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:44:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/what-if-you-could-type-directly-from-your-brain-at-100-words-per-minute

    (credit: Facebook)

    Regina Dugan, PhD, Facebook VP of Engineering, Building8, revealed today (April 19, 2017) at Facebook F8 conference 2017 a plan to develop a non-invasive brain-computer interface that will let you type at 100 wpm — by decoding neural activity devoted to speech.

    Dugan previously headed Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group, and before that, was Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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    ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ Director Ridley Scott Launches VR Film Division https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/alien-blade-runner-director-ridley-scott-launches-vr-film-division https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/alien-blade-runner-director-ridley-scott-launches-vr-film-division#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:43:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/alien-blade-runner-director-ridley-scott-launches-vr-film-division

    Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), the film production company of famed director Ridley Scott, is launching RSA VR, a new division dedicated to the production of high-end immersive films using VR, AR, and mixed reality. Scott and co. is known for work on acclaimed films such as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), and more throughout his career as a director now going on 40 years.

    RSA today announced the launch of RSA VR, a formalization and expansion of RSA’s recent work in VR space which has included the production of The Martian VR Experience (2016) and a forthcoming Alien: Covenant experience.

    In a prepared release, the studio calls RSA VR, “a new division dedicated exclusively to the creative development and production of VR, AR and mixed media.”

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    The 4 Most Important Things Facebook Just Announced https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/the-4-most-important-things-facebook-just-announced https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/the-4-most-important-things-facebook-just-announced#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:43:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/the-4-most-important-things-facebook-just-announced

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his vision of the social network’s future during the annual F8 developers conference Tuesday.

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    Yayoi Kusama at Hirshhorn https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/yayoi-kusama-at-hirshhorn https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/yayoi-kusama-at-hirshhorn#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:43:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/yayoi-kusama-at-hirshhorn

    Why is “Infinity Mirrors” attracting record crowds?

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    Neuroscientists Can Now Read Your Dreams With a Simple Brain Scan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/neuroscientists-can-now-read-your-dreams-with-a-simple-brain-scan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/neuroscientists-can-now-read-your-dreams-with-a-simple-brain-scan#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:24:17 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/neuroscientists-can-now-read-your-dreams-with-a-simple-brain-scan

    Like islands jutting out of a smooth ocean surface, dreams puncture our sleep with disjointed episodes of consciousness. How states of awareness emerge from a sleeping brain has long baffled scientists and philosophers alike.

    For decades, scientists have associated dreaming with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a sleep stage in which the resting brain paradoxically generates high-frequency brain waves that closely resemble those of when we’re awake.

    Yet dreaming isn’t exclusive to REM sleep. A series of oddball reports also found signs of dreaming during non-REM deep sleep, when the brain is dominated by slow-wave activity—the opposite of an alert, active, conscious brain.

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    Augmented reality postcards https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/augmented-reality-postcards https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/augmented-reality-postcards#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:24:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/augmented-reality-postcards

    This company is spicing up postcards with augmented reality.

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    Socratic: Socratic app can solve your math problems https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/socratic-socratic-app-can-solve-your-math-problems https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/socratic-socratic-app-can-solve-your-math-problems#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:23:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/socratic-socratic-app-can-solve-your-math-problems

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    Facebook is working on tech to let you type with your brain and ‘hear with your skin’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-is-working-on-tech-to-let-you-type-with-your-brain-and-hear-with-your-skin https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-is-working-on-tech-to-let-you-type-with-your-brain-and-hear-with-your-skin#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:22:49 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-is-working-on-tech-to-let-you-type-with-your-brain-and-hear-with-your-skin

    Facebook is working on futuristic technology that will let people type using only brain waves the understand thoughts through only skin contact.

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    Amino acids in diet could be key to starving cancer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/amino-acids-in-diet-could-be-key-to-starving-cancer https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/amino-acids-in-diet-could-be-key-to-starving-cancer#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:42:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/amino-acids-in-diet-could-be-key-to-starving-cancer

    Starving cancer via amino acids looks like a promising approach.


    Cutting out certain amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — from the diet of mice slows tumor growth and prolongs survival, according to new research published in Nature.

    Researchers at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the University of Glasgow found that removing two non-essential amino acids — serine and glycine — from the diet of mice slowed the development of lymphoma and intestinal cancer.

    The researchers also found that the special diet made some cancer cells more susceptible to chemicals in cells called reactive oxygen species.

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    Join Us: Become a Lifespan Hero! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/join-us-become-a-lifespan-hero https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/join-us-become-a-lifespan-hero#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:22:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/join-us-become-a-lifespan-hero

    Calling all Longevity Superheroes!

    We have launched our Lifespan Heroes campaign to raise funds for LEAF so we can continue delivering quality content, exclusive interviews, scientific commentaries, advocacy and more.

    We have made amazing progress over the last two years thanks to our volunteers, but now we need some help from our heroes — the longevity community.


    With support from heroes like you we can keep improving Lifespan.io, act on your suggestions, and offer unique rewards to you and the longevity community. Join us!

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    Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/experts-excited-by-brain-wonder-drug https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/experts-excited-by-brain-wonder-drug#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:02:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/experts-excited-by-brain-wonder-drug

    Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world. But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage. Now two drugs have been found that should have the same protective effect on the brain and are already safely used in people. “It’s really exciting,” said Prof Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester. She wants to start human clinical trials on dementia patients soon and expects to know whether the drugs work within two to three years.

    Why might they work?

    The novel approach is focused on the natural defence mechanisms built into brain cells.

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    NASA puts $50M into creating fusion thrusters, space robots and much more https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/nasa-puts-50m-into-creating-fusion-thrusters-space-robots-and-much-more https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/nasa-puts-50m-into-creating-fusion-thrusters-space-robots-and-much-more#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:42:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/nasa-puts-50m-into-creating-fusion-thrusters-space-robots-and-much-more

    Fusion-driven rockets, remote control systems for space robots, and satellites that build themselves up in orbit are among the made-in-Washington projects getting a share of $49.9 million in NASA grants.

    Seven businesses in Washington state will benefit from NASA’s latest round of Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants, announced today.

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    Facebook says it’s working to let you ‘hear with your skin’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-says-its-working-to-let-you-hear-with-your-skin https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-says-its-working-to-let-you-hear-with-your-skin#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:42:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-says-its-working-to-let-you-hear-with-your-skin

    Facebook’s advanced hardware group is working on technology to let you “hear with your skin.” The technology could be used to help deaf people communicate, but Facebook also envisions it as a way to advance communications for people who can already hear, allowing for such things as a conversation to be automatically translated into another language.

    The technology is being developed by Facebook’s Building 8 research group, led by ex-DARPA director and former head of Google’s experimental research group Regina Dugan.

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    Facebook is working on a way to let you type with your brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-is-working-on-a-way-to-let-you-type-with-your-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-is-working-on-a-way-to-let-you-type-with-your-brain#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:22:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/facebook-is-working-on-a-way-to-let-you-type-with-your-brain

    Facebook today unveiled a project from its secretive Building 8 research group that’s working to create a brain-computer interface that lets you type with your thoughts. Regina Dugan, a former director of DARPA and the ex-head of Google’s experimental ATAP research group, announced the news today onstage at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. Dugan, who now heads up Building 8, says the goal is “something as simple as a yes-no brain click” that could fundamentally change how we interact with and use technology. While it does not exist today outside of very specific medical research trials, Dugan says her team is actively working to make it a reality.

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    Project Baseline https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/project-baseline https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/project-baseline#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:02:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/project-baseline

    Is the quest to collect comprehensive health data and use it as a map and compass, pointing the way to disease prevention.

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    California Gov Candidate: Develop the Coastline to Fund Income for Everyone https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/california-gov-candidate-develop-the-coastline-to-fund-income-for-everyone https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/california-gov-candidate-develop-the-coastline-to-fund-income-for-everyone#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:02:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/california-gov-candidate-develop-the-coastline-to-fund-income-for-everyone

    My idea of leasing Federal lands to pay a basic income (coined #ZoltPay by some) has been catching on. People are asking for specifics, and here’s how I’d start getting all Californian’s money as a Governor my first year in Office without raising taxes. Naturally, to fully fund a state (as well as a national) basic income is an incremental process, in the same way automation is an incremental process. But there are methods to literally make all Californians wealthier almost overnight. The world is changing and we need bold transformative ideas to thrive. 40% of Californian’s live right around the poverty line. That’s simply unacceptable. The Dems and GOP have created this mess. Give someone else a shot now! Happy reading!


    Zoltan Istvan, a Libertarian candidate for governor of California, wants to provide a universal basic income for all state residents — and lease out public lands to generate the revenues. Is it crazy talk?

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    This Chip Interfaces With The Brain to Help The Blind See https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/this-chip-interfaces-with-the-brain-to-help-the-blind-see https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/this-chip-interfaces-with-the-brain-to-help-the-blind-see#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:43:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/this-chip-interfaces-with-the-brain-to-help-the-blind-see

    The blind may be able to see with help from this chip.

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    Zuckerberg: Facebook Is Working on a Brain Interface That Lets You “Communicate Using Only Your Mind” https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/zuckerberg-facebook-is-working-on-a-brain-interface-that-lets-you-communicate-using-only-your-mind https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/zuckerberg-facebook-is-working-on-a-brain-interface-that-lets-you-communicate-using-only-your-mind#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:42:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/zuckerberg-facebook-is-working-on-a-brain-interface-that-lets-you-communicate-using-only-your-mind

    In case you missed it, Facebook’s annual developer conference started today. At the event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed key details about where the company is going next, specifically focusing on what Facebook is working on in relation to bots, virtual reality, augmented reality, and new communication methods (such as advances they are working on in Messenger).

    Oh, and he also said that key details are going to be revealed tomorrow about Facebook’s “direct brain interface.”

    The work comes from Facebook’s mysterious “Building 8 (B8),” which has apparently been working on brain-computer technologies for some time. In their recent call for an engineer, B8 states that they are seeking “an experienced Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Engineer who will be responsible for working on a 2-year B8 project focused on developing advanced BCI technologies.”

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    Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov – A.I. Versus Aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/dr-alex-zhavoronkov-a-i-versus-aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/dr-alex-zhavoronkov-a-i-versus-aging#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:23:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/dr-alex-zhavoronkov-a-i-versus-aging

    AI vs Aging. Who will win this war?

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    AIMS takes Africa on a quantum leap into science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/aims-takes-africa-on-a-quantum-leap-into-science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/aims-takes-africa-on-a-quantum-leap-into-science#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/aims-takes-africa-on-a-quantum-leap-into-science

    AIMS contributes to this by having created a network across the continent via its various centres in South Africa (initially founded in Cape Town in 2003), Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, and now Rwanda. It not only educates but it also actively promotes mathematics and science in Africa in various effective ways, some of which we will cover below. It is essentially creating a pool of excellent African mathematicians and scientists who will (in turn) apply solutions to our continent’s challenges. Yes, many of them actually stay here.


    AIMS’ new centre in Rwanda offers a model many of our organisations, and many entrepreneurs, can follow. It’s an exciting endeavour creating a quantum leap for the continent. But it should also make us ask hard questions about what we deem important and what we talk about.

    As soon as I touched down at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda, I could feel something phenomenal was in the air. Perhaps it was because people kept telling me that Kigali is a true African city, or perhaps it was the sheer amount of beauty of Rwanda — an African nation with its own, unique African identity — or perhaps it was the amazing innovation and technology I encountered from touchdown (free Wi-Fi on the bus, MTN tap-and-go payments, and more) right to where I was going: The African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

    After having received an invite to attend the launch of the new AIMS in Rwanda, I was pretty excited, and I must say it is truly impressive. And best of all, it’s truly Pan-African. It inspired me in ways I didn’t imagine, but also made me ask some hard questions of what it is we prioritise in our media conversations. I left asking: why on earth are we not talking more about this sort of thing?

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    Tiny thermophotovoltaic device harvests energy from infrared wavelengths https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/tiny-thermophotovoltaic-device-harvests-energy-from-infrared-wavelengths https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/tiny-thermophotovoltaic-device-harvests-energy-from-infrared-wavelengths#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:22:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/tiny-thermophotovoltaic-device-harvests-energy-from-infrared-wavelengths

    Waste heat could be a valuable source of energy – if only we could find a way to capture it efficiently. Now two Duke University researchers have a plan to do just that. They have developed a new thermophotovoltaic device that harvests energy from waste heat by capturing infrared wavelengths.

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    Physicists create mind-bending ‘negative mass’ that accelerates backwards and could help explain black holes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/physicists-create-mind-bending-negative-mass-that-accelerates-backwards-and-could-help-explain-black-holes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/physicists-create-mind-bending-negative-mass-that-accelerates-backwards-and-could-help-explain-black-holes#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:42:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/physicists-create-mind-bending-negative-mass-that-accelerates-backwards-and-could-help-explain-black-holes

    Scientists have created a fluid with “negative mass” which they claim can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos.

    Washington State University physicists explained that this mass, unlike every physical object in the world we know, accelerates backwards when pushed.

    The phenomenon, which is rarely created in laboratory conditions, shows a less intuitive side of Newton’s Second Law of Motion, in which a force is equal to the mass of an object times its acceleration (F=ma).

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    Job-stealing Chinese robots take over delivery company https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/job-stealing-chinese-robots-take-over-delivery-company https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/job-stealing-chinese-robots-take-over-delivery-company#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:02:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/job-stealing-chinese-robots-take-over-delivery-company

    Shentong Express Tracking has started using a robot workforce to sort their packages and parcels. The new staff can work up to 24 hours a day and sort through an estimated 200,000 items a day.

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    Huge asteroid to give Earth a very close shave on April 19 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/huge-asteroid-to-give-earth-a-very-close-shave-on-april-19 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/huge-asteroid-to-give-earth-a-very-close-shave-on-april-19#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:42:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2017/04/huge-asteroid-to-give-earth-a-very-close-shave-on-april-19

    NASA says a 2,000-foot-wide space rock will pass within 1.1 million miles of our planet this week.

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