Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:42:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 YouTube Just Demonetized Anti-Vax Channels https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/youtube-just-demonetized-anti-vax-channels https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/youtube-just-demonetized-anti-vax-channels#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:42:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/youtube-just-demonetized-anti-vax-channels

Youtube has decided to start demonetizing anti-vaccination videos. They’ll also start running a disclaimer below the videos.


After advertisers complained about programmatic ad placements on anti-vax videos, YouTube removed ads on videos that advocate against vaccination.

By Caroline O’Donovan

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Jeff Bezos just gave a private talk in New York. From utopian space colonies to dissing Elon Musk’s Martian dream, here are the most notable things he said https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/jeff-bezos-just-gave-a-private-talk-in-new-york-from-utopian-space-colonies-to-dissing-elon-musks-martian-dream-here-are-the-most-notable-things-he-said https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/jeff-bezos-just-gave-a-private-talk-in-new-york-from-utopian-space-colonies-to-dissing-elon-musks-martian-dream-here-are-the-most-notable-things-he-said#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:42:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/jeff-bezos-just-gave-a-private-talk-in-new-york-from-utopian-space-colonies-to-dissing-elon-musks-martian-dream-here-are-the-most-notable-things-he-said

Bezos: “I don’t think we’ll live on planets…I think we’ll live in giant O’Neal-style space colonies.”


  • Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, gave a talk to a members-only event at the Yale Club in New York on Tuesday.
  • During the 30-minute lecture, Bezos said his private aerospace company, Blue Origin, would launch its first people into space aboard a New Shepard rocket in 2019.
  • Bezos also questioned the capabilities of a space tourism competitor, Virgin Galactic, and criticized the goal of Elon Musk and SpaceX to settle Mars with humans.
  • Ultimately, Bezos said he wants Blue Origin to enable a space-faring civilization where “a Mark Zuckerberg of space” and “1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins” can flourish.
  • Bezos advised the crowd to hold a powerful, personal long-term vision, but to devote “the vast majority of your energy and attention” on shorter-term activities and those ranging up to 2- or 3-year timeframes.

Jeff Bezos may be the richest human on Earth, as the founder of Amazon, but his ultimate dreams reside within a relatively obscure company called Blue Origin.

In fact, as Bezos told the CEO of Business Insider’s parent company in April 2018, he liquidates $1 billion of stock a year to fund his private aerospace outfit.

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New ‘interspecies communication’ strategy between gut bacteria and mammalian hosts uncovered https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-interspecies-communication-strategy-between-gut-bacteria-and-mammalian-hosts-uncovered https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-interspecies-communication-strategy-between-gut-bacteria-and-mammalian-hosts-uncovered#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:02:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-interspecies-communication-strategy-between-gut-bacteria-and-mammalian-hosts-uncovered

A study published today in Cell describes a form of “interspecies communication” in which bacteria secrete a specific molecule — nitric oxide — that allows them to communicate with and control their hosts’ DNA, and suggests that the conversation between the two may broadly influence human health.

The researchers out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School tracked nitric oxide secreted by gut bacteria inside tiny worms (C. elegans, a common mammalian laboratory model). Nitric oxide secreted by gut bacteria attached to thousands of host proteins, completely changing a worm’s ability to regulate its own gene expression.

The study is the first to show gut bacteria can tap into nitric oxide networks ubiquitous in mammals, including humans. Nitric oxide attaches to human proteins in a carefully regulated manner — a process known as S-nitrosylation — and disruptions are broadly implicated in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

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Dutch Researchers Just Discovered 300,000 New Galaxies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/dutch-researchers-just-discovered-300000-new-galaxies https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/dutch-researchers-just-discovered-300000-new-galaxies#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 15:02:45 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/dutch-researchers-just-discovered-300000-new-galaxies

Thanks to The Netherlands-based Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), 300,000 new galaxies have just been discovered.

LOFAR, a massive radio telescope network, was designed to pick up low radio frequencies, which are invisible to other telescopes. Using this method, it found traces of radiation that forms when galaxies are merging.

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Diving into Earth’s interior helps scientists unravel secrets of diamond formation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/diving-into-earths-interior-helps-scientists-unravel-secrets-of-diamond-formation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/diving-into-earths-interior-helps-scientists-unravel-secrets-of-diamond-formation#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:42:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/diving-into-earths-interior-helps-scientists-unravel-secrets-of-diamond-formation

Understanding the global carbon cycle provides scientists with vital clues about the planet’s habitability.

It’s the reason why the Earth has a clement stable climate and a low dioxide atmosphere compared to that of Venus, for instance, which is in a runaway greenhouse state with high surface temperatures and a thick carbon dioxide atmosphere.

One major difference between Earth and Venus is the existence of active plate tectonics on Earth, which make our environment unique within our solar system.

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Scientists Have Witnessed in Real-Time a Single-Celled Algae Evolve Into a Multicellular Organism https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-have-witnessed-in-real-time-a-single-celled-algae-evolve-into-a-multicellular-organism https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-have-witnessed-in-real-time-a-single-celled-algae-evolve-into-a-multicellular-organism#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:42:35 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-have-witnessed-in-real-time-a-single-celled-algae-evolve-into-a-multicellular-organism

Most of us know that at some point in our evolutionary history around 600 million years ago, single-celled organisms evolved into more complex multicellular life.

But knowing that happened and actually seeing it happen in real-time in front of you is an entirely different matter altogether.

And that’s exactly what researchers from the George Institute of Technology and University of Montana have witnessed — and captured in the breathtaking, time-lapse footage below.

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U.S. Transhumanist Party Virtual Meeting and Q&A — February 2019 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/u-s-transhumanist-party-virtual-meeting-and-qa-february-2019 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/u-s-transhumanist-party-virtual-meeting-and-qa-february-2019#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:22:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/u-s-transhumanist-party-virtual-meeting-and-qa-february-2019

U.S. Transhumanist Party Virtual Meeting and Q&A – Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 6 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. Join us for an extensive 2-hour discussion! Watch it and view the agenda here:


The U.S. Transhumanist Party invites many of its Officers and Ambassadors to discuss recent activities and plans for 2019, including the upcoming Presidential nomination process. The meeting will include a question-and-answer portion where inquiries from members and the general public will be addressed.

Agenda
- Gennady Stolyarov II: Overview of 2019 Transhumanist Presidential Nomination/Debate/Primary Process

- Gennady Stolyarov II: Integration with the Transhuman Party / Dissolution of the TNC

- ambassadors – palak madan, pam keefe, denisa rensen: discussions on transhumanist sentiment / attitudinal environment in india, hong kong, and japan.

- Denisa Rensen: Report on TransVision 2018 in Madrid
- Bobby Ridge: Report on Video Creation and Transhumanist Public Events.
- Dinorah Delfin: Discussion of Forthcoming Article in The Transhumanism Handbook: “An Artist’s Creative Process: A Model of Conscious Evolution”

- Arin Vahanian: Report on Premiere of “Immortality or Bust” Documentary.

- Sean Singh: Insights on Project Management with Volunteers: What can be done to maximize participation and creative output of our members (especially since money is not a motivator here)?

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Scientists Develop a Material That Kills 99.9% of Bacteria in Drinking Water Using Nothing But Light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-develop-a-material-that-kills-99-9-of-bacteria-in-drinking-water-using-nothing-but-light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-develop-a-material-that-kills-99-9-of-bacteria-in-drinking-water-using-nothing-but-light#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 13:22:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-develop-a-material-that-kills-99-9-of-bacteria-in-drinking-water-using-nothing-but-light

Ingenius.


Researchers in China have developed a new way to remove bacteria from water that they say is both highly efficient and environmentally sound.

By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of a compound called graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify 10 litres (2.6 liquid gallons) of water in just one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present.

This type of technique for water cleaning is known as photocatalytic disinfection, and it is often talked about — and ardently researched — as an appealing alternative to current water filtration systems, such as chlorination or ozone disinfection, neither of which are particularly eco-friendly.

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When the next recession comes, the robots will be ready https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/when-the-next-recession-comes-the-robots-will-be-ready https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/when-the-next-recession-comes-the-robots-will-be-ready#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:24:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/when-the-next-recession-comes-the-robots-will-be-ready

This next wave of automation won’t just be sleek robotic arms on factory floors. It will be ordering kiosks, self-service apps and software smart enough to perfect schedules and cut down on the workers needed to cover a shift. Employers are already testing these systems. A recession will force them into the mainstream.


Robots’ infiltration of the workforce doesn’t happen gradually, at the pace of technology. It happens in surges, when companies are given strong incentives to tackle the difficult task of automation.

Typically, those incentives occur during recessions. Employers slash payrolls going into a downturn and, out of necessity, turn to software or machinery to take over the tasks once performed by their laid-off workers as business begins to recover.

As uncertainty soars, a shutdown drags on, and consumer confidence sputters, economists increasingly predict a recession this year or next. Whenever this long economic expansion ends, the robots will be ready. The human labor market is tight, with the unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, but there’s plenty of slack in the robot labor force.

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Masterpiece: “The Syntellect Hypothesis” https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/masterpiece-the-syntellect-hypothesis https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/masterpiece-the-syntellect-hypothesis#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 03:02:49 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/masterpiece-the-syntellect-hypothesis

Foreword to the Syntellect Hypothesis.


I had the honour of writing the foreword of Alex Vikoulov’s recently published masterpiece and bestseller “The Syntellect Hypothesis”. Hereunder you can read my foreword:

“If you picked up this book, it is not unlikely that you may have heard of the early 20th century philosophical movement of Cosmism. This movement, which originated in Russia, was striving for conquering the planets and stars, for radical life extension, immortality and resurrection of our loved ones by the means of technology. Perhaps one of its most important pioneers was Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, whose aspirations did not only venture into the realm of the Macro, but also explored the Micro. He spoke of the atomic world as being animated and can thus be considered a kind of cosmist-panpsychist.

The foundational work of the cosmic aspirations of man by the Russian Cosmists soon reverberated through the intellectual world of the early 20th century and found a resonance and fertile ground in the works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhard saw evolution as having a direction, namely the direction of concentrating consciousness in form, striving towards accumulation of knowledge, which gradually is attained by the formation of the Noosphere and which will culminate in the apotheosis of the Omega Point. Teilhard de Chardin considered that Omega Point is not necessarily merely a future construct, but in a sense is already here as the ”Great Presence.” Thus, his pantheism is more panentheism in which God has both an immanent and transcendent aspect.

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The human body might survive a mission to Mars better than our minds https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/the-human-body-might-survive-a-mission-to-mars-better-than-our-minds https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/the-human-body-might-survive-a-mission-to-mars-better-than-our-minds#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 03:02:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/the-human-body-might-survive-a-mission-to-mars-better-than-our-minds

Though astronaut Scott Kelly’s year in space showed us spaceflight can change the human body, new research suggests the bigger concern should be our minds.

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This Fast Food Drive-Thru Is Now Using AI to Take Orders https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/this-fast-food-drive-thru-is-now-using-ai-to-take-orders https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/this-fast-food-drive-thru-is-now-using-ai-to-take-orders#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 02:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/this-fast-food-drive-thru-is-now-using-ai-to-take-orders

We already had a robot that could make fast food burgers. And now we have an artificial intelligence that can take your order for one. Earlier this month, Colorado-based startup Valyant AI announced the launch of a voice-based AI customer service platform, which is now taking customer orders at the drive-thru at Denver’s Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard.


The AI is reportedly not taking jobs from humans, either.

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Hayabusa2 has touched down on Ryugu! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hayabusa2-has-touched-down-on-ryugu https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hayabusa2-has-touched-down-on-ryugu#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 02:24:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hayabusa2-has-touched-down-on-ryugu

Touchdown occurred at about 22:49 UTC on 21 February, and the spacecraft is healthy.

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Why It’ll Take Israel’s Lunar Lander 8 Weeks to Get to the Moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/why-itll-take-israels-lunar-lander-8-weeks-to-get-to-the-moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/why-itll-take-israels-lunar-lander-8-weeks-to-get-to-the-moon#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 02:22:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/why-itll-take-israels-lunar-lander-8-weeks-to-get-to-the-moon

An Israeli lunar lander just launched on a historic moon mission — but touchdown is still eight weeks away.

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Woman with heart and double-lung transplant praises new technology https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/woman-with-heart-and-double-lung-transplant-praises-new-technology https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/woman-with-heart-and-double-lung-transplant-praises-new-technology#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 01:42:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/woman-with-heart-and-double-lung-transplant-praises-new-technology

Three years ago Kate Phillips, who has suffered congenital heart disease her whole life, received a heart and lung transplant which saved her life.

But her successful operation isn’t a reality for many patients on vital organ waiting lists.

Out of 381 hearts only 81 were successfully transplanted in Australia last year. Hearts are usually lucky to withstand a transport time of about four hours, with only one in four reaching operating tables.

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Scientists Discovered a Star That Explodes Every Year https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-discovered-a-star-that-explodes-every-year https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-discovered-a-star-that-explodes-every-year#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 01:23:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-discovered-a-star-that-explodes-every-year

An astrophysicist involved with the research said he was “very surprised.”

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Utilities are starting to invest in big batteries instead of building new power plants https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/utilities-are-starting-to-invest-in-big-batteries-instead-of-building-new-power-plants https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/utilities-are-starting-to-invest-in-big-batteries-instead-of-building-new-power-plants#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:42:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/utilities-are-starting-to-invest-in-big-batteries-instead-of-building-new-power-plants

Energy storage could prove an inexpensive way for power companies to handle heat waves and other times when consumers use more electricity than usual.

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Science: Talking to Your Dog Means You’re Smart, Not Crazy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/science-talking-to-your-dog-means-youre-smart-not-crazy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/science-talking-to-your-dog-means-youre-smart-not-crazy#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:03:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/science-talking-to-your-dog-means-youre-smart-not-crazy

Chatting with your pets is actually a sign of intelligence, according to experts.

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Navy files for patent on room-temperature superconductor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/navy-files-for-patent-on-room-temperature-superconductor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/navy-files-for-patent-on-room-temperature-superconductor#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:42:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/navy-files-for-patent-on-room-temperature-superconductor

A scientist working for the U.S. Navy has filed for a patent on a room-temperature superconductor, representing a potential paradigm shift in energy transmission and computer systems.

Salvatore Cezar Pais is listed as the inventor on the Navy’s patent application made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday.

The application claims that a room-temperature superconductor can be built using a wire with an insulator core and an aluminum PZT (lead zirconate titanate) coating deposited by vacuum evaporation with a thickness of the London penetration depth and polarized after deposition.

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Virgin Galactic space plane takes first test passenger into space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/virgin-galactic-space-plane-takes-first-test-passenger-into-space https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/virgin-galactic-space-plane-takes-first-test-passenger-into-space#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/virgin-galactic-space-plane-takes-first-test-passenger-into-space

Astronaut trainer Beth Moses joined two pilots on the space tourism company’s latest test flight.

Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo at the Mojave Space Port in California on Feb. 22, 2019. Virgin Galactic / AFP — Getty Images.

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Virgin Galactic spaceplane reaches space with first passenger on board https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/virgin-galactic-spaceplane-reaches-space-with-first-passenger-on-board https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/virgin-galactic-spaceplane-reaches-space-with-first-passenger-on-board#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:24:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/virgin-galactic-spaceplane-reaches-space-with-first-passenger-on-board

Astronaut trainer Beth Moses tagged along for the ride.

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Ron Howard Grew Up on TV. Now He’s Tackling the Science of Aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ron-howard-grew-up-on-tv-now-hes-tackling-the-science-of-aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ron-howard-grew-up-on-tv-now-hes-tackling-the-science-of-aging#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ron-howard-grew-up-on-tv-now-hes-tackling-the-science-of-aging

The points he makes here are things many of us have told people many times over and now it will be part of a tv show for mainstream audiences.


He’s executive producer of the National Geographic Channel’s “Breakthrough” series, exploring scientific fields on the brink of discovery.

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Breastmilk microbiome linked to method of feeding https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/breastmilk-microbiome-linked-to-method-of-feeding https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/breastmilk-microbiome-linked-to-method-of-feeding#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/breastmilk-microbiome-linked-to-method-of-feeding

The idea that breastmilk has a microbiome (or microbiota)—a community of bacteria living within it—is relatively new and has sparked debate about where breastmilk bacteria come from. Some scientists believe breastmilk bacteria originate in the mother’s gut while others believe they are transferred to the mother from the infant’s mouth during breastfeeding.

New research from the CHILD Cohort Study—an ongoing birth cohort study involving thousands of Canadian children and their families—has shed some light on this question by highlighting the importance of the infant’s mouth as a source of breastmilk bacteria.

The study, published today in Cell Host & Microbe, found that among the many factors examined, the method of breastfeeding—whether mothers fed their infants directly at the breast or fed them pumped breastmilk from a bottle—was the most consistent factor associated with the milk microbiota composition.

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Life probably exists beyond Earth. So how do we find it? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/life-probably-exists-beyond-earth-so-how-do-we-find-it https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/life-probably-exists-beyond-earth-so-how-do-we-find-it#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:43:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/life-probably-exists-beyond-earth-so-how-do-we-find-it

With next-generation telescopes, tiny space probes, and more, scientists aim to search for life beyond our solar system—and make contact.

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Ending Age-Related Diseases Conference: February Update https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ending-age-related-diseases-conference-february-update https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ending-age-related-diseases-conference-february-update#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:02:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ending-age-related-diseases-conference-february-update

July 2019 will see the launch of our second Ending Age-Related Diseases conference at the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union in New York City. The event was so popular last year that we decided to expand it to two full days of science and biotech business this year.

We will be bringing you the latest aging research, investment, and business knowledge from some of the top experts in the industry. We will be packing two days full of talks from and discussion panels with the people who are developing the technologies that could change the way we regard and treat aging forever.

With just over a month left to grab a lower-cost early bird ticket for the event, we thought that it would be a good opportunity to take a look at what we have in store. We have already announced lots of inspiring speakers from the research and business sectors of the industry, and here are just a few of them.

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We need better laws to protect the rights of future frozen cryonicists https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/we-need-better-laws-to-protect-the-rights-of-future-frozen-cryonicists https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/we-need-better-laws-to-protect-the-rights-of-future-frozen-cryonicists#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/we-need-better-laws-to-protect-the-rights-of-future-frozen-cryonicists

Here’s an important story I wrote on #cryonics for Quartz about a recent tragedy of a young girl and society’s reluctance to give people rights after death. I think something like “Danielle’s Law” could be important moving forward:


Cryogenics is facing legal hurdles for people who want their bodies to be frozen for the future.

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Video: Glitter-sized ‘metalenses’ may soon power your smartphone camera https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/video-glitter-sized-metalenses-may-soon-power-your-smartphone-camera https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/video-glitter-sized-metalenses-may-soon-power-your-smartphone-camera#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/video-glitter-sized-metalenses-may-soon-power-your-smartphone-camera

Glass lenses, used in everything from smartphone cameras to microscopes, are bulky, heavy, and expensive. Now, a team of U.S. researchers has created high-power lenses from thin, flat arrays of nanosized towers of titanium dioxide that are thinner than a sheet of paper. The novel lenses are made from so-called metamaterials, engineered to control the way in which light waves interact (above). In this case, they are able to focus light across the visible spectrum. The setup allows them to magnify images up to 170 times with high resolution, as good as conventional state-of-the-art optics, the researchers report today in. The new lenses also have the potential to be fabricated—at much lower cost—with standard computer chip–making techniques. As a result, devices such as phones, tablets, and microscopes may soon be built with smaller, and cheaper, metalenses.

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MIT says proton’s core generates pressure higher than inside a neutron star https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/mit-says-protons-core-generates-pressure-higher-than-inside-a-neutron-star https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/mit-says-protons-core-generates-pressure-higher-than-inside-a-neutron-star#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:44:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/mit-says-protons-core-generates-pressure-higher-than-inside-a-neutron-star

Physicists at MIT have for the first time calculated the pressure distribution inside a proton. One incredible finding by the researchers is that the core of a proton generates pressures greater than what’s found inside a neutron star. That discovery is so incredible because a neutron star is among the densest known objects in the universe.

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Hachimoji DNA doubles the genetic code https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hachimoji-dna-doubles-the-genetic-code https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hachimoji-dna-doubles-the-genetic-code#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:44:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hachimoji-dna-doubles-the-genetic-code

Researchers in the US have built an “alien” DNA system from eight building block letters, so expanding the genetic code from four and doubling its information density. The new system meets all of the requirements for Darwinian evolution and can also be transcribed to RNA. It will be important for future synthetic biology applications and expands the scope of molecular structures that might be capable of supporting life, both here on Earth and more widely in the universe.

One of the main characteristics of life is that it can store and pass on genetic information. In modern-day organisms, this is done by DNA using just four building blocks: guanine, cytosine, adenine and thymine (G, A, C and T). Pairs of DNA strands form a double helix with A bonding to T and C bonding to G.

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AI researchers debate the ethics of sharing potentially harmful programs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ai-researchers-debate-the-ethics-of-sharing-potentially-harmful-programs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ai-researchers-debate-the-ethics-of-sharing-potentially-harmful-programs#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:44:18 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/ai-researchers-debate-the-ethics-of-sharing-potentially-harmful-programs

How do you balance openness and responsibility?

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Hawaii’s False Missile Alert Shows Americans Have No Idea What to Do in Nuclear Attack https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hawaiis-false-missile-alert-shows-americans-have-no-idea-what-to-do-in-nuclear-attack https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hawaiis-false-missile-alert-shows-americans-have-no-idea-what-to-do-in-nuclear-attack#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:23:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/hawaiis-false-missile-alert-shows-americans-have-no-idea-what-to-do-in-nuclear-attack

Many people in Hawaii faced that very question on Jan. 13, 2018. That morning, at 8:07 a.m. local time, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent out an alert advising residents to seek shelter from an incoming ballistic missile.

Unbeknownst to just about everyone at the time, however, the alert was a false alarm. Even the operator who sent out the alarm, issued over text messages and on TV and radio stations, thought it was real. But it was accidentally sent out during a shift change, and the incoming operator didn’t realize that the alert was part of a preparedness drill.


An erroneous alert about a nuclear attack was sent to Hawaii residents. The ensuing confusion and hysteria revealed that Americans are not prepared.

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/japans-hayabusa2-spacecraft-successfully-lands-on-asteroid-ryugu https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/japans-hayabusa2-spacecraft-successfully-lands-on-asteroid-ryugu#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:22:59 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/japans-hayabusa2-spacecraft-successfully-lands-on-asteroid-ryugu

The Hayabusa2 probe is designed to fire a bullet at Ryugu to retrieve rocks from the asteroid’s surface.

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The Rise Of The Silicon Brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/the-rise-of-the-silicon-brain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/the-rise-of-the-silicon-brain#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:22:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/the-rise-of-the-silicon-brain

Introduction

The rise of  https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/silicon-brains/” target=”_blank” rel=” nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=” ExternalLink: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/silicon-brains/”>the https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/silicon-brains/” target=”_blank” rel=” nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=” ExternalLink: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/silicon-brains/”>silicon brain that can give rise to thought, emotion and behavior in a machine seems to be on the way. This is mainly due to rapid advances in software and hardware that are paving the way for next generation computational systems with cognitive abilities modeled after the human brain. This will prove to be a significant evolutionary development and especially important to enhancing https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/ai-machine-learning…id/1331480” target=”_blank” rel=” nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=” ExternalLink: https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/ai-machine-learning…id/1331480”>machine intelligence for the complex problems that need to be solved for the future of humanity. So, as we envision a rapidly evolving silicon brain taking in the data from its surroundings in cyberspace, geospace, space (CGS) and run the data through some known/unknown computing processes and then tell the computer/machine to act, feel or behave in a certain way seems to bring humanity a lot more questions than answers. This is mainly because it is not known how the information on the silicon brain will be processed, stored or recalled; how the computer commands will emerge and become effective, and even how the silicon brain will experience the sensory world around it in CGS, and how it will think, feel or empathize.

As we evaluate all these emerging questions surrounding the rise of the silicon brain, there is an intense effort already going on to create neuromorphic chips that can mimic the human brain. There is also an initiative emerging to create a neuromorphic chip based on an octopus brain. While the emerging neuromorphic chips are still nowhere near as capable as a human brain or octopus brain, much is expected to change for machine intelligence very rapidly in the coming years, as these chips begin learning to process available sensory data from CGS to evolve their abilities in real time for the goals defined for them.

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Synthetic DNA demonstrates just how weird aliens might be https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/synthetic-dna-demonstrates-just-how-weird-aliens-might-be https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/synthetic-dna-demonstrates-just-how-weird-aliens-might-be#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:22:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/synthetic-dna-demonstrates-just-how-weird-aliens-might-be

When astronomers search the skies for signs of alien life, they tend to focus on planets that are relatively similar to Earth. But while looking for the kinds of life we know exist is a good place to start, different conditions on different planets could have led life down paths that are completely … well, alien. To demonstrate, a NASA-funded study has successfully created a new synthetic genetic system that’s a viable alternative to DNA, made with twice as many “ingredients.”

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Suzanne Somers on BHRT https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/suzanne-somers-on-bhrt https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/suzanne-somers-on-bhrt#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:30:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/suzanne-somers-on-bhrt

TELL CONGRESS: PROTECT BIOIDENTICALS! The FDA is trying to take away our access to bioidentical hormones (also called BHRT). Like millions of you, I don’t want to live in a world without BHRThese life-saving hormones have made the aging process a joy! I have energy and vitality! I sleep great! My weight is under control! I have a healthy libido! My hair, skin and nails are strong! And my overall health is incredible. I attribute my successful aging to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement. The time to act is NOW! Visit: http://SaveBioidenticals.com/ and LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!

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NASA — National Aeronautics and Space Administration is targeting June 12 as the launch date for Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 test, a critical milestone for human missions to the Moon! https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/nasa-national-aeronautics-and-space-administration-is-targeting-june-12-as-the-launch-date-for-orions-ascent-abort-2-test-a-critical-milestone-for-human-missions-to-the-moon https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/nasa-national-aeronautics-and-space-administration-is-targeting-june-12-as-the-launch-date-for-orions-ascent-abort-2-test-a-critical-milestone-for-human-missions-to-the-moon#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:52:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/nasa-national-aeronautics-and-space-administration-is-targeting-june-12-as-the-launch-date-for-orions-ascent-abort-2-test-a-critical-milestone-for-human-missions-to-the-moon

The test will show Orion’s Launch Abort System can carry a crew to safety in case of an emergency during launch.

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IceShuttle Teredo https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/iceshuttle-teredo https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/iceshuttle-teredo#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:51:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/iceshuttle-teredo

An ice-penetrating robotic system to transport an exploration AUV.

TheTeredo IceShuttle is a robotic probe which is capable to transport a payload through an ice-shield towards an environment located beneath the ice. The System is developed in context of the project Europa-Explore r. For that project, a set of robots are developed to model the exploration of the hypothesized ocean on Jupiters icy moon Europa by an analog mission on earth. Within the scenario the IceShuttle transports an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) as its payload. (image below)

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New NASA Team Tackles Next Challenges in Detecting Life Beyond Earth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-nasa-team-tackles-next-challenges-in-detecting-life-beyond-earth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-nasa-team-tackles-next-challenges-in-detecting-life-beyond-earth#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:02:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-nasa-team-tackles-next-challenges-in-detecting-life-beyond-earth

The question, “Are we alone?” has been a subject of speculation for centuries. The answer may soon lie within the grasp of science.

Decades of research have led scientists to look deeply into the nature of life itself — what it is, how it began on Earth, and what other worlds might also support it. A shift in focus is now emerging as scientists recognize that with a strategic push the possibility of detecting life beyond Earth could be on the horizon.

To support NASA’s growing emphasis on detecting life beyond Earth, NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley has established the Center for Life Detection Science. CLDS brings together a diverse group of researchers at Ames and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland to tackle the next set of challenges science must overcome to be able to one day detect life beyond Earth.

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A New Treatment Can Relieve Food Allergies, But Few Doctors Offer It https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/a-new-treatment-can-relieve-food-allergies-but-few-doctors-offer-it https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/a-new-treatment-can-relieve-food-allergies-but-few-doctors-offer-it#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:42:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/a-new-treatment-can-relieve-food-allergies-but-few-doctors-offer-it

Because there’s not yet an FDA-approved version of this treatment, most medical providers don’t yet offer it. So most patients can get it only by enrolling in research studies, of which there have been dozens in recent years.


Patients Find Relief For Food Allergies In Oral Immunotherapy Treatment : Shots — Health News Many parents of kids with life-threatening food allergies live with fear, EpiPen in hand. Some are trying oral immunotherapy, a treatment that can help patients build tolerance to foods like peanuts.

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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/making-new-drugs-with-a-dose-of-artificial-intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/making-new-drugs-with-a-dose-of-artificial-intelligence#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/making-new-drugs-with-a-dose-of-artificial-intelligence

Universities and big pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to match those resources. But thanks to cloud computing services offered by Google and other tech giants, the price of computing power continues to drop. Dr. AlQuraishi urged the life-sciences community to shift more attention toward the kind of A.I. work practiced by DeepMind.


Researchers at DeepMind, owned by Google’s parent company, and other companies are applying their powerful A.I. systems to drug discovery research.

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New Policies Needed to Advance Space Mining https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-policies-needed-to-advance-space-mining https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-policies-needed-to-advance-space-mining#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:02:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/new-policies-needed-to-advance-space-mining

By Ian Christensen, Ian Lange, George Sowers, Angel Abbud-Madrid, Morgan Bazilian

Space has long captured the human imagination—as a source of wonder, a place of discovery, a realm for aspirations. But increasingly, space is viewed as a frontier of economic opportunity as scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs invest their ingenuity and wealth to bring the vastness of space within human grasp.

This economic development hinges on an ability to utilize what we term “space resources.” The resources in just the inner solar system are nearly infinite compared with those on Earth. For example, one large metallic asteroid such as 16 Psyche is thought to contain enough metals to last humans for millions of years at current consumption rates. And society has barely scratched the surface in harnessing the energy of the sun. Accessing space resources is increasingly important as the world confronts the finite nature of resources and the increasing environmental and social costs to develop them.

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This Massive, Nightmare Bee Was Once Thought Extinct. Not Anymore https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/this-massive-nightmare-bee-was-once-thought-extinct-not-anymore https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/this-massive-nightmare-bee-was-once-thought-extinct-not-anymore#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 05:42:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/this-massive-nightmare-bee-was-once-thought-extinct-not-anymore

You’d think that the world’s biggest bee would be hard to lose track of. But Wallace’s Giant Bee — an Indonesian species with a 2.5-inch (6.4 centimeters) wingspan and enormous mandibles — was last seen by researchers in 1981; it was feared to be extinct. However, scientists finally spotted the rare bee in January, in the Indonesian province of North Maluku on the Maluku Islands. They detected a solitary female bee after investigating the region for five days, and a photographer captured the first-ever images of a living Wallace’s Giant Bee (Megachile pluto) at the insect’s nest in an active termite mound.


Wallace’s Giant Bee — the largest bee on Earth — hasn’t been seen for decades. However, scientists recently tracked it down on an island in Indonesia.

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Here’s the Only Picture Ever Taken of Concorde Flying at Mach 2 (1,350 Mph) in April 1985 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/heres-the-only-picture-ever-taken-of-concorde-flying-at-mach-2-1350-mph-in-april-1985 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/heres-the-only-picture-ever-taken-of-concorde-flying-at-mach-2-1350-mph-in-april-1985#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 04:02:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/heres-the-only-picture-ever-taken-of-concorde-flying-at-mach-2-1350-mph-in-april-1985

The only picture ever taken of Concorde flying at Mach 2 (1,350 mph). Taken by Adrian Meredith from an RAF Tornado fighter jet, which only rendezvoused with Concorde for 4 minutes over the Irish Sea: The Tornado was rapidly running out of fuel, struggling to keep up with Concorde at Mach 2.

The only photo of a Concorde flying at Mach 2 taken by Adrian Meredith from an RAF Tornado attack fighter over the Irish Sea in April 1985.

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“Extreme Relic”–Merging Black Holes Illuminated https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/extreme-relic-merging-black-holes-illuminated https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/extreme-relic-merging-black-holes-illuminated#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 03:22:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/extreme-relic-merging-black-holes-illuminated

In the nearby Whirlpool galaxy and its companion galaxy, M51b, two supermassive black holes heat up and devour surrounding material. These two monsters should be the most luminous X-ray sources in sight, but a new study using observations from NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission shows that a much smaller object is competing with the two behemoths.

The most stunning features of the Whirlpool galaxy – officially known as M51a – are the two long, star-filled “arms” curling around the galactic center like ribbons. The much smaller M51b clings like a barnacle to the edge of the Whirlpool. Collectively known as M51, the two galaxies are merging.

At the center of each galaxy is a supermassive black hole millions of times more massive than the Sun. The galactic merger should push huge amounts of gas and dust into those black holes and into orbit around them. In turn, the intense gravity of the black holes should cause that orbiting material to heat up and radiate, forming bright disks around each that can outshine all the stars in their galaxies.

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Physicists get thousands of semiconductor nuclei to do ‘quantum dances’ in unison https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/physicists-get-thousands-of-semiconductor-nuclei-to-do-quantum-dances-in-unison https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/physicists-get-thousands-of-semiconductor-nuclei-to-do-quantum-dances-in-unison#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 03:02:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/physicists-get-thousands-of-semiconductor-nuclei-to-do-quantum-dances-in-unison

A team of Cambridge researchers have found a way to control the sea of nuclei in semiconductor quantum dots so they can operate as a quantum memory device.

Quantum dots are crystals made up of thousands of atoms, and each of these atoms interacts magnetically with the trapped electron. If left alone to its own devices, this interaction of the electron with the nuclear spins, limits the usefulness of the electron as a bit—a qubit.

Led by Professor Mete Atatüre, a Fellow at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, the research group, located at the Cavendish Laboratory, exploit the laws of quantum physics and optics to investigate computing, sensing or communication applications.

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SpaceIL Beresheet Moon Launch LIVE https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/spaceil-beresheet-moon-launch-live https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/spaceil-beresheet-moon-launch-live#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 02:22:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/spaceil-beresheet-moon-launch-live

ISRAEL MOON LAUNCH LIVE: Watch as SpaceIL makes history by launching its Beresheet spacecraft to land on the moon. The SpaceX rocket will carry two other satellites as well. #IsraelToTheMoon

STORY: https://bit.ly/2X7rgPP

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Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/forget-the-blood-of-teens-this-pill-promises-to-extend-life-for-a-nickel-a-pop https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/forget-the-blood-of-teens-this-pill-promises-to-extend-life-for-a-nickel-a-pop#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:42:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/forget-the-blood-of-teens-this-pill-promises-to-extend-life-for-a-nickel-a-pop

NIR BARZILAI HAS a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of healthy, disease-free living by decades.


The more researchers learn about metformin, the more it seems like a medieval wonder drug that could extend lifespans in the 21st century.

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Physicists Have Finally Solved a Fundamental Mystery Concerning The Insides of Atoms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/physicists-have-finally-solved-a-fundamental-mystery-concerning-the-insides-of-atoms https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/physicists-have-finally-solved-a-fundamental-mystery-concerning-the-insides-of-atoms#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:24:16 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/physicists-have-finally-solved-a-fundamental-mystery-concerning-the-insides-of-atoms

Something about atoms has never added up. Fundamental particles called quarks get kind of sluggish once they’re caught up in crowds of protons and neutrons – and quite frankly, they shouldn’t.

For decades, physicists have hunted for clues on the quark’s tendency to slow down in larger atoms, but have come up empty-handed. But now, a closer look at old data has finally revealed a clue to explain this strange phenomenon.

A massive team of physicists known as the CLAS Collaboration (after the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer) recently ran through data gathered from previous experiments at the Jefferson Lab’s Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility.

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Goodyear’s “living” car tyre converts carbon dioxide into oxygen https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/goodyears-living-car-tyre-converts-carbon-dioxide-into-oxygen https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/goodyears-living-car-tyre-converts-carbon-dioxide-into-oxygen#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:24:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/goodyears-living-car-tyre-converts-carbon-dioxide-into-oxygen

This 3D-printed concept wheel by tyre manufacturer Goodyear uses living moss to absorb moisture from the road, before converting it into oxygen through photosynthesis.

The Oxygene tyre was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show that officially kicked off yesterday, 8 March 2018.

The concept is a response to research conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that revealed more than 80 per cent of people who live in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels deemed to be unsafe.

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Scientists Turned Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-turned-carbon-dioxide-into-oxygen https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-turned-carbon-dioxide-into-oxygen#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 01:23:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/02/scientists-turned-carbon-dioxide-into-oxygen

The finding would explain early oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere—and it’s some fodder for sci-fi space breathing apparatuses.

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