Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:45:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Hyundai’s Hydrogen-Powered, Self-Driving SUV Runs on Level 4 Autonomy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/hyundais-hydrogen-powered-self-driving-suv-runs-on-level-4-autonomy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/hyundais-hydrogen-powered-self-driving-suv-runs-on-level-4-autonomy#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:45:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/hyundais-hydrogen-powered-self-driving-suv-runs-on-level-4-autonomy

Hyundai recently showcased that their latest autonomous SUV, Nexo, can deliver Level 4 autonomy. Its electric motor runs on hydrogen fuel.

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False Memories and Artificial Memory Implants https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/false-memories-and-artificial-memory-implants https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/false-memories-and-artificial-memory-implants#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:45:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/false-memories-and-artificial-memory-implants

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Add-on clip turns smartphone into fully operational microscope https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/add-on-clip-turns-smartphone-into-fully-operational-microscope https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/add-on-clip-turns-smartphone-into-fully-operational-microscope#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:44:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/add-on-clip-turns-smartphone-into-fully-operational-microscope

Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printable ‘clip-on’ that can turn any smartphone into a fully functional microscope.

Reported in the research journal Scientific Reports, the smartphone microscope is powerful enough to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre, including microscopic organisms, animal and plant cells, blood cells, cell nuclei and more.

The clip-on technology is unique in that it requires no external power or light source to work yet offers high-powered microscopic performance in a robust and mobile handheld package.

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Japan has just invented Robo-bees that can legitimately pollinate the earth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/japan-has-just-invented-robo-bees-that-can-legitimately-pollinate-the-earth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/japan-has-just-invented-robo-bees-that-can-legitimately-pollinate-the-earth#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:44:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/japan-has-just-invented-robo-bees-that-can-legitimately-pollinate-the-earth

In an example of life imitating art, scientists have come up with a technology straight out of an episode of Black Mirror: Bee-like pollinating drones.

A team at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan engineered the devices using a combination of horsehair, $USD 100 drones and a sticky ion gel.

It’s pretty simple really – first, the drones fly into flowers much like a bee would. Inside the flower, pollen gets stuck to the drone due to the combination of the ion gel and horsehair. That same pollen is then shaken off into the next flower, and so on. It’s just your run of the mill birds and the robots bees.

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Researchers Have Created a New Camera Capable of Seeing Through the Human Body https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/researchers-have-created-a-new-camera-capable-of-seeing-through-the-human-body https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/researchers-have-created-a-new-camera-capable-of-seeing-through-the-human-body#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:44:15 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/researchers-have-created-a-new-camera-capable-of-seeing-through-the-human-body

For many years doctors have been able to get a look inside a person’s body using X-ray scans, or placing a tiny camera inside the body. But those tools provide a limited view and can only reveal so much. A recently developed camera, however, may give doctors the ability to see everything happening in the human body, no matter where it is.

The camera was developed by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, and it’s meant to work while paired with an endoscope — a long, slender piece of equipment that usually has a camera, sensors, and lights at its tip.

Light emitted by the endoscope typically scatters when it comes into contact with structures within the body, such as body tissue, but the new camera is able to pick up on it thanks to the photon detectors inside of it. The camera is able to detect light sources behind as much as 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) of bodily tissue.

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DeepMind’s latest AI transfers its learning to new tasks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/deepminds-latest-ai-transfers-its-learning-to-new-tasks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/deepminds-latest-ai-transfers-its-learning-to-new-tasks#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:44:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/deepminds-latest-ai-transfers-its-learning-to-new-tasks

By using insights from one job to help it do another, a successful new artificial intelligence hints at a more versatile future for machine learning.

Backstory: Most algorithms can be trained in only one domain, and can’t use what’s been learned for one task to perform another, new one. A big hope for AI is to have systems take insights from one setting and apply them elsewhere—what’s called transfer learning.

What’s new: DeepMind built a new AI system called IMPALA that simultaneously performs multiple tasks—in this case, playing 57 Atari games—and attempts to share learning between them. It showed signs of transferring what was learned from one game to another.

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Entangled universe: Could wormholes hold the cosmos together? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/entangled-universe-could-wormholes-hold-the-cosmos-together https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/entangled-universe-could-wormholes-hold-the-cosmos-together#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:43:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/entangled-universe-could-wormholes-hold-the-cosmos-together

Weird connections through space-time might make reality real, giving us a promising new route to a theory of everything.

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That’s odd: Quantum entanglement mangles space and time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/thats-odd-quantum-entanglement-mangles-space-and-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/thats-odd-quantum-entanglement-mangles-space-and-time#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:43:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/thats-odd-quantum-entanglement-mangles-space-and-time

Spooky action at a distance – the dislocated effect of the quantum world – is real without a doubt. So the problem must lie in our perception of space and time.

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DNA designer bodies are no longer the stuff of science fiction https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/dna-designer-bodies-are-no-longer-the-stuff-of-science-fiction https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/dna-designer-bodies-are-no-longer-the-stuff-of-science-fiction#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:42:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/dna-designer-bodies-are-no-longer-the-stuff-of-science-fiction

Entrepreneur Juan Enriquez has outlined a future where we will be able to survive in extreme environments and even hack our memory thanks to DNA manipulation.

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To become truly intelligent, machines need a sense of the unknown https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/to-become-truly-intelligent-machines-need-a-sense-of-the-unknown https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/to-become-truly-intelligent-machines-need-a-sense-of-the-unknown#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:22:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/to-become-truly-intelligent-machines-need-a-sense-of-the-unknown

AI will make better decisions by embracing uncertainty.

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Green Automotive Manufacturing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/green-automotive-manufacturing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/green-automotive-manufacturing#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:22:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/green-automotive-manufacturing

Divergent has created a green 3D print automotive manufacturing platform that radically reduces materials, energy, and cost.

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Electronic skin animates heartbeat on the back of your hand https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/electronic-skin-animates-heartbeat-on-the-back-of-your-hand https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/electronic-skin-animates-heartbeat-on-the-back-of-your-hand#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:42:58 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/electronic-skin-animates-heartbeat-on-the-back-of-your-hand

A flexible e-skin containing a few hundred micro LEDs can display your vital signs or messages from your doctor.

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AHA names 2017’s top advances in heart disease and stroke research https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/aha-names-2017s-top-advances-in-heart-disease-and-stroke-research https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/aha-names-2017s-top-advances-in-heart-disease-and-stroke-research#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:42:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/aha-names-2017s-top-advances-in-heart-disease-and-stroke-research

The AHA names the top 10 heart disease and stroke research advances of 2017, including new drugs, guidelines, research, and a gene therapy.

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Breakthroughs in Targeted Cancer Therapies to Fight Tumors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthroughs-in-targeted-cancer-therapies-to-fight-tumors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthroughs-in-targeted-cancer-therapies-to-fight-tumors#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:42:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthroughs-in-targeted-cancer-therapies-to-fight-tumors

New targeted cancer therapies have emerged to fight tumors, and scientists have much more in the pipeline.


Summary: New targeted cancer therapies have been highlighted this month as emerging technologies to fight tumors, and scientists have much more in the pipeline. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Targeted cancer therapies – the most famous of which are immunotherapies such as CAR T-cell therapy – are the current focus of excitement in cancer treatment. New therapies and developments in the immunotherapy field prompted the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to update their guidance on targeted cancer therapies a little over a week ago. As the NCI says.

“Many targeted cancer therapies have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat specific types of cancer.”

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Breakthrough cancer immunotherapy treatments to be ‘curative’ by 2025 says prominent research head https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthrough-cancer-immunotherapy-treatments-to-be-curative-by-2025-says-prominent-research-head https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthrough-cancer-immunotherapy-treatments-to-be-curative-by-2025-says-prominent-research-head#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:42:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthrough-cancer-immunotherapy-treatments-to-be-curative-by-2025-says-prominent-research-head

Summary: Cancer immunotherapy treatments and other approaches to cure nearly all cancers within 8 years says Dr. Gilliland, a prominent cancer research head. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Gary Gilliland, M.D., Ph.D. is the President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and in an opinion piece published at the beginning of this month, writes.

“I’ve gone on record to say that by 2025, cancer researchers will have developed curative therapeutic approaches for most if not all cancers.”

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Team paves the way for immunotherapy to treat aggressive colon tumors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/team-paves-the-way-for-immunotherapy-to-treat-aggressive-colon-tumors https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/team-paves-the-way-for-immunotherapy-to-treat-aggressive-colon-tumors#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/team-paves-the-way-for-immunotherapy-to-treat-aggressive-colon-tumors

Team paves the way for cancer immunotherapy demonstrating a novel technique that attacked tumors and inhibited cancers from spreading.


Summary: Team paves the way for cancer immunotherapy with a novel technique that attacked tumors and inhibited cancers from spreading. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

While cancer immunotherapy is a powerful treatment for some types of tumors, up until now, it hasn’t worked well on colon cancer.

However, a team of researchers in Barcelona just showed a new technique that allows the immune system to recognize and begin fighting the tumor in mice. The treatment was so successful that it inhibited the tumors from spreading, or metastasizing to other parts of the body – as cancer is prone to do. Moreover, for those cancers that had already spread, the treatment enabled the immune system to eliminate them quickly.

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Supercomputer on a fingernail, artificial synapse ushers in new AI revolution https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/supercomputer-on-a-fingernail-artificial-synapse-ushers-in-new-ai-revolution https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/supercomputer-on-a-fingernail-artificial-synapse-ushers-in-new-ai-revolution#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:42:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/supercomputer-on-a-fingernail-artificial-synapse-ushers-in-new-ai-revolution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

There is nothing on Earth like the human brain, even today’s AI doesn’t come close, but now researchers have created an Artificial Synapse that’s 200 million times faster than a human synapse, and one day it will revolutionise AI and computing.

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Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/scientists-develop-a-way-to-use-a-smartphone-to-prevent-food-poisoning https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/scientists-develop-a-way-to-use-a-smartphone-to-prevent-food-poisoning#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:22:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/scientists-develop-a-way-to-use-a-smartphone-to-prevent-food-poisoning

The Salt A microscope that clips on to your phone’s camera can detect bacteria, such as salmonella or E. coli, even in tiny amounts. But the technology can’t yet distinguish between good and bad bacteria.

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“Smarticle” Robot Swarms Turn Random Behavior into Collective Intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/smarticle-robot-swarms-turn-random-behavior-into-collective-intelligence https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/smarticle-robot-swarms-turn-random-behavior-into-collective-intelligence#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:22:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/smarticle-robot-swarms-turn-random-behavior-into-collective-intelligence

New algorithms show how very simple robots can be made to work together as a group.

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Indonesian volcano erupts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/indonesian-volcano-erupts https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/indonesian-volcano-erupts#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:22:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/indonesian-volcano-erupts

Wow!


Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash as it erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Feb. 19, 2018. The volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 16,000 feet into the atmosphere. Sinabung is one of the most active volcanos in Indonesia. It erupted in 2010 and has killed 17 people in eruptions in 2014 and another nine people in 2016.

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Does saving more lives lead to overpopulation? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/does-saving-more-lives-lead-to-overpopulation https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/does-saving-more-lives-lead-to-overpopulation#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:43:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/does-saving-more-lives-lead-to-overpopulation

Longevity don’t lead to demographic crisis.

Explains why the improvement of health is not a danger.


As counterintuitive as it may seem, population sizes don’t go up as the world gets healthier. They go down. Here’s why.

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In living color: Brightly-colored bacteria could be used to ‘grow’ paints and coatings https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/in-living-color-brightly-colored-bacteria-could-be-used-to-grow-paints-and-coatings https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/in-living-color-brightly-colored-bacteria-could-be-used-to-grow-paints-and-coatings#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:22:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/in-living-color-brightly-colored-bacteria-could-be-used-to-grow-paints-and-coatings

Researchers have unlocked the genetic code behind some of the brightest and most vibrant colours in nature. The paper, published in the journal PNAS, is the first study of the genetics of structural colour — as seen in butterfly wings and peacock feathers — and paves the way for genetic research in a variety of structurally coloured organisms.

The study is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Dutch company Hoekmine BV and shows how genetics can change the colour, and appearance, of certain types of brightly-coloured . The results open up the possibility of harvesting these bacteria for the large-scale manufacturing of nanostructured materials: biodegradable, non-toxic paints could be ‘grown’ and not made, for example.

Flavobacterium is a type of bacteria that packs together in colonies that produce striking metallic colours, which come not from pigments, but from their internal structure, which reflects light at certain wavelengths. Scientists are still puzzled as to how these intricate structures are genetically engineered by nature, however.

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New blood test predicts autism with 92 percent accuracy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/new-blood-test-predicts-autism-with-92-percent-accuracy https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/new-blood-test-predicts-autism-with-92-percent-accuracy#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:22:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/new-blood-test-predicts-autism-with-92-percent-accuracy

Scientists have designed a test they believe is the first of its kind. Using blood and urine samples, the test correctly identified autism in children.

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In our eyes, Google’s software sees heart attack risk https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/in-our-eyes-googles-software-sees-heart-attack-risk https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/in-our-eyes-googles-software-sees-heart-attack-risk#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:03:13 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/in-our-eyes-googles-software-sees-heart-attack-risk

The new approach could one day allow people to screen themselves for the risks that could lead to heart disease.

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Israeli scientists complete a mock mission to Mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/israeli-scientists-complete-a-mock-mission-to-mars https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/israeli-scientists-complete-a-mock-mission-to-mars#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:02:55 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/israeli-scientists-complete-a-mock-mission-to-mars

The experiment was held near the isolated Israeli township of Mitzpe Ramon, whose surroundings resemble the Martian environment in its geology, aridity, appearance and desolation, the ministry said.

The participants were investigating various fields relevant to a future Mars mission, including satellite communications, the psychological affects of isolation, radiation measurements and search ing for life signs in soil.

Participant Guy Ron, a nuclear physics professor from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said the project was not only intended to look for new approaches in designing a future mission to the Red Planet, but to increase public interest.

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Danish researcher finds 95 new planets https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/danish-researcher-finds-95-new-planets https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/danish-researcher-finds-95-new-planets#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:02:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/danish-researcher-finds-95-new-planets

Ninety-five new exoplanets — planets that orbit around stars other than our sun — can now be added to the long list of planets that have been discovered since the 1990s.

The discovery was made by a Danish Ph.D. student with the help of the once damaged Kepler telescope, reports ScienceNordic.

Andrew Mayo from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space) is behind the discovery, which is described in a new study.

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Computers learn to learn https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/computers-learn-to-learn https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/computers-learn-to-learn#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:42:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/computers-learn-to-learn

Intel and Researchers from Heidelberg and Dresden present three new neuromorphic chips.

Researchers from Heidelberg University and TU Dresden, together with Intel Corporation, will reveal three new neuromorphic chips during the NICE Workshop 2018 in the USA. These chips have an extraordinary ability: They are able to mimic important aspects of biological brains by being energy efficient, resilient and able to learn. These chips promise to have a major impact on the future of artificial intelligence. Computers are many times faster than humans in solving arithmetical problems, yet they have thus far been no match when it comes to the analytic ability of the brain. Up until now, computers have not been able to continually learn and can therefore not improve themselves. The two European chips were developed in close collaboration with neuroscientists as part of the Human Brain Project of the European Union. NICE 2018 will be held from 27 February until 1 March on the Intel Campus in Hillsboro/Oregon.

Dr Johannes Schlemmel from the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at Heidelberg University will present prototypes of the new BrainScaleS chip. BrainScaleS has a mixed analogue and digital design and works 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than real time. The second generation neuromorphic BrainScaleS chip has freely programmable on-chip learning functions as well as an analogue hardware model of complex neurons with active dendritic trees, which – based on nerve cells – are especially valuable for reproducing the continual process of learning.

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The U.S. Military Will Have More Robots Than Humans by 2025 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/the-u-s-military-will-have-more-robots-than-humans-by-2025 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/the-u-s-military-will-have-more-robots-than-humans-by-2025#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:03:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/the-u-s-military-will-have-more-robots-than-humans-by-2025

In Trump’s Pentagon-controlled presidency a dystopian vision of a military dominated by DARPA robots is quickly becoming a reality.

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Human beings could achieve immortality by 2050 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/human-beings-could-achieve-immortality-by-2050 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/human-beings-could-achieve-immortality-by-2050#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:03:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/human-beings-could-achieve-immortality-by-2050

Dr Ian Pearson, a leading futurologist from Ipswich, claims that if people can survive until 2050 they could live forever thanks to advances in AI, android bodies and genetic engineering.

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Asteroid miners might need a few good applied astronomers to show them the way https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/asteroid-miners-might-need-a-few-good-applied-astronomers-to-show-them-the-way https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/asteroid-miners-might-need-a-few-good-applied-astronomers-to-show-them-the-way#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:42:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/asteroid-miners-might-need-a-few-good-applied-astronomers-to-show-them-the-way

AUSTIN, Texas — Mining asteroids for water and other resources could someday become a trillion-dollar business, but not without astronomers to point the way.

At least that’s the view of Martin Elvis, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who’s been taking a close look at the science behind asteroid mining.

If the industry ever takes off the way ventures such as Redmond, Wash.-based Planetary Resources and California-based Deep Space Industries hope, “that opens up new employment opportunities for astronomers,” Elvis said today in Austin at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Health and the crypto-economy. Health Blockchain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/health-and-the-crypto-economy-health-blockchain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/health-and-the-crypto-economy-health-blockchain#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:42:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/health-and-the-crypto-economy-health-blockchain

AI and blockchain, the main innovations in #Longevity, are united in DAYS.exchange platform.

DAYS tokens are to be sort of guarrantee for longevity services effectiveness.


DAYS.exchange partner supported Longevity Impact Forum.

The first step to rhe most effective healthcare, based on blockchain consensus regarding health span technologies.

Thanks omar fogliadini, ondřej pilný, ben kraus, alex lightman, avi roy, liz parrish, george kyriakos sergei sevriugin edgar kampers kirill zhukov philippe van nedervelde anton dziatkovskii darr aita.

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Chinese city touted as model for cutting healthcare costs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/chinese-city-touted-as-model-for-cutting-healthcare-costs https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/chinese-city-touted-as-model-for-cutting-healthcare-costs#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:43:07 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/chinese-city-touted-as-model-for-cutting-healthcare-costs

Sanming, a city of about 2.5m people in eastern China’s Fujian province, has shown one way out of the conundrum — switching from premium drugs made by multinationals to cheaper local generics and cracking down on doctors taking kickbacks from distributors.


Cheaper drugs cut burden on Sanming budget, but locals grumble over quality of care.

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For artificial intelligence to thrive, it must explain itself | The Economist https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/for-artificial-intelligence-to-thrive-it-must-explain-itself-the-economist https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/for-artificial-intelligence-to-thrive-it-must-explain-itself-the-economist#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:51:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=76071

“Of the ten most valuable quoted companies in the world, seven say they have plans to put deep-learning-based AI at the heart of their operations.”

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The global space race, 2.0 — By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan | The WorldPost https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/the-global-space-race-2-0-by-rajeswari-pillai-rajagopalan-the-worldpost https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/the-global-space-race-2-0-by-rajeswari-pillai-rajagopalan-the-worldpost#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:49:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=76068

“The recent launch of the SpaceX rocket Falcon Heavy is a good illustration of the entry of efficient and innovative private players into an arena long considered the preserve of national governments. But this does not mean that national competition in outer space is disappearing. If anything, it is actually accelerating in Asia. China’s growing space prowess is leading to a space race with India and Japan, which are beginning to pool their resources to better match Beijing.”

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New Report Explores The Forces Affecting The Future Of Work — By Adi Gaskell | Forbes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/new-report-explores-the-forces-affecting-the-future-of-work-by-adi-gaskell-forbes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/new-report-explores-the-forces-affecting-the-future-of-work-by-adi-gaskell-forbes#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:46:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=76065

“The last few years have seen a wide range of reports from governments, think tanks, consultancies and academics exploring how the future of work might look.  Many of these have revolved around the impact technology, and especially AI, might have on how (and indeed whether) we work.

The latest effort, from Bain’s Macro Trends Group, takes a slightly broader view and examines not just the technological landscape but also demographic and economic forces.”

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Landmark College students create virtual reality game for statistics — By Jeremy House | Education Dive https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/landmark-college-students-create-virtual-reality-game-for-statistics-by-jeremy-house-education-dive https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/landmark-college-students-create-virtual-reality-game-for-statistics-by-jeremy-house-education-dive#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:43:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=76062

“Five Landmark students, including Hansen, spent a year developing the game-based learning experience that does away with specialized terms, symbols, and formulas of a typical statistics course and replaces it with a Pokemon-like first-person adventure that exercises statistical thinking.”

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China’s great leap forward in science — By Philip Ball | The Guardian https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/chinas-great-leap-forward-in-science-by-philip-ball-the-guardian https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/chinas-great-leap-forward-in-science-by-philip-ball-the-guardian#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:40:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=76059

“These days, Chinese scientists stand at least as good a chance of making a global impact on science from within China itself.”

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US Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/us-army-now-holding-drills-with-ground-robots-that-shoot https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/us-army-now-holding-drills-with-ground-robots-that-shoot#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:02:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/us-army-now-holding-drills-with-ground-robots-that-shoot

Last year saw a historic first: an exercise in which an unmanned vehicle provided live covering fire for American troops.

In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun. It plans to conduct more exercises with more heavily armed ground robots within the next couple of years.

The demonstration was part of the annual Northern Strike exercise, which took place last July and August at Michigan’s Camp Grayling. Primarily geared toward reserve units, this year’s event debuted an unmanned, heavily armed M113 armored personnel carrier. The driver and the weapons operator followed behind in a slightly larger M577 command post vehicle.

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Will 100 be the new 60? Stem cell start-up that raised $250 million could extend lifespan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/will-100-be-the-new-60-stem-cell-start-up-that-raised-250-million-could-extend-lifespan https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/will-100-be-the-new-60-stem-cell-start-up-that-raised-250-million-could-extend-lifespan#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:22:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/will-100-be-the-new-60-stem-cell-start-up-that-raised-250-million-could-extend-lifespan

Longevity become hottest object for investments;

Startup founded 5 moths ago just raised $250 million.


The start-up, which launched in September and is headquartered in Warren, N.J., announced Thursday it has raised $250 million in venture capital from global biopharmaceutical company Celgene, biotechnology company United Therapeutics Corporation, biopharmaceutical company Sorrento Therapeutics, DNA sequencing and machine learning company Human Longevity, Inc.

Its biological “Band-Aids” are used to accelerate the treatment of wounds and burns resulting from injury or any manner of reconstructive surgery, and its injectable stem cell products can accelerate the repair of a tissue or organ. These restorative products cost from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per unit, according to Hariri. Celularity bought its stem cell bandage business earlier in January when it acquired Alliqua BioMedical for $29 million.

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Breakthrough as scientists grow sheep embryos containing human cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthrough-as-scientists-grow-sheep-embryos-containing-human-cells https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthrough-as-scientists-grow-sheep-embryos-containing-human-cells#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:03:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/breakthrough-as-scientists-grow-sheep-embryos-containing-human-cells

Advance brings us closer to growing transplant organs inside animals or being able to genetically tailor compatible organs, say researchers.

in Austin.

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Sudden Earthquake Surge at Yellowstone Super-Volcano https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/sudden-earthquake-surge-at-yellowstone-super-volcano https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/sudden-earthquake-surge-at-yellowstone-super-volcano#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:02:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/sudden-earthquake-surge-at-yellowstone-super-volcano

Hal Turner Radio Show

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Stem Cell Based Stroke Treatment Repairs Brain Tissue https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/stem-cell-based-stroke-treatment-repairs-brain-tissue https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/stem-cell-based-stroke-treatment-repairs-brain-tissue#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:22:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/stem-cell-based-stroke-treatment-repairs-brain-tissue

Summary: A new treatment that uses extracellular vesicles filled with exosomes derived from human stem cells could help repair brain damage following stroke, researchers report.

Source: University of Georgia.

A team of researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and ArunA Biomedical, a UGA startup company, have developed a new treatment for stroke that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain’s natural healing tendencies in animal models. They published their findings in the journal Translational Stroke Research.

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Artificial muscles power up with new gel-based robotics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/artificial-muscles-power-up-with-new-gel-based-robotics https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/artificial-muscles-power-up-with-new-gel-based-robotics#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/artificial-muscles-power-up-with-new-gel-based-robotics

A collaborative research team has designed a wearable robot to support a person’s hip joint while walking. The team, led by Minoru Hashimoto, a professor of textile science and technology at Shinshu University in Japan, published the details of their prototype in Smart Materials and Structures, a journal published by the Institute of Physics.

“With a rapidly aging society, an increasing number of elderly people require care after suffering from stroke, and other-age related disabilities. Various technologies, devices, and robots are emerging to aid caretakers,” wrote Hashimoto, noting that several technologies meant to assist a person with walking are often cumbersome to the user. “[In our] current study, [we] sought to develop a lightweight, soft, wearable assist wear for supporting activities of daily life for older people with weakened muscles and those with mobility issues.”

The wearable system consists of plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gel, mesh electrodes, and applied voltage. The mesh electrodes sandwich the gel, and when voltage is applied, the gel flexes and contracts, like a muscle. It’s a wearable actuator, the mechanism that causes movement.

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3D printing construction https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/3d-printing-construction https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/3d-printing-construction#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:26:01 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/3d-printing-construction

A construction company printed an entire house in 24 hours and it only cost $10,000.

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Physicists create new form of light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/physicists-create-new-form-of-light https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/physicists-create-new-form-of-light#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:25:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/physicists-create-new-form-of-light

MIT and Harvard physicists have created a new form of light that could enable quantum computing with photons.

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Devon has been chosen to experience Europe’s first 360-degree immersive cinema https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/devon-has-been-chosen-to-experience-europes-first-360-degree-immersive-cinema https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/devon-has-been-chosen-to-experience-europes-first-360-degree-immersive-cinema#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:24:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/devon-has-been-chosen-to-experience-europes-first-360-degree-immersive-cinema

It is expected to be open by the end of 2019 as part of the £7m “immersive technology” hub in Plymouth

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Boosting Bone Healing Using a Key Protein https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/boosting-bone-healing-using-a-key-protein https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/boosting-bone-healing-using-a-key-protein#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:24:11 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/boosting-bone-healing-using-a-key-protein

Today, we would like to highlight a recent study in which researchers show a way to selectively accelerate bone regeneration. They have achieved this by delivering Jagged-1 to injuries instead of the bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) that have been traditionally used.

What is jagged-1?

Jagged-1 is an osteoinductive protein that activates the Notch signaling pathway, which regulates bone healing at the site of injury. Osteoinduction is the process by which osteogenesis is induced.

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Physicists develop faster way to make Bose-Einstein condensates https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/physicists-develop-faster-way-to-make-bose-einstein-condensates https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/physicists-develop-faster-way-to-make-bose-einstein-condensates#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:23:56 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/physicists-develop-faster-way-to-make-bose-einstein-condensates

The world of an atom is one of random chaos and heat. At room temperatures, a cloud of atoms is a frenzied mess, with atoms zipping past each other and colliding, constantly changing their direction and speed.

Such random motions can be slowed, and even stopped entirely, by drastically the atoms. At a hair above absolute zero, previously frenetic atoms morph into an almost zombie-like state, moving as one wave-like formation, in a quantum form of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate.

Since the first Bose-Einstein condensates were successfully produced in 1995 by researchers in Colorado and by Wolfgang Ketterle and colleagues at MIT, scientists have been observing their strange quantum properties in order to gain insight into a number of phenomena, including magnetism and superconductivity. But cooling atoms into condensates is slow and inefficient, and more than 99 percent of the atoms in the original cloud are lost in the process.

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This New Graphene Invention Makes Filthy Seawater Drinkable in One Simple Step https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/this-new-graphene-invention-makes-filthy-seawater-drinkable-in-one-simple-step https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/this-new-graphene-invention-makes-filthy-seawater-drinkable-in-one-simple-step#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:23:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/this-new-graphene-invention-makes-filthy-seawater-drinkable-in-one-simple-step

Using a type of graphene called Graphair, scientists from Australia have created a water filter that can make highly polluted seawater drinkable after just one pass.

The technology could be used to cheaply provide safe drinking water to regions of the world without access to it.

“Almost a third of the world’s population, some 2.1 billion people, don’t have clean and safe drinking water,” said lead author Dong Han Seo.

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How China’s Massive AI Plan Actually Works https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/how-chinas-massive-ai-plan-actually-works https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/how-chinas-massive-ai-plan-actually-works#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:23:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/02/how-chinas-massive-ai-plan-actually-works

When the Chinese government released its Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Plan in July 2017, it crisply articulated the country’s ambition: to become the “world’s primary AI innovation center” by 2030. That headline goal turned heads within the global tech elite. Longtime Google CEO Eric Schmidt cited the plan as proof that China threatened to overtake the United States in AI. High-ranking American military leaders and AI entrepreneurs held it up as evidence that the United States was falling behind in the “space race” of this century. In December 2017, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology followed up with a “three-year action plan,” a translation of which was recently released by New America’s DigiChina initiative.

But how do these plans actually work? There’s a tendency to place this AI mobilization within China’s longstanding tradition of centrally planned engineering achievements that have wowed the world. The rapid build-out of the country’s bullet train network stands as a monument to the power of combining central planning and deep pockets: in the span of a decade, the Chinese central government spent around $360 billion building 13,670 miles of high-speed rail (HSR) track, more mileage than the rest of the world combined.

But putting the AI plan in this tradition can be misleading. While it follows this model in form (ambitious goal set by the central government), it differs in function (what will actually drive the transformation). The HSR network was dreamed up and drawn up by central government officials, and largely executed by state-owned enterprises. In AI, the real energy is and will be with private technology companies, and to a lesser extent academia.

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