Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Bioquark Inc. — Glowing Skin Podcast — Ira Pastor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/bioquark-inc-glowing-skin-podcast-ira-pastor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/bioquark-inc-glowing-skin-podcast-ira-pastor#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:00:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=77936 https://theglowingskinseries.com/day-15/

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Nick J Fox: The posthuman condition? A materialist odyssey from obesity to sexualities to ecology https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/nick-j-fox-the-posthuman-condition-a-materialist-odyssey-from-obesity-to-sexualities-to-ecology https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/nick-j-fox-the-posthuman-condition-a-materialist-odyssey-from-obesity-to-sexualities-to-ecology#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:02:53 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/nick-j-fox-the-posthuman-condition-a-materialist-odyssey-from-obesity-to-sexualities-to-ecology

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IASH and the School of Social and Political Science are pleased to invite to a guest lecture by Prof. N.J. Fox (Sheffield) on 16th May 2018 in the IASH Coffee room. Coffee available from 3pm for 3.30pm start.

The posthuman condition? A materialist odyssey from obesity to sexualities to ecology.

Nick J Fox

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A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-i-researchers-are-making-more-than-1-million-even-at-a-nonprofit https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-i-researchers-are-making-more-than-1-million-even-at-a-nonprofit#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:02:12 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-i-researchers-are-making-more-than-1-million-even-at-a-nonprofit

That raises significant issues for universities and governments. They also need A.I. expertise, both to teach the next generation of researchers and to put these technologies into practice in everything from the military to drug discovery. But they could never match the salaries being paid in the private sector.


Tax forms filed by OpenAI provide insight into the enormous salaries and bonuses paid to artificial intelligence specialists across the world.

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Weekend Asteroid Flyby Confirms We’re Worrying About the Wrong Space Rocks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/weekend-asteroid-flyby-confirms-were-worrying-about-the-wrong-space-rocks https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/weekend-asteroid-flyby-confirms-were-worrying-about-the-wrong-space-rocks#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/weekend-asteroid-flyby-confirms-were-worrying-about-the-wrong-space-rocks

This asteroid flyby was so close it was about halfway between the Earth and Moon. How’d we miss THAT? #SCINow


An asteroid approximately the size of a football field flew close by Earth only a day after it was first spotted this weekend. This near miss is a perfect example of an argument I’ve been making for some time: These are the asteroids we should worry about, not the so-called potentially hazardous rocks being tracked by NASA and periodically hyped by panicked headlines.

NASA scientists first observed the asteroid, now called 2018 GE3, on April 14, according to a database. It ventured as close as halfway the distance between Earth and the Moon, and was estimated to be between 47 meter and 100 meters in diameter (~150 and 330 feet). This is smaller than the asteroids governed by the NASA goal, which is to track 90 percent of near-Earth objects larger than 150 meters (~460 feet) in diameter. Nevertheless, it still could have caused a lot of damage if it had hit Earth.

If you read tabloids or Google news headlines, you probably hear about “potentially hazardous asteroids” all the time. But, like we’ve said before, those are not the asteroids you need to worry about. Potentially hazardous asteroids are those that NASA has determined could possibly hit the planet in the distant future, generally those within 20 lunar distances of Earth and 140 meters in diameter or larger.

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PERFECT Official Trailer (2018) Abbie Cornish Sci-Fi Movie HD https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/perfect-official-trailer-2018-abbie-cornish-sci-fi-movie-hd https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/perfect-official-trailer-2018-abbie-cornish-sci-fi-movie-hd#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:02:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/perfect-official-trailer-2018-abbie-cornish-sci-fi-movie-hd

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A young man with a violent past enters a mysterious clinic where the patients wildly transform their bodies and minds using genetic engineering.

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The US Military Will Award $10 million to the Company That Can Launch Satellites on Short Notice https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-us-military-will-award-10-million-to-the-company-that-can-launch-satellites-on-short-notice https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-us-military-will-award-10-million-to-the-company-that-can-launch-satellites-on-short-notice#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:22:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-us-military-will-award-10-million-to-the-company-that-can-launch-satellites-on-short-notice

I guess the anti satellite missiles and lasers are a real threat now.


The Air Force is desperate to replace larger satellites that are vulnerable to attack, and fast.

US military leaders are bullish about small satellites as tools to spy on adversaries and provide secure communications, but there’s just one problem: There isn’t a good way to get them into space, on demand.

Inspired by NASAs partnerships with rocket makers like SpaceX, the Pentagon is turning to private industry, as half a dozen companies, most backed by venture capitalists, are working to launch small satellites more cheaply than ever to meet the demands of a growing number of small-satellite startups.

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Flexible Ultrasound Patch Could Make it Easier to Inspect Damage in Odd-Shaped Structures https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/flexible-ultrasound-patch-could-make-it-easier-to-inspect-damage-in-odd-shaped-structures https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/flexible-ultrasound-patch-could-make-it-easier-to-inspect-damage-in-odd-shaped-structures#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:42:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/flexible-ultrasound-patch-could-make-it-easier-to-inspect-damage-in-odd-shaped-structures

Flexible devices are definitely coming of age.


Flexible devices are coming of age and this flexible ultrasound patch could just prove to be extremely useful for damage inspection at odd places.

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The First Black Hole Close-Up https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-first-black-hole-close-up https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-first-black-hole-close-up#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-first-black-hole-close-up

An Earth-sized telescope will capture the unseeable.

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This amateur mathematician just made an enormous “lucky” breakthrough in solving the 60-year-old Hadwiger-Nelson problem https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/this-amateur-mathematician-just-made-an-enormous-lucky-breakthrough-in-solving-the-60-year-old-hadwiger-nelson-problem https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/this-amateur-mathematician-just-made-an-enormous-lucky-breakthrough-in-solving-the-60-year-old-hadwiger-nelson-problem#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/this-amateur-mathematician-just-made-an-enormous-lucky-breakthrough-in-solving-the-60-year-old-hadwiger-nelson-problem

The breakthrough is the first time the problem’s answer has been narrowed down since last century.

Science.

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Health Pod Gives You a Check Up Without a Doctor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/health-pod-gives-you-a-check-up-without-a-doctor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/health-pod-gives-you-a-check-up-without-a-doctor#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:42:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/health-pod-gives-you-a-check-up-without-a-doctor

This health pod could replace your yearly check up.

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UK satellite makes HD movies of Earth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/uk-satellite-makes-hd-movies-of-earth https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/uk-satellite-makes-hd-movies-of-earth#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:23:44 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/uk-satellite-makes-hd-movies-of-earth

The Carbonite-2 spacecraft can resolve moving cars, lorries, boats and planes from a height of 505km.

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Bolt Threads Debuts New ‘Leather’ Made From Mushroom Roots https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/bolt-threads-debuts-new-leather-made-from-mushroom-roots https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/bolt-threads-debuts-new-leather-made-from-mushroom-roots#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:23:27 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/bolt-threads-debuts-new-leather-made-from-mushroom-roots

The materials innovation startup known for its synthetic spider sillk is rolling out a second bio-material, a leather made from mycelium that can be grown in a small space with a much lower environmental impact than raising cattle.

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Robotic Treatment For Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/robotic-treatment-for-patients-with-spinal-cord-injuries https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/robotic-treatment-for-patients-with-spinal-cord-injuries#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:23:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/robotic-treatment-for-patients-with-spinal-cord-injuries

Robots are going to make life a lot easier for amputees and people with spinal cord injuries. Take HAL from CYBERDYNE for instance: it is robotic assistive limb that improves patients’ ability to walk. HAL uses sensors to detect signals from the patient’s body to assist with desired movement.

🛩 Latest App Smart Drones & Multirotors

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Google AI can pick out voices in a crowd https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/google-ai-can-pick-out-voices-in-a-crowd https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/google-ai-can-pick-out-voices-in-a-crowd#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:23:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/google-ai-can-pick-out-voices-in-a-crowd

Humans are usually good at isolating a single voice in a crowd, but computers? Not so much — just ask anyone trying to talk to a smart speaker at a house party. Google may have a surprisingly straightforward solution, however. Its researchers have developed a deep learning system that can pick out specific voices by looking at people’s faces when they’re speaking. The team trained its neural network model to recognize individual people speaking by themselves, and then created virtual “parties” (complete with background noise) to teach the AI how to isolate multiple voices into distinct audio tracks.

The results, as you can see below, are uncanny. Even when people are clearly trying to compete with each other (such as comedians Jon Dore and Rory Scovel in the Team Coco clip above), the AI can generate a clean audio track for one person just by focusing on their face. That’s true even if the person partially obscures their face with hand gestures or a microphone.

Google is currently “exploring opportunities” to use this feature in its products, but there are more than a few prime candidates. It’s potentially ideal for video chat services like Hangouts or Duo, where it could help you understand someone talking in a crowded room. It could also be helpful for speech enhancement in video recording. And there are big implications for accessibility: it could lead to camera-linked hearing aids that boost the sound of whoever’s in front of you, and more effective closed captioning. There are potential privacy issues (this could be used for public eavesdropping), but it wouldn’t be too difficult to limit the voice separation to people who’ve clearly given their consent.

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Low-latency JPEG XS format is optimized for live streaming and VR https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/low-latency-jpeg-xs-format-is-optimized-for-live-streaming-and-vr https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/low-latency-jpeg-xs-format-is-optimized-for-live-streaming-and-vr#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:22:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/low-latency-jpeg-xs-format-is-optimized-for-live-streaming-and-vr

You might only know JPEG as the default image compression standard, but the group behind it has now branched out into something new: JPEG XS. JPEG XS is described as a new low-energy format designed to stream live video and VR, even over WiFi and 5G networks. It’s not a replacement for JPEG and the file sizes themselves won’t be smaller; it’s just that this new format is optimized specifically for lower latency and energy efficiency. In other words, JPEG is for downloading, but JPEG XS is more for streaming.

The new standard was introduced this week by the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which says that the aim of JPEG XS is to “stream the files instead of storing them in smartphones or other devices with limited memory.” So in addition to getting faster HD content on your large displays, the group also sees JPEG XS as a valuable format for faster stereoscopic VR streaming plus videos streamed by drones and self-driving cars.

“We are compressing less in order to better preserve quality, and we are making the process faster while using less energy,” says JPEG leader Touradj Ebrahimi in a statement. According to Ebrahimi, the JPEG XS video compression will be less severe than with JPEG photos — while JPEG photos are compressed by a factor of 10, JPEG XS is compressed by a factor of 6. The group promises a “visual lossless” quality to the images of JPEG XS.

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MIT Unleashes a Hypnotic Robot Fish to Help Save the Oceans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/mit-unleashes-a-hypnotic-robot-fish-to-help-save-the-oceans https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/mit-unleashes-a-hypnotic-robot-fish-to-help-save-the-oceans#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:22:33 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/mit-unleashes-a-hypnotic-robot-fish-to-help-save-the-oceans

Like a miniaturized Moby Dick, the pure-white fish wiggles slowly over the reef, ducking under corals and ascending, then descending again, up and down and all around. Its insides, though, are not flesh, but electronics. And its flexible tail flicking back and forth is not made of muscle and scales, but elastomer.

The Soft Robotic Fish, aka SoFi, is a hypnotic machine, the likes of which the sea has never seen before. In a paper published today in Science Robotics, MIT researchers detail the evolution of the world’s strangest fish, and describe how it could be a potentially powerful tool for scientists to study ocean life.

Scientists designed SoFi to solve several problems that bedevil oceanic robotics. Problem one: communication. Underwater vehicles are typically tethered to a boat because radio waves don’t do well in water. What SoFi’s inventors have opted for instead is sound.

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Hurricane Harvey: Research shows most fatalities occurred outside flood zones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/hurricane-harvey-research-shows-most-fatalities-occurred-outside-flood-zones https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/hurricane-harvey-research-shows-most-fatalities-occurred-outside-flood-zones#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:02:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/hurricane-harvey-research-shows-most-fatalities-occurred-outside-flood-zones

A Dutch-Texan team found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, hit southeast Texas on 25 August 2017 causing unprecedented flooding and killing dozens. Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Rice University in Texas published their results today in the European Geosciences Union journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.

“It was surprising to me that so many fatalities occurred outside the flood zones,” says Sebastiaan Jonkman, a professor at Delft’s Hydraulic Engineering Department who led the new study.

Drowning caused 80% of Harvey deaths, and the research showed that only 22% of fatalities in Houston’s 4,600-square-kilometre district, Harris County, occurred within the 100-year floodplain, a mapped area that is used as the main indicator of flood risk in the US.

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15 Albert Einstein quotes that reveal the mind of a true genius https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/15-albert-einstein-quotes-that-reveal-the-mind-of-a-true-genius https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/15-albert-einstein-quotes-that-reveal-the-mind-of-a-true-genius#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:22:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/15-albert-einstein-quotes-that-reveal-the-mind-of-a-true-genius

Albert Einstein died exactly 63 years ago today.


Albert Einstein wasn’t just a brilliant physicist — he was also a master at explaining the human condition.

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DNA methylation-based biomarkers and the epigenetic clock theory of ageing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/dna-methylation-based-biomarkers-and-the-epigenetic-clock-theory-of-ageing https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/dna-methylation-based-biomarkers-and-the-epigenetic-clock-theory-of-ageing#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:02:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/dna-methylation-based-biomarkers-and-the-epigenetic-clock-theory-of-ageing

Biomarkers of ageing based on DNA methylation data enable accurate age estimates for any tissue across the entire life course. Horvath and Raj review the development of these ‘epigenetic clocks’ and how they link to biological ageing.

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Finding lost siblings of the Sun https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/finding-lost-siblings-of-the-sun https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/finding-lost-siblings-of-the-sun#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:14:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/finding-lost-siblings-of-the-sun

UNSW scientists in collaboration with European scientists demonstrated that the “DNA”, or spectra, of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way could aid them to search the siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the sky.

Scientists actually are working on project GALAH, the survey observations for the ambitious galactic archaeology project- which launched in late 2013 as part of a quest to uncover the formulation and evolution of galaxies. Scientists gathered the data from HERMES spectrograph at the Australian Astronomical Observatory’s (AAO) 3.9-metre Anglo-Australian Telescope near Coonabarabran in NSW to collect spectra for the 340,000 stars.

The data shows that how the Universe went from having just hydrogen and helium soon after the Big Bang to being loaded with every one of the components show now on Earth that is fundamental forever.

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YC Bio Providing Lab Space for Biotech Startups Working on Aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/yc-bio-providing-lab-space-for-biotech-startups-working-on-aging https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/yc-bio-providing-lab-space-for-biotech-startups-working-on-aging#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:13:59 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/yc-bio-providing-lab-space-for-biotech-startups-working-on-aging

Y Combinator announces the first wave of support for biotech startups working on aging.


Earlier this year, the Y Combinator (YC) community showed interest in supporting biotechnology focused on healthspan and age-related disease. The YC community is an influential part of the Bay Area technology-focused industry in California. It was great to hear that it was planning to support biotech startups working on aging through its YC Bio program.

The first area we’re going to focus on is healthspan and age-related disease—we think there’s an enormous opportunity to help people live healthier for longer, and that it could be one of the best ways to address our healthcare crisis.

YC Bio launches in June with lab space for biotech startups

The YC Bio program has started to move forward with an announcement that from June, the bio companies will all have access space at Bonneville Labs.

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A Stunning Gene-Therapy Breakthrough in the Fight Against Beta Thalassemia, a Devastating Blood Disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-stunning-gene-therapy-breakthrough-in-the-fight-against-beta-thalassemia-a-devastating-blood-disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-stunning-gene-therapy-breakthrough-in-the-fight-against-beta-thalassemia-a-devastating-blood-disease#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:02:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-stunning-gene-therapy-breakthrough-in-the-fight-against-beta-thalassemia-a-devastating-blood-disease

Jerome Groopman discusses the results of a trial described in the New England Journal of Medicine, in which twenty-two patients with beta thalassemia, a common and devastating blood disorder, were treated with gene therapy.

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Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/warming-not-cooling-donated-livers-may-improve-transplants https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/warming-not-cooling-donated-livers-may-improve-transplants#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/warming-not-cooling-donated-livers-may-improve-transplants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better.

The livers keep functioning until they’re transplanted thanks to a machine that pumps them full of blood and nutrients. It’s a life-support system for the organs, and similar machines are being explored for lung and heart transplants, too.

The transplant community isn’t ditching affordable ice chests for the far pricier approach just yet. But proponents hope that storing organs in a way that mimics the body might eventually increase the number of transplants — by keeping precious donations usable for longer periods, and allowing use of some that today get thrown away.

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Jordan Peele, BuzzFeed Create Fake News Video To Warn Of ‘Dangerous Time’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/jordan-peele-buzzfeed-create-fake-news-video-to-warn-of-dangerous-time https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/jordan-peele-buzzfeed-create-fake-news-video-to-warn-of-dangerous-time#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/jordan-peele-buzzfeed-create-fake-news-video-to-warn-of-dangerous-time

We all knew this was going to happen eventually. But this is a seriously dangerous time for this kind of technology to come out, given the state of the country’…s complete lack of ability to apparently discern truth from blatant self-serving lies. I wonder how many of these it would take to start a war, how many of these it would take to start a revolution.


Barack Obama appears to say, “Stay woke, bitches.”

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In Florida, all systems go for SpaceX’s launch of space telescope https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/in-florida-all-systems-go-for-spacexs-launch-of-space-telescope https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/in-florida-all-systems-go-for-spacexs-launch-of-space-telescope#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/in-florida-all-systems-go-for-spacexs-launch-of-space-telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) — SpaceX said all systems and weather were “go” for blast-off on Wednesday of its first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch.

FILE PHOTO: NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S., is shown in this artist’s rendering image obtained on April 9, 2018. Courtesy Chris Meaney/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA/Handout via REUTERS.

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‘Lost in Space’ Writer Reveals Robinsons’ Location: a ‘Goldilocks Planet’ https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/lost-in-space-writer-reveals-robinsons-location-a-goldilocks-planet https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/lost-in-space-writer-reveals-robinsons-location-a-goldilocks-planet#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:22:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/lost-in-space-writer-reveals-robinsons-location-a-goldilocks-planet

In the new Netflix series ‘Lost in Space’, the Robinson family land on an unknown planet described as a ‘Goldilocks planet’ by both Maureen Robinson and one of the show’s writers, Burk Sharpless. The term ‘Goldilocks planet’ refers to planets in the ‘habitable zone’ of their solar system.

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A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-robot-does-the-impossible-assembling-an-ikea-chair-without-having-a-meltdown https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-robot-does-the-impossible-assembling-an-ikea-chair-without-having-a-meltdown#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-robot-does-the-impossible-assembling-an-ikea-chair-without-having-a-meltdown

And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A robot has learned to autonomously assemble an Ikea chair without throwing anything or cursing the family dog.

Researchers report today in Science Robotics that they’ve used entirely off-the-shelf parts—two industrial robot arms with force sensors and a 3D camera—to piece together one of those Stefan Ikea chairs we all had in college before it collapsed after two months of use. From planning to execution, it only took 20 minutes, compared to the human average of a lifetime of misery. It may all seem trivial, but this is in fact a big deal for robots, which struggle mightily to manipulate objects in a world built for human hands.

To start, the researchers give the pair of robot arms some basic instructions—like those cartoony illustrations, but in code. This piece goes first into this other piece, then this other, etc. Then they place the pieces in a random pattern front of the robots, which eyeball the wood with the 3D camera. So the researchers give the robots a list of tasks, then the robots take it from there.

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The Quantum Race the United States Can’t Afford To Lose https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-quantum-race-the-united-states-cant-afford-to-lose https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-quantum-race-the-united-states-cant-afford-to-lose#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:04:30 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/the-quantum-race-the-united-states-cant-afford-to-lose

The quantum race is on, and the stakes are high. The winner will gain a military and intelligence edge, as well as a first mover advantage in what is guaranteed to be a massive industry for decades to come. How will the United States fare?

Blog Post by Guest Blogger for Adam Segal.

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Artificial intelligence can scour code to find accidentally public passwords https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/artificial-intelligence-can-scour-code-to-find-accidentally-public-passwords https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/artificial-intelligence-can-scour-code-to-find-accidentally-public-passwords#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:04:15 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/artificial-intelligence-can-scour-code-to-find-accidentally-public-passwords

Sometimes sensitive data, like passwords or keys that unlock encrypted communications, are accidentally left open for anybody to see. It’s happened everywhere from the Republican National Committee to Verizon, and as long as information can be public on the internet the trend isn’t going to stop.

But researchers at software infrastructure firm Pivotal have taught AI to locate this accidentally public sensitive information in a surprising way: By looking at the code as if it were a picture. Since modern artificial intelligence is arguably better than humans at identifying minute differences in images, telling the difference between a password and normal code for a computer is just like recognizing a dog from a cat.

The best way to check whether private passwords or sensitive information has been left public today is to use hand-coded rules called “regular expressions.” These rules tell a computer to find any string of characters that meets specific criteria, like length and included characters. But passwords are all different, and this method means that the security engineer has to anticipate every kind of private data they want to guard against.

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Shared Autonomy via Deep Reinforcement Learning https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/shared-autonomy-via-deep-reinforcement-learning https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/shared-autonomy-via-deep-reinforcement-learning#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:04:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/shared-autonomy-via-deep-reinforcement-learning

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How to blow up a star https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/how-to-blow-up-a-star https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/how-to-blow-up-a-star#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:02:48 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/how-to-blow-up-a-star

Supernova simulations are resolving a 50-year-old mystery about stellar death throes.

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Bioquark Inc. — Cracking the Entrepreneur Code Podcast — Ira Pastor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/bioquark-inc-cracking-the-entrepreneur-code-podcast-ira-pastor https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/bioquark-inc-cracking-the-entrepreneur-code-podcast-ira-pastor#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:51:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/?p=77903
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A Review of Stem Cell Therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-review-of-stem-cell-therapies-for-alzheimers-disease https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-review-of-stem-cell-therapies-for-alzheimers-disease#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/a-review-of-stem-cell-therapies-for-alzheimers-disease

A new open access paper takes a look at the potential of regenerative medicine for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease [1]. The review covers approaches such as spurring the production of new neurons and transplanting new neurons while taking a look at the disease-modeling approaches and techniques that science is now using to refine approaches to treating Alzheimer’s.

The authors here investigate how induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are contributing to the growing knowledge in the field by allowing researchers to create increasingly refined models of Alzheimer’s disease. A current problem we have is that animal models do not emulate the disease closely enough to lead to translational therapies that work in humans; this is why so many new medicines that work in mice fail in clinical trials. The review takes a look at the challenges and how science is working to develop better models.

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Full of hot air and proud of it https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/full-of-hot-air-and-proud-of-it https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/full-of-hot-air-and-proud-of-it#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:42:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/full-of-hot-air-and-proud-of-it

This could be used for hydrogen storage.


Of the four states of matter, gases are the hardest to pin down. Gas molecules move quickly and wildly and don’t like to be confined. When confined, heat and pressure build in the container, and it doesn’t take long before the gas blows the lid off the place, literally. Luckily, gases are superficial. Provide them with an attractive internal surface area, and they’ll pin themselves down in no time. No, it’s not love at first sight, it’s adsorption.

“Adsorption is the processes of gas pinning to the surface of another material—the inside walls of a container, for example,” says Chris Wilmer, assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. “When adsorption occurs, the stop bumping into each other, reducing pressure. So, by increasing a container’s internal surface area, we can store more gas in less space.”

Dr. Wilmer directs the Hypothetical Materials Lab, where he and his research group develop new ways to store, separate, and transport gases. They recently published their study “Thermal Transport in Interpenetrated Metal-Organic Frameworks” in the American Chemistry Society Journal Chemistry of Materials. The issue’s cover also featured an image designed by Kutay Sezginel, a chemical engineering graduate student in Dr. Wilmer’s Lab. It depicted interpenetrated or MOFs.

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Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene for use in ultrathin membranes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/scalable-manufacturing-process-spools-out-strips-of-graphene-for-use-in-ultrathin-membranes https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/scalable-manufacturing-process-spools-out-strips-of-graphene-for-use-in-ultrathin-membranes#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:22:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/scalable-manufacturing-process-spools-out-strips-of-graphene-for-use-in-ultrathin-membranes

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene.

The team’s results are the first demonstration of an industrial, scalable method for manufacturing high-quality that is tailored for use in membranes that filter a variety of molecules, including salts, larger ions, proteins, or nanoparticles. Such membranes should be useful for desalination, biological separation, and other applications.

“For several years, researchers have thought of graphene as a potential route to ultrathin membranes,” says John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT. “We believe this is the first study that has tailored the manufacturing of graphene toward membrane applications, which require the graphene to be seamless, cover the substrate fully, and be of high quality.”

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China fights big smog with big air purifier https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/china-fights-big-smog-with-big-air-purifier https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/china-fights-big-smog-with-big-air-purifier#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:22:36 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/china-fights-big-smog-with-big-air-purifier

China has a found a novel way to tackle its massive air pollution problem: Putting up a giant air purifier the size of an industrial smokestack in the middle of a smog-plagued city.

Instead of pumping out billows of black smoke like the chimneys rising from factories in the northern province of Shaanxi, the 60-meter (197-foot) tall structure on the outskirts of the regional capital Xian blasts .

Standing between high-rises, the device is capable of cleaning between five million and 18 million cubic meters of air each day, depending on the weather, season, and level of pollution, according to a report by the Chinese website Thecover.cn.

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Team develops sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/team-develops-sodium-ion-batteries-using-copper-sulfide https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/team-develops-sodium-ion-batteries-using-copper-sulfide#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:22:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/team-develops-sodium-ion-batteries-using-copper-sulfide

A KAIST research team recently developed sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide anode. This finding will contribute to advancing the commercialization of sodium ion batteries (SIBs) and reducing the production cost of any electronic products with batteries.

Professor Jong Min Yuk and Emeritus Professor Jeong Yong Lee from Department of Materials Science and Engineering developed a new material suitable for use in an SIB. Compared to the existing anode materials, the copper sulfide anode was measured to exhibit 1.5 times better cyclability with projected 40 percent reduction in cost.

Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion batteries or LIBs) are widely used in mobile phones and other personal electronics. However, large-scale require less expensive, more abundant materials. Hence, a SIBs have attracted enormous attention for their advantage over lithium-based batteries.

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Scientists make counterintuitive observations in hybrid quantum systems https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/scientists-make-counterintuitive-observations-in-hybrid-quantum-systems https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/scientists-make-counterintuitive-observations-in-hybrid-quantum-systems#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:42:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/scientists-make-counterintuitive-observations-in-hybrid-quantum-systems

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo and NTT Basic Research Laboratories (BRL, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation) in Japan have published an explanation of how quantum systems may be able to heat up by cooling down. Their paper appeared recently in Physical Review Letters.

“Heating by cooling sounds rather counterintuitive, but if the system has symmetries, decay could mean many things,” says Kae Nemoto, a professor in the Principles of Informatics Research Division at NII which is part of the Inter-University Research Institute Corporation Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS).

Nemoto and her team examined a double sub– system coupled to a single constant temperature reservoir. Each sub-domain contained multiple spins—a form of angular momentum carried by elementary particles such as electrons and nuclei. The researchers considered the situation in which the spins within each sub-domain are aligned with respect to each other, but the sub-domains themselves are oppositely aligned (for instance all up in one and all down in the second). This creates a certain symmetry in the system.

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Is Holochain Better than Blockchain? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/is-holochain-better-than-blockchain https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/is-holochain-better-than-blockchain#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/is-holochain-better-than-blockchain

What is Holochain? #notblockchain


Holochain has been in the works since before the Bitcoin whitepaper and now it is being released on the world. There is no mining, no cryptocurrency and it claims to be more efficient than Blockchain. Could Holochain be the future or decentralization?

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How to Build a Mini Supercomputer for Under $100 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/how-to-build-a-mini-supercomputer-for-under-100 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/how-to-build-a-mini-supercomputer-for-under-100#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:22:18 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/how-to-build-a-mini-supercomputer-for-under-100

Wei Lin built a scalable computing cluster comprised of $7 chips.

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: New Kilauea lava vent could form ‘at any time,’ scientists say https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/new-kilauea-lava-vent-could-form-at-any-time-scientists-say https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/new-kilauea-lava-vent-could-form-at-any-time-scientists-say#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:42:46 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/new-kilauea-lava-vent-could-form-at-any-time-scientists-say

KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) — Scientists with the U.S.G.S. issued a Volcano Activity Notice on Tuesday, warning that the magma system beneath Kilauea’s East Rift Zone had become increasingly pressurized and that a new vent could form ‘at any time’ if conditions persist.

Based on data observed over the past month, the new vent could form on either the existing Pu’u O’o cone or on an adjacent area along the East Rift Zone, scientists say.

Magma is currently accumulating ‘at shallow depths’ beneath the existing Pu’u O’o eruption. The last time a major vent opened in the area was June 27, 2014 – the appropriately-named June 27th Flow sent lava flowing more than 12 miles into the town of Pahoa, causing minor damage to roads and structures.

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Man’s second face transplant is a world first https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/mans-second-face-transplant-is-a-world-first https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/mans-second-face-transplant-is-a-world-first#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:02:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/mans-second-face-transplant-is-a-world-first

A man in Paris has become the world’s first to successfully receive two facial transplants.

Jérôme Hamon, 43, underwent his first face transplantation procedure in 2010 to treat neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of tumors along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body. Yet Hamon’s body rejected the original transplant.

In January, a team of surgeons and paramedics at Georges Pompidou European Hospital AP-HP, led by surgeon Dr. Laurent Lantieri, performed Hamon’s second transplant.

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Artificial intelligence is writing fairy tales now, and humanity is doomed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/artificial-intelligence-is-writing-fairy-tales-now-and-humanity-is-doomed https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/artificial-intelligence-is-writing-fairy-tales-now-and-humanity-is-doomed#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:02:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/artificial-intelligence-is-writing-fairy-tales-now-and-humanity-is-doomed

If it’s started to feel like all summer blockbuster movies are being written by robots [INSERT FORMER PRO WRESTLER, INSERT GIANT CGI ANIMAL], you’ll be disquieted to learn that that future may not be too far off.

The meditation app Calm teamed up with the tech team at Botnik to write a new Brothers Grimm-style fairy tale entirely through artificial intelligence. By inputting the data from existing Brothers Grimm stories and using predictive text technology (and with a few human writers stitching things together), the group at Botnik crafted “The Princess and the Fox,” a story about “a talking fox [who] helps the lowly miller’s son to rescue the beautiful princess from the fate of having to marry a dreadful prince who she does not love.”

“We’re doing for the Brothers Grimm what Jurassic Park did for dinosaurs,” says Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm, in a press press release. “We’re bringing them back from the dead, with modern science.” (It perhaps bears remembering here that Jurassic Park famously did not end well.)

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Human Mini-Brains Implanted Into Mice Didn’t Just Survive, They Integrated https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/human-mini-brains-implanted-into-mice-didnt-just-survive-they-integrated https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/human-mini-brains-implanted-into-mice-didnt-just-survive-they-integrated#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:02:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/human-mini-brains-implanted-into-mice-didnt-just-survive-they-integrated

But the mice didn’t seem any smarter than usual.

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One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/one-machine-to-rule-them-all-a-master-algorithm-may-emerge-sooner-than-you-think https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/one-machine-to-rule-them-all-a-master-algorithm-may-emerge-sooner-than-you-think#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/one-machine-to-rule-them-all-a-master-algorithm-may-emerge-sooner-than-you-think

Will robots dream in ones and zeros? Can they appreciate a rose by any other name? Perhaps a new class calculus will provide us with those answers, and machines with consciousness.

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Nanoparticles Grow Bone, Cartilage Tissue Without Harmful Side Effects https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/nanoparticles-grow-bone-cartilage-tissue-without-harmful-side-effects https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/nanoparticles-grow-bone-cartilage-tissue-without-harmful-side-effects#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:22:54 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/nanoparticles-grow-bone-cartilage-tissue-without-harmful-side-effects

Human stem cells—the biological jack of all trades—have revolutionized modern medicine, with their ability to transform into specialized cell types.

But the current approach, which requires specialized instructive protein molecules known as growth factors, comes with risks, including the potential development of unwanted tissue, i.e., a tumor.

Researchers at Texas A&M University, however, have discovered a gentler approach.

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Discovery VR, Oculus Veterans Launch New AR/VR Studio Tomorrow Never Knows (EXCLUSIVE) https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/discovery-vr-oculus-veterans-launch-new-ar-vr-studio-tomorrow-never-knows-exclusive https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/discovery-vr-oculus-veterans-launch-new-ar-vr-studio-tomorrow-never-knows-exclusive#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:22:39 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/discovery-vr-oculus-veterans-launch-new-ar-vr-studio-tomorrow-never-knows-exclusive

Four virtual reality (VR) veterans from Discovery Digital, Oculus Story Studio and Lightshed officially launched their new company out of stealth mode in San Francisco this week. Dubbed Tomorrow Never Knows, the new studio aims to use virtual and augmented reality as well as other emerging technologies including artificial intelligence for groundbreaking storytelling projects, said co-founder and CEO Nathan Brown in an interview with Variety this week.

“The thesis behind the company is to consistently violate the limits of storytelling, forcing the creation of new tools, methodologies and workflow and to do this intentionally so we create original creative and technology IP,” he said.

Before founding Tomorrow Never Knows, Brown co-founded Discovery VR, which has become one of the most ambitious network-backed VR outlets. Also hailing from Discovery VR is Tomorrow Never Knows co-founder Tom Lofthouse. They are joined by Gabo Arora, whose previous work as the founder of Lightshed included VR documentaries like “Clouds Over Sidra” and “Waves of Grace,” as well as Oculus Story Studio co-founder Sachka Unseld, the director of the Emmy Award-winning VR animation short “Henry” and the Emmy-nominated VR film “Dear Angelica.”

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Here Are the Necessary Ingredients for a Life-Supporting Exoplanet https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/here-are-the-necessary-ingredients-for-a-life-supporting-exoplanet https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/here-are-the-necessary-ingredients-for-a-life-supporting-exoplanet#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:22:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/here-are-the-necessary-ingredients-for-a-life-supporting-exoplanet

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS for short, will add a powerful new tool to the hunt for Earth-like planets. Here’s how scientists are going about identifying habitable exoplanets.

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Dr. Josh Mitteldorf – Are we on the verge of major breakthroughs in anti-aging science? https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/dr-josh-mitteldorf-are-we-on-the-verge-of-major-breakthroughs-in-anti-aging-science https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/dr-josh-mitteldorf-are-we-on-the-verge-of-major-breakthroughs-in-anti-aging-science#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/dr-josh-mitteldorf-are-we-on-the-verge-of-major-breakthroughs-in-anti-aging-science

Today we bring you an interview with author and researcher Dr. Josh Mitteldorf who runs the aging research blog Aging Matters.

Dr. Josh Mitteldorf is an evolutionary biologist and a long-time contributor to the growing field of aging science. His work in this field has focused on theories of aging. He asks the basic question: why do we age and die? This can seem like a silly question to people encountering it for the first time because most of us would quickly respond, “Because that’s just how it is; all creatures age and die eventually as their bodies wear out.”

Essentially, Josh is saying, “Not so fast. In fact, a lot of creatures don’t age and die. Humans, as well as most other animals that do age and die, are programmed to do so. So, humans are programmed to die in much the same way that salmon are programmed to die after spawning.”

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This remarkable spinal implant was created by an algorithm https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/this-remarkable-spinal-implant-was-created-by-an-algorithm https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/this-remarkable-spinal-implant-was-created-by-an-algorithm#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:23:28 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/04/this-remarkable-spinal-implant-was-created-by-an-algorithm

With the right design, titanium implants can be moulded closer to the form and stiffness of human bone. To perfect the design all you need is an algorithm and a 3D printer.

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