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Feb 22, 2019

We need better laws to protect the rights of future frozen cryonicists

Posted by in categories: cryonics, law, life extension

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

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

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Feb 22, 2019

Video: Glitter-sized ‘metalenses’ may soon power your smartphone camera

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

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

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Feb 22, 2019

MIT says proton’s core generates pressure higher than inside a neutron star

Posted by in category: physics

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

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Feb 22, 2019

Hachimoji DNA doubles the genetic code

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, evolution, genetics

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

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

Four more building blocks .

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Feb 22, 2019

AI researchers debate the ethics of sharing potentially harmful programs

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI

How do you balance openness and responsibility?

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Feb 22, 2019

Hawaii’s False Missile Alert Shows Americans Have No Idea What to Do in Nuclear Attack

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military

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

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

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

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Feb 22, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu

Posted by in category: space

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


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Feb 22, 2019

The Rise Of The Silicon Brain

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI, space


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

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Feb 22, 2019

Synthetic DNA demonstrates just how weird aliens might be

Posted by in categories: alien life, genetics

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

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Feb 22, 2019

Suzanne Somers on BHRT

Posted by in categories: government, life extension

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

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