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Aug 5, 2019

Embracing the Immaterial Universe

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For over four hundred years, Western civilization has chosen science as its source of truths and wisdom about the mysteries of life. Allegorically, we may picture the wisdom of the universe as resembling a large mountain. We scale the mountain as we acquire knowledge. Our drive to reach the top of that mountain is fueled by the notion that with knowledge we may become ‘masters’ of our universe. Conjure the image of the all-knowing guru seated atop the mountain.

Scientists are professional seekers, forging the path up the “mountain of knowledge.” Their search takes them into the uncharted unknowns of the universe. With each scientific discovery, humanity gains a better foothold in scaling the mountain. Ascension is paved one scientific discovery at a time. Along its path, science occasionally encounters a fork in the road. Do they take the left turn or the right? When confronted with this dilemma, the direction chosen by science is determined by the consensus of scientists interpreting the acquired facts, as they are understood at the time.

Alt text hereAlong its path, science occasionally encounters a fork in the road.

Aug 5, 2019

Beijing is prepping for a massacre in Hong Kong: time for the West to put human rights ahead of free trade

Posted by in category: economics

After eight weeks of huge Hong Kong street protests against Beijing’s rule, the People’s Republic is massing police and soldiers just across the border. Message: If the protesters don’t quit, a bloodbath is coming.

Beijing has also started denouncing the protests as the work of American provocateurs. That’s so the regime can paint its Tiananmen Square-style crackdown as a battle against “foreign influence,” not a smashing of Chinese people who decided all on their own that they’d rather be free.

A quarter-century ago, the West wagered that welcoming China into the world economy would seduce the Communist Party into allowing ever-more freedom. That bet’s been lost.

Aug 5, 2019

Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is another, say environmentalists.

Aug 5, 2019

Dr. Wendy Dean, M.D., Senior Vice President of Program Operations, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine — ideaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, biotech/medical, DNA, government, health, life extension, military, neuroscience, nuclear weapons, posthumanism

Aug 5, 2019

Frozen heads and future fortunes: what is the cost of digital information?

Posted by in categories: economics, mobile phones

With a seemingly infinite amount of knowledge available to us at the tap of a smartphone, we all take digital information for granted. But when it can be replicated at zero cost, how do the economic laws of supply and demand work, especially in the context of using digital currency?

Aug 5, 2019

Multi-order diffractive optical elements could lead to extremely light space telescopes

Posted by in category: space

University of Arizona Project Nautilus aims to create a space telescope that can survey transiting exo-earths for biosignatures 1000 light years away.

John Wallace

The proposed Nautilus telescope, with optics consisting of a number of MODE lenses (not depicted in this drawing), has a light-collecting area more than twice that of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Aug 5, 2019

The Current State of Longevity Science

Posted by in categories: life extension, science…colangelo/

Aug 5, 2019

We contain microbes so deeply weird they alter the very tree of life

Posted by in categories: biological, cosmology, health

Newly discovered life forms inside our bodies profoundly affect our health – and provide a glimpse of the vast and mysterious biological “dark matter” within us.

Aug 5, 2019

“Alien” DNA Makes Proteins in Living Cells for The First Time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Expanded genetic alphabet could allow for the production of new protein-based drugs.

Aug 5, 2019

Ancient Spanish DNA taken over

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

A study of 8,000 years of genetics from Spain and Portugal yields a surprisingly complex picture of the inhabitants’ ancestry.