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Dec 30, 2015

Powerful Solar Storm to Hit Earth Before New Year’s Eve

Posted by in category: space

Here’s one way to end the year on a bright note.

A powerful solar storm set to slam Earth today will make for stunning views of the Northern Lights just before New Year’s Eve. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center said the “strong” storm could allow the Northern Lights to dip as far south as Oregon and Illinois.

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Dec 30, 2015

The prose at the end of the universe — By Aaron Souppouris | Engadget

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, genetics, human trajectories, media & arts, space travel

“Programming ‘indestructible’ bacteria to write poetry.”

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Dec 30, 2015

Robot Car GIF — Find & Share on GIPHY

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

This is Disney’s wall-riding robot.


Discover & Share this Robot Car GIF with everyone you know. GIPHY is how you search, share, discover, and create GIFs.

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Dec 30, 2015

We Must Cut the Military and Transition to a Science-Industrial Complex

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, economics, life extension, military, transhumanism

My new article for Vice Motherboard. It’s about one of the biggest ideas I believe in–the necessity to spend more money directly on science goals instead of bomb making and defense:


It just so happens that there is another way—a method that would satisfy liberals and conservatives alike. Instead of always spending more on our military, we could transition our nation and its economy into a scientific-industrial complex.

There’s compelling reason to do this beyond what meets the eye. Transhumanist technology is starting to radically change human life. Many experts expect to be able to stop aging and conquer death for human beings in the next 25 years. Others, like myself, see humans merging with machines and replacing our every organ with bionic ones.

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Dec 30, 2015

Congress wants NASA to build a deep space habitat for astronauts, and finish it

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Part of NASA’s recently passed budget plan laid out by Congress urges the space agency to develop a prototype deep space habitat by as early as 2018.

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Dec 29, 2015

A Big Year for Biotech: Bugs as Drugs, Precision Gene Editing, and Fake Food

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, internet

Speculations around whether biotech stocks are in a bubble remain undecided for the second year in a row. But one thing stands as indisputable—the field made massive progress during 2015, and faster than anticipated.

For those following the industry in recent years, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

In fact, according to Adam Feuerstei at The Street, some twenty-eight biotech and drugs stocks grew their market caps to $1 billion or more in 2014, and major headlines like, “Human Genome Sequencing Now Under $1,000 Per Person,” were strewn across the web last year.

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Dec 29, 2015

Extrasolar Planet-Hunting Hits Home

Posted by in category: space

It’s been a short 20 years since Mayor and Queloz first detected 51 Peg b, the first exoplanet discovered around a solar type star. This is my personal take on this all; kind of takes me back. I can still smell the thyme at Haute-Provence.

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Dec 29, 2015

Will 2015 Be Remembered as the Breakout Year for Transhumanism?

Posted by in categories: life extension, transhumanism, transportation

My latest piece for The Huffington Post. It’s a recap of 2015 for transhumanism and includes some select stories & videos:


Last year, I wrote that 2014 was a great year for the transhumanism movement. But 2015 was simply incredible — it might end up being called a breakout year. I’m not yet willing to declare transhumanism as “mainstream,” but it’s getting quite close now. Transhumanism has become a word that is used frequently by people around the world and in major media when discussing radical science and technology changing our species.

Below is a quick recap of some select stories in English that came out this year on transhumanism and some of my efforts to bring the future closer.

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Dec 29, 2015

A new thought experiment shows how we could get information from a black hole

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics, singularity

Physicists think they’ve come up with a way to learn a bit about the interior of a black hole — an impossible procedure that shows the insanity of studying the heart of a singularity.

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Dec 29, 2015

Researchers Have Succesfully Written Quantum Code On A Silicon Chip For The First Time

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Researchers from the University Of New South Wales(UNSW) in Australia have successfully demonstrated that they can write and control the quantum version of computer code on a silicon microchip. Computers, at the moment, use binary language to operate, 0 and 1. Together, these two bits generate code words that can be used to program complex commands. But in quantum computing language there’s also the option for bits to be in superposition, what this actually means is that they can be 1 and 0 at the very exact same time. This unlocks a massively more powerful programming language, but until now scientists haven’t been able to figure out how to write it.

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