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May 6, 2016

Mobile phone use not causing brain cancer, University of Sydney study claims

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones, neuroscience

Cell phones do not cause brain cancer.

Mobile phone use has not caused a rise in brain cancer in Australia, says a new study led by the University of Sydney.

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May 6, 2016

Declassified US Nuclear Targets

Posted by in category: military

1100 Declassified U.S. Nuclear Targets from 1956 on the interactive NukeMap. How many nuclear weapons do you think are necessary for deterrence?

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May 6, 2016

Bitcoin Pundicy: A Lifeboat Perspective

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, encryption, government, internet

Here in the Lifeboat Blog, I have the luxury of pontificating on existential, scientific and technical topics that beg for an audience—and sometimes—a pithy opinion. Regular Lifeboat readers know that I was recently named most viewed Bitcoin writer at Quora under a Nom de Plume.

Quora is not a typical Blog. It is an educational site. Questions and numerous answers form the basis of a crowd-sourced popularity contest. Readers can direct questions to specific experts or armchair analysts. A voting algorithm leads to the emergence of some very knowledgeable answers, even among laypersons and ‘armchair’ experts.

During the past few weeks, Quora readers asked me a litany of queries about Bitcoin and the blockchain, and so I am sharing selected Q&A here at Lifeboat. This is my professional field—and so, just as with Mr. Trump, I must resist an urge to be verbose or bombastic. My answers are not the shortest, but they are compact. Some employ metaphors, but they explain complex ideas across a broad audience.

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May 6, 2016

The transhumanist presidential candidate wants you to live forever

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

New story and video on transhumanism from Vocativ:

His name is Zoltan Istvan, and he’s running on the Transhumanist ticket.

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May 6, 2016

Luxembourg reaches for the stars with asteroid mining deal

Posted by in categories: government, space travel

Still trying to figure out how Luxembourg got a space program.

(AFP) Luxembourg has staked its claim to the final frontier with an ambitious plan to profit from the mining of asteroids, the government said Thursday.

The Grand Duchy has joined forces with American company Deep Space Industries (DSI) to cash in on the wealth of natural resources thought to exist on asteroids.

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May 6, 2016

Facebook Loses Virtual-Reality Innovator — By Deepa Seetharaman | Wall Street Journal

Posted by in categories: business, virtual reality


“Facebook Inc. will soon lose a high-profile player in its virtual-reality push.”

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May 6, 2016

A New Device Stimulates The Brain To Boost Athletic Performance — By Christina Farr | Fast Company

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience


“Daniel Chao, a Stanford-trained neuroscientist, and Brett Wingeier, a biomedical engineer, founded Halo Neuroscience in 2013. … Halo Sport uses electrodes to stimulate the brain’s motor cortex, which controls planning and voluntary movements. Energized motor neurons send stronger signals to athletes’ muscles, which Chao says allows them to reap greater rewards from every rep.”

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May 6, 2016

On the Design of Escaped Realities — By Venkatesh Rao | Ribbonfarm

Posted by in category: virtual reality


“A question of particular philosophical urgency today is this: are virtual realities currently being designed in 3d game studios going to be more or less of a retreat from reality than the consensual fictions of the past, such as 2d games, novels, sporting events and religious mythologies?”

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May 6, 2016

Original Patent details on DNA Origami Molecular buckets which enables nanomedicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

Ido Bachelet, Shawn Douglas and George Church filed a patent in 2011 for DNA origami devices useful in the targeted delivery of biologically active entities to specific cell populations.

This is the patent for the DNA nanorobot for molecular precise delivery of treatments to cells. This has been covered several times by Nextbigfuture

Their DNA origami device comprises a scaffold strand and a plurality of staple strands, wherein:

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May 6, 2016

EpiBone: We obtain precise 3D model of the anatomical defect from the patient’s CT scan

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

At the same time we extract adult stem cells from the patient.

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