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Feb 3, 2018

UN Calls on Investors to Align Portfolios with Paris Agreement | UNFCCC

Posted by in categories: business, environmental, finance

“Greater ambition to divest from fossil fuel investments and consistent climate action is needed from the global investor community to accelerate the move towards a low-carbon economy and a climate-resilient future, top UN officials said at a major investor summit in New York this week.”

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Feb 3, 2018

Will the Future Be Human?

Posted by in categories: entertainment, futurism

“For 4 Billion Years Nothing Has Changed in the Rules of the Game of Life. That is Ending.”

~ Yuval Harari

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Feb 3, 2018

Evolving Humanity through Smart Clothing

Posted by in category: futurism

We’re integrating technology into everyday apparel – creating a continuous digital presence to better connect, enhance, and protect humanity.

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Feb 3, 2018

Cancer Vaccine Eradicates Tumors in Mice

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Last year, we talked about a new cancer “vaccine” currently in clinical trials in an article here, and now a second cancer vaccine is capturing media interest due to impressive results in the lab. The new therapy is now in human clinical trials for lymphoma patients.

Researchers at Stanford Medicine have found that injecting two immune system stimulating agents directly into a solid tumor can eradicate the tumor completely. The treatment is also able to destroy distant metastases that have not been directly treated themselves.

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Feb 3, 2018

If Elon Musk is to colonise Mars, he’ll need to recruit a crew of genetically-modified humans

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, genetics, space

People who live on Mars may need to be genetically altered to be resistant to radiation. And while it might seem a long way off, research is already underway to work out how this can be done.

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Feb 3, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Grimerica Show — Ira S. Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, cryonics, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, neuroscience, science, transhumanism

Feb 3, 2018

Does Aging Have a Reset Button?

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

Part of Vittorio Sebastiano’s job is to babysit a few million stem cells. The research professor of reproductive biology at Stanford University keeps the cells warm and moist deep inside the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, one of the nation’s largest stem cell facilities. He’s joined there by an army of researchers, each with their own goals. His own research program is nothing if not ambitious: He wants to reverse aging in humans.

Stem cells are the Gary Oldman of cell types. They can reprogram themselves to carry out the function of virtually any other type of cell, and play a vital role in early development. This functional reprogramming is usually accompanied by an age reset, down to zero. Sebastiano figures that if he can separate these different kinds of reprogramming, he can open up a whole new kind of aging therapy. Nautilus caught up with him last month.

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Feb 3, 2018

Will America yield its position as the world’s leader in science and technology?

Posted by in categories: engineering, science

Finally, are we prepared to expand science and technology opportunities for all Americans? The United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population. To stay ahead, we’ll need to use all our assets. That means leveling the barriers for women in science and engineering, and closing the participation gap for underrepresented minorities. It also means expanding tech-driven prosperity beyond the two coasts. Pittsburgh’s success is a proof of principle, but we need to nurture at least a dozen new tech hubs across America, anchored by leading universities.

We need clear answers to six big questions.

To begin, do we care if China surpasses America as the leading spender on research and development? In 2000, China and the United States accounted for roughly 5 and 40 percent, respectively, of global R&D. In 2015, the figures were 21 and 29 percent. At this pace, the lines will cross before 2020. While the average quality of American science remains higher, that gap is closing too.

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Feb 2, 2018

The Case for Free Money

Posted by in categories: economics, government, robotics/AI

A major conservative publication, The Weekly Standard, has published a positive Cover story about Basic Income, as a way to reign in entitlements and deal with automation. My California libertarian governor campaign gets a brief mention in it. Over 100,000 print copies out this week.

At first blush, universal basic income sounds like something dreamed up on a California commune or in a late-night college bull session. The idea: Just give people money. Ask nothing in return. Impose no requirement to work or to look for work. And don’t just give taxpayer money to people living in poverty, give it to everybody—from gazillionaire to gig-worker—no questions asked.

Yet universal basic income is an idea that is having its moment. Enthusiasm for a government-guaranteed income for all seems to be percolating across the country. Groups backed by Silicon Valley luminaries are forming to devise political strategies. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign flirted with the idea.

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Feb 2, 2018

A successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch gives NASA new options

Posted by in category: space travel

The impact next week’s flight could have.

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