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Jan 23, 2019

Don’t Bring Extinct Creatures Back to Life

Posted by in categories: biological, existential risks

What if woolly mammoths could walk the planet once again? De-extinction – or the process of creating an organism which is a member of, or closely resembles, an extinct species – was once a sci-fi fantasy only imaginable in films like “Jurassic Park.” But recent biological and technological breakthroughs indicate that reviving extinct creatures could become a reality. Even if advancements get us there, should we do it?

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Jan 23, 2019

Aether and UCL Researchers Democratizing 3D Printed Nanotech at 2% of Competitor Cost

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, nanotechnology

Aether collaborating with University College London and Loughborough University to develop 3D printing nanotechnology at a revolutionary low cost.

Erin Abbott [email protected]

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Jan 23, 2019

Common Food Additives May Promote Anxiety-Related Behavior In Mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, neuroscience, sex

Food additives known as dietary emulsifiers, commonly found in processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life, may adversely affect anxiety-related and social behaviors in mice, Georgia State researchers have found.

The scientists also observed sex differences in the mice’s behavioral patterns, suggesting that emulsifiers affect the brain via distinct mechanisms in males and females.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, was led by Geert de Vries, professor of neuroscience and associate vice president for research at Georgia State, and Benoit Chassaing, assistant professor of neuroscience. Andrew T. Gewirtz, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, also contributed.

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Jan 23, 2019

Five Scenarios for a Techno-Apocalypse

Posted by in category: futurism

Few people remember that the Panama Canal started out as a world-cringing disaster, with the French Company spending over $287 million and causing more than 20,000 deaths, before throwing in the towel and filing for bankruptcy. Again, this set the stage for a far more successful effort led by the U.S. that followed.

But what happens when we no longer fail forward? Or what if there are too many failures all at once?

We are more dependent on technology today, than ever before in history. And it’s rather obvious, as this trend continues, that we will use more technology in the future than we do today.

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Jan 23, 2019

What’s next for China in lunar exploration?

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

China has big plans for the future, including lunar sample return, a robotic research base, and potentially human missions.

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Jan 23, 2019

NASA finds ice on the surface of the moon

Posted by in category: space

Definitive evidence that our moon, both cold and dark, has water ice at both of its poles.


  • Jackson Ryan

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Jan 23, 2019

The Gut Microbiome of Healthy, Long-Lived People

Posted by in category: life extension

A new study has outlined the age-related changes of the gut microbiome, showing a correlation between the microbiome’s composition and overall health.

The gut microbiome

The microbiome describes a varied community of bacteria, archaea, eukarya, and viruses that inhabit our gut. The four bacterial phyla of Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, and Actinobacteria comprise 98% of the intestinal microbiome.

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Jan 23, 2019

We’ll Likely See a Rise in Internet Blackouts in 2019

Posted by in categories: government, internet

We’ll likely see a rise in internet blackouts in 2019, for two reasons: countries deliberately “turning off” the internet within their borders, and hackers disrupting segments of the internet with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Above all, both will force policymakers everywhere to reckon with the fact that the internet itself is increasingly becoming centralized — and therefore increasingly vulnerable to manipulation, making everyone less safe.

From a report: The first method — states deliberately severing internet connections within their country — has an important history. In 2004, the Maldivian government caused an internet blackout when citizens protested the president; Nepal similarly caused a blackout shortly thereafter. In 2007, the Burmese government apparently damaged an underwater internet cable in order to “staunch the flow of pictures and messages from protesters reaching the outside world.” In 2011, Egypt cut most internet and cell services within its borders as the government attempted to quell protests against then-President Hosni Mubarak; Libya then did the same after its own unrest.

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Jan 23, 2019

This Japanese Fashion Model Isn’t a Human, She’s a Computer Generated Person

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

Could this be the future of the modeling industry?

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Jan 23, 2019

Trump reportedly offered NASA ‘all the money you could ever need’ to land on Mars during his presidency

Posted by in categories: economics, space travel

Some people on his communications staff at the time were not pleased.

Sims writes that he was “getting antsy” in the room due to Trump’s abrupt question shortly before a televised phone call with the Space Station. NASA officials were believed to have gone to great lengths to coordinate with the Space Station, which could only be reached during a certain time due to “orbital mechanics.”

“All I could think about was that we had to be on camera in three minutes … And yet we’re in here casually chatting about shaving a full decade off NASA’s timetable for sending a manned flight to Mars,” Sims reportedly wrote. “And seemingly out of nowhere.”

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