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Aug 12, 2016

Commercial Space Travel And Colonization: SpaceX, NASA, And NextSTEP Make Preparations For Lift Off

Posted by in categories: business, Elon Musk, space travel, sustainability

Commercial space travel is about to become a reality brought about by many private companies bent on taking their earthbound successes into space. The FAA is now open to granting permits to private companies to travel into space. It is hoped that this activity will lead to the colonization of Mars.

Elon Musk of SpaceX has the goal of beginning the colonization of Mars in the next decade. He plans to make commercial space travel and colonization a reality in his lifetime, according to The Washington Post. Mr. Musk is the mastermind behind both Tesla and SpaceX. He is one of the most brilliant minds of our time. An innovator and businessman, Elon has a track record of making dreams a reality and turning his plans into tangible results. Comparing his project to the colonization of America, Mr. Musk explains why he thinks people will agree to move to mars.

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Aug 12, 2016

Dr. Aubrey de Grey — Ending Human Aging

Posted by in category: life extension

Kickstart the weekend with Aubrey!


Filmed in January 2016.
http://www.sens.org/

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Aug 12, 2016

Why haven’t we found any aliens yet?

Posted by in categories: alien life, evolution

Many years ago, Carl Sagan predicted there could be as many as 10,000 advanced extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.

After nearly 60 years of searching without success, a growing list of scientists believe on Earth only came about because of a lucky series of evolutionary accidents, a long list of improbable events that just happened to come together at the right time and will never be repeated. Is it possible they are right and we are all there is? Highly unlikely.

Earth is a typical rocky planet, in an average solar system, nestled in the spiral arm of an ordinary galaxy. All the events and elements that came together to build our world could happen almost everywhere throughout the galaxy and there should be nothing unusual about the evolution of life on this planet or any others.

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Aug 12, 2016

Criadas primeiras supermoléculas, feitas de superátomos

Posted by in category: futurism

Os superátomos vêm virando a Tabela Periódica de cabeça para baixo há algum tempo — e prometendo muito mais.

Superátomos são aglomerados de átomos que conseguem imitar as propriedades de outros elementos — há até a ideia de criar uma Tabela Periódica de superátomos.

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Aug 12, 2016

Living Forever Has Never Been More Popular

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

My dispatch for Vice from the recent successful RAAD Festival—a giant gathering of longevity enthusiasts:


In less than a month, I’ll mark the two-year anniversary to my presidential campaign for the Transhumanist Party. My run for the White House was never about winning, but spreading the idea that Americans can achieve indefinite lifespans through science and technology—if only the government were to help out and put significant resources into the anti-aging field.

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Aug 12, 2016

How to Learn Anything

Posted by in category: transportation

My friend jumped out of a plane and solved a rubiks cube before pulling the parachute!


Stephen spends a month and a half learning how to solve a Rubiks cube from scratch so that he can attempt to solve it while skydiving.

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Aug 11, 2016

Aging Research Internships Available 3

Posted by in category: life extension

Are you an avid supporter of aging research and a keen longevity activist?
The Biogerontology Research Foundation is offering select summer internships for talented individuals. You’d join a passionate and supportive team in researching diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic strategies; advising a panel of investors in developing a roadmap to promote longevity science and related technologies across the globe.

The advertised positions are 3 month internships, with the possibility of continuing afterwards. Free accommodation will be provided for in London, alongside a negotiable salary.

The Biogerontology Research Foundation is a UK based think tank dedicated to aging research and accelerating its application worldwide.

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Aug 11, 2016

DARPA Wants Artificial Intelligence To Explain Itself

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

If humans can’t understand why AI systems make certain decisions, they probably won’t trust them.

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Aug 11, 2016

Lock picking your way to cybersecurity at Def Con

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

New method on how to attend Def Con.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lock picking might seem ridiculously old-fashioned at a cybersecurity gathering — but learning it can actually help people protect machines from digital threats.

As security improves to block remote attacks over the internet, hackers look for ways to deliver malicious software physically instead — for instance, by breaking into a company’s data centers. Like cracking a digital system, picking locks involves solving puzzles, along with a certain amount of finesse and skill.

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Aug 11, 2016

Researchers Use E.coli to Engineer Improved Biofuels

Posted by in categories: engineering, sustainability

Interesting.


Although E. coli bacteria is often considered as a bad bug, laboratory-adapted E. coli that do not harm human beings and can multiply fast have been commonly used for various research purposes.

The same property allows the bacteria to rebuild into the smallest of factories when their chemical producing ability is utilized. E. coli possesses the ability to crank out pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and various other useful products.

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