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Jun 9, 2017

Will Mini Fusion Rockets Provide Spaceflight’s Next Big Leap?

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

Fusion-powered rockets that are only the size of a few refrigerators could one day help propel spacecraft at high speeds to nearby planets or even other stars, a NASA-funded spaceflight company says.

Another use for such fusion rockets is to deflect asteroids that might strike Earth and to build manned bases on the moon and Mars, the researchers say.

Rockets fly by hurling materials known as propellants away from them. Conventional rockets that rely on chemical reactions are not very efficient when it comes to how much thrust they generate, given the amount of propellant they carry, which has led rocket scientists to explore a variety of alternatives over the years. [Superfast Spacecraft Propulsion Concepts (Images)].

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Jun 9, 2017

I’m excited to see my NowThis video reach 600,000 views

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

There’s been a few thousand comments between the various releases of the video too. It’s great to see so many people considering a Federal Land Dividend as a way to live and thrive in a challenging future tied to widespread automation, transhumanism, and AI:

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Jun 9, 2017

Immortality Our Future? Technology is our Fountain of Youth with Liz Parrish

Posted by in categories: futurism, life extension

Liz Parish joins the show to discuss her company’s efforts to reverse aging. Her aging trials have been famously conducted on her personally resulting in 20 year reversals on Telomere cell lengths, muscle mass, and other factors. We discuss the real possibility that humans could live to be over 1000 years old in our lifetimes. We also discuss the ethical issues that arise from the flood of new technologies that will soon be on the market.

You can see more about Parrish and her company at

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Jun 9, 2017

Dr. Jose Luis Cordeiro – Supporting the development of cryonics and rejuvenation biotechnology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cryonics, economics, education, engineering, life extension, lifeboat, singularity

Interview with Dr. Jose Luis Cordeiro at the International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit in Madrid.

During the recent International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit in Madrid, LEAF Board member Elena Milova had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Jose Luis Cordeiro new fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and long-term proponent of innovation technologies in many fields. Jose shared his vision on how public perception of rejuvenation technologies is changing over time and what are the main outcomes of the groundbreaking show he and his team managed to organize.

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Jun 9, 2017

China Says It Is Preparing For A Manned Lunar Landing

Posted by in category: space

This year, they will also select a third group of astronauts, comprising 10 to 12 people, two of which will be women (it’s unclear if these have already been selected).

These astronauts will travel to the CSS for three to six months to perform scientific research. They will have more of a science background than previous Chinese astronauts, known as taikonauts.

China has sent 11 taikonauts to space so far, with the most recent coming last October on their Shenzhou-11 mission.

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Jun 9, 2017

Startup Societies Summit: A Decentralized Governance Trade Show

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, business, cryptocurrencies, defense, economics, futurism, geopolitics, governance, government

Lifeboat Foundation readers are aware that the world has become progressively more chaotic. Part of the danger comes from centralized points of failure. While large institutions can bear great stress, they also cause more harm when they fail. Because there are so few pillars, if one collapses, the whole system is destroyed.

For instance, prior to the federal reserve system, bank runs we extremely common. However, since the financial system consisted of small, competing institutions, failure was confined to deficient banks. So while failure was frequent, it was less impactful and systemic. In contrast, after the establishment of the federal reserve, banks became fewer and larger. Failures, while more infrequent, were large scale catastrophes when they occurred. They affected the whole economy and had longer impact.

This is even more important in political systems, which are the foundation of how a society operates. In order to have a more robust, antifragile social order, systems must be decentralized. Rather than a monopolistic, static political order, there must be a series of decentralized experiments. While failures are inevitable, it can be localized to these small experiments rather than the whole structure.

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Jun 9, 2017

Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial ‘machines’

Posted by in categories: energy, nanotechnology, sustainability

New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the journal Nanoscale, has probed the structure and material properties of protein machines in bacteria, which have the capacity to convert carbon dioxide into sugar through photosynthesis.

Cyanobacteria are a phylum of bacteria that produce oxygen and energy during photosynthesis, similar to green plants. They are among the most abundant organisms in oceans and fresh water. Unique internal ‘machines’ in cyanobacteria, called carboxysomes, allow the organisms to convert to sugar and provide impacts on global biomass production and our environment.

Carboxysomes are nanoscale polyhedral structures that are made of several types of proteins and enzymes. So far, little is known about how these ‘machines’ are constructed and maintain their organisation to perform carbon fixation activity.

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Jun 9, 2017

1,000-Foot-Wide Asteroids That Could Hit Earth Discovered

Posted by in category: asteroid/comet impacts

Scientists have discovered a new branch of the Taurids meteor stream that could pose a major risk to Earth, with asteroids up to 1,000 feet wide flying past us every few years. The Taurids meteor shower peaks every October and November, producing a relatively small display of shooting stars as the planet.

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Jun 9, 2017

The First People To Reach Mars Are At High Risk For Cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space

Visiting Mars might just kill you.

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Jun 9, 2017

Sweden’s Museum of Failure: A spectacular catalogue of the world’s worst innovations

Posted by in category: innovation

Samuel West is obsessed with failures. In fact, the innovation researcher and organizational psychologist collects them—and now his collection is on display.

The Museum of Failure, West’s brainchild, celebrates the absurd and hilarious wrong turns that companies have taken in their product development—from Colgate’s unappetizing beef lasagna, to Harley Davidson’s leathery-scented perfume, to Bic’s sexist “for Her” lady’s pen.

But it’s more than that, too. West’s bigger point, he says, is he’s sick of everyone worshipping success. Every failure is uniquely spectacular, says West, while success is nauseatingly repetitive. True innovation requires learning from the complexities of each failure—a skill that, he says, most companies fail to hone. Opening this June in Helsingborg, Sweden, the museum seeks to de-stigmatize personal and professional failure.

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