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Jan 25, 2019

Testing Hawking radiation in laboratory black hole analogues

Posted by in category: cosmology

Researchers at Weizmann Institute of Science and Cinvestav recently carried out a study testing the theory of Hawking radiation on laboratory analogues of black holes. In their experiments, they used light pulses in nonlinear fiber optics to establish artificial event horizons.

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Jan 25, 2019

Genetic Mutations In Our Bodies Might Be Less Random Than We Thought, Scientists Say

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics


(you thought).

A study of thousands of human genomes reveals where mutations happen most often when our parents’ genes combine.

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Jan 25, 2019

‘Immortality or Bust’ (Documentary): A Review

Posted by in categories: biological, education, geopolitics, life extension, transhumanism

There is a noble frontier in the making that is growing internationally at speeds yet to be comprehended. And this frontier goes by the name “Transhumanism,” which is the pursuit to overcome aging and all biological limitations via advanced science and technology. What started as nothing more than a fringe concept among futurist circles has now become a global movement consisting of philosophers, political activists, scientists, and technologists.

But when it comes to Transhumanism here in the United States, there was one particular event in mind that helped introduce this movement into the national dialogue. That event is now famously known as the “Immortality Bus tour,” for which was led by then-presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan, representing the U.S. Transhumanist Party.

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Jan 25, 2019

One in five Americans wants to live forever

Posted by in categories: life extension, materials

While it might not be quite as big a concern, the environmental impact of death care is also something Americans are paying attention to. Around four in ten (41%) Americans are somewhat or very concerned about the environmental impact of traditional burial methods.

On a similar note, 45% agreed with the statement, “People need to rethink the way we currently deal with ‘death care’ in regard to the environment.” And 11% said that they would like to have a green burial with shrouds and biodegradable material after they die.

Some of the possible environmental impacts of a traditional burial include embalming fluid leaking into the soil, large amounts of water being used for cemetery maintenance, and wood and metal caskets leaving behind toxic residue.

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Jan 25, 2019

The best experts, books, and resources on Crispr

Posted by in category: genetics

Looking for the latest on Crispr? Here is all you need to know to keep knowing about the disruptive gene-editing technology.

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Jan 25, 2019

First Commercial SpaceShipTwo Flight Is Expected to Launch This Year

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson aims to fly to space on the first-ever commercial SpaceShipTwo flight in mid-2019.

On Thursday, Branson spoke about SpaceShipTwo on the CBS This Morning TV show, and how Virgin Galactic is collaborating with Under Armour to equip future astronauts with proper space attire and footwear, reported. During the interview, Branson said Virgin Galactic is conducting additional tests for the first commercial SpaceShipTwo flight, which is expected to take place later this year.

How soon do you see people in space wearing an @UnderArmour outfit?

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Jan 25, 2019

Scientists Figured Out How to Send Secret Messages to Your Ear With Lasers

Posted by in category: military

Scientists have devised a way to communicate secretly by sending laser-transmitted messages directly into the area around a person’s ear.

Humans enjoy talking with one another, and often do so in ways that prevent eavesdroppers from listening in. This new research could have potential military applications—but who knows where else it might find use?

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Jan 25, 2019

Hubble’s deepest space image ever was three years in the making

Posted by in category: space

The Hubble space telescope has been in space for many years now. Of late it has had some challenges, including one that left its W ide Field Camera 3 non-functional for a while. Hubble is back at work, and scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias have shared a new image that took three years to produce. The photo is the deepest image of the Universe ever taken from space.

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Jan 25, 2019

On Transhumanist Manifestos and Dilemmas

Posted by in categories: biological, transhumanism

It’s been almost 10 years since I wrote the first versions of Hamlet’s Transhumanist Dilemma and A Transhumanist Manifesto. And a lot has changed. Including my point of view.

I started with Hamlet. With asking a question: Will technology replace biology?

At the time I felt that this was the contemporary version of Shakespeare’s original human dilemma: to be or not to be.

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Jan 25, 2019

Volvo creates the living seawall in Sydney to help with plastic pollution

Posted by in categories: habitats, materials

Volvo is trying to help the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans by creating the Living Seawall, a new, creative approach to providing a habitat for marine life.

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