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Nov 14, 2017

Robots could be used on FARMS by 2020

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Engineers from Harper Adams University in Shropshire are working on machines that can autonomously plant seeds, weed, water and spray without a farmer needing to venture into the field.

Professor Blackmore said: ‘I am trying develop a completely new agricultural mechanisation system based on small smart machines.

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Nov 14, 2017

Giving Tuesday Approaches: Help us to Fund SENS Rejuvenation Research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Giving Tuesday is two weeks away, on November 28th. As manufactured celebrations go, I think we could do far worse than a holiday that encourages philanthropy. While most people are basically well-meaning, and I think would agree in principle that support for medical research is to the common good, we all lead busy lives and need prompting.

So here is a prompt, to remind you that we are all still aging, that aging causes an enormous toll of suffering and death, and that, absent progress, you too will be one of the victims. To offer material support to the research groups that are working to treat the causes of aging is not just the most compassionate thing you can do for the millions suffering today, it is also in your self-interest for tomorrow. If you are organized enough to save for retirement, because it will make your life easier decades from now, then you should also be organized enough to help establish the new medical technologies that will reduce or eliminate the age-related disease that also lies ahead, waiting.

The most effective way to help make progress through charitable contributions is to give to the SENS Research Foundation or their allies such as the Methuselah Foundation. This year we have put out a call for SENS Patrons, people willing to pledge a monthly contribution to the SENS Research Foundation. Josh Triplett, Christophe and Dominique Cornuejols, and Fight Aging! have put up a $36,000 challenge fund to encourage new supporters, and we will match the next full year of your donations if you sign up before the end of 2017.

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Nov 14, 2017

Why do some People Fear Using Science to Live Longer Healthy Lives?

Posted by in categories: life extension, science

With the recent surge of enthusiastic support for LEAF/ and the idea of defeating aging, I really shouldn’t be complaining about the lingering holdouts opposing the idea of living healthy and longer lives for whatever reason. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to point out the jarring contradiction of a species whose members are constantly on the lookout to avoid danger, yet need to be reassured that at some point they will die and that science is by no means trying to prevent that.

Fear of life extension

This curious phenomenon was pointed out earlier this year by James Goodwin in the journal of the Gerontological Society of America[1]. In his article “Fear of life extension”, he argues that the commandment of geriatrics is “quality, not quantity” because policymakers fear a future in which longer life means overpopulation of nursing homes, and as a consequence, researchers working on interventions on aging need to clearly state that their goal is just making our final years a little better—but making us live longer? God forbid, no! We only want to live in perfect health for about 80 or 90 years, then magically drop dead for no apparent reason.

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Nov 14, 2017

Now hiring for project ‘Personal Longevity Strategy’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

If you are a medical doctor and interested in an alternative career researching functional medicine and evaluating true rejuvenation therapies, this is for you!

Forever Healthy is a private non-profit initiative whose mission is to enable people to vastly extend their healthy lifespan and be part of the first generation to cure aging.

We support the development of rejuvenation therapies that undo the damage of aging by funding basic research, bringing together the world’s leading scientists at our Undoing Aging conference and helping startups that work on actual therapies for human use.

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Nov 14, 2017

Making a Moon Base With ‘Artemis’ Author Andy Weir

Posted by in category: space

“The Martian” author Andy Weir discussed his newest book, “Artemis,” with

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Nov 14, 2017

Moon vs. Mars and asteroids: Watch space advocates debate where we should go

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has famously said he’d like to die on Mars — “just not on impact.” But where will humans live in space? That was the focus of a good-natured debate that took place at this week’s “New Space Age” conference at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

Chris Lewicki, president and CEO of Redmond, Wash.-based Planetary Resources, took up the case for going to asteroids and Mars. Seattle-area entrepreneur Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Florida-based Moon Express, spoke for the moon.

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Nov 14, 2017

Why the rise of the robots won’t mean the end of work

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

For now, at least, we have better things to worry about.


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Nov 14, 2017

Moon, Mars, Asteroid and orbital colonzation and cities

Posted by in categories: economics, particle physics, space travel

He looked at the science and economics of a lunar colony.

Eighty-five percent of the rocks on the surface of the lunar highlands are anorthite, which contains aluminum as well as a massive supply of oxygen. Smelting aluminum in the quantities necessary to construct and maintain Artemis would produce so much excess oxygen—eight atoms for every two of aluminum—that they would be constantly venting it.

For every kilogram of payload, you need an additional 3.73 kilos of fuel. So a one-way ticket to the moon is calculated to eventually cost about $33,000.

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Nov 13, 2017

Scientists fear deadly Madagascar plague WILL reach US, Europe and UK

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

The plague death toll shows no sign of slowing as official figures reveal 165 have now lost their lives in Madagascar’s ‘worst outbreak in 50 years’.

Data shows a 15 per cent jump in fatalities over three days, with scientists concerned it has reached ‘crisis’ point and 10 countries now placed on high alert.

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Nov 13, 2017

Boeing 757 controls remotely HACKED while on the runway

Posted by in categories: government, security, transportation

A group of security researchers has remotely hacked a Boeing 757 aircraft without the knowledge of the pilots, a US government official has claimed.

Robert Hickey, a Homeland Security cyber investigator, managed to take over the passenger jet on the runway at Atlantic City airport, New Jersey.

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