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Feb 3, 2018

If Elon Musk is to colonise Mars, he’ll need to recruit a crew of genetically-modified humans

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, genetics, space

People who live on Mars may need to be genetically altered to be resistant to radiation. And while it might seem a long way off, research is already underway to work out how this can be done.

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Feb 3, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Grimerica Show — Ira S. Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, cryonics, DNA, genetics, health, life extension, neuroscience, science, transhumanism

Feb 3, 2018

Does Aging Have a Reset Button?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, military

Part of Vittorio Sebastiano’s job is to babysit a few million stem cells. The research professor of reproductive biology at Stanford University keeps the cells warm and moist deep inside the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, one of the nation’s largest stem cell facilities. He’s joined there by an army of researchers, each with their own goals. His own research program is nothing if not ambitious: He wants to reverse aging in humans.

Stem cells are the Gary Oldman of cell types. They can reprogram themselves to carry out the function of virtually any other type of cell, and play a vital role in early development. This functional reprogramming is usually accompanied by an age reset, down to zero. Sebastiano figures that if he can separate these different kinds of reprogramming, he can open up a whole new kind of aging therapy. Nautilus caught up with him last month.

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Feb 3, 2018

Will America yield its position as the world’s leader in science and technology?

Posted by in categories: engineering, science

Finally, are we prepared to expand science and technology opportunities for all Americans? The United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population. To stay ahead, we’ll need to use all our assets. That means leveling the barriers for women in science and engineering, and closing the participation gap for underrepresented minorities. It also means expanding tech-driven prosperity beyond the two coasts. Pittsburgh’s success is a proof of principle, but we need to nurture at least a dozen new tech hubs across America, anchored by leading universities.


We need clear answers to six big questions.

To begin, do we care if China surpasses America as the leading spender on research and development? In 2000, China and the United States accounted for roughly 5 and 40 percent, respectively, of global R&D. In 2015, the figures were 21 and 29 percent. At this pace, the lines will cross before 2020. While the average quality of American science remains higher, that gap is closing too.

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Feb 2, 2018

The Case for Free Money

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

A major conservative publication, The Weekly Standard, has published a positive Cover story about Basic Income, as a way to reign in entitlements and deal with automation. My California libertarian governor campaign gets a brief mention in it. Over 100,000 print copies out this week.


At first blush, universal basic income sounds like something dreamed up on a California commune or in a late-night college bull session. The idea: Just give people money. Ask nothing in return. Impose no requirement to work or to look for work. And don’t just give taxpayer money to people living in poverty, give it to everybody—from gazillionaire to gig-worker—no questions asked.

Yet universal basic income is an idea that is having its moment. Enthusiasm for a government-guaranteed income for all seems to be percolating across the country. Groups backed by Silicon Valley luminaries are forming to devise political strategies. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign flirted with the idea.

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Feb 2, 2018

A successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch gives NASA new options

Posted by in category: space travel

The impact next week’s flight could have.

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Feb 2, 2018

Generalized Hardy’s paradox shows an even stronger conflict between quantum and classical physics

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

By building the most general framework for the n-particle Hardy’s paradox and Hardy’s inequality, the results of the new paper provide a stronger Hardy’s paradox, and can also detect more quantum entangled states. As the success probability for the three-qubit generalized Hardy’s paradox reaches 0.25, the researchers are very hopeful that it will be observed in future experiments. Credit: Jiang, et al. © 2018 American Physical Society In 1993, physicist Lucien Hardy proposed an experiment showing that there is a small probability (around 6–9%) of observing a particle and its antiparticle in…

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Feb 2, 2018

Airbus’ drone taxi takes to the skies for the first time

Posted by in category: drones

Airbus’ self-piloted taxi flies for the first time.

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Feb 2, 2018

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has a plan to bring order to the mobility chaos in our cities

Posted by in category: transportation

Coord is a new cloud-based platform for on-demand transportation companies.

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Feb 2, 2018

Amazon’s idea for employee-tracking wearables raises concerns

Posted by in category: wearables

The company has patents for wristbands that track warehouse employees’ movements.

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