Lifeboat News #112


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 11/01/11. Copyright 2011 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Stephen Wolfram

The Lifeboat Foundation celebrates the addition of our 1,600th board member: Stephen Wolfram.
Stephen is a distinguished scientist, inventor, author, and business leader. He is the creator of Mathematica, the author of A New Kind of Science, the creator of Wolfram|Alpha, and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.
Learn more about Stephen at
Unlike most organizations, whose advisory boards are too small to do more than provide some advice, our think tank provides action as well as words. Our board members have developed programs, created reports, donated money, fueled our blog, created educational videos, joined our staff, launched numerous forums, organized events, and provided input on a range of issues from web design to grant proposals to ideas for new areas that Lifeboat Foundation should be involved in.


Amalie Sinclair won last month's blog contest with the post "ISDHuB – Supporting for 100 years" at
She won an autographed copy of "Missions to the Moon" (thanks to our Rod Pyle) and an autographed copy of "Darkship Thieves" which won the Prometheus Award (thanks to our Sarah A. Hoyt).
Recent blog posts include:
"Sic transit hominum: the transcent of man (Part 2...100,000 years)" at
"Femtotechnology: AB-Needles Fantastic properties and Applications" at
"D’Nile aint just a river in Egypt…" at


Recent Facebook posts include:
"Today on Discover Enterprise we explore the scenario of what might happen if the first manned mission to Mars crashes hundreds of miles from the rocket that would take them back home?" at
"Today on Discovery Enterprise we join veteran actor William Shatner in a light-hearted look at how the “Star Trek” TV series has changed our world and influenced and inspired today’s technological innovation." at
"Is the Human Species Entering an Evolutionary Inflection Point?" at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since the last newsletter:
Donald Maclean: $1,000, Michael Abramowicz: $100, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Chris K. Porter: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Brandon E. Larson: $50, John Ratnaswamy: $50, Carson Bizon: $40, Anonymous: $35, Michael Breazeale: $25, Sarah A. Hoyt: $25, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Ille C. Gebeshuber: $22, Ronald Amos: $10, James Bracken: $10, Lawrence Catchpole: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, George Garrett: $10, Charles Hawk: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Glenn A. Miller: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Phil Nadeau: $10, Francisco Palao: $10, Shane Phillips: $10, Frank D. Smith: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, and Todd Erin Danger Sneddon: $6.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.