Lifeboat News #114


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 01/01/12. Copyright 2012 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson has won the 2011 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award.
The Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award is annually bestowed upon a respected scientist or public figure who has warned of a future fraught with dangers and encouraged measures to prevent them.
The 2011 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Richard Branson in recognition of his creation of Virgin Galactic, the $25 million Virgin Earth Challenge, the Virgin Green Fund, and of Virgin Unite.
Read the press release at

Stephen Wolfram

Read “How Stephen Wolfram is Preparing for the Singularity” at
This interesting article features the Lifeboat Foundation.

Neuromarketing World Forum

The Neuromarketing World Forum will be held February 2–3, 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our Gemma Calvert will be speaking.
This forum is focused entirely on the emerging field of neuroscientific research, consumer insights, and the application of the results within business. The aim of this conference is to bring together top neuroscientific research and commercial parties to discuss the key challenges and opportunities of using neuromarketing tools to enhance and add value to market research. The forum will be held in English.
Learn more at

FutureMed 2012

FutureMed 2012 will take place February 6–11, 2012. FutureMed team and faculty include our Sonia Arrison, David Bolinsky, Aubrey de Grey, David Ewing Duncan, Robin Farmanfarmaian, Neil Jacobstein, Ray Kurzweil, Tan Le, Raymond McCauley, Carlos Olguin, Richard Satava, and Nick Soloway.
This informative and interactive 5 day program will be held at Singularity University’s campus at NASA-Ames Research Park and will include lectures, discussions, workshops and site visits, led by notable Singularity University faculty and experts in the fields of medicine, biotechnology, and innovation.
Learn more at

Genetics of Aging and Longevity Conference

The 2nd International Conference on Genetics of Aging and Longevity will be held April 22–25, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.
Our Andrzej Bartke, Holly Brown-Borg, Judith Campisi, Zoya Demidenko, Vadim Fraifeld, Maria Konovalenko, Kyung-Jin Min, Michael Rose, Nektarios Tavernarakis, Jan Vijg, and Alex Zhavoronkov are participating.
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International Space Development Conference 2012

The International Space Development Conference 2012 will be held May 24–28, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The annual conference of the National Space Society brings together NSS leaders and members with leading managers, engineers, scientists, educators, and businessmen from civilian, military, commercial, entrepreneurial, and grassroots advocacy space sectors.
Our Amara Angelica, Sherry Bell, Peter Garretson, Al Globus, Mark Hopkins, Stan Rosen, and Paul Werbos will be participating.
Learn more at

WorldFuture 2012

WorldFuture 2012 will be held in Toronto, July 27–29, 2012 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel. Our Peter Bishop, Joseph F. Coates, Jose Luis Cordeiro, Tom Cowper, William Crossman, Jay E. Gary, Adam Gordon, Linda Groff, William Halal, Jay Herson, Rodney Hill, John Jackson, Naveen Jain, Peter Jones, Ted Kahn, Bud Levin, Alex Peake, Sheila Ronis, Ziauddin Sardar, Heather Schlegel, Karl Schroeder, John Smart, Rick Smyre, Dave Stein, Suzanne Stein, Patrick Tucker, and Verne Wheelwright will be speaking.
Learn more at

Academy of Science of St. Louis

Our Kattesh Katti has been inducted into the Academy of Science of St. Louis. He joins an exclusive group of fewer than 200 scientists and engineers who have attained Fellow status in the past 156 years.
Learn more at

NanoShield Program

Web Geek Science has created a Romanian translation of our NanoShield program at

Clearing Space Debris With Lasers

Read “Clearing space debris with lasers” by our Claude Phipps at


Some interesting blog posts include:
“Access to Space: It’s as Cheap and Easy as it will get for a Long Time” by Brandon Larson at
“Artifacts in the Solar System” by Jacob Haqq-Misra at
“Is meaningful communication with aliens possible?” by Jared Daniel at
“Old UNIX/IBM control systems: Potential time bombs in Industry” by Tom Kerwick at
“Reparations Could Have a Future” by James Felton Smith at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since the last newsletter:
Fannie Mae: $1,000, Life Extension Foundation: $1,000, Donald Maclean: $500, Ralf J. Muller: $300, James Blodgett: $250, Santiago Bilinkis: $200, Ed Cooper: $150, Mark P. Fusco: $120, William J. Cosgrove: $100, Anonymous: $85, Michael Dickey: $85, Richard G. Hunter: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Linda M. Glenn: $75, Catherine Asaro: $60, Liming Dai: $50, Brandon E. Larson: $50, Tihamer “Tee” Toth-Fejel: $50, Tom Kerwick: $35, Johan Edstrom: $30, Michael Breazeale: $25, James E. Gunn: $25, Luis Carlos Reyes Hernandez: $20, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Chuck Weir: $25, Ronald Amos: $10, James Bracken: $10, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Maria Entraigues: $10, George Garrett: $10, Charles Hawk: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Glenn A. Miller: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Phil Nadeau: $10, and Benjamin T. Solomon: $10.
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