Lifeboat News #137


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 12/01/13. Copyright 2013 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

RE.WORK Cities Summit

The Lifeboat Foundation is now Media Partner of the RE.WORK Cities Summit which will be held December 13, 2013 in London.
RE.WORK Cities brings together the most influential technologists, entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, and government officials to collaborate and reshape our future cities. Attendees will gain insight into breakthrough innovations that will have an impact on our future urban areas through the world's leading technologists and decision-makers. Some of the new products and advances explored at RE.WORK will include progress in the internet of things, sensors, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Use the discount code LIFEBOAT40 to get 40% off the attendance fee.
As an extra bonus, you can apply to get a free ticket by sending a message to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation RE.WORK" by November 27. Your message should be 100 words or less and should explain why it is important for you to attend. We have one ticket to give away.
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Dupont Summit 2013 Final Update

The Dupont Summit 2013 will be held Friday, December 6th at the historic Whittemore House in Washington DC. The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology, and the environment. Read "Lifeboat Foundation at Dupont Summit 2013 — Sci., Tech., and Environmental Policy" at
Dustin Ashley will be speaking about "Increase interest of emerging technologies within students and improvement within STEM education". Kevin Berry and Anmol Singh will be speaking about "Lifeboat Foundation's Response to NASA's Asteroid Initiative Public Engagement Request". Martin J. Dudziak will be speaking about "Workshop on the 'Great STEM Disconnect and Divide'". Paula Gordon will be speaking about "March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan: Some Implications for the Safety of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants in Seismically Active Areas".
Jim Hamilton will be speaking about "Breaking The Nuclear Waste Impasse — Progress in the Face of Federal Government Inaction". Keith Henson will be speaking about "'Design to cost' analysis of Space Based Solar Power". Phil Ice will be speaking about "Surveying the E-Learning Landscape". András Kornai will be speaking about "Language Death in the Digital Age". Ed Liebow will be speaking about "Anthropological Engagements with Climate & Environmental Change: Whither Policy?" Arnauld Nicogossian will be speaking about "Technology and Global Health Policy: Focus Transportation Description".
Joseph N. Pelton will be speaking about "The Leadership Challenge of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense in Modern Technological World". Manuel Perez will be speaking about "Changes in Citizenship due to Technological Advances in Western Civilization". Amalie Sinclair will be speaking about "US Space Policy for Treaty". John K. Strickland will be speaking about "Development of routine and inexpensive access to space and space based solar power". Willard Wells will be speaking about the "Survivability of Humankind".
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World's First Bitcoin Endowment Fund Exceeds $350,000

Thanks to a large pledge of 500 BTC (bitcoins) by Brian Cartmell, Lifeboat Foundation's bitcoin endowment fund at has soared to over $350,000. Brian will match the next 500 BTC donated to Lifeboat Foundation.
We are at 35% of our long-term goal to have a million dollar bitcoin endowment fund which will greatly improve our ability to fund exciting activities.
Thanks to the surge in our Bitcoin Endowment Fund you can now submit your suggestions on how to spend it at

June Scobee Rodgers

June Scobee Rodgers has joined our Space Settlement Board. The widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, June remembers every one of the 73 seconds leading up to the Challenger accident. It marked the first time American lives were lost in space flight. An inspiration to everyone she meets, June has dedicated her life to writing, speaking, and education.
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Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Juan Llanos: $100, Michael Dickey: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, J. Broadbent: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Frank Sudia: $20, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, and Ryan Witt: $10.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.