Lifeboat News #185

#185

Lifeboat News

This issue published on 12/01/17. Copyright 2017 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Guardian Award Winner

The 2017 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Joseph N. Pelton in recognition of his lifelong dedication to advance the science of space safety and cosmic hazards prevention for the greater good of humankind.
 
Furthermore, in addition to his academic writings he has tirelessly pursued the education of the general public about the threats to humanity that can come from solar storms, comets and asteroids, and orbital debris.
 
Learn more at https://lifeboat.com/ex/guardian2017

End of the Year Fundraiser: Get Your Donations Tripled!

We have been swamped with activity in 2017 so are running our fundraiser late this time. You can now get your donations tripled! Learn more at https://lifeboat.com/ex/end.of.the.year.fundraiser
 
You can also get a great summary of last year’s activities by going to https://lifeboat.com/ex/end.of.the.year.fundraiser

Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy, and Ethics

Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy, and Ethics will be held in New York City April 13–15. Our Didier Coeurnelle, Aubrey de Grey, and Ana Lita will be speaking/participating.
 
The deadline for abstract submission and registration has been extended to March 1. Learn more at http://conferenceaging.org

Blog

Johan Nygren joins our blog team with “On the Origin of the Asteroid Belts and the Dwarf Planets: Towards a New Horizon in Astronomy” at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/on-th...stronomy
 
Recent interesting blog posts include
 
“Activating a single gene is sufficient to change skin cells into stem cells” by Montie Adkins at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/activ...em-cells
 
“All living organisms on Earth owe a debt to these protein-based ‘Legos of life’” by Klaus Baldauf at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/all-l...-of-life
 
“Amazon’s automated grocery store of the future opens Monday” by Julius Garcia at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/amazo...s-monday
 
“China Wants to Create the Chips to Power the Future of AI” by Shane Hinshaw at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/china...re-of-ai
 
“A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna” by Klaus Baldauf at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/a-chi...d-vienna
 
“Chinese Scientists Just Cloned a Monkey—Here Are the Details” by Gerard Bain at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/chine...-details
 
“Could Filtering Our Aged Blood Keep us Young?” by Nicola Bagalà at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/could...us-young
 
“Cyberdyne’s Medical Exoskeleton Strides to FDA Approval” by John Gallagher at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/cyber...approval
 
“Distinct Types of Amyloid-beta Prion Strains in Alzheimer’s Disease Discovered” by Nicola Bagalà at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/disti...scovered
 
“Does our telomere length play a role in our health?” by Brady Hartman at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/does-...ook-back
 
“Embrace performance-enhancing drugs and technology in sport” by Zoltan Istvan at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/embra...in-sport
 
“The End Of Root Canals: Stem Cell Fillings Trigger Teeth To Repair Themselves, Research Study Claims” by Shailesh Prasad at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/the-e...y-claims
 
“Engineers design artificial synapse for ‘brain-on-a-chip’ hardware” by Shailesh Prasad at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/engin...hardware
 
“Ford patents driverless police car that ambushes lawbreakers using artificial intelligence” by Shane Hinshaw at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/ford-...lligence
 
“Forget Self-Driving Cars, Robot Delivery Vans Are Here” by Genevieve O’Hagan at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/forge...are-here
 
“The future of war” by Derick Lee at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/the-f...e-of-war
 
“Google’s Calico Labs announces a new discovery: ‘a non-aging mammal’” by Brady Hartman at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/googl...g-mammal
 
“Graphene based glucose-monitoring contact lens comfortable enough to wear” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/graph...-to-wear
 
“Here’s Something Strange, the Afterglow from Last year’s Kilonova is Continuing to Brighten” by Odette Gregory at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/heres...se-today
 
“How Taking Care of Your Fibroblasts Might Help You Look Younger: an Interview with Dr. Vadim Zorin” by Steve Hill at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/how-t...im-zorin
 
“How the (Likely) Next NSA/CyberCom Chief Wants to Enlist AI” by Dan Kummer at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/how-t...nlist-ai
 
“Implantable Bionic Lens could give you lasting, perfect eyesight” by Klaus Baldauf at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/impla...eyesight
 
“Is aging natural or a pathological disease that we can treat?” by Nicola Bagalà at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/is-ag...an-treat
 
“Learning From First Principles — Demis Hassabis” by Müslüm Yildiz at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/learn...hassabis
 
“The male Y chromosome is slowly fading, and could disappear completely” by John Gallagher at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/the-m...mpletely
 
“The Men Who Want to Live Forever” by Derick Lee at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/the-m...-forever
 
“Naked mole rats defy the biological law of aging” by Derick Lee at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/naked...of-aging
 
“This New Experiment Could Finally Unite The Two Biggest Theories in Physics” by Ian Hale at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/this-...-physics
 
“Over 60 years ago, Albert Einstein’s brain was stolen, dissected and sent in pieces all around the world” by Carla Parsons at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/over-...he-world
 
“Physicists Say They’ve Created a Device That Generates ‘Negative Mass’” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/physi...ive-mass
 
“Reduced Gbp1 causes mitochondrial dysfunction and cellular senescence in macrophages” by Steve Hill at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/reduc...rophages
 
“Researchers Cure Lung Fibrosis in Mice With a Single Gene Therapy” by Steve Hill at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/resea...-therapy
 
“Revolutionary gene edited T cell therapy to treat lymphoma shows promise and little toxicity” by Brady Hartman at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/revol...toxicity
 
“‘Robotic Habitats’ imagines a self-sustaining AI ecosystem” by Shane Hinshaw at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/robot...cosystem
 
“Scientists Think They’ve Found a Way to Stop Allergic Reactions Before They Happen” by Genevieve O’Hagan at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/scien...y-happen
 
“Spinach leaf veins help cardiac patients heal” by Genevieve O’Hagan at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/spina...nts-heal
 
“Suppliers Say the Future of Fruit Growing is Automated” by Dan Kummer at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/suppl...utomated
 
“Tiny implant opens way to deliver drugs deep into the brain” by Nancie Hunter at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/tiny-...he-brain
 
“Ways AI Will Fight the Cybersecurity Battles of the Future” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/ways-...e-future
 
“We Could Soon Get Lasers Powerful Enough to Literally Rip Emptiness Apart” by Shailesh Prasad at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/we-co...ss-apart
 
“We Put The Entire Internet On The Blockchain — and You Can Too” by Odette Gregory at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/we-pu...th-wired
 
“What is the next stage in human evolution?” by Amnon H. Eden at https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/01/what-...volution

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
 
Jim Mellon: $1,380, Dave Davies: $85, Michael Dickey: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Petr Srámek: $75, Alison Lewis: $50, Joseph Pelton: $50, Venita Davis: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Allen Taylor: $25, Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Justina Cruickshank: $10, Anthony L. Haynor: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Patrik Sandin: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Peter Smafield: $10, Boston Web Design Company || Blue Phoenix Creative: $5, Couponcode JAM: $5, Curate View: $5, Essential Home and Garden: $5, Facilium Interim: $5, Insignia SEO: $5, LED Light Reviews: $5, Otomo: $5, Wadav: $5, Best Car CB Radio Reviews: $3, My Perky Pet: $3, Carpet Cleaner Missoula: $2, Win Win Real Estate: $2, Boston Mobile Sandblasting: $1, Dev Chatterjee: $1, Cold Press Juicer HQ: $1, John Lemonds: $1, Nashua Drywall Repair: $1, Nashua House Cleaning: $1, Pest Control Newcastle: $1, Roofing Newcastle: $1, and Taxi Service Durham: $1.
 
Our Join Us page at https://lifeboat.com/ex/join.us now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.