Lifeboat News #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

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
You can also get a great summary of last year’s activities by going to

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


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

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.
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