Lifeboat News #188


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 03/01/18. Copyright 2018 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Lifeboat Foundation Funds Teachers in Space

Minden, Nevada – Teachers in Space, Inc. (TIS), the leading provider of affordable flight experiment opportunities for classrooms, will use a grant from the Lifeboat Foundation to fly three new classroom experiments on the Perlan II stratospheric glider in May.
Teachers in Space have developed a standardized 3D printed housing fitted with a customizable processor, data storage, sensors, and batteries for flying educational payloads. Early versions of the equipment have been used for student science payloads aboard high altitude balloons and inside the Perlan II stratospheric glider. Perlan pilot Jim Payne set the World Record for manned glider altitude in September 2017 while carrying a TIS experiment from a school in Connecticut.
A NASA Flight Opportunities grant awarded late 2017 enabled TIS to modify their classroom flight experiment platform for integration aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spaceship while maintaining compatibility with the Perlan glider. The additional award from the Lifeboat Foundation, made in December 2017, enables TIS to send two experienced Flight Experiments instructors to the Minden NV airport from Thursday 3 to Tuesday 8 May to test the redesigned experiment equipment on May flights of Perlan II and to visit local schools on request.
The experiments flying with Perlan in May are from the Ashford School in Connecticut (dual geiger counter radiation level testing), Cazenovia School in New York (effects of radiation on plant seeds), and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (marshmallows at high altitude / low pressure). Details of these and of experiments flown in previous years can be seen at
TIS Vice President James Kuhl of Syracuse NY and Balloon Mission Director Chris Murphy of Gloversville NY will be available on request to visit schools in the Minden and Reno NV areas between Friday 4 and Monday 7 May 2018 to explain Teachers in Space’s classroom flight experiment opportunities and demonstrate the experiments which will fly with Perlan. Write to [email protected] or call 646-490-5576 to schedule a visit.
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Marcos Than Esponda joins our blog team with the post “I Want to Preserve My Brain So My Mind Can Be Uploaded to a Computer in the Future” at
Alvaro Fernandez joins our blog team with the post “Research trend: Combining brain stimulation with cognitive training to enhance attention and memory” at
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Danko Nikolic joins our blog team with the post “Robots Go Mental” at
Mean Raven joins our blog team with the post “New DIY 3D Bioprinter to Create Living Human Organs” at
Recent interesting blog posts include
“50 Years of Earth in Photos from Space” by Alberto Lao at
“Artificial Neurons Can Function Just like Human Brain Cells” by Manuel Canovas Lechuga at
“Becoming Transhuman: The Complicated Future of Robot and Advanced Sapient Rights” by Zoltan Istvan at
“Breakthrough brings gene-editing medicine one step closer to patient applications” by Ian Hale at
“A Clinical-Grade Implant May Cure Blindness!” by Nicholi Avery at
“Clinical Trial Shows Promising Results for Age-related Macular Degeneration” by Steve Hill at
“CRISPR plants won’t be regulated” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Digital Financial Services for the world’s poor can be accelerated with Blockchain” by Bill Kemp at
“Elon Musk: We Must Leave Earth For One Critical Reason” by John Gallagher at
“Evidence mounts for habitability of Venus-like worlds” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“FakeApp lets people make fake videos of anyone” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Gene therapy may help astronauts going to Mars resist deadly radiation” by Carse Peel at
“A Global Arms Race for Killer Robots Is Transforming Warfare” by Amnon H. Eden at
“Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question” by Bill Kemp at
“Go On A 4K Joyride Around The Moon, Courtesy of NASA” by Michael Lance at
“Here’s how the US needs to prepare for the age of artificial intelligence” by Derick Lee at
“How to Travel Across the USA on Bitcoin” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Huge solar ‘tornadoes’ don’t spin after all, study shows by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“International conference ‘Interventions to extend healthspan and lifespan’” by Elena Milova at
“In the 21st Century, Convenience is What Makes the World Go Round” by B.J. Murphy at
“Jupiter’s North Pole Looks Totally Insane in These New Photos From NASA” by Michael Lance at
“Memory Successfully Boosted In Humans” by Marcos Than Esponda at
“New cancer stem cell marker also kills off cancer cells” by Nicola Bagala at
“New Cancer Vaccine Implant from Harvard Reprograms Our Cells” by Mean Raven at
“New device modulates light and amplifies tiny signals” by Saul Morales Rodriguéz at
“The Next Time Friday The 13th Happens In April, It Will Come With A Big Asteroid” by Alberto Lao at
“New Trojan Malware Could Mind-Control Neural Networks” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative” by Bill Kemp at
“Psst! A whispering gallery for light boosts solar cells” by Bill Kemp at
“Researchers are one step closer to an effective anti-atherosclerosis vaccine” by Manuel Canovas Lechuga at
“Robot attends class at MIT, can’t find a seat” by Dan Kummer at
“Robot Cities: Three Urban Prototypes for Future Living” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Robot cognition requires machines that both think and feel” by Marcos Than Esponda at
“Robots Go Mental” by Danko Nikolic at
“Study Suggests You Can Survive Certain Black Holes” by Michael Lance at
“Towards a Posthuman Life” by Steve Nichols at
“Ultra-Accurate Clocks Lead Search for New Laws of Physics” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“Using Peptides to Regrow Human Teeth” by Steve Hill at
“Video Gaming as a Geroprotective Strategy” by Steve Hill at
“Why immuno-therapy is leaving markets abuzz across the world” by Derick Lee at
“The World’s Tiniest Computer Is Smaller Than A Grain Of Salt” by Shane Hinshaw at

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