Lifeboat News #196


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 11/01/18. Copyright 2018 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

New Horizons

We would like to congratulate our Alan Stern for his accomplishment of New Horizons traveling 4 billion miles from Earth in the farthest flyby ever. Alan is Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons probe which rang in the new year by swinging by Ultima Thule — “beyond the known world” — an object in the Kuiper asteroid belt.
The spacecraft passed within 2,200 miles of the large asteroid at 12:33 a.m. EST Tuesday, not long after the ball dropped in New York Times Square. The close encounter marks the farthest spacecraft flyby in history.
“We set a record! Never before has a spacecraft explored something so far away,” Alan said. “I mean, think of it. We’re a billion miles further than Pluto, and now we’re going to keep going into the Kuiper Belt.”
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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. Past winners are listed at and include Ray Kurzweil and Stephen Hawking.
Please send your nominations to [email protected] with the subject “Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award”.

Longevity Therapeutics 2019

Longevity Therapeutics 2019 is being held January 29–31 in San Francisco. This conference will focus on enhancing & accelerating aging research & the development of therapies targeting age-related diseases. Our Judith Campisi, Aubrey de Grey, João Pedro de Magalhães, Peter Fedichev, Kristen Fortney and Alex Zhavoronkov will be speaking.
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Richard Stallman

Our Richard Stallman will be speaking at Thiruvananthapuram, India on January 15 and 16; Bengaluru, India on January 18; and Toronto, Canada on February 7. All these talks are gratis.
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Undoing Aging 2019 Update

Undoing Aging 2019 will be held March 28–30 in Berlin, Germany. Our Julie K. Andersen, Dongsheng Cai, Judith Campisi, Aubrey de Grey, Michael Greve, Graham Pawelec, and Mikhail S. Shchepinov will be speaking/participating.
Undoing Aging 2019 is not only open to the scientific community but also welcomes all interested members of the broader rejuvenation movement. The conference will feature a student poster session showing the work of innovative undergraduate and graduate students in the field of damage repair.
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Propose a Space Mission

Space Mission Activation Process: Are you a maker, innovator, explorer? Do you want to be part of the new space program? Propose a space mission and join in creating an international movement.
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Sam Bocetta joins our blog team with the post “The Rise of Hacking and Phishing in 2018 — Where Are We Headed?” at
Richard Darienzo joins our blog team with the post “MIT Interactive Robotics Laboratory” at
Samson Williams joins our blog team with the post “Virtual Currencies Are As Old As Favors” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“2019 Preview: People will receive transfusions of artificial blood” by Ian Hale at
“60 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2019” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Artificial neurons compute faster than the human brain” by Paul Gonçalves at
“Brain ‘pacemaker’ could prevent tremors and seizures for Parkinson’s and epilepsy sufferers” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“A Cafe in Japan Hires Robot Servers, But With a Twist” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Elon Musk wants testers for Tesla’s long-awaited ‘full self-driving’ A.I. chip” by Shane Hinshaw at
“Facial Recognition Tech Aims to Identify Good and Evil” by Derick Lee at
“How Can Galaxies Travel Faster Than Light?” by Sidney Clouston at
“The immune system’s fountain of youth” by Jacob Anderson at
“Injection to halt the progress of Alzheimer’s ‘available within decade’” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“Israeli company claims it has created new technology that can destroy cancerous tumors” by Victoria Generao at
“Mark Zuckerberg-Funded Researchers Test Implantable Brain Devices” by John Gallagher at
“Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes” by Xavier Rosseel at
“Meet OWL and HIBOU! Japan’s Asteroid Hoppers Get New Names” by Alberto Lao at
“MIT Scientists Use Nanoparticles to Engineer Incredible Glowing Plants” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Mysterious Anomaly Under Africa Is Weakening Earth’s Magnetic Field” by Shane Hinshaw at
“NASA research reveals Saturn is losing its rings at ‘worst-case-scenario’ rate” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“A New Theory On Time Indicates Present And Future Exist Simultaneously” by Victoria Generao at
“One-carbon Metabolic Pathway Implicated In Age-Related Immunosenescence” by Nicola Bagalà at
“Our Cellphones Aren’t Safe” by Derick Lee at
“Pediatric leukemia ‘super drug’ could be less than a decade away” by Nicholi Avery at
“President Trump has signed a $1.2 billion law to boost US quantum tech” by Shane Hinshaw at
“Proximity testing complete, Jetpack Aviation prepares to launch the world’s first jetpack race series” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Quantum Communication Just Took a Great Leap Forward” by Alexandros El at
“Rejuvenation: The discovery of animal cloning and subsequent development of cell reprogramming technology were quantum leaps as they led to the achievement of rejuvenation by cell reprogramming and the emerging view that aging is a reversible epigenetic process” by Montie Adkins at
“Researchers demonstrate teleportation using on-demand photons from quantum dots” by Steve Nichols at
“Scientists just used rabbit DNA to create a new kind of powerful, air purifying plant” by Marcia Wiegand at
“A self-driving car can choose who dies in a fatal crash. These are the ethical considerations” by Michael Lance at
“Space probe Osiris-Rex makes closest ever orbit of smallest ever object” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“Stephen Hawking’s Final Theory About Our Universe Will Melt Your Brain” by Xavier Rosseel at
“The Surprising Relativism of the Brain’s GPS” by Xavier Rosseel at
“Switch-in-a-cell electrifies life” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Synaptic protein regulates anxiety behaviour” by Ian Hale at
“This drug is the first to treat cancer based only on genetics, not the location of the cancer” by Shane Hinshaw at
“This inventor applied game theory to machine learning to make computers smarter” by Michael Lance at
“Tiny Stars, Habitable Worlds: Planet Hunters Chase A Cosmic Connection” by Bill Retherford at
“Using Bitcoin Off the Grid” by Klaus Baldauf at
“Wearable tech records memories” by Marcos Than Esponda at
“What If Humans Could Hibernate?” by Nicholi Avery at
“What the SpaceX Mirror Polished Stainless Steel Starship Will Look Like” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“When you look up, how far back in time do you see?” by Michael Lance at
“World of atoms” by Shailesh Prasad at

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