Lifeboat News #197


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 12/01/18. Copyright 2018 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Richard Stallman

Our Richard Stallman will be speaking at New Delhi, India on January 5; Kozhikode, India on January 11–12; Thiruvananthapuram, India on January 15–16; Bengaluru, India on January 18; Toronto, Canada on February 7, and Bozeman, Montana on February 11. All these talks are gratis.
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Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program is being held January 14–February 15 at the Mawson Lakes Campus, University of South Australia Adelaide, Australia. Our Alan Hale is teaching for Small Bodies in the Solar System on January 31 and Stockport Observatory on February 9.
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Space Exploration Education Conference 2019

The Space Exploration Education Conference 2019 will be held February 6–9 at Houston, Texas.
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IBM Think 2019

IBM Think 2019 will be held February 12–15 in San Francisco, California. This is IBM’s flagship conference where over 30,000 C-level executives, IT managers, architects, and practitioners gather to make the world of business work smarter.
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Mitochondria: from Basic Biology to Mechanisms of Disease

Mitochondria: From Basic Biology to Mechanisms of Disease Conference will be held February 27–March 2 in Nassau, Bahamas.
Our Matt Kaeberlein and Yousin Suh will be speaking. Learn more at

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, Ruth Itzhaki, Graham Pawelec, Mikhail S. Shchepinov, and Manuel Serrano 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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Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Our Kattesh V. Katti was awarded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
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Lifeboat Foundation 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.
The 2018 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Jeff Bezos in recognition of his warnings about existential risks and his work on space exploration which will eventually improve the survival chances of humanity by having humanity being based in more than one location.
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Paul Battista joins our blog team with the post “Can nanotechnology rewire an injured spinal cord?” at
Adam Ford joins our blog team with the post “The Ghost in the Quantum Turing Machine” at
David Houlding joins our blog team with the post “Blockchain: 6 Key Ethical Considerations” at
Caycee Dee Neely joins our blog team with the post “NASA’s Technosignatures Report is Out. Every Way to Find Evidence of an Intelligent Civilization” at
James Christian Smith joins our blog team with the post “Engineers create an inhalable form of messenger RNA” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“A Child’s Puzzle Helped Uncover How Magnets Really Work” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“A high-carb diet may explain why Okinawans live so long” by Lilia Lens-Pechakova at
“AI Helps Amputees Walk With a Robotic Knee” by James Christian Smith at
“A new tooth-mounted sensor will soon help you lose weight” by Shane Hinshaw at
“The Cause of Alzheimer’s Could Be Coming From Inside Your Mouth, Study Claims” by Jeffrey L. Lee at
“CRISPR Just Got More Powerful With an ‘On’ Switch” by Ian Hale at
“DIY CRISPR: Genetic Engineering at Home” by Paul Battista at
“Europe wants to mine the moon by 2025: Plan could spark new space race” by Klaus Baldauf at
“First geoengineering experiment to dim the sun on track for 2019” by Victoria Generao at
“For Industrial Robots, Hacking Risks Are On the Rise” by Derick Lee at
“Genetic Mutations In Our Bodies Might Be Less Random Than We Thought, Scientists Say” by Xavier Rosseel at
“Google’s DeepMind AI Just Beat Two Pros At StarCraft II” by Sean Cusack at
“‘Immortality or Bust’ (Documentary): A Review” by B.J. Murphy at
“Microsoft, MIT help self-driving cars learn from AI ‘blind spots’” by Genevieve O’Hagan at
“Near-infrared metasurface reflects only one direction of circularly polarized light” by James Christian Smith at
“New Hubble view is ‘deepest image of the universe from space’” by Michael Lance at
“New Paper: A ‘Mirror Image’ of Our Universe Existed Before The Big Bang” by Paul Battista at
“Our Neural Code: A Pathway to AI Minds?” by Alex Vikoulov at
“Planetary collision that created Moon also seeded Earth with life-producing elements – study” by Michael Lance at
“Quantum Computer: We’re Planning to Create One That Acts Like a Brain” by Paul Battista at
“Say goodbye to Alexa and hello to gadgets listening to the voice inside your head” by Marcos Than Esponda at
“Quantum Theory Bends The Limits of Physics, Showing Two-Way Signaling May Be Possible” by Paul Battista at
“Scientists Create Liquid Fuel That Can Store The Sun’s Energy For Up to 18 Years” by Victoria Generao at
“Scientists observe a new form of strange matter” by Xavier Rosseel at
“Setting Rules for the AI Race” by Michael Lance at
“World’s First Mammal CRISPR/Cas-9 Genetic Inheritance Control Achieved” by Genevieve O’Hagan at

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