Lifeboat News #73


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 08/01/08. Copyright 2008 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Google News

Our blog posts are now showing up in Google News as shown at


Thanks to input from Joscha Bach, Matt Bamberger, Daniel Berleant, and Joshua Fox, our AIShield Program has been improved at

Lifeshield Bunkers

Brian Wang upgraded our LifeShield Bunkers program at


Read the updated version of "SHOUTING AT THE COSMOS...Or How SETI has Taken a Worrisome Turn Into Dangerous Territory" by David Brin at


Watch "Blue Beauty" at (Improved from our old PowerPoint version.)


Arthur C. Clarke's final novel "The Last Theorem", coauthored with our Frederik Pohl is now available at
"Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge" with contributions by our Amara D. Angelica, Catherine Asaro, Gregory Benford, Anne Corwin, and Wil McCarthy is now available at

News Articles

Read "Should we be phoning E.T.?" at
Read "The Doomsday Device is Ignored" at

NanoTX 08

Our Andrew Braswell, Teena James, Manu Sebastian Mannoor, and Balaji "Baloo" Panchapakesan will be speaking at NanoTX USA, an international conference and trade expo covering nanotechnology which will be held Oct 2-3, 2008 in Austin, Texas.
This event highlights advances in nanoscience and explains how nanotechnology is being used today and how it will impact a broad range of industries tomorrow: electronics, energy, aerospace, defense, biomedicine, robotics, chemicals, and more.
Learn more at

BIOT 2008

Our Mark J. Clement and Sumeet Dua will be participating in the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Symposium (BIOT 2008) which will be held October 17-18, 2008 in Arlington, Texas.
This symposium brings together scientists, engineers, and scholars from relevant fields with practitioners from industry in order to help each group to understand progress made in the area as a whole.
Learn more at

Scientific Advisory Board

Michael Shermer joins our Scientific Advisory Board. He is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University.
Read his bio at

Growing Membership

We welcome donations towards getting our backup machine at
Here are some of the recent donations/pledges we have received since the last newsletter:
Chris Haley: $285, Humberto Castaneda: $200, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $170, Michael Anissimov: $85, Eric Bauswell: $85, Michael Dickey: $85, Jason Gaverick Matheny: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, C M Anderson: $25, Vincent A. Cate: $25, Adam Dobrin: $25, Rick Hubbard: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Peter Murray: $25, Robert Hunt Robinson: $25, James William Taylor: $25, Mark A. Walker: $25, Anonymous: $20, Alexander Braitberg: $10, Stephen Fleming: $10, Joshua Fox: $10, Christopher Dilkus: $10, Sylvia Engdahl: $10, George Garrett: $10, Joseph P. Jackson III: $10, Sheridan Layman: $10, Marcel Lossi: $10, Glenn A. Miller: $10, Sarah Jane Pell: $10, John N. Philipps (Jack): $10, Kaj Sotala: $10, and Thoughtware.TV: $5.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.