Lifeboat News: The Blog https://lifeboat.com/blog Safeguarding Humanity Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:02:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Trust us, this is worth the wait https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/trust-us-this-is-worth-the-wait https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/trust-us-this-is-worth-the-wait#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:02:31 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/trust-us-this-is-worth-the-wait

Due to unfavorable weather conditions, the launch of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s #Antares rocket with #Cygnus cargo spacecraft is now targeted for 4:01 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 17 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The spacecraft will deliver more than 7,400 pounds of science & research, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station. Get the latest updates: https://go.nasa.gov/2qW8lJb

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Smartphones, tablets causing mental health issues in kids as young as two https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/smartphones-tablets-causing-mental-health-issues-in-kids-as-young-as-two https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/smartphones-tablets-causing-mental-health-issues-in-kids-as-young-as-two#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:42:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/smartphones-tablets-causing-mental-health-issues-in-kids-as-young-as-two

Open a book kids!


Smartphones and tablets are causing issues for kids as young as two years old.

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Flaws in industry-funded pesticide evaluation https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/flaws-in-industry-funded-pesticide-evaluation https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/flaws-in-industry-funded-pesticide-evaluation#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:43:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/flaws-in-industry-funded-pesticide-evaluation

The company-funded animal test was performed to ascertain how neural development is affected by the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is used on a wide variety of crops around the world, including some 20 EU countries. The test laboratory concluded that there was no such effect, even at high doses.


Academic researchers have examined raw data from a company-funded safety evaluation of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. They discovered an effect on the brain architecture of the exposed laboratory animals at all tested doses, which was not included in the reported conclusions. Karolinska Institutet in Sweden led this independent study, which is published in the scientific journal Environmental Health.

All pesticides must be evaluated in terms of their safety and potential risks for human health before they can officially be approved. Normally the companies that manufacture the products cover the cost of such evaluations and commission test laboratories to perform the necessary animal tests.

Assistant professor Axel Mie at Karolinska Institutet, Christina Rudén at Stockholm University and Philippe Grandjean at Harvard School of Public Health have examined a case in which independent research and company-funded tests deviated, at least in terms of the conclusions drawn in the industry-funded study.

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More realistic research needed on substances that enter the environment https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/more-realistic-research-needed-on-substances-that-enter-the-environment https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/more-realistic-research-needed-on-substances-that-enter-the-environment#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:43:04 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/more-realistic-research-needed-on-substances-that-enter-the-environment

Chemical substances and nanomaterials are processed on a massive scale in diverse products, while their risks have not been properly assessed. Time and again synthesised substances have been shown to pollute the environment more than lab tests predicted. This is the warning given by Professor of Ecotoxicology Martina Vijver from Leiden University in her inaugural lecture on 16 November.

Laboratory tests are inadequate, according to Vijver, because they do not imitate a complete ecosystem. In her inaugural lecture she will discuss in greater detail two examples of substances where more realistic research is needed: agricultural toxins and nanoparticles. ‘But the same can be said for many other groups of substances, such as antibiotics, plasticizers and GenX.’

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Google AI better than doctors at detecting breast cancer https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/google-ai-better-than-doctors-at-detecting-breast-cancer https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/google-ai-better-than-doctors-at-detecting-breast-cancer#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:42:21 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/google-ai-better-than-doctors-at-detecting-breast-cancer

Google’s deep learning AI called LYNA able to correctly identify tumorous regions in lymph nodes 99 per cent of the time.

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USB form neural compute stick makes debut at developer event https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/usb-form-neural-compute-stick-makes-debut-at-developer-event https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/usb-form-neural-compute-stick-makes-debut-at-developer-event#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/usb-form-neural-compute-stick-makes-debut-at-developer-event

Intel has unveiled the Intel Neural Compute Stick 2. It looks like a standard USB thumb drive, and it runs on a USB 3.0 port, but is oh-more-special. CNET said the new AI “brain” sticks into the side of your PC.

Andrew Tarantola in Engadget summed up its significance. “Intel’s NCS2 is essentially a self-contained neural network on a thumbdrive and should make developing those sorts of devices faster and easier by offloading much of the processing power required to train them to its onboard Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU).”

The debut took place Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Intel AI Devcon in Beijing.

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Organisms found on hike in the woods are like no other life on Earth News https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/organisms-found-on-hike-in-the-woods-are-like-no-other-life-on-earth-news https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/organisms-found-on-hike-in-the-woods-are-like-no-other-life-on-earth-news#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 01:42:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/organisms-found-on-hike-in-the-woods-are-like-no-other-life-on-earth-news

Canadian researchers have discovered a new kind of organism that’s so different from other living things that it doesn’t fit into the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or any other kingdom used to classify known organisms.

Two species of the microscopic organisms, called hemimastigotes, were found in dirt collected on a whim during a hike in Nova Scotia by Dalhousie University graduate student Yana Eglit.

A genetic analysis shows they’re more different from other organisms than animals and fungi (which are in different kingdoms) are from each other, representing a completely new part of the tree of life, Eglit and her colleagues report this week in the journal Nature.

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FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11,943 broadband satellites https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/fcc-tells-spacex-it-can-deploy-up-to-11943-broadband-satellites https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/fcc-tells-spacex-it-can-deploy-up-to-11943-broadband-satellites#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:42:37 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/fcc-tells-spacex-it-can-deploy-up-to-11943-broadband-satellites

SpaceX today received US approval to deploy 7,518 broadband satellites, in addition to the 4,425 satellites that were approved eight months ago.

The Federal Communications Commission voted to let SpaceX launch 4,425 low-Earth orbit satellites in March of this year. SpaceX separately sought approval for 7,518 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that these will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas. That amounts to 11,943 satellites in total for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband service.

SpaceX “proposes to add a very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) NGSO [non-geostationary satellite orbit] constellation, consisting of 7,518 satellites operating at altitudes from 335km to 346km,” the FCC said in the draft of the order that it approved unanimously today. The newly approved satellites would use frequencies between 37.5 and 42GHz for space-to-Earth transmissions and frequencies between 47.2 and 51.4GHz for Earth-to-space transmissions, the FCC said.

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Genes linked to being gay may help straight people get more sex https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/genes-linked-to-being-gay-may-help-straight-people-get-more-sex https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/genes-linked-to-being-gay-may-help-straight-people-get-more-sex#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:42:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/genes-linked-to-being-gay-may-help-straight-people-get-more-sex

The largest-ever study of genetics and sexual orientation offers a theory about the longevity of genes that influence homosexuality.

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Albert Einstein, Holograms and Quantum Gravity https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/albert-einstein-holograms-and-quantum-gravity https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/albert-einstein-holograms-and-quantum-gravity#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:02:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/albert-einstein-holograms-and-quantum-gravity

In the latest campaign to reconcile Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum mechanics, many physicists are studying how a higher dimensional space that includes gravity arises like a hologram from a lower dimensional particle theory.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company is launching DIY watchtowers with bricks from tunnel dirt https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/elon-musks-boring-company-is-launching-diy-watchtowers-with-bricks-from-tunnel-dirt https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/elon-musks-boring-company-is-launching-diy-watchtowers-with-bricks-from-tunnel-dirt#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:02:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/elon-musks-boring-company-is-launching-diy-watchtowers-with-bricks-from-tunnel-dirt

Getting rid of dirt is one of the largest costs of digging tunnels and Elon Musk’s Boring Company is exploring some creative ways to do that.

They are launching “DIY watchtowers” with bricks made of dirt from their tunnels.

They estimate that the cost of moving the dirt can represent up to 15% of the total cost of a tunnel, which is why they want to turn the dirt into a product itself.

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Nio deploys 18 battery swap stations covering 2,000+ km expressway https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/nio-deploys-18-battery-swap-stations-covering-2000-km-expressway https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/nio-deploys-18-battery-swap-stations-covering-2000-km-expressway#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:42:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/nio-deploys-18-battery-swap-stations-covering-2000-km-expressway

No one in the electric vehicle space has managed to make battery swapping work yet, but Nio is trying big time with 18 new battery swap stations covering a 2,000+ km expressway in China.

Several companies tried and failed at battery swapping. Tesla had a battery swap system that they seemingly abandoned and Better Place went bankrupt.

But you could say Tesla didn’t try that hard and has instead bet on fast-charging and Better Place was a little too ahead of its time.

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The most incredible technology you’ve never seen https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-most-incredible-technology-youve-never-seen https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-most-incredible-technology-youve-never-seen#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:22:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-most-incredible-technology-youve-never-seen

There’s money to be made and lives to be saved with the tiny stuff that’s all around us.

Saving the world (or some subset of people in it) is in vogue among the world’s wealthiest.

Jeff Bezos has a rocket company, Blue Origin. Bezos believes our future is extraterrestrial, and his rocket company exists because he thinks the price for getting anything off this rock is too damn high.

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Tell the FDA to identify and punish law breakers https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/tell-the-fda-to-identify-and-punish-law-breakers https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/tell-the-fda-to-identify-and-punish-law-breakers#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/tell-the-fda-to-identify-and-punish-law-breakers

Tell the FDA to identify and punish organisations who have broken US law by not reporting clinical trial results.


The US’s Food and Drug Administration has at last published its plan to identify and punish the organisations and people who have broken the law by not reporting clinical trial results. The FDA now wants to hear what we think about the plan.

The FDA Amendment Act 2007 says that lots of clinical trials in the US should be registered on ClinicalTrials.gov and report results information there within 12 months of the end of the trial. AllTrials’s FDAAA TrialsTracker shows that 628 clinical trials have broken this law since the first trials became due in January this year. We have written to the FDA every week to update them on the trials that have breached the law and shared with them a rolling estimation of the amount in fines the Agency could levy on the law breakers. The FDA has the power to fine people up to $10,000 a day and we have assessed that they could have raised $904,499,127 – nearly a billion dollars – but no one has ever been fined. That the FDA is now seriously considering how to start doing this is a long-awaited step forward.

These are the draft guidelines. The FDA is asking for comments on them to be submitted here. You don’t have to be a US citizen to comment.

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This video is the sixth in a multi-part series discussing computing https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/this-video-is-the-sixth-in-a-multi-part-series-discussing-computing https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/this-video-is-the-sixth-in-a-multi-part-series-discussing-computing#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:22:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/this-video-is-the-sixth-in-a-multi-part-series-discussing-computing

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The Rise of GPU Computing (+ What is Volta, Titan V, RTX…) https://www.facebook.com/singularityprosperity/videos/440193486462231/


In this video, we’ll be discussing the rise of GPU computing and the role it will play in AI computational tasks.

[0:22–5:26] Starting off we’ll look at, the origins of GPU computing and the reason(s) for their mass adoption today.

[5:26–8:13] Following that we’ll discuss, the use of GPU computing for artificial intelligence (AI) computing.

[8:13–9:38] To conclude we’ll discuss, general purpose GPU (GPGPU) computing.

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Thoughts on the 2018 Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/thoughts-on-the-2018-eurosymposium-on-healthy-ageing https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/thoughts-on-the-2018-eurosymposium-on-healthy-ageing#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/thoughts-on-the-2018-eurosymposium-on-healthy-ageing

Thoughts on the Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing held by Heales in Brussels.


When I first learned about the possibility of achieving human rejuvenation through biotechnological means, little did I know that this would lead me to meet many of the central figures in the field during a conference some seven years later—let alone that I would be speaking at the very same event. Yet, I’ve had the privilege to attend the Fourth Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing (EHA) held in Brussels on November 8–10, an experience that gave me a feel of just how real the prospect of human rejuvenation is.

A friendly, welcoming environment

As EHA was the first conference I’ve ever attended, I didn’t quite know what to expect; given that researchers, activists, and investors from all around the world were invited, I had imagined it would probably be a posh, formal event with violins playing on the background and people in suits and formal dresses discussing topics beyond my comprehension while enjoying champagne. Thankfully, the atmosphere was much more relaxed and informal, elegant but not intimidating, which favored the interaction among participants regardless of their backgrounds—though, alas, the topics discussed were indeed mostly beyond my comprehension, as they involved high-level biochemistry with which I’m nowhere near sufficiently familiar (yet).

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Unveils ST-42 for Scalable Manufacturing in Space for Earth-Based Applications https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/unveils-st-42-for-scalable-manufacturing-in-space-for-earth-based-applications https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/unveils-st-42-for-scalable-manufacturing-in-space-for-earth-based-applications#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:02:51 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/unveils-st-42-for-scalable-manufacturing-in-space-for-earth-based-applications

LEXINGTON, Ky. (NOVEMBER 15, 2018) – Space Tango, a leader in the commercialization of space through R&D, bioengineering and manufacturing in microgravity, today announced ST-42, a fully autonomous robotic orbital platform designed specifically for scalable manufacturing in space. Launching in the mid 2020’s, ST-42 aims to harness the unique environment of microgravity to produce high value products across industries; from patient therapeutics to advanced technology products that have the potential to revolutionize industries here on Earth. ST-42 is an extension of the International Space Station’s (ISS) capabilities, and NASA’s creation of a robust commercial marketplace in low Earth orbit (LEO).

ST-42 will bring the economics of production in orbit into reality coupling autonomy with the reduced cost and larger number of launch vehicle providers. Space Tango expects the platform to be at the forefront of new breakthroughs in knowledge discovery, therapeutic solutions and manufacturing, and to provide the required capabilities for creation of new biomedical and technology product sectors in the commercial Space economy.

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Too much mTOR is Linked to Diabetes and Aging https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/too-much-mtor-is-linked-to-diabetes-and-aging https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/too-much-mtor-is-linked-to-diabetes-and-aging#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:42:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/too-much-mtor-is-linked-to-diabetes-and-aging

A new study takes a look at the relationship between metabolism, aging, and type 2 diabetes and in particular the mTORC1 protein complex, part of the mTOR pathway.

The mTOR pathway

The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway is a major part of metabolism and is one of four major pathways that control it; collectively, the four pathways are part of deregulated nutrient sensing, which is one of the aging processes.

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Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/are-killer-robots-the-future-of-war-parsing-the-facts-on-autonomous-weapons https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/are-killer-robots-the-future-of-war-parsing-the-facts-on-autonomous-weapons#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:44:02 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/are-killer-robots-the-future-of-war-parsing-the-facts-on-autonomous-weapons

Under what circumstances should militaries delegate the decision to take a human life to machines? It’s a moral leap that the international community is grappling with.

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How California Needs to Adapt to Survive Future Fires https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/how-california-needs-to-adapt-to-survive-future-fires https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/how-california-needs-to-adapt-to-survive-future-fires#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:43:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/how-california-needs-to-adapt-to-survive-future-fires

California is burning for very good reasons, like climate change and population growth. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Scouting out bacterial defences to find new ways to counter-attack antibiotic resistance https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/scouting-out-bacterial-defences-to-find-new-ways-to-counter-attack-antibiotic-resistance https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/scouting-out-bacterial-defences-to-find-new-ways-to-counter-attack-antibiotic-resistance#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:43:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/scouting-out-bacterial-defences-to-find-new-ways-to-counter-attack-antibiotic-resistance

Research led by the University of Bristol has begun to unpick an important mechanism of antibiotic resistance and suggest approaches to block this resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to defend against antibiotic attack, and the spread of these resistance mechanisms amongst bacteria is a global public health concern. A form of resistance caused by a family of bacterial proteins, the Verona Imipenemase (VIM) beta-lactamases, is of acute clinical concern because it can inactivate (penicillins and related agents) that comprise over half of the global antibacterial market.

A team of researchers led by the University of Bristol have uncovered near-atomic level structural detail of VIM proteins. The research is published today [Thursday 15 November] in The FEBS Journal.

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Reprogrammed Stem Cells Implanted into Patient with Parkinson’s Disease https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/reprogrammed-stem-cells-implanted-into-patient-with-parkinsons-disease https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/reprogrammed-stem-cells-implanted-into-patient-with-parkinsons-disease#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:43:17 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/reprogrammed-stem-cells-implanted-into-patient-with-parkinsons-disease

A man in his 50s is the first of seven patients to receive the experimental therapy.

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How algae could sustainably reduce the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/how-algae-could-sustainably-reduce-the-carbon-dioxide-concentration-in-the-atmosphere https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/how-algae-could-sustainably-reduce-the-carbon-dioxide-concentration-in-the-atmosphere#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:42:59 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/how-algae-could-sustainably-reduce-the-carbon-dioxide-concentration-in-the-atmosphere

In collaboration with fellow researchers, chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process that, according to initial calculations, can facilitate economically removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The latest World Climate Report (IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ° C) acknowledges the global relevance of the process.

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Lost Continents Beneath Antarctica Unveiled in Dead Satellite’s Data https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/lost-continents-beneath-antarctica-unveiled-in-dead-satellites-data https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/lost-continents-beneath-antarctica-unveiled-in-dead-satellites-data#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:22:42 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/lost-continents-beneath-antarctica-unveiled-in-dead-satellites-data

Ancient continents were found under Antarctic ice, thanks to old data from a now-dead European satellite.

New analysis of data from the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission has revealed rocky zones called “cratons” in the Earth’s lithosphere, a zone between our planet’s crust and mantle. GOCE plunged into Earth’s atmosphere five years ago this month after the craft ran out of orbital-maneuvering fuel. While scientists were unable to predict exactly where GOCE would fall, no debris dropped into populated areas.

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China’s “Artificial Sun” Is Now Hot Enough for Nuclear Fusion https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/chinas-artificial-sun-is-now-hot-enough-for-nuclear-fusion https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/chinas-artificial-sun-is-now-hot-enough-for-nuclear-fusion#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:22:25 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/chinas-artificial-sun-is-now-hot-enough-for-nuclear-fusion

Tokamaks like EAST could help us do just that. They’re devices that use magnetic fields to control plasma in a way that could support stable nuclear fusion, and it’s this plasma that EAST heated to such an incredible temperature.

Going Nuclear

Not only is EAST’s new plasma temperature milestone remarkable because, wow, it’s really hot, it’s also the minimum temperature scientists believe is needed to produce a self-sustaining nuclear fusion reaction on Earth.

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Inventors of spinning wind turbine win James Dyson award https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/inventors-of-spinning-wind-turbine-win-james-dyson-award https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/inventors-of-spinning-wind-turbine-win-james-dyson-award#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:22:29 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/inventors-of-spinning-wind-turbine-win-james-dyson-award

Lancaster students win £30,000 prize for O-Wind turbine after scooping UK equivalent.

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Experts visualise what life on Mars would be like for humans https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/experts-visualise-what-life-on-mars-would-be-like-for-humans https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/experts-visualise-what-life-on-mars-would-be-like-for-humans#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:02:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/experts-visualise-what-life-on-mars-would-be-like-for-humans

The team produced particulars for three distinct dwellings; an apartment aimed at young professionals, a family home and a luxury mansion.

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Fusion breakthrough as China’s “artificial sun” reaches 100 million degrees https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/fusion-breakthrough-as-chinas-artificial-sun-reaches-100-million-degrees https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/fusion-breakthrough-as-chinas-artificial-sun-reaches-100-million-degrees#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:22:23 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/fusion-breakthrough-as-chinas-artificial-sun-reaches-100-million-degrees

The day of clean, limitless energy from nuclear fusion has taken another step closer thanks to China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). During a four-month experiment, the “Chinese artificial sun” reached a core plasma temperature of over 100 million degrees Celsius – that’s more than six times hotter than the interior of the Sun – and a heating power of 10 MW, enabling the study of various aspects of practical nuclear fusion in the process.

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There’s a new way to hunt down exoplanets – and it’s just made its first big discovery https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/theres-a-new-way-to-hunt-down-exoplanets-and-its-just-made-its-first-big-discovery https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/theres-a-new-way-to-hunt-down-exoplanets-and-its-just-made-its-first-big-discovery#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:42:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/theres-a-new-way-to-hunt-down-exoplanets-and-its-just-made-its-first-big-discovery

A new planet, more than three times the mass of Earth, has been discovered orbiting our closest single star. The discovery, which took more than 20 years to make, marks a change in the way we look for new planets.

This is the first time a planet of its size, known as a super-Earth, with an orbital period of 200 days, has been found using a well-established method; by measuring the fractional changes in the speed of the star caused by the planet orbiting around it.

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Steve Jobs — iPhone Introduction in 2007 (Complete Video) https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/steve-jobs-iphone-introduction-in-2007-complete-video https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/steve-jobs-iphone-introduction-in-2007-complete-video#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:23:00 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/steve-jobs-iphone-introduction-in-2007-complete-video

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The Two Fastest Supercomputers on Earth Belong to the US https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-two-fastest-supercomputers-on-earth-belong-to-the-us https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-two-fastest-supercomputers-on-earth-belong-to-the-us#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:22:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-two-fastest-supercomputers-on-earth-belong-to-the-us

The U.S. is now home to the two fastest supercomputers in the world, according to a newly released ranking of the top 500 systems.

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Be open about drug failures to speed up research https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/be-open-about-drug-failures-to-speed-up-research https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/be-open-about-drug-failures-to-speed-up-research#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:06:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/be-open-about-drug-failures-to-speed-up-research

Practices to enable more-thorough, earlier analyses of failed developments should be adapted to treatments for other challenging diseases, and should be part of regulators’ responsibilities. This will ensure that clinical research evaluates treatments faster and with more certainty.


Access to evidence from disappointing drug-development programmes advances the whole scientific process, explain Enrica Alteri and Lorenzo Guizzaro.

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Twenty-First Century Warfare: Secret and Silent Frequency Wars https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/twenty-first-century-warfare-secret-and-silent-frequency-wars https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/twenty-first-century-warfare-secret-and-silent-frequency-wars#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:02:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/twenty-first-century-warfare-secret-and-silent-frequency-wars

It’s imperative that Humanity understands the reality of warfare in these times when advanced and secret technologies are used against us on a daily basis.

From WiFi and cell phone frequencies to televisions and microwave ovens on up to the most exotic sonic weapons—it’s all disruptive and even lethal to the Human body and mind.

Because these weapons are silent and invisible, the war-loving aspects of society have been able to experiment with these methods for decades but the time for secrecy and these covert attacks on the life on our planet has come to an end.

What harm does it do? We can see the carnage if we will just look. Whales and dolphins washing up by the hundreds on beaches, bleeding from their ears, flocks of birds falling from the sky with no outward trauma, multiple forms of cancer rampant… it’s endless.

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Bio-tech firm develops 3D printed replacement cornea for human eyes https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/bio-tech-firm-develops-3d-printed-replacement-cornea-for-human-eyes https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/bio-tech-firm-develops-3d-printed-replacement-cornea-for-human-eyes#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:42:43 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/bio-tech-firm-develops-3d-printed-replacement-cornea-for-human-eyes

After successfully transplanting the first 3D-printed cornea in an animal, North Carolina company Precise Bio has recently announced the launch of a dedicated business for creating marketable, 3D-printed products for human eyes. Founded by scientists from the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, this company is developing bio-fabrication printers that can restore cells, tissues, and organs. Their proprietary technology, a 4D bio-printing platform, is said to resolve existing limitations presented by other bioprinters to enable more complex tissues to be engineered for transplants and treatments. By focusing on developing marketable products for the eye, the company aims to achieve rapid advancement in its field and move to overhaul the whole organ transplant system.

When a cornea is damaged by disease or injury, a replacement is often needed to restore vision. Transplant surgery using donated corneas is an available solution, however, it relies on a deceased donor. While the waiting list in the United States is nearly non-existent, other countries require longer wait times, some over a year, before one is available. The Eye Bank Association of America estimates that around 10 million people suffer from corneal blindness that could potentially be restored via transplant surgery. An artificially manufactured cornea would overcome supply limitations while also contributing to the knowledge base to develop more complex organs such as hearts and livers.

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‘Unlike us, Elon Musk is using old tech’: Russia shows off reusable NUKE ENGINE for Mars mission https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/unlike-us-elon-musk-is-using-old-tech-russia-shows-off-reusable-nuke-engine-for-mars-mission https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/unlike-us-elon-musk-is-using-old-tech-russia-shows-off-reusable-nuke-engine-for-mars-mission#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:22:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/unlike-us-elon-musk-is-using-old-tech-russia-shows-off-reusable-nuke-engine-for-mars-mission

A leading Russian space research center has posted a video of its nuclear-powered rocket, that will be able to land on Mars after seven months, and can be re-launched into space just 48 hours after landing.

“A mission to Mars is possible in the very near future, but that’s not an aim in itself. Our engines can be the foundation for a whole range of space missions that currently seem like science fiction,” Vladimir Koshlakov, who heads Moscow’s Keldysh Research Center told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

The institute, which is famous for developing the Katyusha rocket launched during World War II, has been working on what it says is a “unique” propulsion system since 2009. From past descriptions, it comprises a gas-cooled fission reactor that powers a generator, which in turn feeds a plasma thruster.

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Immunity connects gut bacteria and aging https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/immunity-connects-gut-bacteria-and-aging https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/immunity-connects-gut-bacteria-and-aging#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:03:50 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/immunity-connects-gut-bacteria-and-aging

EPFL scientists have discovered how a dysfunction in the immune system can cause an overload of a gut bacterium. The bacterium produces excess lactic acid, which in turn triggers the production of reactive oxygen species that cause damage to cells and many age-related pathologies.

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Pioneering sociologist foresaw our current chaos 100 years ago https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/pioneering-sociologist-foresaw-our-current-chaos-100-years-ago https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/pioneering-sociologist-foresaw-our-current-chaos-100-years-ago#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:03:41 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/pioneering-sociologist-foresaw-our-current-chaos-100-years-ago

‘’Durkheim’s profound insight was that despite the negative risks associated with the sacred, humans cannot live without it. He asserted that a lack of social solidarity within society would not only lead individuals to experience anomie and alienation, but might also encourage them to engage in extremist politics. Why? Because extremist politics would satiate their desperate desire to belong.


Globally, we are currently experiencing tremendous social and political turbulence. At the institutional level, liberal democracy faces the threat of rising authoritarianism and far-right extremism. At the local level, we seem to be living in an ever-increasing age of anxiety, engendered by precarious economic conditions and the gradual erosion of shared social norms. How might we navigate these difficult and disorienting times?

Emile Durkheim, one of the pioneers of the discipline of sociology, died 101 years ago this month. Although few outside of social science departments know his name, his intellectual legacy has been integral to shaping modern thought about society. His work may provide us with some assistance in diagnosing the perennial problems associated with modernity.

Whenever commentators argue that a social problem is “structural” in nature, they are invoking Durkheim’s ideas. It was Durkheim who introduced the idea that society is composed not simply of a collection of individuals, but also social and cultural structures that impose themselves upon, and even shape, individual action and thought. In his book The Rules of the Sociological Method he called these “social facts.”

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5 Technologies Bringing Healthcare Systems into the Future https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/5-technologies-bringing-healthcare-systems-into-the-future https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/5-technologies-bringing-healthcare-systems-into-the-future#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:03:32 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/5-technologies-bringing-healthcare-systems-into-the-future

If you think you’ve got a bad case of the travel bug, get this: Dr. John Halamka travels 400,000 miles a year. That’s equivalent to fully circling the globe 16 times.

Halamka is chief information officer at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing emergency physician. In a talk at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine last week, Halamka shared what he sees as the biggest healthcare problems the world is facing, and the most promising technological solutions from a systems perspective.

“In traveling 400,000 miles you get to see lots of different cultures and lots of different people,” he said. “And the problems are really the same all over the world. Maybe the cultural context is different or the infrastructure is different, but the problems are very similar.”

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There is a weird new state of matter that can’t be stirred or pushed https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/there-is-a-weird-new-state-of-matter-that-cant-be-stirred-or-pushed https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/there-is-a-weird-new-state-of-matter-that-cant-be-stirred-or-pushed#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:03:19 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/there-is-a-weird-new-state-of-matter-that-cant-be-stirred-or-pushed

By Leah Crane

There’s a new state of matter — and it’s weird. It’s made from light and is somewhere between a solid and a superfluid. It can’t be stirred, rotated, or even pushed.

“If you have some water in a pipe and you start pushing it, it will flow a little faster,” says Marzena Szymańska at University College London. “Whereas this fluid is so rigid that even pushing it will not change its velocity.”

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Mark Zuckerberg And Elon Musk On Artificial Intelligence https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/mark-zuckerberg-and-elon-musk-on-artificial-intelligence https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/mark-zuckerberg-and-elon-musk-on-artificial-intelligence#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:03:17 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/mark-zuckerberg-and-elon-musk-on-artificial-intelligence

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Drone’s high-tech bike theft attempt caught on camera https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/drones-high-tech-bike-theft-attempt-caught-on-camera https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/drones-high-tech-bike-theft-attempt-caught-on-camera#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:02:40 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/drones-high-tech-bike-theft-attempt-caught-on-camera

Nov. 12 (UPI) — A group of shocked cyclists captured video of the moment a drone operator nearly pulled off a high-tech bike theft.

The video, recorded in Hustopece, Moravia, Czech Republic, shows the cyclists climbing a local landmark known as Lookout Tower and taking video of a drone flying nearby.

The cyclists start scrambling down the tower when the drone lowers down to the ground and picks up one of the bicycles.

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New cholesterol guidelines for heart health: What you need to know https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/new-cholesterol-guidelines-for-heart-health-what-you-need-to-know https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/new-cholesterol-guidelines-for-heart-health-what-you-need-to-know#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:02:34 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/new-cholesterol-guidelines-for-heart-health-what-you-need-to-know

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, who have medical experts from around the nation on the writing committee, have released updated guidelines on managing cholesterol to minimize the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. The new guidelines advocate for more aggressive treatment with statin therapy and getting LDL cholesterol counts, commonly referred to as “bad cholesterol” to your target level –- in general, less than 100mg/dL; for those with risk factors, less than 70mg/dL.

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Terrifying footage shows Southern California fires nipping at a highway https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/terrifying-footage-shows-southern-california-fires-nipping-at-a-highway https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/terrifying-footage-shows-southern-california-fires-nipping-at-a-highway#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:02:26 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/terrifying-footage-shows-southern-california-fires-nipping-at-a-highway

Fires creeping in on daily life are becoming the new terrifying norm.

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Bosch Boosts IOTA With New Device Connectivity For IoT Data Collection https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/bosch-boosts-iota-with-new-device-connectivity-for-iot-data-collection https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/bosch-boosts-iota-with-new-device-connectivity-for-iot-data-collection#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:02:24 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/bosch-boosts-iota-with-new-device-connectivity-for-iot-data-collection

Multinational engineering and electronics giant Bosch recently highlighted a new device connectivity method which will work with the Iota marketplace, among other things, for real-time IoT (Internet of Things) data collection and sales.

Data Collection for the IOTA Marketplace

In a recent blog post the firm opened with a quote from 1999 from Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman extolling the virtues of anonymously transferring funds on the internet, way before cryptocurrencies were even conceived. It continued to elaborate on the Iota ecosystem, its advantages over Bitcoin, and why it has been chosen as a partner.

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Jeff Bezos has confirmed the HQ2 decision and it’s the embodiment of Amazon’s emotionless practicality https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/jeff-bezos-has-confirmed-the-hq2-decision-and-its-the-embodiment-of-amazons-emotionless-practicality https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/jeff-bezos-has-confirmed-the-hq2-decision-and-its-the-embodiment-of-amazons-emotionless-practicality#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:02:10 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/jeff-bezos-has-confirmed-the-hq2-decision-and-its-the-embodiment-of-amazons-emotionless-practicality

Duh.

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Hoverbikes are finally here, but don’t expect to fly cheap https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/hoverbikes-are-finally-here-but-dont-expect-to-fly-cheap https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/hoverbikes-are-finally-here-but-dont-expect-to-fly-cheap#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:01:52 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/hoverbikes-are-finally-here-but-dont-expect-to-fly-cheap

California firm’s long-anticipated flying motorcycle will set you back $150,000.

This drone-like flying motorcycle can be yours for $150,000. Hoversurf Official via YouTube.

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Has a Piece of the World’s Oldest Computer Been Found? https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/has-a-piece-of-the-worlds-oldest-computer-been-found https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/has-a-piece-of-the-worlds-oldest-computer-been-found#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:01:38 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/has-a-piece-of-the-worlds-oldest-computer-been-found

A lost piece of the world’s oldest analog computer (the Antikythera mechanism an ancient Greek device designed to calculate astronomical position) may have been discovered.

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Google went down after traffic was routed through China and Russia https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/google-went-down-after-traffic-was-routed-through-china-and-russia https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/google-went-down-after-traffic-was-routed-through-china-and-russia#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:01:22 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/google-went-down-after-traffic-was-routed-through-china-and-russia

Google’s services went down for an hour yesterday after its IP addresses were routed way from normal paths to Nigeria, China and Russia. Google told Ars Technica it doubted the leak was malicious, despite the fact that government-owned China Telecom was recently caught routing Western carrier traffic through mainland China. Some of Google’s most sensitive data, including its corporate WAN infrastructure and VPN, were reportedly redirected.

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The Genius Neuroscientist Who Might Hold the Key to True AI https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-genius-neuroscientist-who-might-hold-the-key-to-true-ai https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-genius-neuroscientist-who-might-hold-the-key-to-true-ai#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:01:06 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/the-genius-neuroscientist-who-might-hold-the-key-to-true-ai

Karl Friston’s free energy principle might be the most all-encompassing idea since Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. But to understand it, you need to peer inside the mind of Friston himself.

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CDC sets task force on determining cause of rise in polio-like illness https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/cdc-sets-task-force-on-determining-cause-of-rise-in-polio-like-illness https://russian.lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/cdc-sets-task-force-on-determining-cause-of-rise-in-polio-like-illness#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:00:47 +0000 https://lifeboat.com/blog/2018/11/cdc-sets-task-force-on-determining-cause-of-rise-in-polio-like-illness

Last week alone, 33 new kids are suspected of having AFM.

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