Lifeboat News #215


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 06/01/20. Copyright 2020 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Special Report

Read our special report “Breaking Out from Earth’s Shell” by Sylvia Engdahl at
Long ago people literally believed that an invisible, transparent shell surrounded Earth to hold up the stars. After that theory was discarded, the shell remained in a figurative sense, for Earth was thought to be forever isolated from the rest of the universe. Some people are comforted even today by this illusion, although it’s time for humankind to break free.

Ending Age-Related Diseases 2020 Update

Ending Age-Related Diseases 2020 will be held August 20–21 in cyberspace. This conference brings together the greatest minds from all over the world to work on the solutions to aging.
Our Alexandra Bause, Ryan Bethencourt, Judith Campisi, Keith Comito, Aubrey de Grey, Brian M. Delaney, Peter Fedichev, Steven A. Garan, Vadim Gladyshev, Vera Gorbunova, Lewis S. Gruber, Andrei Gudkov, Lorna Harries, Steve Hill, Steve Horvath, Brian Kennedy, Michael Kope, Tim Maupin, Elena Milova, Joshua Mitteldorf, Alexey Moskalev, Matthew O’Connor, Robert Shmookler Reis, Paul A. Spiegel, Michael Rose, and Natasha Vita-More will be speaking/participating.
Learn more at

Undoing Aging 2020 Update

Undoing Aging 2020 has been moved to October 21–23 in Berlin, Germany. Our Tamir Chandra, Ke Cheng, Aubrey de Grey, João Pedro de Magalhães, Vera Gorbunova, Michael Greve, Adiv A. Johnson, Jamie Justice, Jeanne Loring, and Wenyu Zhou will be speaking/participating.
Undoing Aging 2020 is not only open to the scientific community, but also welcomes startups, investors, the general media, and 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.
Learn more at


Read “Read Research Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence” at


Fakhr-e-Alam joins our Futurists Board. Fakhr is a Pakistani national award-winning film actor, TV host, VJ, and singer, popular for introducing the bhangra-rap fusion genre of music in Pakistan. In 2018, he became the first Pakistani to circumnavigate the globe solo.
Learn more at

Happy Galaxy Song

You can watch a short, fun song at


Gemechu Taye joins our blog team with the post “AI is Being Used to Discover New Antibiotics and Genes Linked to Disease” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“Annihilation of all Yardsticks — essay on Wittgenstein’s thoughts about certainty” by Eric Schulke at
“Are You Ready to Eat Meat Grown in a Lab?” by Dan Kummer at
“A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated” by Lon Anderson at
“Bill Gates responds to vaccine conspiracy theories via CCTV” by Roger Dufur at
“Biohydrogel: Saving irrigation water and protecting crops from droughts” by Fyodor Rouge at
“The Booming Space Economy” by Lola Heavey at
“The bubonic plague is back again in China’s Inner Mongolia” by Fyodor Rouge at
“The Case for Colonizing Mars” by Lola Heavey at
“Clearspace One: The First Attempt At Cleaning Up Space Junk | The State of Science” by TJ Yoo at
“Common Molecular Feature of Antibodies That Neutralize SARS-CoV-2 Discovered, Boosting COVID-19 Vaccine Prospects” by Genevieve Klien at
“Common Sense by Thomas Paine, with Life Extension Correlations” by Eric Schulke at
“Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections” by Pat Maechler at
“COVID-19: What’s RNA research got to do with it?” by Lon Anderson at
“Elon Musk and other competitors rushed to support Rocket Lab after the startup’s founder apologized for losing 7 satellites in a launch failure” by Alberto Lao at
“Elon Musk becomes the seventh richest billionaire in the world” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Elon Musk Hints About His Wish to Set Up Tesla’s Second Gigafactory in Asia” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Elon Musk’s Starlink growing bigger and bigger” by Bill D’Zio at
“Hey, let’s fight global pandemics by maybe starting one… Say WHAT?” by Pat Maechler at
“How bacteria read and follow the Earth’s magnetic field” by Quinn Sena at
“How to build a hydrogen-boron fusion reactor” by Quinn Sena at
“Israeli-made flying cars may be floating into our future” by Roger Dufur at
“Microsoft’s FastSpeech AI speeds up realistic voices generation” by Dan Kummer at
“Nanosponges could intercept SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection” by Roger Dufur at
“NASA Funds Harvard Hunt for Alien ‘Technological Civilizations’” by Shailesh Prasad at
“New Algorithm Coordinates Complex Behaviors Between Hundreds of Robots in a Fraction of the Time” by Genevieve Klien at
“Next Generation Magnetic Memory Breakthrough: Writing Data in Under a Nanosecond” by Genevieve Klien at
“Outbreaks After the Coronavirus: Bioterrorism and Encroaching on Nature” by TJ Yoo at
“Parker Solar Probe Spies Newly-Discovered Comet NEOWISE” by Alberto Lao at
“Quantum ‘fifth state of matter’ observed in space for first time” by Carse Peel at
“Regulation Too Often Shackles the Hands of Innovators” by Lola Heavey at
“Rock ‘n’ Control: Physicists Use Oscillations of Atoms to Control a Phase Transition” by Quinn Sena at
“Scientists discover ‘snooze button’ that could induce ‘hibernation’” by Carse Peel at
“Scientists grow ‘model’ human embryos from stem cells” by Carse Peel at
“Scientists Revive 32,000-Year-Old Plant Right Out of the Pleistocene” by Fyodor Rouge at
“Space Exploration vs Settlement” by Adriano Autino at
“Super Teacher Gets Bionic Arm” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Surviving Mars | Humanity’s First Mars Base” by TJ Yoo at
“Tesla to Build Mobile RNA Microfactories for CureVac’s COVID-19 Vaccine” by Lon Anderson at
“This mysterious AI can generate new remixes… forever” by Dan Kummer at
“Tiny Weed-Killing Robots Could Make Pesticides Obsolete” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?” by Pat Maechler at
“Young Sheldon — When Sheldon Outsmarted NASA” by Alberto Lao at

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