Lifeboat News #217


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 08/01/20. Copyright 2020 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.


Read “Changing Connectomes: Evolution, Development, and Dynamics in Network Neuroscience” by our Marcus Kaiser at
Learn about “Growing Up Corona: The Future History of Generation Z” by our Alexandra Whittington at This book discusses how a younger generation is being influenced by the societal and economic disruption from unique historic events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Report

Read our Special Report “Loosening the Linkages Between Language and the Land” by Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board members Lawrence Baines and Gul Nahar at
Like any living thing, languages evolve over time. This paper examines the connections among sociocultural change, access to the Internet, and the fluctuations of English as a global language. English has begun to transcend geographical borders and sociocultural boundaries as its status as a national language, official language, or unofficial language grows.

Biostasis 2020: the Annual Biostasis Conference

Biostasis 2020: The Annual Biostasis Conference will be held October 24–25, 2020 in cyberspace.
Our João Pedro de Magalhães, Greg Fahy, Emil Kendziorra, and Ramón Risco will be speaking. Learn more at

Matching-Grant Competition

Learn about #HalfMyDAF, a matching-grant competition endorsed by Herbie Hancock: DAF holders make a donation to the cause they value most, register their donation with the website, and thereby buy a “ticket” for the competition. Then, over the course of the competition, about 300 registered DAF donors will be randomly selected to have their donation doubled via a #HalfMyDAF matching grant of up to $25,000! Deadline is September 30, 2020.
Learn more at


Jeremy Dylan Batterson joins our blog team with the post “How cats see the world compared to humans” at
Chuck Black joins our blog team with the post “CRISPR-edited babies born in China may have enhanced brain functions” at
Chuck Brooks joins our blog team with the post “The Merging Of Human And Machine. Two Frontiers Of Emerging Technologies” at
Jim Brownfield joins our blog team with the post “Why Ford Wants Robot Dogs Running Through Its Plants” at
Dirk Bruere joins our blog team with the post “Elon Musk’s Neuralink — The Dark Side” at
Christopher Field joins our blog team with the post “University of Cambridge develops synthetic leaf that turns sunlight into fuel” at
Muhammad Furqan joins our blog team with the post “SpaceX broke a record by launching 180 satellites in 1 month — accelerating Elon Musk’s project to blanket Earth in high-speed internet” at
Andrés Grases joins our blog team with the post “Top longevity scientists views on radical life extension” at
William E. Halal joins our blog team with the post “Towards a Global Consciousness” at
Jeff Myers joins our blog team with the post “Researchers find method to regrow cartilage in the joints” at
Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes joins our blog team with the post “10 Facts That Prove Viruses are the Weirdest Life Forms” at
Dirk Schulze-Makuch joins our blog team with the post “The Astrobiology of Alien Worlds” at
Mike Snead joins our blog team with the post “(Em)powering world peace and prosperity using astroelectricity” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“2021 Breakthrough Prize Winners Announced: Researcher Who Developed Protein Design Technology Awarded $3 Million” by Derick Lee at
“Air-Powered ‘Flight Rail’” by Roger Dufur at
“Amazon Accused of Price Gouging After Raising Prices Up to 1,000% During Lockdown” by Roger Dufur at
“Ambitious designs for underwater ‘space station’ and habitat unveiled” by Alexandros El at
“An Alzheimer’s Drug Has Been Shown to Help Teeth Repair Cavities Naturally” by Quinn Sena at
“Artificial Intelligence Tool Diagnoses Alzheimer’s with 95% Accuracy” by Genevieve Klien at
“A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason” by Roger Dufur at
“‘Completely preserved’ Ice Age cave bear found in Arctic Russia” by Heather Blevins at
“DARPA Completes Key Milestone on Hypersonics Air-breathing Weapons Program” by Heather Blevins at
“Discovery of noxious gas on Venus could be a sign of life” by Brent Ellman at
“Dr. Daniel Stickler views on reversing the aging process in humans” by Andrés Grases at
“Dr Christine Moutier talks of Mental Health Awareness, Suicide Prevention and Building Resilience” by Ira S. Pastor at
“Drug Cartel Now Assassinates Its Enemies With Bomb-Toting Drones” by Malak Trabelsi Loeb at
“Earth has more than 1 moon!!” by Alberto Lao at
“Elon Musk’s Las Vegas Boring Company tunnels ‘only a few months away’ from operation” by Malak Trabelsi Loeb at
“The Future of Rocket Technology” by TJ Yoo at
“Giant 3D-printer builds a TWO-STORY house in one piece” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Has Earth’s oxygen rusted the Moon for billions of years?” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Here comes the Army’s first laser battalion” by Quinn Sena at
“How to see Uranus in the night sky (without a telescope) this week” by Alberto Lao at
“Hubble Eyes a Colorful Pocket of Stars – Orbiting Closely, Like Bees Swarming Around a Hive” by Genevieve Klien at
“Hungarian scientists are closing in on a FIFTH force of nature” by Quinn Sena at
“India joins hypersonic club with successful test flight of cruise vehicle” by Derick Lee at
“KitoTech raises $3M as demand soars for its at-home no-stitch wound closure kit” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“The Likelihood of Life on Venus Just Increased Dramatically” by Dirk Schulze-Makuch at
“Meet the Autonomous Insect Robots That Will One Day Swarm the Skies” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Mount Everest visible from over 120 miles away due to decrease in pollution” by Heather Blevins at
“Mysterious ‘Blob’ With 720 Sexes And Ability To Learn Will Be Unveiled In Paris” by Brent Ellman at
“NASA tracks three space rocks making near-Earth approach TODAY” by Alberto Lao at
“Neuralink: Elon Musk’s entire brain chip presentation in 14 minutes (supercut)” by Jamie McGuigan at
“Neurons protect themselves from degeneration” by Xavier Rosseel at
“The neurons that connect stress, insomnia, and the immune system” by Xavier Rosseel at
“Researchers Find the Origin and Maximum Mass of Massive Black Holes Observed by Gravitational Wave Detectors” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Research team discovers unique supernova explosion” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Sarcos Robotics raises $40 million to develop an exoskeleton for industrial applications” by Malak Trabelsi Loeb at
“The Science Advisor on Bill & Ted: Face The Music on Time Travel, Entanglement, And Keanu Reeves” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“Since Tesla, engineers have dreamed of large-scale wireless power transmission” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“SpaceX is testing Starlink Ground Stations in several U.S. States” by Genevieve Klien at
“Ultra-fast 3D bioprinter makes body parts in a flash” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Urban Aeronautics moves to hydrogen for its CityHawk eVTOL air taxi” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Venom from honeybees found to kill aggressive breast cancer cells” by Shane Hinshaw at
“We Can Now See Inside the Human Body With the Greatest Detail To Date” by Shailesh Prasad at

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