Lifeboat News #232


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 11/01/21. Copyright 2021 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Special Report

Read Special Report “To Food and Beyond: How Synthetic Biology will Revolutionize the Space Food Sector in the Future” at by our Guido Putignano.
Access to fresh food is the main obstacle to long-term space exploration and human colonization: limiting the possibilities and impacting the astronaut’s mental and physiological health. It limits how far away from Earth we can travel and how long we can stay in space since there is a limit to how much food we can stock or initially carry to space. If we are to travel to Mars or the Moon, we need food production systems that are bio-regenerative, and that can locally feed the communities with quality nutrition.


Our John K. Strickland Jr. and Sam Spencer just authored the books “Settling Space” at and “Developing Space” at

Lifeboat Strategy

By James and Agnes Blodgett
Our human future could be very good or very bad. We might settle the reachable universe, we might live forever, or we might go extinct. What we do right now might make the difference.
Benjamin Franklin started as a printer’s apprentice, worked on his brother’s newspaper, and later developed his own printing business. He helped his apprentices start their own printing businesses and retained partial ownership. Eventually he had enough money to quit printing and start electrical experiments. His discovery that electricity flowed on a conductor between positive and negative poles was presented by a Franklin associate at the Royal (Scientific) Society in England. It was the key to our modern use of electricity. Thomas Kuhn wrote a book about scientific revolutions that featured scientists like Copernicus and Einstein—and also Franklin. Because Franklin was known in Europe, some of the American colonies asked him to represent their interests in England. Franklin did this for fifteen years, but finally became discouraged, so he returned to America, advocated independence, and was on the committee that wrote the Declaration of Independence, which started the American Revolution.
The new nation sent Franklin to France, a traditional enemy of England, to see if they would help. The US State Department lists Franklin as the first US Ambassador. He charmed the French, but they were not enthusiastic about helping because they thought his side would lose. They changed their minds when Franklin was able to announce that the Colonial Army had won the Battle of Saratoga, and they began to send military aid. The colonists won the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle of the war, with help from French soldiers and a French fleet.
Later Franklin was a member of the US Constitutional Convention, which produced a Constitution that contained a great deal of enlightenment thinking, a Constitution that worked. We at Lifeboat hope to navigate extreme circumstances that can go to something like infinity in positive or negative directions, i.e. existential risk/opportunity singularities. This may require arrangements that work on a global or greater level, arrangements that reflect the best thinking that we can put together. Heroes of history like Benjamin Franklin are an existence proof that our dreams can become the new reality.


Dan Breeden joins our blog team with the post “Real Lab Grown Meat is Here! — Buying Synthetic Meat TODAY” at
Chris J. Kent joins our blog team with the post “What’s The State Of Vertical Farming In 2021?” at
Shahriar Mahmud joins our blog team with the post “Developing an AI that ‘thinks’ like humans” at
Shubham Ghosh Roy joins our blog team with the post “Tesla is moving driver profiles to the cloud for smooth transitions between cars, rentals, and more” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“A diet of essential amino acids could keep dementia at bay, finds study” by Genevieve Klien at
“A new artificial material mimics quantum entangled rare earth compounds” by Shailesh Prasad at
“A rare feat: Material protects against both biological and chemical threats” by Jason Blain at
“Antiviral drug made in Spain is 100 times more potent than current coronavirus treatment” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Bone Regeneration Boosted by Mesenchymal Stem Cells” by Jason Blain at
“Can quantum mechanics explain consciousness?” by Jose Ruben Rodriguez Fuentes at
“China makes massive strides in supercomputing — so why is it keeping quiet?” by Dan Kummer at
“Consciousness & Time” by Alex Vikoulov at
“CRISPR Gene Therapy Restores Color Vision in Small Trial” by Shane Hinshaw at
“Cryo-electron microscopy breaks the atomic resolution barrier at last” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“‘Deepfaking the Mind’ Could Improve Brain-Computer Interfaces for People with Disabilities” by Nicholi Avery at
“Did Humans Invent Mathematics, or Is It a Fundamental Part of Existence?” by Dan Breeden at
“How You Will Live to 200 Years — New Longevity Technologies” by Montie Adkins at
“If the universe is a giant computer simulation, here’s how many bits would be required to run it” by Dan Breeden at
“In World First, Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Coal” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Is time travel possible?” by Dan Kummer at
“The Metaverse Could Bring in $1 Trillion Annually, Says Grayscale” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“Molecule Derived From Poisonous Plant Blocks All SARS-CoV-2 Variants in Cell Cultures” by Poopeh Morakkabati at
“New cryopreservation technique revives heart tissue after three days” by Future Timeline at
“New Hypersonic Space Plane Is Called the ‘Sexbomb’ for Some Reason” by Quinn Sena at
“New technology could enable humans to travel at 7 million MPH” by Quinn Sena at
“Not Science Fiction: German Scientists Harness the Power of Photosynthesis for New Way To ‘Breathe’” by Genevieve Klien at
“Peter Thiel: Successful Businesses are Based on Secrets” by Chris J. Kent at
“Ray Kurzweil — What’s the Far Future of Intelligence in the Universe?” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Researchers discover new type of nerve cell in the retina” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Researchers shrink camera to the size of a salt grain” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Rolls-Royce gets funding to develop mini nuclear reactors” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Russian Space Agency Head says ‘SpaceX Is Qualified To Fly Russian Cosmonauts’” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Scientists Are Building Near Light Speed Engine That Breaks Laws of Physics” by Dan Breeden at
“Solar energy is about to get a whole lot cheaper” by Shubham Ghosh Roy at
“Surprise: the Big Bang isn’t the beginning of the universe anymore” by Claudio Soprano at
“Tech inventors from around the world compete in Qatar” by Raphael Ramos at
“This Airplane Will Fly Into The Stratosphere On SunPower Without Using A Drop Of Fossil Fuels” by Quinn Sena at
“To Save Earth, NASA Is Testing Hitting An Asteroid With A Spacecraft” by Gemechu Taye at
“Type Of Water Ice Hotter Than The Sun’s Surface Is A New Phase Of Matter” by Shane Hinshaw at
“US astronomy’s 10-year plan is super-ambitious” by Derick Lee at
“The US Wants to Remove Billions of Tons of CO2 From the Air Every Year” by Gemechu Taye at
“Water detected 12.9 billion light years away” by Future Timeline at
“We might not know half of what’s in our cells, new AI technique reveals” by Genevieve Klien at
“Why So Many CEOs Started Off at PayPal” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“The World’s First Artificial Kidney Could Finally Free People From Dialysis” by Gemechu Taye at
“You can fly this electric aircraft without a pilot license” by Shailesh Prasad at

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