Lifeboat News #219


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 10/01/20. Copyright 2020 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Special Report

Read Special Report “The Great Matrix of Big History” by Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board member William Grassie at
Our European ancestors once understood the universe to be a Great Chain of Being. All the entities of the world — animal, vegetable, mineral — were hierarchically organized. At the bottom were metals, precious metals, and precious stones. Then came plants and trees, followed by wild animals and domesticated animals. Humans were also hierarchically ordered from children to women to men and further into the different ranks of commoners, nobility, princes, and kings.
The Great Chain of Being continued up into the celestial realm — moon, stars, angels, and archangels — to the very top where God presides over the entire creation. This scala naturae provided humans with a natural order, which they also understood to be a natural human order that structured their societies.

Biostasis 2020: the Annual Biostasis Conference Update

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


Raphael Ramos joins our blog team with the post “NVIDIA Uses AI to Slash Bandwidth on Video Calls” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“Air Force Says New Hypersonic Missile Will Hit Targets 1,000 Miles Away In Under 15 Minutes” by Raphael Ramos at
“A New Brain-Inspired Learning Method for AI Saves Memory and Energy” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Ant Group and fintech come of age” by Derick Lee at
“The Cerebellum Isn’t What We Thought” by Paul M. Vittay at
“China Conducts Test Of Massive Suicide Drone Swarm Launched From A Box On A Truck” by Raphael Ramos at
“China Names 18 More Crewmembers for Its Upcoming Space Station” by Malak Trabelsi Loeb at
“Damaged muscles don’t just die, they regenerate themselves” by Kevin Huang at
“Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association” by Steven B. Harris at
“Enzymatic DNA synthesis enters new phase” by Paul M. Vittay at
“F-35 jet’s problematic lightning protection system set to receive fix” by Quinn Sena at
“FAA cuts the red tape for commercial rocket launches (and landings, too)” by Genevieve Klien at
“For The First Time, Physicists Have Achieved Superconductivity at Room Temperature” by Shailesh Prasad at
“Higher doses of vitamin D slowed progression of frailty in older mice, preclinical study shows” by Kevin Huang at
“Home-Made Covid Vaccine Appeared to Work, but Questions Remained” by Nicholi Avery at
“Hubble sees swirls of forming stars” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Inside the doomsday bunker for the super rich” by Derick Lee at
“In situ structural analysis of SARS-CoV-2 spike reveals flexibility mediated by three hinges” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Mars Was so Close This Week That You Can See Its Surface From Your Backyard” by Raphael Ramos at
“Microsoft partners with SpaceX to connect Azure cloud to Musk’s Starlink satellite internet” by Muhammad Furqan at
“Musk’s Next Invention Is A Rocket That Can Deliver Weapons In An Hour To Anyplace In The World” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“NASA advances plan to commercialize International Space Station” by Malak Trabelsi Loeb at
“NASA is getting ready to land on an asteroid that may hold the building blocks of life” by Alberto Lao at
“NASA makes a significant investment in on-orbit spacecraft refueling” by Malak Trabelsi Loeb at
“New research could help millions who suffer from ‘ringing in the ears’” by Jeff Myers at
“New virtual reality software allows scientists to ‘walk’ inside cells” by Xavier Rosseel at
“Orionid meteor shower to peak soon, best times to see it” by Genevieve Klien at
“Physicists successfully carry out controlled transport of stored light” by Quinn Sena at
“Replacing functional groups with a gold electrode to control reactivity of a molecule” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Research team discovers mechanism that restores cell function after genome damage” by Kevin Huang at
“Scientists find neurochemicals have unexpectedly profound roles in the human brain” by Xavier Rosseel at
“Scientists Have Discovered The Formation of a New Type Of Black Hole” by Alberto Lao at
“SpaceX Starship wins $53M NASA Contract for Full Scale Orbital In Flight Refueling Test” by Montie Adkins at
“Star cluster discovery stumps astronomers” by Genevieve Klien at
“Statins may reduce cancer risk through mechanisms separate to cholesterol” by Paul M. Vittay at
“Team reprograms CRISPR system in mice to eliminate tumor cells without affecting healthy cells” by Jeff Myers at
“Teenage ‘computer genius’ could become the first millennial saint” by Roger Dufur at
“This Wind-Powered Super Sailboat Will Carry 7,000 Cars Across the Atlantic” by Quinn Sena at
“Tour of the Asteroid Bennu” by Alberto Lao at
“Ultrafast camera films 3D movies at 100 billion frames per second” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“‘Universal law of touch’ could help make VR indistinguishable from reality” by Brent Ellman at
“VR objects you FEEL are a step closer thanks to new ‘law of touch’” by Kelvin Dafiaghor at
“Which Cooking Oils are Safe? (Which to AVOID)” by Steven B. Harris at

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