Lifeboat News #214


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 05/01/20. Copyright 2020 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Special Report

Read our special report “On Tech Unemployment and the Labor vs Capital Balance of Power” by Nikola Danaylov at
Capital needs labor to operate, to create a return on investment and, ultimately, to grow. Labor needs capital for wages. Each needs the other and none can do it alone. So labor needs capital as much as capital needs labor. And, while the labor vs capital balance of power has fluctuated closer to one or the other throughout history, classical economics claims that, given their mutual co-dependence, in the long run, we end up (more-or-less) in an equilibrium. This equilibrium is, at least in theory, an ideal win-win scenario where capital is happy that its return on investment is growing and labor is happy that its wages are rising…

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, Andrei Gudkov, 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


Read “Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old — And What It Means for Staying Young” at

Jill Tarter

Jill Tarter joins our Astrobiology/SETI Board. Jill is known for her work on the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI). She holds the Emeritus and Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute and is the former director of the Center for SETI Research and has been with SETI since 1984.
Jill’s astronomical work is illustrated in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. In the film version of Contact, the protagonist Ellie Arroway is played by Jodie Foster. Jill conversed with the actress for months before and during filming, and Arroway was largely based on her work.
Learn more at


Lon Anderson joins our blog team with the post “US invests hundreds of millions to produce Covid-19 vaccines” at
Steve Harris joins our blog team with the post “Functional Role of Dietary Intervention to Improve the Outcome of COVID-19: A Hypothesis of Work” at
Jeremy Mancuso joins our blog team with the post “Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models” at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
“The 12 Longest Living Animals That Roam the Earth” by Shailesh Prasad at
“2D Nano Sandwich Is Deliciously Useful for Detecting Biomolecules” by Genevieve Klien at
“A Hidden Pandemic in our Mouths?” by Eithen Pasta at
“Animation: The James Webb Space Telescope is folded to fit into its rocket” by Alberto Lao at
“As Hospitals Lose Revenue, More Than A Million Health Care Workers Lose Jobs” by Brent Ellman at
“Bat ‘super immunity’ may explain how bats carry coronaviruses” by Nicholi Avery at
“Bitcoin Acceptance Skyrockets in Venezuela Amid Hyperinflation Crisis” by Fyodor Rouge at
“Bizarre new species discovered… on Twitter” by Roderick Reilly at
“Blood Factors Reverse Epigenetic Age” by Montie Adkins at
“Can Human Minds Be Reduced to Computer Programs?” by Paul Battista at
“Chinese Official Confirms That China Ordered Labs To Destroy Coronavirus Samples” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“The doomsday bunker market is thriving amid the coronavirus pandemic” by Derick Lee at
“Efficient, ‘green’ quantum-dot solar cells exploit defects” by Quinn Sena at
“Facebook trains AI on ‘hateful memes’” by Tracy R. Atkins at
“FDA OKs 1st Stem Cell Human Trial for COVID-19” by Lon Anderson at
“First Observation of a Pauli Quantum Crystal” by Genevieve Klien at
“Gov. Cuomo: ‘Shocking’ 66% of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in NY are people who had been staying home” by Lon Anderson at
“How SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission will work in 13 steps” by Genevieve Klien at
“How X-Ray Images Of Ancient Microfossils Will Help Identify Life On Mars” by Bruce Dorminey at
“Important! The largest study yet on COVID-19 fatality shows top risks” by Nicholi Avery at
“In 1110, The Moon Vanished From The Sky. We Might Finally Know What Caused It” by Roderick Reilly at
“Is Elon Musk going to Move Tesla and SpaceX to Texas?” by Bill D’Zio at
“Israel’s Argaman Technologies develops a cotton that kills germs and viruses on contact” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Lab-Grown Mini Kidneys Are Bringing Science Closer to Custom Organs” by Lola Heavey at
“Life on Mars? Will we find it? Will we colonize the Red Planet?” by Lola Heavey at
“Men have high levels of enzyme key to COVID-19 infection, study finds” by Nicholi Avery at
“Mind-controlled prostheses that ‘feel’ for real” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine just showed signs of success in a preliminary study, raising early hopes in the fight against the pandemic” by Quinn Sena at
“Nanotechnology: Life-Changing Innovation or Just Too Good to Be True?” by Brent Ellman at
“NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet” by Alberto Lao at
“Out Of This World! Tom Cruise Plots Movie To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX” by TJ Wass at
“Reversing age: dual species measurement of epigenetic age with a single clock” by John Davies at
“SARS antibodies can block COVID-19 infection: study” by Quinn Sena at
“Scientists are making human-monkey hybrids in China” by Omuterema Akhahenda at
“Scientists engineered mice that are 4 percent human” by Brent Ellman at
“Scientists Found A Way to Disable a Gene Responsible For Obesity: Worry About Getting Too Fat No More?” by Tracy R. Atkins at
“Sony unveils first built-in AI image sensors” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Sorrento finds a coronavirus antibody that blocks viral infection 100% in preclinical lab experiments” by Jeremy Mancuso at
“SpaceX animation show how new ‘Starship’ will transport people to Mars” by Alberto Lao at
“SPICA: an infrared telescope to look back into the early universe” by Roderick Reilly at
“Star Wars and Space — May the 4th be with you” by Bill D’Zio at
“These drones will plant 40,000 trees in a month. By 2028, they’ll have planted 1 billion” by Shailesh Prasad at
“This Young Rat Plasma Just Reversed Aging 54% in Old Rats, Say Scientists” by John Davies at
“Transhumanism — The Future Of Mankind” by Michael Dodd at
“Two Studies Just Revealed How Twisted Graphene Gets Even Weirder at a ‘Magic Angle’” by Saúl Morales Rodriguéz at
“Universities last in line as Europe eases coronavirus lockdown” by Steve Nichols at
“Virologist hospitalized with coronavirus believes he got it through his eyes” by Lon Anderson at
“What If We Could Build an Alderson Disk?” by Shailesh Prasad at
“What is China’s cryptocurrency alternative sovereign digital currency?” by Derick Lee at
“Yes, COVID-toe. A bizarre post-coronavirus symptom causes purple fingers, toes … maybe even ears” by Fyodor Rouge at

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