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Jan 20, 2023

A New Hope for Solving the Fermi Paradox?

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(Great Silence): Where is Everybody? Where Are the Aliens?

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Jan 18, 2023

IBM: Quantum computing poses an ‘existential threat’ to data encryption

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For years, encryption has played a core role in securing enterprise data. However, as quantum computers become more advanced, traditional encryption solutions and public-key cryptography (PKC) standards, which enterprise and consumer vendors rely on to secure their products, are at serious risk of decryption.

Today, IBM Institute for Business Value issued a new report titled Security in the Quantum Era, examining the reality of quantum risk and the need for enterprise adoption of quantum-safe capabilities to safeguard the integrity of critical applications and infrastructure as the risk of decryption increases.

Jan 16, 2023

Death’s End

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Jan 12, 2023

Madagascar extinction recovery could take 23 million years

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The long-term impact of biodiversity loss in Madagascar has been modelled by researchers. Their work suggests that recovery from the current wave of extinctions could take as long as 23 million years.

Madagascar is one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots. Following the breakup of the prehistoric supercontinent of Gondwana, the island country split away from the Indian subcontinent about 80 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, over 90% of its wildlife is endemic and found nowhere else on Earth.

Jan 9, 2023

China Preparing for World War III With Biological Weapons

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Jan 8, 2023

Dinosaur Legs Grown On Genetically Modified Chicken Embryos In World First

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, evolution, existential risks, genetics

Sixty-six million years ago, the age of the dinosaurs came to a dramatic close as a huge asteroid impact accelerated them on a path towards extinction. Not all of them died out, however; those that survived went on to become today’s birds.

Scientists are still trying to carefully map out the anatomical changes that occurred between dinosaurs and birds during this time, and there’s arguably no better way to do this than to engage in a little “reverse evolution.” With this in mind, a team of researchers has grown “dinosaur legs” in chicken embryos, as revealed in their study in the journal Evolution.

Remarkably, previous research manipulating chickens into “becoming” dinosaurs has already taken place. Back in 2015, a study showcased that chickens that had been tweaked during embryonic development could grow a dinosaur-like snout. A year earlier, a more low-tech study demonstrated how a few strategically-placed weights could make a chicken walk along like a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Jan 7, 2023

The Most Unsettling Solutions to the Fermi Paradox With Stephen Webb

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A discussion of the most unsettling solutions to the fermi paradox.
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Jan 4, 2023

NASA’s plan to identify dangerous asteroids takes a major step forward

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The NEO Surveyor will be able to detect individual asteroid heat signatures.

NEO Surveyor is, as the name implies, a satellite specifically designed to survey objects near the Earth (NEO). One of its primary contributions will be to look for asteroids and other small bodies that are potentially on an eventual collision course with Earth but are invisible to typical NEO survey missions because of their location in the solar system.

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Jan 3, 2023

Chicxulub crater might be the smoking gun for the dinosaurs’ end of days

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Forged 66 million years ago, an enormous impact crater near Chixculub, Mexico, was left undiscovered until only a few short decades ago. But what caused it?

Millions of years ago, a dramatic mass extinction wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Jan 1, 2023

Jerome C. Glenn

Posted by in categories: existential risks, lifeboat

The Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award is annually bestowed upon a respected scientist or public figure who has warned of a future fraught with dangers and encouraged measures to prevent them.

For the first time since 2006, we have two joint recipients of the Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award. This year’s recipients are Jerome C. Glenn and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who are defending against world existential risks and country existential risks, respectively.

Jerome C. Glenn and Volodymyr Zelenskyy are winners of the 2022 Guardian Award.

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