Lifeboat News: The Blog Safeguarding Humanity Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:23:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Study gives insight into sun-induced DNA damage and cell repair Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:23:11 +0000

A team led by a Baylor University researcher has published a breakthrough article that provides a better understanding of the dynamic process by which sunlight-induced DNA damage is recognized by the molecular repair machinery in cells as needing repair.

Ultraviolet light from the sun is a ubiquitous carcinogen that can inflict structural damage to the cellular DNAs DNA carries important blueprints for cellular functions, failure in removing and restoring damaged parts of DNA in a timely fashion can have detrimental outcomes and lead to skin cancers in humans, said lead author Jung-Hyun Min, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Min and her team showed how the repair Rad4/XPC would bind to one such UV-induced DNA damage—6–4 photoproduct—to mark the damaged site along the DNA in preparation for the rest of the nucleotide excision repair (NER) process in cells.

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The Forgotten Astronaut: Michael Collins and Apollo 11 Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:22:46 +0000

A short documentary revolving around Michael Collins and his experience during the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.

Compiled from archival footage and interviews.

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Bolonkin Explores Ultimate Uploading and Technology Tue, 16 Jul 2019 03:02:46 +0000

One of the main speculations about future technology is uploading. This is where our minds are copied in exact detail from our biological physical bodies and then created in artificial bodies. Alexander Bolonkin has posited many kinds of technology over the decades. He has a recent work which is summarized here where he considers that future uploading will mean that we can then use super-technology (nanotechnology, nuclear fusion etc…) to make people into literal gods and supermen. We can use control of matter, energy and information to make what he calls the E-man. Bolonkin then indicates that uploading and creation of minds could be used for the resurrection of long-dead people. This would be where we create the very close approximation of dead people. This would be like using gene editing to turn an African Elephant into a Whooly Mammoth. The vast technological capability would let us actualize what would be a simulation into living entities.

Bolonkin’s Case for E-Man and Resurrection

Alexander Bolonkin looks at methods and possibilities for electronic resurrection of long-dead outstanding personalities. He also considers the principles and organization of the new E-society, its goals and conditions of existence.

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NASA Astronauts Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing On Board the Space Station Tue, 16 Jul 2019 02:22:43 +0000

As the first human beings stepped onto the Moon, the whole world watched in awe. Now, the #Apollo50th anniversary is being celebrated by those on AND off the world. NASA Astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague are celebrating on board the International Space Station. More:

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Human bioacoustic biology: Acoustically anomalous vocal patterns used to detect biometric expressions relating to structural integrity and states of health Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:02:35 +0000

Computerized analyses of acoustically anomalous vocal patterns are being used as biomarkers for predictive, prediagnostic, and efficient management of individual biological form and function. To da…

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Neurotech Salon lets talk Brain Computer Interfaces, Neuroscience, and Code Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:42:26 +0000

Lets meet to talk brain computer interfaces, neuroscience, collaboration and coding. Lets pitch projects to one another, join existing projects, write code together, build new brain computer interfaces and more.

Thinking about past NeurotechX SF meetups I think I like the Salon aspect the most, where people just meet up to talk about neuroscience, brain computer interfaces and coding. So I’m renaming this event series to “Neurotech Salon”, it’s every two weeks in San Francisco at the Red Victorian! Get ready to meet interesting people to talk about things like the future of brain machine interfaces, you can pitch your project, or perhaps join someone elses project, you can talk about your work in developing software, hardware, or your work in medical research, or talk about your studies as an academic.

Confirm your RSVP by making a charitable donation to a real charity like this one here in the amount of $5 dollars or more. If you feel like you can’t afford it just skip a meal, and take the money you would have paid for that meal and apply it to this event.

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A Brief Guide to the Current CRISPR Landscape Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:03:56 +0000

Hundreds of CRISPR patents have been granted around the world, and the number of applications continues to grow at a rapid pace.

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Lipid Nanoparticles Deliver CRISPR/Cas9 into Organs with High Efficiency Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:03:40 +0000

Researchers at Tufts University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a new lipid nanoparticle which can deliver CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tools into organs with high efficiency, suggesting that the system is promising for clinical applications.

The CRISPR/Cas9 system is currently being investigated as a way to treat a variety of diseases with a genetic basis, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s, and sickle cell disease. While the system has significant promise, there are some issues that need to be resolved before it can be used clinically. CRISPR/Cas9 is a large complex, and it is difficult to get it inside cell nuclei where it is needed for gene editing.

Scientists have tried a variety of delivery vehicles for CRISPR/Cas, which are intended to carry the gene editing tools to their location and help them enter the cell and nucleus. These have included viruses and various types of nanoparticle. However, to date, these have suffered from low efficiency, whereby very little of the delivered agent reaches the cells or organs where it is needed.

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Elon Musk, the founder of the rocket company SpaceX, has “aspirational” plans to launch people to Mars in 2024 and ultimately colonize the red planet.

To make the roughly six-month one-way journey, Musk and his engineers have dreamed up a 347-foot-tall launch system called the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. The spacecraft is designed to have two fully reusable stages: a 19-story booster and a 16-story spaceship, which would fly on top of the booster and into into space.

SpaceX employees are now building a prototype of the Big Falcon Spaceship at the Port of Los Angeles. Gwynne Shotwell, the company’s president and COO, reportedly said Thursday that the spaceship may start small test-launches in late 2019.

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Britain makes Alan Turing, the father of AI, the face of its 50-pound note Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:03:06 +0000

Decades after his chemical castration by the British government and subsequent suicide, Alan Turing, the wartime codebreaker, pioneering computer scientist, and founder of artificial intelligence, will appear on the nation’s 50 pound note.

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‘Digital alchemy’ reverse-engineers useful crystals Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:02:49 +0000

Rather than waiting around for serendipity, materials scientists would like to dream up a wonder material and then figure out how to make it. It’s this “inverse” approach to designing materials—working backward from the desired properties—that the team is calling “digital alchemy.”

“It really allows us to focus on the outcome and leverage what we know to find a starting point to building that material,” says Greg van Anders, a corresponding author of the paper and now an assistant professor of physics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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Some Parents Are Feeding Parasites to Their Kids With Autism Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:43:34 +0000

Evidence connecting the condition to the human microbiome is growing stronger. Could swallowing tapeworms really help?

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To Prepare for the Dangers of Space, Scientists Are 3D Printing Human Skin Upside Down Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:43:26 +0000

Who knows what could happen out there?

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The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:43:11 +0000

Real-time data from the Apollo 11 astronauts, carefully monitored by Mission Control, capture the frenzied maneuvers that put men on the moon.

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In the Philippines students have to plant 10 trees before they can graduate Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:42:48 +0000

Growing up.


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Aging Analytics Agency Photo 8 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:05:55 +0000

€œTop-30 Longevity Conferences 2019–2020 € is a 60-page open-access analytical report by Aging Analytics Agency that uses cost-benefit analysis to identify the Top-30 Longevity Conferences globally taking place in 2019–2020, including detailed analysis and infographics on their regional distribution, cost, and focus.

Link to the Report:

The report is complemented by a comprehensive online Longevity Conferences IT-Platform that contains data on 150 Longevity-related conferences taking place in 2019–2020.

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7 astonishing statistics you need to know to understand modern China Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:05:29 +0000

Home to the world’s largest floating solar energy plant.


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China has 99% of the world’s electric buses Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:04:54 +0000

Next stop: a cleaner future.


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This start-up has invented an amazing way to make food last longer Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:04:15 +0000

A natural solution to food waste.

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Here are four creative ways companies are fighting food waste Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:03:36 +0000

815 million people go hungry every day.

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Israel and Arab countries are joining forces to save Red Sea coral reefs Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:02:53 +0000

A coral coalition.


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Game-theory research better allocates military resources, fight cancer Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:03:15 +0000 U.S. Army game-theory research using artificial intelligence may help treat cancer and other diseases, improve cybersecurity, deploy Soldiers and assets more efficiently and even win a poker game.

New research, published in Science, and conducted by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, developed an artificial intelligence program called Pluribus that defeated leading professionals in six-player no-limit Texas hold’em poker.

The Army and National Science Foundation funded the mathematics modeling portion of the research, while funding from Facebook was specific to the poker.

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Maria Blasco at Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:02:54 +0000

Leading telomere researcher Maria Blasco press conference at the Ending Age-Related Diseases conference, New York, NY, July 12, 2019.

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Rare Human-Sized Giant Jellyfish Caught On Camera Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:43:26 +0000

Two divers caught a jellyfish as big as a human on camera this weekend.

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Green light for a new generation of dynamic materials Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:43:03 +0000

Developing synthetic materials that are as dynamic as those found in nature, with reversibly changing properties and which could be used in manufacturing, recycling and other applications, is a strong focus for scientists.

In a world-first, researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Ghent University (UGent) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have pioneered a novel, dynamic, reprogrammable material—by using green LED and, remarkably, darkness as the switches to change the material’s polymer structure, and using only two inexpensive compounds. One of these compounds, naphthalene, is well known as an ingredient in moth repellents.

The new dynamic material could potentially be used as a 3D printing ink to print temporary, easy-to-remove support scaffolds. This would overcome one of the current limitations of the 3D process to print free-hanging structures.

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Path to Million Qubit Quantum Computers Using Atoms and Lasers Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:42:48 +0000

Atom Computing is building quantum computers using individually controlled atoms.

As one of the world’s leading researchers in atomic clocks and neutral atoms, Benjamin Bloom (co-founder of Atom Computing) built the world’s fastest atomic clock, and it is considered the most precise and accurate measurement ever performed.

Ben has shown that neutral atoms could be more scalable, and could build a stable solution to create and maintain controlled quantum states. He used his expertise to lead efforts at Intel on their 10nm semiconductor chip, and then to lead research and development of the first cloud-accessible quantum computer at Rigetti.

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Researchers develop computer model of ferrofluid motion Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:22:56 +0000

Ferrofluids, with their mesmeric display of shape-shifting spikes, are a favorite exhibit in science shows. These eye-catching examples of magnetic fields in action could become even more dramatic through computational work that captures their motion.

A KAUST research team has now developed a computer model of motion that could be used to design even grander ferrofluid displays. The work is a stepping stone to using to inform the use of ferrofluids in broad range of practical applications, such as medicine, acoustics, radar-absorbing materials and nanoelectronics.

Ferrofluids were developed by NASA in the 1960s as a way to pump fuels in low gravity. They comprise nanoscale magnetic particles of iron-laden compounds suspended in a liquid. In the absence of a magnetic , ferrofluids possess a perfectly smooth surface. But when a magnet is brought close to the ferrofluid, the particles rapidly align with the magnetic field, forming the characteristic spiky appearance. If a magnetic object is placed in the ferrofluid, the spikes will even climb the object before cascading back down.

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The US Army will test armored robotic vehicles in 2020 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:22:42 +0000

The tests are designed to see how soldiers will operate robots in the field.

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Researchers’ deep learning algorithm solves Rubik’s Cube faster than any human Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:22:26 +0000

Since its invention by a Hungarian architect in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube has furrowed the brows of many who have tried to solve it, but the 3D logic puzzle is no match for an artificial intelligence system created by researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

DeepCubeA, a learning algorithm programmed by UCI scientists and mathematicians, can find the solution in a fraction of a second, without any specific domain knowledge or in-game coaching from humans. This is no simple task considering that the cube has completion paths numbering in the billions but only one goal state—each of six sides displaying a solid color—which apparently can’t be found through random moves.

For a study published today in Nature Machine Intelligence, the researchers demonstrated that DeepCubeA solved 100 percent of all test configurations, finding the to the goal state about 60 percent of the time. The algorithm also works on other combinatorial games such as the sliding tile , Lights Out and Sokoban.

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Intel’s Neuromorphic System Hits 8 Million Neurons, 100 Million Coming by 2020 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:03:59 +0000

Researchers can use the 64-chip Pohoiki Beach system to make systems that learn and see the world more like humans.

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Ebola spreads to largest city yet in DR Congo Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:03:42 +0000

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, a major transport hub.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the case could be a “game-changer” given the city’s population of more than two million.

But the WHO expressed confidence in plans to deal with the diagnosis.

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Free Energy Generator Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:03:26 +0000

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A new ‘mathematically perfect’ material could completely swallow sound Mon, 15 Jul 2019 20:03:08 +0000

Researchers have come up with an ‘acoustic metamaterial’ that cancels sound.

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‘Greywater’ Could Help Solve Colorado’s Water Problems. Why Aren’t We All Using It? Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:43:27 +0000

While greywater use was legalized in 2013, access to it is limited across the state because only Denver, Castle Rock and Pitkin County have adopted a code to regulate systems.

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China #1 in quantum entanglement, teleports object 300 miles Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:43:09 +0000

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Physicists Reverse Time for Tiny Particles Inside a Quantum Computer Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:42:53 +0000

Time goes in one direction: forward. Little boys become old men but not vice versa; teacups shatter but never spontaneously reassemble. This cruel and immutable property of the universe, called the “arrow of time,” is fundamentally a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics, which dictates that systems will always tend to become more disordered over time. But recently, researchers from the U.S. and Russia have bent that arrow just a bit — at least for subatomic particles.

In the new study, published Tuesday (Mar. 12) in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers manipulated the arrow of time using a very tiny quantum computer made of two quantum particles, known as qubits, that performed calculations. [Twisted Physics: 7 Mind-Blowing Findings]

At the subatomic scale, where the odd rules of quantum mechanics hold sway, physicists describe the state of systems through a mathematical construct called a wave function. This function is an expression of all the possible states the system could be in — even, in the case of a particle, all the possible locations it could be in — and the probability of the system being in any of those states at any given time. Generally, as time passes, wave functions spread out; a particle’s possible location can be farther away if you wait an hour than if you wait 5 minutes.

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An Interview with Dr. María Blasco Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:42:26 +0000

Our Ending Age-Related Diseases conference in New York is over for this year and has been a huge success. We had the opportunity to interview one of the speakers, Dr. Mar í a Blasco, during the conference, and we asked her more about her work with telomeres, telomerase therapy, and aging.

Telomere loss is a proposed reason we age

Telomere attrition—the wearing out of your chromosomes’ protective caps with age—is widely thought to be one of the major drivers of aging. With each division, telomeres shorten a little bit, and after 50–70 divisions, they become critically short. Once this threshold (the Hayflick limit) is hit, cells undergo replicative senescence, and their division comes to a grinding halt.

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Differences in MS patients’ cerebrospinal fluid may be key to drugs that halt progression Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:23:09 +0000

The disability burden for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) can vary significantly depending on whether they have a relapsing/remitting form of the disease, where they experience periods of clinical remission, or a progressive form, where they have continued neurological deterioration without clinical remission. Effective therapies exist for managing relapsing/remitting MS, but treatment for progressive MS has proved more challenging. Now, a new paper published in the journal Brain from researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY and Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has identified potential mechanisms that may inform the development of therapies that effectively manage progressive MS.

Previous research had suggested that dysfunction of neuronal —the energy-producing subcellular organelles—occurs in the brains of MS with progressive clinical disability. However, the underlying this process remained elusive.

“Because the brain is bathed by the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), we asked whether treating cultured neurons with the CSF from MS patients with a relapsing/remitting or a progressive disease course would possibly elicit different effects on neuronal mitochondrial function,” said the study’s primary investigator Patrizia Casaccia, Einstein Professor of Biology at The Graduate Center and founding director of the Neuroscience Initiative at the ASRC. “We detected dramatic differences in the shape of the neuronal mitochondria and their ability to produce energy. Only exposure to the CSF from progressive MS patients caused neuronal mitochondria to fuse and elongate while rendering them unable to produce energy. We therefore searched for potential mechanisms of CSF-induced neurodegeneration with the intent to define therapeutic strategies.”

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How to Turn Science Fiction into Science Fact Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:22:52 +0000

George Church and Ramez Naam on the limitations of evolution, the power of matchmaking, and why we should send single-cell computers into deep space.

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Scientists Just Teleported an Object From Earth Into Space Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:03:19 +0000

It’s the first time that was ever done.

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Forget the “Fountain of Youth”, Longevity Lies in a Gene Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:03:01 +0000

Researchers have uncovered more evidence that the key to longevity resides in a gene, SIRT6.

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Donate: Thank you for donating to SENS Research Foundation Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:02:45 +0000 Your support will help us in our mission to research, develop and promote comprehensive regenerative medicine solutions for the diseases and disabilities of aging. SRF is a 501©(3) non-profit. Please consult your tax advisor – your donation may be tax deductible as no goods or services were received in exchange for the gift.

I live in Europe, can I make a tax-exempt donation?

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The Crisis In Theoretical Particle Physics Is Not A Moral Imperative Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:42:54 +0000

Why I don’t think problems in particle theory should dictate research directions in other subfields.

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Powerful 7.3-magnitude quake jolts Halmahera; people rush out homes in panic Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:42:49 +0000

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake occurred at 4:10 p.m. Jakarta time or 6:10 p.m. local time, 102 kilometers north-northeast of Laiwui in South Halmahera, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Based on official information from the South Halmahera Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), the quake was mostly felt in the regency for two to five seconds, prompting people to panic and rush out of their homes.

The BPBD is still assessing the aftermath of the quake.

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The future of flight is electric Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:42:29 +0000

How technology could transform our trips in the skies and our life on the ground.

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SpaceX wiggles Starhopper’s Raptor engine, tests parts ahead of hover test debut Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:02:51 +0000

On the evening of July 12th, SpaceX technicians put Starhopper’s freshly-installed Raptor – serial number 06 (SN06) – through a simple but decidedly entertaining test, effectively wiggling the engine in circles.

Designed to verify that Raptor’s thrust vectoring capabilities are in order and ensure that Starhopper and the engine are properly communicating, the wiggle test is a small but critical part of pre-flight acceptance and a good indicator that the low-fidelity Starship prototype is nearing its first hover test(s). Roughly 48 hours after a successful series of wiggles, Starhopper and Raptor proceeded into the next stage of pre-flight acceptance, likely the final more step before a tethered static fire.

Routine for all Falcon rockets, SpaceX’s exceptionally rigorous practice of static firing all hardware at least once (and often several times) before launch has unsurprisingly held firm as the company proceeds towards integrated Starhopper and Starship flight tests. Despite the fact that Raptor SN06 completed a static fire as recently July 10th, SpaceX will very likely put Starhopper and its newly-installed Raptor through yet another pre-flight static fire, perhaps its fourth or fifth test this month.

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Intel has packed 8 million digital neurons onto a brain-like computer Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:02:25 +0000

With 64 Loihi processors, Intel packs 8 million digital neurons into one computer.

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David Attenborough says industrial overfishing is more dangerous to the ocean than plastic Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:22:45 +0000

Putting the entire ocean system at risk.

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Researchers create ‘epigenetic atlas’, heralding leap forward in disease diagnosis Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:42:29 +0000

This atlas of human CoRSIVs,” they write, “provides a resource for future population-based investigations into how interindividual epigenetic variation modulates risk of disease,” and may well transform understanding of the causes of illness in the human body.

A project 370 times larger than the Human Genome Project bears first fruit. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

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The Years Project Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:24:37 +0000

Half the globe’s population could face severe water stress by 2050. For some countries, it could be as early as 2030. Cities like Chennai, India, are experiencing these consequences right now. #YEARSproject

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Insect Extinction Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:23:26 +0000

The world’s insects are disappearing. If we don’t stop it, this disappearance will set off a catastrophic chain of events. #YEARSproject

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Heading Towards Collapse Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:22:53 +0000

The world’s most important crop is, and if we don’t stop it, nearly half the world could be left hungry. #YEARSproject

The world’s most important crop is heading towards collapse, and if we don’t stop it, nearly half the world could be left hungry. #YEARSproject

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Coal Ash in the Water Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:03:24 +0000

There’s no way to store toxic coal waste that’s completely safe. There’s also no way to mine and burn coal that doesn’t threaten communities, our waterways and our climate. Duke needs to stop burning coal, clean up its toxic mess, and invest in abundant, affordable clean energy sources like solar and wind. #2048istoolate #BeyondCoal #YEARSproject with Sierra Club.

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Is Immortality Worth It? Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:42:31 +0000

Any major breakthrough in extending human life would drastically alter population projections. The social effects, while obviously huge, would depend on whether the years of senility were prolonged, too; whether women’s age at menopause would increase; and how families would be structured if many generations were alive at the same time. Expensive treatments to extend human lives could also have implications for inequality; as in many other areas of technology, the wealthy would be most able to afford such services.

Almost everyone would welcome an extension of their healthy lifespan, and some scientists are looking at increasingly extreme ways to achieve that. But any major breakthrough in this area could have unwanted and far-reaching demographic, social, and economic implications.

CAMBRIDGE – Humans have long sought the elixir of youth, so it is not surprising that even non-scientists closely follow the latest research into aging. But is what most people consider simply a fact of life actually a “disease” that can be cured? Or is there some insurmountable limit to the lifespan of human bodies?

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Alternative theory of gravity makes a nearly testable prediction Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:02:38 +0000

A massive simulation done with a “chameleon” theory of gravity.

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Zooming on the Orion Nebula Mon, 15 Jul 2019 06:13:58 +0000

The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion’s Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest… This wide-field view of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42).

In one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is offering an unprecedented look at the Orion Nebula. This turbulent star-formation region is one of astronomy’s most dramatic and photogenic celestial objects.

This crisp image reveals a tapestry of star formation, from the dense pillars of gas and dust that may be the homes of fledgling stars to the hot, young, massive stars that have emerged from their gas-and-dust cocoons and are shaping the nebula with their powerful ultraviolet light.

The new picture reveals large-scale structures never seen before, according to C. Robert O’Dell of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, USA “Only with the Hubble Space Telescope can we begin to understand them,” O’Dell said.

In a mosaic containing a billion pixels, Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) uncovered 3,000 stars of various sizes. Some of them have never been spied in visible light. Some are merely 1/100 the brightness of stars seen previously in the nebula.

Among the stars Hubble spotted are possible young brown dwarfs, the first time these objects have been seen in the Orion Nebula in visible light. Brown dwarfs are so-called “failed stars.” These cool objects are too small to be ordinary stars because they cannot sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does.

The Hubble Space Telescope also spied for the first time a small population of possible binary brown dwarfs — two brown dwarfs orbiting each other. Comparing the characteristics of newborn stars and brown dwarfs in their natal environment provides unique information about how they form.

Credit: esa/hubble, rob gendler and akira fujii.

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The Cancer Cure Cover-Up (Conspiracy Documentary) — Real Stories Mon, 15 Jul 2019 05:02:54 +0000

The modern biographical story of Stanislaw Burzynski, MD, PhD who discovered an innovative patent-protected cancer therapy currently enrolled in FDA clinical trials. This story sheds light on the current regulatory and industry roadblocks preventing these life-saving medications from reaching the market as of 2016.

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Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:43:44 +0000

Senior mice treated with THC improved on learning and memory tests.

  • By Stephani Sutherland on May 10, 2017
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Dr. Michael Fossel: Compassion is the reason to reverse aging! Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:43:27 +0000

An excellent interview. Fossel and Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Foundation are in disagreement about telomerase.

Michael Fossel‘s dream is to reverse human aging and since 1996 he has been a strong and vocal advocate of experimenting with telomerase therapy as a potential way of intervention in a wide variety of medical conditions related to aging. In addition, Fossel is one of those unique people who are a real pleasure to not only see speaking from the stage but also to meet in person. And having done both of these, I can honestly say that Michael is as much an impassioned expert speaker as he is a compassionate human being. Not only that but he is also a generous host, who loves entertaining guests visiting his fabulous house near Rapid Falls, Michigan and I have to admit I had tons of fun socializing with him both in front and behind camera. So, all in all, it was a lot of fun meeting and interviewing Dr. Fossel for my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast.

During our 1 hour discussion with Michael we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: his dream to reverse aging and the desirability and feasibility thereof; the Hayflick limit of cell division and Aubrey de Grey’s concerns that telomerase therapy may cause cancer; the distinction between reversing aging and living forever; his “non-sexy” tips on healthy living; his take on cryonics and transhumanism…

My favorite quotes that I will take away from this interview with Michael Fossel are:

“Ageing is dynamic, not static”

“Never mind the low-hanging fruit. […] Go for the important one!”

“The reason to do this [reverse aging] is not to double somebody’s lifespan. The reason to do this is because people out there are hurting. They are frightened. They are terrified by the things that happen to them when they get disease. The reason to do this is because we are human and we should be working at this. It’s not playing God, it is working at being human. It’s compassion. It’s not a matter of living longer, it is a matter of making people healthy again.”

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To the Moon and beyond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:42:32 +0000

Donald Trump wants humans back on the Moon by 2024, as part of a new spacefaring age. But what will it take to get there?

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Zoltan Istvan talks with Science-Based species | Life Extension, UBI, Radical technological change Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:23:13 +0000

The prominent Transhumanist, Zoltan Istvan, discusses about his future involvement in the Transhumanist community, e.g., possibly running for the 2020 US Presidency.

Check out his webiste:

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New Sims Simulations Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:03:39 +0000

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By converting our sims to HTML5, we make them seamlessly available across platforms and devices. Whether you have laptops, iPads, chromebooks, or BYOD, your favorite PhET sims are always right at your fingertips.

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How doctors really decide who lives and who dies Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:02:46 +0000

Should doctors allow their expertise to trump a patient’s personal goals — or should they yield to it? In this video, physician and author Matt McCarthy describes how doctors make difficult decisions in fast-paced environments.

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Coming This Week: Episode 1 of NASA Explorers: Apollo Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:43:21 +0000

Get ready to listen to the sounds of Apollo! 🌑🎶.

Get ready to listen to the sounds of Apollo! 🌑 🎶

In this episode of NASA Explorers: Apollo, hear what 50 years of lunar exploration sounds like, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. You can binge the whole series now:

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Scientists Just Unveiled The First-Ever Photo of Quantum Entanglement Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:42:38 +0000

In an incredible first, scientists have captured the world’s first actual photo of quantum entanglement — a phenomenon so strange, physicist Albert Einstein famously described it as ‘spooky action at a distance’.

The image was captured by physicists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and it’s so breathtaking we can’t stop staring.

It might not look like much, but just stop and think about it for a second: this fuzzy grey image is the first time we’ve seen the particle interaction that underpins the strange science of quantum mechanics and forms the basis of quantum computing.

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Researching Human Enhancement: Life of Cyborgs Mon, 15 Jul 2019 01:23:18 +0000

Real Cyborg.

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The Physicist Page Mon, 15 Jul 2019 01:22:45 +0000

Image of an oscillating pendulum formed by a concave mirror.

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Australia embraces ‘killer robots’ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:22:35 +0000

Boeing is building a killer robot which will “decide when, where — and who — to shoot”

Lethal. Cheap. Smart. Australia’s air force will become one of the first in the world to put ‘killer robots’ in the skies alongside its combat pilots. But are we opening a Pandora’s box?

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Francine Shapiro, Developer of Eye-Movement Therapy, Dies at 71 Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:22:14 +0000

Dr. Shapiro’s technique for dealing with trauma was initially met with some skepticism. But it has attracted devotees worldwide.

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About the Fuss: Is Bitcoin really important? Sun, 14 Jul 2019 22:32:02 +0000 This afternoon, an automated bot at Quora suggested that I answer a reader question. Quora is essentially an “Ask the expert” web site. It is the world’s largest, cataloged and indexed Q&A repository.

This is the question I was asked to answer:

Some pundits believe Bitcoin is a fad, while others seem to feel that it is better than sliced bread. I like sliced bread.* Is Bitcoin really that cool? —Or is it just a lot of Geeky hype?

One other columnist answered before me. Normally, I pass on an invitation, if a question has already been answered. But in this case, the individual answering the question has yet to see the light. He has wandered into the Church of the Blockchain, but he just didn’t realize that the man sweeping the floor is the prophet.

Here then is my answer, regarding Bitcoin, the blockchain and sliced bread…

I respectfully disagree with Jim Euclid. He answered this question too. Perhaps it is arrogant of me to state with confidence that he will change his mind, if he is still around in another 30 or 40 years. So will everyone reading this.

Bitcoin and the blockchain were introduced together in a white paper by a quasi-anonymous developer in October 2008. He or they used a pseudonym, but communicated with a broad group of developers before and after unveiling the solution to an age old problem of math, logistics and cryptography.

Just over 1 year later, Bitcoin began moving between individual owners. And then it began to re-write the history of economics, bookkeeping, consensus, trust and the very democracy that is so precious to us. It is changing what we understand about so many things. But its true contributions have barely even begun.

Bitcoin is as ‘cool’ an invention as there can be. Like the steam engine, vacuum tube, automobile, television and the internet, it is radically transformative. Each of these inventions has (or will) contribute enormously to human progress and happiness.

The problem that Satoshi solved goes back to Aristotle and has profound social implications for the future of humanity. There is no poetic license or potential for overstating the importance of both Bitcoin and the blockchain. It will impact your life—probably in very positive ways—with a punch that matches the rise of agriculture, indoor plumbing or airline travel.

Sorry, Jim. I respect your opinion, but I see the future a bit more clearly than you. The internet is a vehicle. It is certainly important. But it is only the highway. Bitcoin is the marvel that the internet’s instant, inexpensive and ubiquitous communication was meant to spawn.

I have always felt pride over the fact that I was alive when man first landed on the moon. I was a child and I had nothing to do with that achievement—but somehow, I am gratified that this event intersected with my life.

Unlike the moon landing, Bitcoin has no Jules Verne or cave paintings from past generations yearning to conquer something that is tangible. We have only Aristotle’s insight that money was not yet perfect—and his recognition that issues of democracy and governance seem to have insurmountable impediments. But the problems that Bitcoin and the blockchain address are just as real as the moon overhead. And the solutions they will spawn are even more relevant to our civilization.

I have even more pride that I have witnessed the birth of decentralized, permissionless, distributed consensus—and specifically Bitcoin. It will impact my health, wealth and happiness even more than everything that NASA and space technology have spawned.

Am I smug that I recognized the importance of Bitcoin and the blockchain just 4 months after its unveiling? You bet I am! And even if Jim doesn’t recognize it yet, someday I will rub this fact in his face.

(Kidding…but it is personally comforting to be on the right side of history!)

* Note: In America, the expression “sliced bread” refers to something that is really clever, desirable and coveted. It is often paired with the word “since” like this: That new iPhone is the best thing since sliced bread.

Philip Raymond co-chairs CRYPSA, hosts the Bitcoin Event and is keynote speaker at Cryptocurrency Conferences. He is a top writer at Quora.

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This scan of a normal human subject was acquired using a first-of-its-kind MRI scanner that’s 10 times higher in speed and resolution than conventional systems Sun, 14 Jul 2019 22:22:26 +0000

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Non-Linear Junction Detectors (NLJDs) Sun, 14 Jul 2019 21:02:54 +0000

The ORION™ Non-Linear Junction Detector (NLJD) detects the presence of electronics, regardless of whether they are radiating, hard wired, or even turned off. Electronics containing semi-conductor properties return a harmonic signature the ORION NLJD can detect when radiated with RF energy. An NLJD detects physical properties, and not energy emissions. Therefore, devices that contain circuit boards and their components, like cell phones, video cameras, and microphones can be detected by the ORION NLJD.

How does a non-linear junction detector work?

The NLJD antenna head is a transceiver (transmitter and receiver) that radiates a digital spread spectrum signal to determine the presence of electronic components. When the energy encounters semi-conductor junctions (diodes, transistors, circuit board connections, etc.), a harmonic signal returns to the receiver. The receiver measures the strength of the harmonic signal and distinguishes between 2nd or 3rd harmonics. When a stronger 2nd harmonic is represented on the display in red, it indicates an electronic junction has been detected. In this way, a hand-held ORION is used to sweep walls, objects, containers, furniture, and most types of surfaces to look for hidden electronics, regardless of whether the electronic device is turned on.

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EX VIVO LUNG: Transplant surgeons at Toronto General Hospital make medical history Sun, 14 Jul 2019 20:43:37 +0000

This can also be done with a brain in a jar hooked-up to A.I…

*** As featured on the Colbert Report — June 4, 2009 ***

For the first time in the world, transplant surgeons, led by Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, used a new technique to repair an injured donor lung that was unsuitable for transplant, and then successfully transplanted it into Andy Dyksrta.

Dr. Keshavjee and his team have developed an ex vivo or outside the body technique capable of pumping a bloodless solution containing oxygen, proteins and nutrients into damaged donor lungs. This technique allows the surgeons the opportunity to assess and treat damaged donor lungs, while they are outside the body, to make them suitable for transplantation. To find out more about this research milestone, and others like it, visit!

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HITACHI GLOBAL : News Release : Hitachi Develops a New RFID with Embedded Antenna MU-Chip Sun, 14 Jul 2019 20:43:15 +0000


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In memoriam – Corby Corbató, MIT computer science pioneer, dies at 93 Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:22:45 +0000

Fernando José Corbató, Turing Award winner, computer scientist extraordinaire, MIT computer lab pioneer, RIP.

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Russia Launches Telescope Into Space To Map The Cosmos In ‘Outstanding’ Detail Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:22:29 +0000

It would be the first-ever map of the universe in high-energy X-rays, Nature magazine noted.

Such a map “will be essential to solve the core questions of modern cosmology,” Roscosmos said in a press release. “How do dark energy and dark matter affect formation of the large-scale structure of the Universe? What is [the] cosmological evolution of supermassive black holes?”

The agency added that the telescope, which has reportedly taken decades to develop, is expected to find about “100,000 massive clusters of galaxies” and millions of supermassive black holes ― many of them new to science ― over a four-year survey period.

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Before You Take a Mail-In DNA Test, Brace Yourself for Family Secrets Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:43:25 +0000

Like many people, Barbara Greenberg wasn’t looking to unlock any deep, dark family secrets when she spit into a tube a few years ago and sent her DNA off to be analyzed. “I was just curious to see if I would find anything a bit interesting,” Greenberg says.

And at first, there were no real surprises; she was, as expected, 100 percent Eastern European Jewish. But she’d check back into her account now and then, looking for new matches to distant cousins, and eventually someone else popped up—an unknown female relative with a DNA match significant enough to indicate it was likely a half-sister.

As Greenberg and the other woman began communicating, their shared story took shape. Although the other woman had very little information about who her biological father might have been, Greenberg says the timing, location, and certain clues the woman’s mother had given over the years indicated that they did, indeed, share the same father.

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Walter Cronkite and the awe of space exploration Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:43:09 +0000

Martha Teichner on the CBS News veteran’s coverage of an epochal human event: Man landing on the moon.

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Milestones in space travel: An illustrated timeline Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:42:53 +0000

We’ve come a long, long way since the U.S. first launched fruit flies into space in 1947. Since then, we’ve sent astronauts to the moon, installed an International Space Station in orbit and landed spacecraft on Mars. In the past couple of decades, private corporations such as SpaceX and Blue Origin have joined the fray and will likely play instrumental roles in aerospace engineering and space exploration. Here’s a look at some major advancements we’ve made in spacecraft technology and space exploration milestones over the past seven decades.

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Curiosity Rover on Mars Spotted from Space in Awesome NASA Photo Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:42:26 +0000

A camera on board NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the Curiosity rover on May 31, 2019.

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Does decentralized currency thwart crisis intervention? Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:41:51 +0000 Here is another economics/policy question that I was asked to address at Quora. It provides great fodder for a quick Lifeboat economics review.

The US used quantitative easing to deal with one monetary crisis, and a bailout of the automotive and banking industry to deal with another. If nations, economies or individuals begin to embrace a decentralized currency, they will inevitably shift away from government issued money. Won’t this hinder a nation’s ability to intervene in a crisis?

Answering this question goes to the very heart of the ethics and politics of cryptocurrency.

Yes. Without centralized control over monetary policy, government options for intervention in a money crisis would be severely limited. But this fact may lead to a false impression…

First, most money crises begin with government, and so there are likely to be far fewer monetary emergencies.

Here’s how the options would be limited:

  • Governments would have fewer ways to manipulate a public resource. They will still have the ability to budget, tax, borrow, build infrastructure and even wage war. But…
  • Governments could no longer amass debts that outstrip their ability to be accountable. That’s because they can no longer covertly tax via rampant printing of money.
  • They could not “raise the debt ceiling” without demonstrating fiscal responsibility, because they no longer control what everyone uses as money.
  • Government spending (and intervention, such as quantitative easing) would have to be balanced by revenue. Borrowing would be limited to creditors who truly believe in their will and ability to repay debt.

All of these “limitations” are good things—even for the governments and banks involved. It only seems limiting, because our understanding of what is money is tainted by millennia of authoritarian systems.

A capped, open source, transparent, traceable, immutable, decentralized, distributed and permissionless money supply is both fair and more robust than Fiat paper, promises or credit.

Let’s explore that last bullet, above. The point is subtle—yet, it is the key to answering your question…

Every individual, household, business, state and NGO must balance its books. If one cannot cover bills, they must find a creditor who believes in their ability to get back to fiscal health. Even nations are eventually forced to balance their books or seek a bail-out from neighbors.

But, this is not the case for the United States. We have had an ability whitewash our largess and declining industrial productivity by printing more money. How has this been possible while retaining a strong dollar?

The US dollar has been the world’s reserve currency for 47 years. This development was one of the most clever, yet potentially damaging developments of the post war order. It led other nations and consumers to treat it like gold (even though the link to any underlying asset or promise was severed by Richard Nixon in 1972).

Now that other nations are shifting this special status away from the US, we are gradually becoming just as susceptible to a house-of-cards collapse as Venezuela, Argentina, Zimbabwe, or Germany between the wars. Our massive consumer market cannot protect us. Eventually, we must ship the fruit of our sweat and intellectual bounty to serve others. After all, for more than a half century, we have been giving them pieces of paper (dollars or treasury bonds) for their TVs, underwear, sneakers, toys and sheet rock.

This unbalanced trade must be reversed. Building walls at the boarder and stiff tariffs are desperate acts that fail to recognize cause or containment. They are certainly not the way to restore a robust economy. There must be a better way for nations to get their houses in order. Fortunately, there is.

A distributed currency built on math, trust and transparency—rather than the integrity of transient elected officials from one nation is far less susceptible to manipulation, inflation or any form of shock. It won’t solve all problems immediately, be it will prevent us from getting further mired in a debt that blows up like a balloon.

The decoupling of a money supply from government will yield benefits that are difficult to imagine today. Money doesn’t need authoritarian oversight like airline safety. The situation is more analogous to the deregulation of telephone and package delivery services. Without those blockbuster decisions of the 1980s, we would not have Smartphones or the internet today.

Philip Raymond co-chairs CRYPSA, hosts the Bitcoin Event and is keynote speaker at Cryptocurrency Conferences. He is a top writer at Quora.

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A Chinese AI startup is tracking lost dogs using their nose prints Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:02:42 +0000

Facial recognition comes to pets — using their nose prints as unique identifiers.

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Tesla Roadster’s SpaceX thruster will be hidden behind the license plate, says Elon Musk Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:02:26 +0000

Tesla’s new Roadster is going to come with an optional ‘SpaceX package’ that will include cold air thrusters to improve performance.

Now CEO Elon Musk says that the thruster will be hidden behind the license plate.

When first unveiling the vehicle, Musk claimed a list of insanely impressive specs for the new Roadster, including 0–60 mph in 1.9 sec, 620-mile of range, and more.

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Can I Check Web Sites Visited by my Kids/Staff? Sun, 14 Jul 2019 14:17:29 +0000 Early this morning, I was asked this question at Quora. It’s a pretty basic request of network administrators, including parents, schools and anyone who administers a public, sensitive or legally exposed WiFi hot spot.

Is there a quick and easy way to view, log, or otherwise monitor the web sites visited by people on your home or office network?

Yes. It’s free and and it is pretty easy to do.

It gets a bit trickier, if the individual on your network is using a VPN service that they have configured on their device.[1] A VPN does not stop you from logging their browsing, but all of their activity will point to the VPN address instead of the site that they are actually visiting. In that case, there is another way to monitor their activity. See note #1, below.

Before getting into this, I should mention that I believe that using covert methods to monitor a family member’s online activity is a terrible method of parenting. In my opinion, there are better ways to deal with the issue—parenting techniques that don’t undermine trust as they deal with safety.

I can think of at least three methods for logging the websites that people on your network visit. In the explanation below, we will focus on #2. For more information, dig into the notes at the bottom of this answer.

You can either…

  1. Configure your router to store logs of visited IP addresses [2]
  2. Set your router to use the DNS server at, instead of the default server offered by your internet service provider. This involves a simple setting available in all routers. (Replace default DNS server addresses with and
  3. You can set up a proxy which redirects web traffic to one of the computers in your house or a third-party service. This is how the monitoring software for parents and custodial services monitor or block web traffic.

In the remainder of this quick tutorial, we focus on method #2..

Once you configure your router to use the two DNS servers at, create a free account on their web site. Then, enable the logging feature. It not only shows you visited domains, it maps them into actual domain names and subdomains—making it easy to search, sort or analyze traffic.

You can download a spreadsheets and sort by number of visits or by the domains visited. Logs are maintained for only two weeks. So, if you wish to maintain a history, you will need to visit OpenDNS and download them regularly. (Check their user forum. Someone has created a safe, single-line DOS command that downloads these activity logs to your PC).

[1] VPN, Onion Routing and Encryption

If an individual in your home or office is using a Virtual Private Network [VPN], they are effectively covering their tracks with method #3, above. You can see their connection to the VPN service, but that service is either trusted to destroy logs of visited web sites, or anonymize traffic, by routing it through a chain of users that have no way to back-trace and identify the requester’s address.

Since their traffic originates on your network, there are other things you can do to monitor their activities. For example, if they are not using end-to-end encryption, you can use method #3 yourself, to route data in and out through your own PC or service.

[2] Logging the IP address or domain of visited web sites is not a feature of all routers. I have three recent model routers — and only one of them has a feature to log traffic in and out of the network.

[3] OpenDNS cannot discriminate the individual device in your home or office that has accessed websites that it logs. The logs include the traffic for all HTTP access that originates through your internet service subscription.

But some remarkable feature of OpenDNS (other than it being completely free):

a) It speeds up your overall internet experience noticeably! Like Google’s free DNS service, it is more robust and more redundant than the default DNS settings recommended by your internet service provider.

b) It maps every IP address into a domain name. So when you log in to check your logs and statistics, you don’t need to figure what the numbers mean. You view a list that makes sense. You can even search for certain words or web sites.

c) It permits you to block websites based on a very rich set of 100 criteria, including violence, adult content, hate speech, etc.

d) It offers graphs of your network access including overall volume. An example is shown here:

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Today in 2015: New Horizons at Pluto Sun, 14 Jul 2019 13:23:47 +0000

The small, fast-moving New Horizons spacecraft is likely to be the only Pluto mission in the lifetimes of many of us. It changed forever the way we on Earth perceive this outermost world and its moons.

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SpaceX Starship Will Carry 1000 People Anywhere On Earth For $500‑2000 Sun, 14 Jul 2019 13:23:09 +0000

For the same price as an international economy airline ticket, the SpaceX Starship will fly in 20 minutes what takes a normal airliner 20 hours!

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Bacteria Could Help Mass-Produce Wonder Material Graphene At Scale Sun, 14 Jul 2019 13:22:52 +0000

There’s no doubting that graphene, a single layer of graphite with the atoms arranged in a honeycomb hexagonal pattern, is one of science’s most versatile new materials. Capable of doing everything from filtering the color out of whisky to creating body armor that’s stronger than diamonds, graphene exhibits some truly unique qualities. However, while some mainstream uses of graphene have emerged, its use remains limited due to the challenge of producing it at scale. The most common way to make graphene still involves using sticky tape to strip a layer of atoms off ordinary graphite.

That’s something that researchers from the University of Rochester and the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology have been working to change. They’ve figured out a way to mass produce graphene by mixing oxidized graphite with bacteria. Their method is cost-efficient, time-efficient, and sustainable — and may just make graphene a whole lot more available in the process.

“In our research, we have used bacteria to produce graphene materials on a bulk scale, and we showed that our material is conductive, and both thinner and able to be stored longer than chemically produced graphene materials,” Anne Meyer, professor of biology at the University of Rochester, told Digital Trends. “These properties demonstrate that our bacterial graphene would be well suited for a variety of applications, such as electrical ink or lightweight biosensors. Our approach is also incredibly simple and environmentally friendly compared to chemical approaches. All we have to do is mix our bacteria with the graphene precursor material, and leave them sitting on the benchtop overnight.”

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Wanted: Australian mining know-how for moon, Mars missions Sun, 14 Jul 2019 13:22:24 +0000

Washington | Australian resources industry giants such as BHP and Rio Tinto could soon play a crucial role in NASA’s Mars mission, building and operating mines on the moon to extract rocket fuel for interplanetary travel.

In an interview with The Australian Financial Review on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST), NASA’s top boss, administrator Jim Bridenstine, urged Australian mining companies to grasp the opportunity and challenge of applying the industry’s expertise in remote resource extraction to the moon.

Known inside NASA as Artemis (the twin sister of Apollo in Greek mythology) the lunar missions will rely on turning hundreds of millions of tons of mined water ice recently discovered on the moon into liquid forms of hydrogen and oxygen to power spacecraft.

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Not Too Latte To Swap Palm Oil Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:03:20 +0000

Palm oil is in almost everything, and it’s responsible for huge amounts of deforestation across the globe. These guys have found a way to replace it, using nothing more than a cup of coffee. #YEARSproject

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This Curtain Of Algae Is Cleaning The Air Sun, 14 Jul 2019 11:02:46 +0000

This is an algae “biocurtain” and it’s cleaning up the air. 💚.

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Brent Nally interviews Liz Parrish about her telomerase & myostatin inhibitor gene therapies Sun, 14 Jul 2019 10:02:55 +0000

- Patreon:

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An asteroid base Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:42:59 +0000

American scientist and best-selling #scifi author David Brin predicts what our world would like in the year 2050. Read it on our #Earth2050 platform:

By 2040, the international community has concluded that using nonrenewable resources is irrational. The first kind of asteroid to be mined was of the carbonaceous variety, to get water that can keep astronauts alive, or be used to create rocket fuel. Later, explorers prospected dozens of other varieties of asteroids with suitable iron, nickel, cobalt, platinoid, and rare-earth element deposits. Odyssey is the first ever space base focused on mining these minerals.

The station was launched in 2049. Because of magnetic storms and drastic changes in temperature, the main part of the base had to be built several meters below the asteroid’s surface. Almost all work on the base was automated. Small teams of engineers and technicians needed for station management stay for 6-month shifts. Using solar mirrors, they melt and refine precious metal ores and blow them into gleaming bubbles that can safely descend through Earth’s atmosphere to float in the ocean, for collection. The iron is used for construction in space.

This space project — the Odyssey — is so profitable that on April 22, 2055, Earth Day, the UN’s General Assembly adopts a resolution: to decrease mineral mining on our planet and to transfer some profits made from space to restore and preserve the Earth’s ecology.

The success of the project is based not only on the commercial value of mining but also on scientific advancements. The Odyssey houses laboratories with different specializations. New space discoveries make it possible to create new stations and even cities farther away from Earth.

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12 Best Photogrammetry Software For 3D Mapping Using Drones Sun, 14 Jul 2019 08:22:46 +0000

10 best 3D map photogrammetry software reviewed. Top drone mapping and modelling solutions from DroneDeploy, Open Drone Map, Pix4D, PhotoScan, Precision Mapper, AutoDesk plus more.

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Why Is the Apollo Reflector Experiment Still Operating, 50 Years Later? Sun, 14 Jul 2019 05:02:26 +0000

An epic lunar laser experiment is still going strong, five decades after the Apollo astronauts set it up on the surface.

The moonwalking crew of Apollo 11, which landed on the moon 50 years ago this month, put special retroreflectors on the lunar surface, as did the later crews of Apollo 14 and 15, in 1971. (Another retroreflector, built by the French, sits on the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover that landed without a crew in 1973.)

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Time-like concepts: terminology Sun, 14 Jul 2019 04:42:41 +0000

Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in an apparently irreversible succession from the past, through the present, to the future.[1][2][3] Time is a component quantity of various measurements used to sequence events, to compare the duration of events or the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change of quantities in material reality or in the conscious experience.[4][5][6][7] Time is often referred to as a fourth dimension, along with three spatial dimensions.[8]

Time has long been an important subject of study in religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a manner applicable to all fields without circularity has consistently eluded scholars.[2][6][7][9][10][11] Nevertheless, diverse fields such as business, industry, sports, the sciences, and the performing arts all incorporate some notion of time into their respective measuring systems.[12][13][14]

Time in physics is unambiguously operationally defined as “what a clock reads”.[6][15][16] See Units of Time is one of the seven fundamental physical quantities in both the International System of Units and International System of Quantities. Time is used to define other quantities – such as velocity – so defining time in terms of such quantities would result in circularity of definition.[17] An operational definition of time, wherein one says that observing a certain number of repetitions of one or another standard cyclical event (such as the passage of a free-swinging pendulum) constitutes one standard unit such as the second, is highly useful in the conduct of both advanced experiments and everyday affairs of life.

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Terahertz technology escapes the cold Sun, 14 Jul 2019 04:23:25 +0000 Scientists have achieved the first realization of a terahertz quantum cascade laser operating without cryogenic cooling. This feat heralds the widespread use of these devices in practical applications.

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Quantum cascade lasers Sun, 14 Jul 2019 04:22:58 +0000 Are made up of many thin layers of semiconductor. An injected electron makes a small energy transition as it moves from one layer to the next, emitting light on each cascade. Because the energy steps are small, quantum cascade lasers can produce long-wavelength mid-infrared or terahertz radiation.

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These LED smart lights are tracking your moves Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:23:37 +0000

While more people and places are switching to energy-saving LED light bulbs, a California company has found a way to turn them into smart networks that can collect and feed data. However, the new technological opportunities are also raising privacy concerns, reports CBS News’ Bill Whitaker.

For example, should you find yourself in terminal “B” at Newark airport, look up. Those aren’t just new lights. They’re smart lights — a sophisticated array of LED fixtures with built-in sensors and cameras connected over a wireless network. They monitor security and the flow of foot traffic.

“Newark’s primarily interested in energy saving,” said Hugh Martin, president of Sensity, the Silicon Valley company that developed the smart lights at Newark and also a parking garage in San Jose.

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How Bacteria Could Generate Radio waves Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:23:21 +0000

I call them “BATS”.

Can bacteria generate radio waves?

On the face of it, this seems an unlikely proposition. Natural sources of radio waves include lightning, stars and pulsars while artificial sources include radar, mobile phones and computers. This is a diverse list. So it’s hard to see what these things might have in common with bacteria that could be responsible for making radio waves.

But today, Allan Widom at Northeastern University in Boston and a few pals, say they’ve worked out how it could be done.

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When I see “Storm area 51” I see this Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:22:59 +0000

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Sugary drinks linked to breast cancer in new study — experts weigh in Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:22:32 +0000

A study in the British Medical Journal this week found a link between regular consumption of sugary drinks and cancer. Here’s what experts want you to know.

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Ex Vivo Optogenetic Dissection of Fear Circuits in Brain Slices Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:03:55 +0000

Optogenetic approaches are widely used to manipulate neural activity and assess the consequences for brain function. Here, a technique is outlined that upon in vivo expression of the optical activator Channelrhodopsin, allows for ex vivo analysis of synaptic properties of specific long range and local neural connections in fear-related circuits.

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Blurring the Lines Between In Vivo Anatomical and Molecular Imaging Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:03:37 +0000

Scientist or not, we’re all familiar with X-ray imaging and perhaps its 3D cousin, computed tomography (CT), as well. These platforms are great for looking at bone and dense tissue—to see if there’s a fracture, or maybe a mass in the lung where it shouldn’t be—whereas molecular resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography are the go-to modalities for interrogating softer tissue, like muscle. And for knowing what is happening in the body—as opposed to just where something is—nuclear tracer technologies like positron emission tomography (PET), and to a lesser extent its cousin single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), are the way to go.

These self-same modalities can be found in more diminutive instrumentation for pre-clinical imaging—often equipped with heated beds or chambers, anesthesia and oxygen supplies, and other modifications—specifically designed for small animals. If you also consider instruments capable of optical modalities of fluorescence, bioluminescence and their derivatives—which generally don’t easily translate to the clinic—you find yourself awash in possibilities for in vivo imaging.

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This experimental machine keeps lungs alive outside of the body Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:03:20 +0000

It has been cleared for use in Europe and Canada but still under review in the U.S.

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Quantum Dot-Based Designed Nanoprobe for Imaging Lipid Droplet Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:03:04 +0000

Nanoprobes were microscopic robotic devices used by the Borg for the primary purpose of assimilation, as well as to help maintenance and even repair their mechanical and biological components on a microscopic level. Injected into a target’s bloodstream via assimilation tubules, the nanoprobes immediately began to take over the host cells’ functions. Nanoprobes could also be modified for a variety of medical and technical tasks.

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H.R.2977 — Space Preservation Act of 2001 Goes on to explain what they cannot do in space pertaining to space wars Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:02:50 +0000

Image capture is the portion pertaining to what they cannot do to civilians. As it stands anyway. Just to name a few: weather mod, Chemtrails, extraterrestrial weapons, low frequency and ULF… Ultra low frequency, mood management, and lazers.

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Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid Sun, 14 Jul 2019 02:02:26 +0000

Cost of solar power has dropped by 76% since 2012.

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Detroit cops arrest their own police commissioner at heated meeting over facial recognition (VIDEO) Sun, 14 Jul 2019 01:22:25 +0000

A police board meeting escalated when Detroit cops tackled a police commissioner to the ground and arrested him at a heated hearing where protesters demonstrated against the city’s controversial facial recognition scheme.

Commissioner Willie Burton was annoyed that the Board of Police Commissioners had held secret, closed door meetings that he and the public were not allowed to attend during which an expansion of the facial recognition scheme was planned, Metro Times reports.

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Blind patients have vision partially restored after new brain implant Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:48:12 +0000

‘It is a real message of hope – I feel within my lifetime we can restore functional sight to the blind’, expert says of successful study.

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Superbugs cling to hospital gowns even after they have been disinfected Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:23:39 +0000

Dangerous superbugs are clinging on to surgical gowns and instruments even after the items have been disinfected, scientists have revealed.

Hospitals have been warned to monitor their hygiene practices after tests showed the pathogen C. difficile is becoming resistant to standard decontamination agents.

The bug, which is thought to be responsible for around 1,600 deaths a year in the UK, can cause diarrhea, fever, rapid heartbeat, inflammation of the intestines, and kidney failure.

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A 363-foot projection of a rocket will be flashed on the Washington Monument to celebrate Apollo 11 anniversary Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:23:23 +0000

A number of events are planned next week on the Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic moon mission.

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Brain implant restores partial vision to blind people Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:04:47 +0000

Medical experts hail ‘paradigm shift’ of implant that transmits video images directly to the visual cortex, bypassing the eye and optic nerve.

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The Internet May Be Underwater in 15 Years Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:03:54 +0000

Rising seas imperil the delicate web of cables and power stations that control the internet.

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Anchorage Had Never Reached 90 Degrees. That Changed This Week Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:03:15 +0000

Anchorage could set a heat record this week, with a forecast high potentially reaching 90 degrees. The city has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

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One Climate Crisis Disaster Occurs Every Week, U.N. Official Warns Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:03:08 +0000

Governments should prioritize ‘adaptation and resilience’ measures designed to curb the effects of ongoing lower-impact climate events, experts say.

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New study: How much do climate fluctuations matter for global crop yields? Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:02:51 +0000

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation has been responsible for widespread, simultaneous crop failures in recent history, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and other partners. This finding runs counter to a central pillar of the global agriculture system, which assumes that crop failures in geographically distant breadbasket regions such as the United States, China and Argentina are unrelated. The results also underscore the potential opportunity to manage such climate risks, which can be predicted using seasonal climate forecasts.

The study, published in Science Advances, is the first to provide estimates of the degree to which different modes of such as ENSO cause volatility in global and regional production of corn, wheat and soy. Such variability caused nearly 18 percent volatility in global corn production from 1980 to 2010, for example.

“Global agriculture counts on the strong likelihood that poor production in one part of the world will be made up for by good production elsewhere,” said Weston Anderson, a postdoctoral research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and lead author on the study.

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US volcano alert: Eight now being monitored after California earthquakes Sat, 13 Jul 2019 22:42:25 +0000

EIGHT volcanoes along the west coast of the USA are being monitored by scientists in the wake of a series of earthquakes and aftershocks in southern California.

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Welcome To Your Future Cryonics Institute-Technology Extending Life Sat, 13 Jul 2019 21:42:49 +0000

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Profit from Bitcoin with out Investing or Trading Sat, 13 Jul 2019 21:22:13 +0000

I find it encouraging that so many people want to know if they should get into Bitcoin. But, I am discouraged when I discover that “getting into” is a euphemism for investing, trading, flipping or HODL (Buy, then hold on for dear life).

Sure, Bitcoin is deflationary. If widely adopted, it is likely to increase in value. But adoption is being thwarted by traders. Today 95% of cryptocurrency transactions are by individuals or organizations buying or swapping cryptocurrency rather than using crypto to buy apples, a new car, or a family vacation.

Many people consider Bitcoin to be risky and not just as an investment! They think its risky to use a payment instrument. The perception of risk is associated with its widely fluctuating exchange rate. In the end, the exchange value won’t matter at all, because Bitcoin will be the money and not the dollar, yen, euro or pound. But, unfortunately, even though the argument for widespread adoption is compelling, it will not occur while we continue to see spikes and plunges on a graph.

If you are waiting for volatility to abate, then we need adoption beyond bleeding edge adopters (so called Geeks and nerds). And I am not referring to traders. We must arrive at a day when the fraction of transactions driven by purchase & sale, debt payment, salaries, memberships, fees, and settlements and big companies quoting grain, oil or ships dwarfs the fraction driven by speculators & investors. This is the only way to trigger the series of reactions that will lead to stability, ubiquity and public trust.

Trading is only one way to profit from the cryptocurrency market—and it is, by far, the most risky. In fact, if you employ the tools and techniques of technical analysis (i.e. you study graphs of performance over time), then you certainly won’t make money. In fact, you will lose your shirt.

I don’t recommend trading as a core strategy for building a career around cryptocurrency. You can make a decent living with a real crypto career, or a consulting sideline. We will get to a few suggestions below. But, if you wish to invest, day trade or HODL, stick to gradual, dollar-cost-averaging instead. Choose a small, monthly budget that doesn’t take food off the table and that you can afford to lose. This is the method of anyone who built great wealth through equities, including Warren Buffet.

Other ways to profit from cryptocurrency

In conference presentations at which I am a speaker, I often dedicate a few slides to eight different ways to derive income from cryptocurrency. I never share my conference slides beyond the presentation. When I need to give information to my sponsor or an attendee, I require non-disclosure and I give them an encrypted link to just a small set of knowledge. After all, my presentation slides are my bread & butter (more about this in Slide #2, below).

But, in response to this question, I will share 2 slides, and I will add an explanation of two bulleted opportunities…

Slide #1, Item 3

The highlighted opportunity in the middle of slide #1, POS Integration, provides a BIG bang for your time, and with little training needed. But, the window of opportunity won’t last long—perhaps just 1½ years.

What you will do is train small-to-medium retail proprietors with the tools and training to accept cryptocurrency as easily as they accept Visa or American Express, but without commission. Little or NO fees at all. A retail cashier doesn’t need much training—he just directs a shopper to a QR code on the cash register.

The process can safely operate through the existing POS receipt printer, so that the cashier knows that a purchase has just been completed. Even the accounting books are updated in real time, and the vendor is paid immediately.

I recommend using your existing relationships and focusing on small, locally owned businesses with 3 to 8 retail outlets. Small, 1-store operations may not be worth your sales & set-up time. Larger operations (like McDonald’s or Walmart) do not make this type of decision at a local level and they have directors and IT departments that dictate and implement policies dealing with handling money.

Ideally, you want a restaurateur, grocery store, professional service (medical, legal, tax prep, seamstress, etc) with More than 1 but fewer than 8 locations. That’s because your going to play “good guy”. Instead of charging them a commission that is small compared to a credit card (say 0.5%), you will charge them a one time fee of $300 for every person in the room. With this method, you can make several thousand dollars in under 2 hours.


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Ask the owner to meet at any of his retail sites with one cashier or associate from each store. I prefer to do this on a weekend morning—but its best to avoid a time of heavy customer traffic. You need a check out aisle to be available.

Your training and tools integration can be completed in 20 minutes. The retail sales process is that easy. It’s no different than a credit card. The shopper will know what to do when they see the “Bitcoin Accepted” placard and a QR code. You are simply helping the cashier and bookkeeper that the process is trivial and the company till is even safer than with cash or credit cards.

You will need another 20 minutes to up-sell a nifty floating holographic display of the QR code. And then 30 more minutes for questions from individuals who just don’t believe in the future of Bitcoin or crypto. They want to know more than the only question that matters. “How much will I save”.

But the owner/operator and the numbers guy will definitely get it. Retail stores, and especially grocers deal with a razor thin margin. You will give them the opportunity to pick up business from early adopters and with ZERO fees and even instant conversion to Fiat if they wish. That’s why IGA Supermarkets announced this week that they will accept Bitcoin across all supermarkets this month.

The most common question will be “Doesn’t it cost to switch revenue back to dollars?” –or similarly– “I don’t want Bitcoin. How long must I wait to get dollars?” With just a little analysis of the APIs and services from which you build your consulting tool set, you will learn that the answers are very retail-friendly! In fact, payment processors will give you a much better deal than their own exchange clients, and even better than huge institutional traders. They all want to get their foot into retail, before credit card processors add it to their infrastructure.

I do not plan to provide step by step instructions in this Quora answer. You can begin by googling the companies that offer retail POS tools and then find a clever way to integrate them seamlessly into the most popular accounting tools used by small business (First Data, Veriphone, Square, PayPal, Quicken). If you or the exchange that you integrate into your crypto-processing add-on covers just these providers, you will be able to focus on your sales pitch and relationships. Now go make a killing, tiger!

Why is this opportunity still available?

Why doesn’t First Data, Citibank or Veriphone add Bitcoin to their payment options, along with Visa, Mastercard and Discover?

They will, eventually. But only after you and hundreds of other Bitcoin consultants chip away at their profits.

The card processors know that Bitcoin is almost friction free. For many retailers, it is completely free. With recent addition of Lightning Network, it is also fast. So it undermines the commission that legacy processors get from credit and debit cards. They try to harden their POS printers and accounting reports from out-of network utilization and they put doubt into business owners, telling them that cryptocurrency has no recourse or arbitration.

You will have great answers for each critique and you will win. But do it soon!

Slide #2

Of course, you can do what I do. Study Satoshi, learn a little code, try mining for yourself, research governments and their policies, learn about Aristotle and the evolution of money, dig into the forums for developers, miners and critics. Then make your presence known.

As your stature rises above the background of armchair speculators (without any agenda except to get rich), create a blog and do your best to attract attention. Market yourself as an industry pundit, expert, courseware developer, keynote speaker and a top writer at Quora.

You won’t find a sponsor for every blog post or paper that you publish, but eventually—if you are engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining—you can make a living from live events and on sight training.* Perhaps you can even earn royalties by selling courseware at Udemy or developing courseware for Diginomics.

I was fortunate. I left my career and got involved with Bitcoin shortly after the original whitepaper in 2009. Few people had heard of Bitcoin and even fewer believed it could ever be viable, even as just a payment instrument. I have turned my interest into a career. I don’t make nearly as much as Andreas Antonopoulos, but I am on the short list for paid presentations and am sought by government legislators, legal organizations, and accounting firms. All of these groups urgently need to understand crypto.

Conclusion: Is it too late to get into Bitcoin?

In the late 1930s, many individuals thought that it was too late to get into television. The first Televisor technologies were demonstrated 15 years earlier, in the 1920s. Since then, Philo Farnsworth unveiled what we now call a TV and RCA had already begun broadcasting in big cities. Many people knew someone on their block that had a TV.

Yet, with historical perspective, we can see that all of the major players of the 20th century got involved later. Few people today have heard of these early television manufacturers or the studios that made shows. Have you?

So, is it too late to build a career or a business around a new technology that was demonstrated only 10 or 15 years ago and is already being commercialized? Has that ship already sailed? Of course not! That ship hasn’t even docked. Seats are empty. Opportunities are just beginning. Crypto titans of this century are still in primary school or have not yet been born. (But for opportunity #3 on slide #1 above, get act together quickly).

* It’s difficult to get paid by a conference. For a big expo, its almost impossible, even for the headliner. For an educational workshop, it is almost as hard. The host may cover travel and hotel, but typically tries to avoid paying speaker’s a stipend.

Show organizers want you to pay them! They want you to value a few minutes on stage, because they assume that you want to sell something. Just as with attendees, they see you as a customer. With a bit of effort, you can reverse the value proposition.

Convince the organizer or host that you are the product and not a customer. Explain the value that you bring to the conference. You enable them to sell more VIP seats.

Philip Raymond co-chairs CRYPSA, hosts the Bitcoin Event and is keynote speaker at Cryptocurrency Conferences. He is a top writer at Quora.

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Welcome to Experiments that Time has Forgotten! Sat, 13 Jul 2019 20:42:26 +0000

Courtesy of Microcosmos ISBN 0 521 30433 4

© Cambridge University Press 1987

fig. 7.


The smallest unit of matter that can be imaged my microscopy today is the atom. The use of high resolution electron microscopy or HREM enables the scientist to study the neat lines and rows of atoms arranged in their unit cells. The world of atomic level microscopy is bathed in hyperbole. Imaging an atom at a magnification of x 100 million is equivalent to observing from Earth the golf ball that Neil Armstrong hit on the moon. The microscopists at the forefront of high resolution imaging are now trying to read the golf ball’s number!

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Add 12 to 14 Years to Healthy Life Expectancy Sat, 13 Jul 2019 19:02:26 +0000

When I founded the Life Extension® group in 1977, our unique purposes attracted a lot of media attention.

A question reporters often asked me was:

“Why do you want to live so long?”

Rather than respond to the obvious, I made it clear that if people followed healthier lifestyles, they could add about 15 years to their lifespans.

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Scientists unveil the first-ever image of quantum entanglement Sat, 13 Jul 2019 18:43:35 +0000

For the first time ever, physicists have managed to take a photo of a strong form of quantum entanglement called Bell entanglement—capturing visual evidence of an elusive phenomenon which a baffled Albert Einstein once called ‘spooky action at a distance’.

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The 80-Year-Old CrossFitter | TRULY Sat, 13 Jul 2019 18:43:18 +0000

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New Treatment for Type-2 Diabetes Sat, 13 Jul 2019 17:02:44 +0000

Scientists develop a new treatment for type-2 diabetes.

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MIT team draws on cucumbers to develop surprisingly strong artificial muscles Sat, 13 Jul 2019 15:42:27 +0000

To develop a new artificial muscle for robots MIT researchers are taking inspiration from an unlikely source – the cucumber. It’s not the fruit of the plant that’s good for sandwiches and salads that the engineers are interested in, but the tightly coiled tendrils that wrap themselves around solid objects to support the growing plant by corkscrewing and pulling with surprising force.

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New CRISPR platform expands RNA editing capabilities Sat, 13 Jul 2019 15:23:14 +0000

The new system, dubbed RESCUE, allows RNA edits to be made that were not previously possible.

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New Phishing Scam Targets Amazon Users Just Before Prime Day Sat, 13 Jul 2019 15:22:48 +0000

Security researchers at McAfee say that hackers have released a do-it-yourself kit that allows people to easily put together phishing scams targeting Amazon users – just in time for Prime Day next week.

McAfee first noticed the so-called 16Shop phishing kit in action in November, when it was being used to create fake emails, supposedly from Apple, trying to gain access to people’s Apple accounts. The scam let hackers create a realistic-looking Apple sign-in page to steal your login credentials.

Starting in May, 16Shop expanded to target Amazon users, McAfee wrote on Friday, July 12. The new version allows would-be hackers to create their own realistic-looking Amazon login page that would give them your username and password — pretty much everything they would need to log into your account. Here’s what it looks like:

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Artificial intelligence conquers world’s most complex poker game Sat, 13 Jul 2019 15:22:31 +0000

The automated machine could help improve Wall Street trading or cybersecurity.

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The biological computer is an implantable device that is mainly used for tasks like monitoring the body’s activities or inducing therapeutic effects Sat, 13 Jul 2019 14:22:42 +0000

The biological computer is an implantable device that is mainly used for tasks like monitoring the body’s activities or inducing therapeutic effects, all at the molecular or cellular level. This is made up of RNA, DNA and proteins and can also perform simple mathematical calculations.

DNA computing is a branch of computing which uses DNA, biochemistry, and molecular biology hardware, instead of the traditional silicon-based computer technologies. Research and development in this area concerns theory, experiments, and applications of DNA computing.…/finally-a-dna-computer-that-can-ac…/

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Will Your Next Job Be On Mars? Sat, 13 Jul 2019 14:22:16 +0000

Mars recruitment is underway. No longer science fiction, the job opportunities will be abundant, diverse and highly innovative. Ready to apply?

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Next Generation Lunar Retroreflectors Should Fly Soon Sat, 13 Jul 2019 11:22:15 +0000

Next generation of retroreflectors will be delivered to Moon’s surface using commercial lunar payloads.

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Self-driving Hyundai Sat, 13 Jul 2019 10:22:45 +0000

Yandex unveils Sonata.

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Amazon to spend $700 million to train 100,000 workers for digital age Sat, 13 Jul 2019 08:42:26 +0000

Amazon is a global leader in the use of artificial intelligence and robots – but first on “CBS This Morning,” the company is revealing a major plan to invest in its human workforce, too. The online giant will spend more than $700 million to provide 100,000 employees with new skills for the digital age by 2025.

At Amazon’s 125,000 square foot facility just outside Denver, it looks like robots are running the show. But behind each of these roughly 800 devices is a skilled employee like Nicole Bayer, who manages the daily flow of traffic at this center as a floor control specialist. Bayer said more robots means higher package volume. As a result, she said, “we need more associates to package our volume, not less.”

Before coming to Amazon a few years ago, Bayer said she’d been out of the workforce for years. She credited the company’s employee programs for relaunching her career. “I got a lot of technical skills out of it that helped me get promoted,” she said.

Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s worldwide consumer CEO, likened the program to grad school. The programs’ names feel collegiate, from “Machine Learning University” for onsite training, to “Amazon Technical Academy” for software engineer roles. The company is also offering programs like Associate2Tech, which trains employees to move into technical roles, and AWS Training and Certification, which teaches employees about the cloud and gives them knowledge “essential to operating in a technical field.”

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Does the world need a 3D-printed rocket? Sat, 13 Jul 2019 07:02:28 +0000

That’s all a way of saying that behind every successful launch is a tremendous amount of labor and a vast network of suppliers working in concert to assemble each vehicle. By streamlining the supply chain, Relativity hopes to sharply cut production time.

But this goal of printing Terran 1’s more than 100-foot-tall (30-meter) exterior and fuel tank comes with an additional challenge: creating printers that can accomplish the task. “Building a rocket company is hard, building a 3D-printing company is hard, and building both together at the same time is borderline nuts,” says Ellis, Relativity’s CEO. “But while it’s the hardest part of the job, it is also the secret sauce that will make Relativity a world-changing company.”

There’s still a way to go before doing any world changing, though. “We’re not going to fly a rocket unless we get these metal 3D-printing technologies developed,” Ellis admits. “So that provides quite a bit of existential kick in the butt to figure it out, because this is the only way we ’ re going to actually make it to our goal.”

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China’s cleanest province shows what the country’s future could hold Sat, 13 Jul 2019 06:03:18 +0000

Lessons from Qinghai.

🔎 Learn more about China’s solar capacity: #amnc19

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Bitcoin Could Help Stop News Censorship – from Space Sat, 13 Jul 2019 06:02:25 +0000

An advocacy group is testing out the idea that the combination of bitcoin and orbital communication can help fight news censorship.

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Coral biodiversity could help reefs thrive again Sat, 13 Jul 2019 05:43:00 +0000

My own work examines whether greater diversity of coral species on reefs can help corals survive and thrive. In a study published earlier this year, my colleague Mark Hay and I found evidence that the answer is yes. This finding could help to inform broader strategies for making coral reefs more resilient in altered oceans.

In nature, more is better

Are ecosystems healthier if they contain many species than if they harbor only a few? This is a central question in ecology. Generally, scientists have found that ecosystems with more diverse foundation species – those that define a system and are inseparable from it, such as trees in a forest – tend to be healthier and function better.

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What happens when you can see disaster unfolding, and nobody listens? Fri, 12 Jul 2019 23:22:29 +0000

The distinct burden of being a climate scientist.

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Telomere shortening rate predicts species life span Fri, 12 Jul 2019 23:02:31 +0000

The exact causes of aging are still not understood, and it is unclear why some species live less than 1 d, while others can live more than 400 y. Research suggests that telomeres are related to the aging process, but a clear relationship between the life span of a species and initial telomere length has not been observed. Here, we measure the telomere lengths of a variety of different species. We find that, in fact, there is no strong correlation between the life span of a species and initial telomere length. However, we find a strong correlation between the telomere shortening rate and the life span of a species.

Telomere shortening to a critical length can trigger aging and shorter life spans in mice and humans by a mechanism that involves induction of a persistent DNA damage response at chromosome ends and loss of cellular viability. However, whether telomere length is a universal determinant of species longevity is not known. To determine whether telomere shortening can be a single parameter to predict species longevities, here we measured in parallel the telomere length of a wide variety of species (birds and mammals) with very different life spans and body sizes, including mouse (Mus musculus), goat (Capra hircus), Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii), reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), and Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus). We found that the telomere shortening rate, but not the initial telomere length alone, is a powerful predictor of species life span.

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NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:44:34 +0000

How will the Artemis program work?

Here’s how we’re going to the Moon — to stay — and learning how to journey to Mars and beyond

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Lands on Asteroid It Blasted a Hole In Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:43:42 +0000

The robotic probe attempted to collect a sample scattered from a crater made on the surface of the space rock Ryugu in April.

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A Spotless Mind? Precisely-Timed Anesthesia May Dim Traumatic Memories Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:43:25 +0000

We all have things we’d rather forget. But for over four million people in the US who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that need becomes very real.

Erasing memories has always been the stuff of science fiction and wishful thinking. After all, what happened, happened—your experiences are solidified in your head as part of your past, perhaps even molding your personality.

But does it have to be this way?

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The Longevity Industry will be the Biggest and Most Complex Industry in Human History Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:43:08 +0000

The Longevity industry will dwarf all other industries in both size and market capitalization and will require unprecedented sophistication in its approach for assessment and forecasting from the start to neutralize challenges and manifest opportunities

The Longevity Industry is not just about biotechnology and biomedicine. Rather, it consists of several distinct segments: Geroscience, Biomedicine, AgeTech and Finance. Despite this seemingly clear market segmentation, many of these sectors intersect with various domains of science and technology, such as advanced biomedicine, preventive medicine, digital health, AI, financial systems, pension systems and government national strategies.

One of the biggest challenges in assessing the Longevity industry is the extreme broadness of the sector. Hundreds of sectors, industries and domains of science and technology must be analyzed in order to obtain a concrete and comprehensive understanding of the dynamics, trends and direction of the industry. This situation is entirely unique to the Longevity industry. Due to this extreme level of complexity, realistic assessment and forecasting is extremely challenging, and the methods currently being applied for assessment of the biotech and biomedical industries are completely inadequate.

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New vaccine strategy boosts T-cell therapy Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:42:58 +0000

Super-charging a treatment for leukemia also makes it effective on solid tumors.

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After multiple failures, Alzheimer’s researchers turn their attention to inflammation Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:22:25 +0000

The past decade of Alzheimer’s disease research has been fraught with disappointment.

Years of focus on one hallmark of the disease ultimately resulted in no progress toward treatment or prevention.

But next week, when top scientists gather in Los Angeles at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, an annual meeting, many will present research on a different target: inflammation.

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A Common Cold Virus Wiped Away Bladder Cancer in One Patient Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:04:02 +0000

A simple cold virus could wipe out tumors in a form of bladder cancer, a small new study suggests.

Though the idea of using viruses to fight cancer isn’t new, this is the first time a cold virus effectively treated an early-stage form of bladder cancer. In one patient, it eliminated a cancerous tumor, the group reported July 4 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

A group of researchers conducted an early-stage clinical trial in which they infected 15 bladder cancer patients with coxsackievirus A21, which is one of the viruses that cause the common cold. Coxsackievirus is not a genetically modified virus; it’s “something that occurs in nature,” said senior author Hardev Pandha, a professor of medical oncology at the University of Surrey in England. [Exercise May Reduce the Risk of These 13 Cancers].

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First U.S. Transhumanist Party Virtual Presidential Debate — Highlights #1 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:03:37 +0000

Watch highlights from the first virtual debate among U.S. Transhumanist Party / Transhuman Party (USTP) candidates for President of the United States, which took place on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. Candidates Rachel Haywire, Johannon Ben Zion, and Charles Holsopple discussed how their platforms reflect the Core Ideals of the USTP and also answered selected questions from the public.

This highlights reel was created by Tom Ross, the USTP Director of Media Production. Watch the full 3-hour debate here:

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Ageing Debate between Vadim Gladyshev & Aubrey de Grey on Damage Repair Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:03:20 +0000

Is comprehensive damage repair feasible? A debate at Undoing Aging 2019 between Vadim Gladyshev, Harvard Medical School and Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation.


Vadim N. Gladyshev is a professor at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an expert and pioneer in antioxidant/redox biology. He is known for his characterization of the human selenoproteinencoded by 25 genes. He has conducted studies on whether organisms can acquire cellular damage from their food;the role selenium plays as a micro-nutrient with significant health benefits;In 2013 he won the NIH Pioneer Award.

Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey is an English author and biomedical gerontologist. He is the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation and VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.



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TrickBot malware may have hacked 250 million email accounts Fri, 12 Jul 2019 21:42:54 +0000

TrickBot malware may have stolen as many as 250 million email accounts, including some belonging to governments in the US, UK and Canada. The malware isn’t new. In fact, it’s been circulating since 2016. But according to cybersecurity firm Deep Instinct, it has started harvesting email credentials and contacts. The researchers are calling this new approach TrickBooster, and they say it first hijacks accounts to send malicious spam emails and then deletes the sent messages from both the outbox and trash folders.

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