Tag Archives: Science

Fuck Humans!

The Year We Decided to Live Forever

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Charlotte Lytton
The Daily Beast
December 4, 2015

In 2015, tech billionaires pursued anti-aging and cheating death like never before.

Silicon Valley came up with a lot of things this year, like creating an on demand pot-to-front-door service, and devising a sparkly way of destroying enemies by shipping them glitter—but one thing it’s still working on is figuring out how humans can live forever. Research into surpassing life expectancy norms has become the pet project of tech billionaires, with entrepreneurs from Mark Zuckerberg to Sergey Brin writing out million-dollar checks to fund their quest.

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Fuck Your Future!

Are smartphones making our children mentally ill?

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Peter Stanford
The Telegraph
March 21, 2015

Julie Lynn Evans has been a child psychotherapist for 25 years, working in hospitals, schools and with families, and she says she has never been so busy.

“In the 1990s, I would have had one or two attempted suicides a year – mainly teenaged girls taking overdoses, the things that don’t get reported. Now, I could have as many as four a month.”

And it’s not, she notes, simply a question of her reputation as both a practitioner and a writer drawing so many people to the door of her cosy consulting rooms in west London where we meet. “If I try to refer people on, everyone else is choc-a-bloc too. We are all saying the same thing. There has been an explosion in numbers in mental health problems amongst youngsters.”

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Can You Hear Me NOW!

New scientific evidence reveals extent of ‘electropollution’ damage from cell towers.

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Mike Adams
Natual News
March 26, 2014

Exposure to cell phone towers alters brain function in alarming ways, causing a lack of concentration, irritability, difficulty sleeping and lack of appetite. That’s the conclusion of a new study just published by the British Medical Journal.

The study, authored by Professor Enrique A Navarro, concluded that the severity of such symptoms directly correlated to cell tower exposure levels. In other words, the closer a person lives to a cell tower, the greater the severity of their symptoms. This was true regardless of race, income level and other demographics.

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Get Ready For the Collapse!

Here’s How NASA Thinks Society Will Collapse

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Alex Brown
National Journal
March 18, 2014

Few think Western civilization is on the brink of collapse—but it’s also doubtful the Romans and Mesopotamians saw their own demise coming either.

If we’re to avoid their fate, we’ll need policies to reduce economic inequality and preserve natural resources, according to a NASA-funded study that looked at the collapses of previous societies.

“Two important features seem to appear across societies that have collapsed,” reads the study. “The stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity and the economic stratification of society into Elites and Masses.”

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Sounds Too Good to be True.

Fountain of Youth Found… In a Pill!

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Keith Perry
The Telegraph
February 27, 2014

A pill which could ward off ageing has come a step closer after tests of a rejuvenating drug that prolongs healthy life.

Scientists found that activating a protein called sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) extended the lives of mice and delayed the onset of age-related diseases.

They believe their experiments could lead to drugs that help to keep people younger and healthier.

SIRT1 and its sister protein SIRT2 are known to play a important roles in metabolism across a wide range of species.

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Would You Like Fries With That?

Dawn of the Designer Babies

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Elizabeth Lopatto
Bloomberg
February 24, 2014

A new technology aimed at eliminating genetic disease in newborns would combine the DNA of three people, instead of just two, to create a child, potentially redrawing ethical lines for designer babies.

The process works by replacing potentially variant DNA in the unfertilized eggs of a hopeful mother with disease-free genes from a donor. U.S. regulators today will begin weighing whether the procedure, used only in monkeys so far, is safe enough to be tested in humans.

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We Are Smarter Than You!

Robots will be smarter than humans by 2029, warns AI expert

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Adam Withnall
The Independent
February 23, 2014

By 2029, computers will be able to understand our language, learn from experience and outsmart even the most intelligent humans, according to Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil.

One of the world’s leading futurologists and artificial intelligence (AI) developers, 66-year-old Kurzweil has previous form in making accurate predictions about the way technology is heading.

In 1990 he said a computer would be capable of beating a chess champion by 1998 – a feat managed by IBM’s Deep Blue, against Garry Kasparov, in 1997.

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Yeah!!!  Free Interwebs!!!

Coming Soon: Free Internet From Space

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Alex Brown
National Journal
February 20, 2014

If all goes according to plan, North Koreans will soon have free, uncensored Internet provided by satellites the size of toaster ovens.

That’s part of a project called Outernet, which hopes to launch hundreds of tiny satellites—known as CubeSats—to provide Internet to every person on Earth. Forty percent of the world’s people currently don’t have access to the Web. In a little more than a year, Outernet plans to have a fleet of 24 satellites operational and testing to pave the way for a globe-spanning network.

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