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November, 2017

  • 16 November

    Scientists Try Specific Gene Editing Inside Person For First Time

    Human DNA

    In an exciting experiment, US scientists are trying for the first time to edit the DNA of a person to eliminate a disease.  Billions of genetically modified cells into  44-year-old Brian Madeux in an attempt correct a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome,  a disease involving the lack of a gene that makes …

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  • 14 November

    Space Advocates Debate Moon vs Mars vs Asteroids as Mankind’s Future Destinations

    Should humans devote most of our resources to the development of a colony on the Moon, Mars or towards the utilization of Asteroid resources?  Space advocates debated which location in space should be our primary focus at this week’s “New Space Age” conference at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Geekwire.com reported on the …

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  • 9 November

    Powering Space: Lasers Beaming Power to Satellites and Nuclear Space Reactors

    Russian Space Reactor Topaz-1

      According to this article, the Russians are working on a way to beam power to satellites.  My immediate thought is that it will also help with the possibility of beaming power to deep space probes and possibly even manned missions at some point.  Of equal interest was the brief …

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  • 4 November

    The Next 100 Years of Engineering

    Science and Engineering Stories

    This article offers an interesting perspective from an Electrical engineering grad student at Stanford University: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-the-next-100-years-of-engineering-may-look-like_us_59f117fae4b09812b938c689 I think the author definitely should have put more time and emphasis on the importance of nanotechnology (very briefly mentioned).  I also note that he fully excluded the many engineering challenges that will undoubtedly …

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  • 4 November

    Cool Article: A Bionic Lens Undergoing Clinical Trials Could Give You Superhuman Abilities In Two Years

    Bionic Eye

      A product currently undergoing clinical trials and which could be available to the public in less than 3 years has the potential to make any recipient of the surgery have vision abilities comparable to something otherwise only found in comic books and movies.  A recent article at BigThink.com states: …

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October, 2017

  • 31 October

    Finding Life in Warm Oceans Under Frozen Moons and Planets

    Extraterrestrial Life May Be Hiding in Subsurface Oceans

    There has been a recent flurry of articles postulating the existence of life in warm oceans that exist under the the frozen exteriors of moons in our Solar System and possible worlds and moons of far away star systems. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/why-haven-t-we-had-alien-contact-blame-icy-ocean-worlds  http://www.newsweek.com/alien-atlantis-extraterrestrial-life-may-be-hiding-subsurface-oceans-distant-692580 https://www.space.com/38577-fermi-paradox-alien-life-buried-oceans.html https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/new-classification-system-water-based-life-180965341/ https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/fermi-s-paradox-finished-perhaps-et-is-abundant-and-we-just-can-t-see-it It is exciting to think about …

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  • 6 October

    Government Cannot Take Away Gun Rights…Or They Can Take them All

    Gun Control

    The government didn’t give us our rights and they cannot take them away. When I was a young man I was not very religious.  Yet even during the most secular times of my life, I always appreciated that the constitution of the United States states that our rights are given to …

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September, 2017

  • 26 September

    Do you have freedom of speech at your workplace?

      Many people are defending the disgraceful actions of NFL players who are kneeling during the flag as nothing more than American citizens exercising their freedom of speech. The obvious response is that, while the players do have the right to do so, all Americans should always honor our flag …

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August, 2017

  • 11 August

    Ants Give Us a Hint on The Genetics of Extending Lifespans

    Ant mutation manipulation gene CRISPR control life span

    Ants Give Us a Hint on The Genetics of Extending Lifespans The Washington Post recently published an interesting article about how scientists have used the gene-editing technology called CRISPR to create “mutant ants” that behave differently because the scientists were able to turn off many of the ants olfactory genes. …

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  • 1 August

    Democrat Party Civil War Starting Soon

    Democrat Party Civil War

    I’m starting to see among some Democrats the introspection and critiquing one would expect from a political party that has taken an almost decade-long electoral drubbing.   Some of the Democrat party’s deep-thinkers that have decades of liberal credentials are finally stepping up to the plate and saying that their …

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