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2012 Prophecies Sparking Real Fears, Suicide Warnings

November 10, 2009

Scenes from the motion picture "2012" (Columbia Pictures)

Amid the hype — including a viral marketing campaign for 2012, the disaster movie opening Friday, with bogus scientific organizations, press releases, and 2012 whistle-blowers –some people are developing “end times” anxiety that has experts seriously concerned.

NASA’s Nibiru and Doomsday 2012: Questions and Answers and 2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won’t End? web pages seek to debunk stories about the… read more

2012 State of the Future

October 24, 2012


“The world is getting richer, healthier, better educated, more peaceful, and better connected, and people are living longer; yet half the world is potentially unstable,” according to Jerome C. Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project and co-author of the “2012 State of the Future,” an overview of our global situation, problems, solutions, and prospects for the future.

The 16th Annual Edition includes 145 pages and… read more

2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded for ‘inner GPS’ research

Robotic-vision expert extends this research to intelligent robot navigation
October 6, 2014

Grid cells, together with other cells in the entorhinal cortex that recognize the direction of the head of the animal and the border of the room, form networks with<br />
the place cells in the hippocampus. This circuitry constitutes a comprehensive positioning system in the brain that appears to have components similar to those of the rat brain. (Credit:  Mattias Karlén/The Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine)

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has just been awarded to John O´Keefe and jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for the discovery of a positioning system in the brain.

This “inner GPS” makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. According to the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine:

John O’Keefe discovered,… read more

2020 — Future of Computing

March 27, 2006

What will the relationship between computing and science bring us over the next 15 years?

A special Nature web focus (free access) combines commentaries from leading scientists and news features analysis from journalists assessing how computing science concepts and techniques may transform mainstream science by 2020.

2020 computing: Champing at the bits

March 27, 2006

Despite some remaining hurdles, the mind-bending and frankly weird world of quantum computers is surprisingly close.

2020 Vision: Why you won’t recognize the ‘Net in 10 years

January 5, 2010

The National Science Foundation’s Network Technology and Systems (NeTS) program is challenging computer scientists to create an Internet that’s more reliable, better able to manage exabytes of content, without so many security breaches, with better trust and built-in identity management, and that extends connectivity to the most remote regions of the world, perhaps to other planets.

2028 vision for mechanical engineering: bio- and nanotechnology will dominate

August 13, 2008

Nanotechnology and biotechnology will dominate technological development in the next 20 years and will be incorporated into all aspects of technology that affect lives on a daily basis, says an American Society of Mechanical Engineers report, “2028 Vision for Mechanical Engineering.”

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

February 10, 2011


Time magazine just published a comprehensive cover story on the Singularity and Ray Kurzweil’s “radical vision for humanity’s immortal future.”

“Kurzweil’s interest in humanity’s cyborganic destiny began about 1980 largely as a practical matter. He needed ways to measure and track the pace of technological progress…(Kurzweil) has been publishing his thoughts about the future of human and machine-kind for 20 years, most recently in The Singularity Isread more

2051 space oddity: TV station aims at an alien audience

October 2, 2006

Two naked television presenters hosted the first program conceived for aliens and broadcast to the star Errai, located in the Big Dipper, 45 light years away.

21st Century’s Grand Engineering Challenges Unveiled

February 15, 2008

The U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) today announced 14 grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century that, if met, “would improve how we live by improving sustainability, health, and joy of living, and reducing vulnerability.”

A diverse committee of experts from around the world chaired by former secretary of defense William Perry (committee chair) and including genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, Google co-founder Larry Page, and Ray… read more

21st-century pack mule: MIT’s ‘exoskeleton’ lightens the load

September 20, 2007

Researchers in the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics Group have created an exoskeleton device to lighten the burden for soldiers and others who carry heavy packs and equipment.

Exoskeleton devices could boost the weight that a person can carry, lessen the likelihood of leg or back injury and reduce the perceived level of difficulty of carrying a heavy load.

23-Year old with terminal brain cancer hopes to be cryopreserved (UPDATE)

October 18, 2012


As we noted previously, Kim Suozzi, 23, has terminal brain cancer that is highly aggressive and growing rapidly in a location that makes surgery impossible, and her final wish is to be cryopreserved.

Alcor Life Extension Foundation announced Wednesday that it has offered to cryopreserve Kim at a reduced cost, with the staff donating their time for her cryopreservation.

“I learned about cryonics… read more

23andMe granted authorization by FDA to market first direct-to-consumer genetic test

Limited to Bloom Syndrome and autosomal recessive disorders
February 23, 2015

(credit: 23andMe)

23andMe, Inc., a personal genetics company formerly forced by the FDA to halt sales of its direct-to-consumer Personal Genome Service, has now been granted authority by the FDA to market the first direct-to-consumer genetic test under a regulatory classification for novel devices.

The new permission is limited to Bloom Syndrome and autosomal recessive disorders.

The approval came in… read more

23andme now explores your ancestry

Reveals people's ancestral origins going back 500 years and more
December 14, 2012

Worldwide Distribution of Maternal Haplogroup H (credit: 23andme)

23 and me announced today Ancestry Composition, a new service that will reveal the geographic origins of your DNA, included in 23 and me’s new $99 one-time price (was $299).

Using 22 reference populations, the feature indicates what percent of a person’s ancestry comes from various regions around the world. The analysis includes DNA inherited from all ancestors on both sides of the family. The results… read more

23andMe presents top 10 most interesting genetic findings of 2010

January 13, 2011

23andMe has released its first annual list of what it felt to be the 10 most interesting and significant genetic findings in 2010, as part of an ongoing journey to understand the role of genetics in personal health and human development.

“Our understanding of the human genome is accelerating at a phenomenal rate,” stated Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. “Below we have compiled a list of our… read more

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