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Alex Lightman
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Open for discussion about science, technology, innovation, Transhumanism, the future, science fiction, and economic development
Open for discussion about science, technology, innovation, Transhumanism, the future, science fiction, and economic development

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Here comes the sun!
1. Utility-scale solar output up 36.5% June to June.
2. Photovoltaic output up 47.5% June to June.
3. At times in June, California's solar produced more than 50% of the state's electricity!
Note that sustained growth of 36% means doubling every two years, and that California's GDP is bigger than India's.

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Wormhole created for first time
“You are now free to move about the cabin. And the galaxy.”
Wormholes are the single most useful thing in science fiction.
Just watch Farscape. Or read any science fiction novel in which humans expand to the whole galaxy.

All things that changed the world started small.

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Camper for today’s world
Brilliant volume trebler. Perfect for the new architecture needed for a new world with over 1 billion climate refugees.
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Most migrants headed for Germany
Informative illustrated page of where migrants want to go in Europe. Basically, they all want to go to Germany.

For more info: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/08/28/world/europe/countries-under-strain-from-european-migration-crisis.html?_r=0
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The Poem IF — RUN
Some people love the poem IF so much they have all or part of it tattooed on their bodies. My favorite line from If is, "If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run". I think of this line when I want to run fast, and I live this line every time I do a running workout.

If _ by Rudyard Kipling_

If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too; 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, 
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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Isabella gets new 3D printed arm
I love the look on Isabella’s face as she grasps the arm, and when she uses the arm to grasp the wooden figure. She experienced the exultation of growth and improvement and personal evolution. I am very happy for Isabella and her parents.

While research and writing a chapter on Robots for Brett King's new book, Augmented: Life In the Smart Lane, I was struck by the interaction and mutual improvements between robots, prosthetics, and 3D printing. Prosthetics and arms and legs for humanoid robots could cost thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. Then 3D printing of arms and legs for children emerged, in a wonderful combination of heart and head, of care and creativity and brilliance, and now the costs of prosthetics is dropping fast, which also reduces the cost of robot limbs.

I recently posted a picture of the most advanced humanoid robot. While I cannot give details, I think it's fair to say that she doesn't come with arms or legs because her makers know that there is a community that will emerge to make "biocompatible" (joke) arms and legs for her via 3D printing, thus enabling them to focus on the core, and leave the limbs/peripherals to the crowd.

I am so happy to be alive at this time. Aren't you?

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Opening of relations with Cuba: Impact on U.S. Health
How many American lives can now be lengthened?

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3-month payback for new perovskite solar cells!
Another reason to divest from fossil fuels. Why not make car chassis out of these materials?

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Solar Car Inventions Please Ra, the Sun God
Ra, the most obviously real god, the Sun God, is very pleased by these solar car inventions, which s/he accepts as devotional offerings, and inspire her/him to keep providing 6,000 times as much energy as humans use from all sources.

Immortus? Well, that's being pretty pushy for godly boon, but the car is impressive so, okay, sure, if you invented this, yes, you can be more or less immortal.
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