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Computer virus transmitted by DNA
Posted: 15 August 2017

Years ago - 13 years to be specific, I wrote a MindBullet about a computer virus making the leap to a biological system, and infecting a human. Well, scientists have already demonstrated how one part of that loop could be accomplished. They edited a strand of DNA, coding it with malware that infected the machine designed to decode DNA!

DNA is just software, after all... ...

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Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it
15 August 2017
In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a strand of DNA. It sounds like..
MindBullet logo COMPUTER VIRUS INFECTS HUMANS
SARS-22 outbreak linked to software bug
Dateline: 13 February 2022
Panic erupted in Hong Kong's Silicon Alley when it was discovered that the latest outbreak of SARS came from a computer virus. Thousands of people demanded ...

BEAM ME UP A VIRUS, SCOTTY

Published on: 3 August 2017

Sending life to Mars in minutes

Dateline: 5 August 2024

I know we were promised the first humans on Mars by now, but it turns out, making the seven-month journey is pretty rough on people, and we're not ready to risk it yet. Our robots and rovers have been busy on Mars, building landing zones and habitats, and preparing the soil for the first plants. Now we're ready to send a small organism to be cultivated on Mars, to see if it will survive. Sending a mothership all that way, just for a microbe, would be a costly waste, if the experiment fails. But ...

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Fake food from solar power
Posted: 25 July 2017 1 Comment

Yes, creating edible protein from electricity just became a reality. Although this was done in the lab, it could be scaled up to produce food for livestock or say, refugees from a shipping container sized 'factory'.

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Food From Electricity project bears its first protein-rich "fruit"
25 July 2017
A Finnish research project has created a batch of protein using electricity, water, carbon dioxide and microbes, in a small portable lab. The stuff is ...
MindBullet logo FAKE FOOD FENDS OFF FAMINE
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
Planting trees in the desert
Posted: 12 July 2017 1 Comment

Seven years ago, we published a MindBullet about how low-tech solutions to reforestation could alter the size of deserts. Now a Dutch engineer is putting that idea into practice.

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How to Plant a Tree in the Desert
12 July 2017
A Dutch engineer has developed a cheap and easy way to restore vegetation to barren landscapes, and a for-profit business to go with it.
MindBullet logo VISIT THE SAHARA NOW - WHILE IT'S STILL THERE
Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for ...
Artificial photosynthesis gets Bill Gates's backing
Posted: 10 July 2017

Artificial leaves are back in the spotlight. Using sunlight to convert natural compounds like water and air into useful fuels like hydrogen or methanol would be the ultimate energy solution. I'm sure it's ultimately achievable, but I think it's a long way off from being commercialised. Investment from Bill Gates and friends will help accelerate the research.

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Artificial leaves could power tomorrow’s cars – and China may be best placed to lead the way
10 July 2017
It’s been described as one of the “holy grails” of 21st century chemistry.
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...

NERDS TRIUMPH OVER COWS

Published on: 29 June 2017

Clean meat comes to market

Dateline: 28 June 2019

It's common cause that the meat industry is not very kind to animals, and intensive cattle farming is not very good for the environment in general. What's more, more than enough food is grown globally to adequately feed the world's growing population, but a large part of crop production goes to feeding cows, so that affluent people can enjoy nice juicy steaks. All this while the poor go hungry and survive on foreign aid in times of drought. In the interests of social justice and animal humanity, ...

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Cyborg dragonfly takes to the air
Posted: 1 June 2017

A cyborg dragonfly, fitted with sensors, and whose flight can be controlled by an operator? Yes, its happening - could this be the new world of industrial and government espionage?

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Video shows maiden flight of cyborg dragonfly
1 June 2017
Back in January, researchers from Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) outlined plans to fit dragonflies with tiny ...
MindBullet logo INSECT SOLDIER-BOTS DEFEAT HUMAN ARMY
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...
China launches 20 human trials of CRISPR gene-editing technology
Posted: 31 May 2017 2 Comments

CRISPR, the revolutionary gene editing technique that makes the science of altering genetic structures as easy as cut-and-paste, is screaming ahead .
New trials are about to start in China to alter the genome in cells inside the body, aimed at eliminating cancer before it starts.
But there is concern as the long-term effects of this technique have not been explored. Nonetheless, as many as 20 ...

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Boom in human gene editing as 20 CRISPR trials gear up
31 May 2017
The CRISPR genome editing revolution continues to advance at an astounding pace. As many as 20 human trials will be under way soon, mostly in China, New ...
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...

THE NEXT BIG THING IS A MASHUP

Published on: 25 May 2017

Combinatorial tech evolves to constant mashups

Dateline: 21 May 2020

A few years ago, all the tech gurus talked about amazing new technologies that would disrupt businesses in all industries. One common theme was that these technologies all relied on digital processing power, and the advances being made in computing and communications were behind the explosion of innovation on all fronts. Looking at internet-of-things, massive data analysis, deep learning and artificial intelligence, all the way through to 3D printing and self-driving cars; even blockchain and the ...

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Fake blood means no donors required
Posted: 19 May 2017

Well, it's not really fake - it's blood cultured in a lab from your own stem cells. Why go to all the trouble and expense of getting blood safely donated when you can "grow your own"? Biotech advances will revolutionise healthcare and extend human longevity. The future potential is amazing.

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Stem-cell research a step closer to making blood donation redundant
19 May 2017
Two different teams have managed to train stem cells to replenish a mouse’s blood supply.
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Artificial blood saves earthquake victims
Dateline: 17 April 2021
"We're out of blood," was the chilling statement released by Sichuan University School of Medicine in Chengdu. 4,700 people were left homeless following ...
Neuralink will open the door to the Matrix
Posted: 12 May 2017

Elon Musk's new company Neuralink has the ambition to create a whole-brain digital interface, so that you can communicate with people and computers just with your thoughts - pure thoughts undistorted by language or descriptions. Imagine if you could install a 'wizard hat' on your brain that made the cloud completely accessible at the speed of thought, on demand. Pretty scary stuff, but pretty ...

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains
12 May 2017
Elon Musk has been working on a Neuralink, a human-computer brain interface company, in whatever spare moments he has between running Tesla and also ...
MindBullet logo STEP INTO THE MATRIX
Now you can upload new skills to your brain
Dateline: 10 April 2029
Need a new skill or ability? There's an app for that! Neuroscience and neuroprosthetics have advanced to the point where, if you need to learn Arabic in a ...

STEP INTO THE MATRIX

Published on: 11 May 2017 1 Comment

Now you can upload new skills to your brain

Dateline: 10 April 2029

Need a new skill or ability? There's an app for that! Neuroscience and neuroprosthetics have advanced to the point where, if you need to learn Arabic in a hurry, or how to make sense of DNA analysis, you can just upload it to your brain. On demand, just like an app for your phone. The first breakthrough was the 'hardware'; memory chips wired into the brains of stroke and accident victims have been replaced by nanoparticle 'liquid electronics', implantable with minimally invasive techniques. They ...

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Creating a new liberated Internet
Posted: 28 April 2017

The Internet has liberated us, democratising information and changing the way we live, learn, socialise and do business. But in exchange we have effectively given away what could be the most valuable commodity in the world - our data. This quote from Yuvan Harari, author of Homo Deus, sums it up perfectly:
'In the twenty-first century, our personal data is probably the most valuable resource ...

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Blockchain Technology Has The Power to Let Us Build An Entirely New Internet
28 April 2017
Blockchain has the potential of revolutionizing the internet. Decentralizing information will lead to greater transparency.
MindBullet logo THE NEW GOLD OF THE 21st CENTURY
Data drives massive profits for the new corporate titans
Dateline: 23 October 2026
It's certainly not oil, it's not even water. The new 'gold' of the 21st century is data. And a range of corporate giants are using it to drive massive ...

THE NEW GOLD OF THE 21st CENTURY

Published on: 21 April 2017 1 Comment

Data drives massive profits for the new corporate titans

Dateline: 23 October 2026

It's certainly not oil, it's not even water. The new 'gold' of the 21st century is data. And a range of corporate giants are using it to drive massive profits. Yuval Noah Harari, author of the 2016 book 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow', was right on the mark when he wrote: "One of the most important questions in the world is who owns the data of humankind. Maybe the most important asset of the 21st Century is not land, and it's not money, it's really data." At the turn of the century, ...

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Bionic leaf grows better plants
Posted: 5 April 2017

"Like their natural counterparts, artificial leaves take in sunlight to generate fuel. In the case of the latter, that solar energy is used to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, and that in turn has been used to create liquid fuels and electricity. Now, a Harvard team has added a new function to their repertoire, turning artificial leaves into low-cost, portable fertilizer factories."

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Bionic leaf turns sunlight and bacteria into fertilizer factories
5 April 2017
Already used to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, and in turn create liquid fuels and electricity, artificial leaves now have another string to ...
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...
Hacking the planet
Posted: 28 March 2017

One of the possible 'solutions' to climate change is called geoengineering; re-engineering the planet (or at least its atmosphere) to cool it down, or reduce carbon dioxide concentrations. Now personally I don't think we can control the climate, certainly not with taxes and agreements; but it's interesting to note that as far back as 2009, we published a MindBullet suggesting that ...

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Harvard scientists are gearing up for some of the first outdoor geoengineering experiments
28 March 2017
The climate researchers intend to launch a high-altitude balloon that would spray a small quantity of reflective particles into the stratosphere.
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
Chipping the brain
Posted: 28 March 2017

A couple of years ago, we suggested that humans could augment their intelligence with electronic upgrades to the brain. Well, now Elon Musk has a new company called Neuralink which is going to do that.

Seeing as we published this MindBullet back in 2015, I wonder what sparked the idea in Elon's mind? :-) ...

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI
28 March 2017
Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new company -- Neuralink -- focused on developing the capabilities of the brain through technological augmentation. ...
MindBullet logo AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
That wunderkind has got a chip in her head
Dateline: 12 June 2029
We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence ...
Never too old to rock
Posted: 27 March 2017

"UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars.

In a paper published in Science today, the team identifies a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA.

Their experiments in mice suggest a treatment is possible for DNA damage ...

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Scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-aging
27 March 2017
Researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get ...
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
Fake meat is not impossible
Posted: 24 March 2017

"For two years, Impossible Foods founder and CEO Patrick Brown managed to keep a pretty good secret.
While food industry analysts guessed at when innovative meat-alternative companies would be able to scale their production, Brown and his team quietly continued tinkering away at the taste of their faux-beef product—made of wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and heme, an iron-containing compound ...

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Nerds Over Cattle: How Food Technology Will Save the World
24 March 2017
The solution to both of the big problems in food technology—how we're going to feed a burgeoning population and what we're going to do about climate ...
MindBullet logo FAKE FOOD FENDS OFF FAMINE
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
Learning from leaves
Posted: 14 March 2017

Scientists develop a molecule that can use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide which can then be used as fuel.

http://newatlas.com/molecule-co2-carbon-neutral-fuel/48390/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=8b2ebac119-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-8b2ebac119-92385905 ...

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MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north Africa. Photosynthesis, it is said, is evolution's most valuable result. The intricate chemistry involved in plants is the source of almost all energy that fuels living things on the planet. Plants use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide ...

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