A Child With DNA from 3 Parents?

A bold step for science and society http://news360.com/article/190313865

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Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Long Distance Trail # 3

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is #3 in the series of posts I am making about the 11 National Scenic Trails that exist in the United States.

The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly abbreviated as the PCT, and occasionally designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) is a long-distancehiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail’s southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, and its northern terminus on the U.S./Canada Border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada; its corridor through the U.S. is in the states of CaliforniaOregon, and Washington.

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,663 mi (4,286 km) long[1] and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon-Washington border to 13,153 feet (4,009 m)[5] at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.[7] Its midpoint is in Chester, California(near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet.[8]

It was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993.[9] The PCT was conceived by Clinton C. Clarke in 1932. It received official status under the National Trails System Act of 1968.

Thru hiking is a term used in referring to hikers who complete long distance trails from end-to-end in a single trip. The Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, andContinental Divide Trail were the first three long-distance trails in the U.S. Successfully thru-hiking all of these three trails is known as the Triple Crown of Hiking.[10]Thru-hiking is a long commitment, usually taking between four and six months, that requires thorough preparation and dedication. Although the actual number is difficult to calculate, it is estimated that around 180 out of approximately 300 people who attempt a thru-hike complete the entire trail each year.[11] The Pacific Crest Trail Association estimates that it takes most hikers between 6 and 8 months to plan their trip.

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pacific-Crest-Trail/105616572804764

Trail Association Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/PCTAFan?fref=ts

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/PCTAssociation

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This is just one of many long distance hikes I want to do. I still have a few years left until I can actually venture out and complete one of these on my own, but I fully intend to complete this one if I am out living out in California sooner than later. Hope you enjoyed this post!

Robotic Soldiers to Replace Humans in India?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/India-developing-robotic-soldiers-to-replace-humans-in-warfare/articleshow/20516200.cms

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“With futuristic warfare in mind, India is working to develop robotic soldiers as part of efforts to boost unmanned fighting capabilities, joining a select group of countries in this endeavour.

Under the project being undertaken by DRDO, robots would be developed with very high level of intelligence to enable them to differentiate between a threat and a friend”

The government of India and 5-6 companies are developing technology including artificial intelligence in the robotic soldier form, to help alleviate the loss of human life in warfare and in a myriad of other ways.  That being said, it is really good to see more than just a few countries working on robotic technology, which is a major tenet of the proponent of transhumanism.  It will be interesting to follow in the next few years to view what some of applications will be in the working prototypes.  Machine Intelligence is something people tend to think of in apocalypse type scenarios.

Even though these robotic soldiers are being developed and built for defensive purposes and to save human lives, we will in the near future apply this technology with our bodies, or better yet, merge physically with the technology itself.  Our biology is not built to withstand hundreds or even thousands of years of existence.  However, with the research regarding the integration of machine intelligence, and synthetic biology advancing to extend our lifespans, we will have the opportunity to live indefinitely and possibly in various forms of our own choosing.  Even though there is a considerable amount of time until these technologies become available, it would be wise of us to begin discussing the ethical scenarios that may occur.  Even the government of India recognizes the importance of developing the correct technologies for robotic soldiers, which can later be related to future expansion into the human body, 

“He said many new technologies have to be developed such as “miniature communication, materials, cognitive technologies, self-learning processes and interaction with human.”

Chander said “already five to six countries are actively working. They have not yet developed it fully but they are in fairly advanced stages. This is one of my priority areas.”

Developing machine and artificial intelligence should be a priority for more than 5-6 countries on .  However, the focus should be on augmenting intelligence for physical, educational, and recreational body modifications for all, so we can have the opportunity to enhance our lifespans, capacities, and capabilities in whatever fashion we choose as long as it does not incur loss of life or damage to another person, enhanced or not.  The 2nd most important focus should be on radical life extension and the development of super intelligence to aid in seeking to live indefinitely.

3D Printing in Your Home?

http://mashable.com/2013/06/08/buccaneer-3d-printing/?utm_campaign=Mash-Product-RSS-Pheedo-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Product-RSS-Pheedo-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss

bucaneerWow! It is amazing the rate of which 3D Printing is making progress, and now the opportunity to own one of these amazing pieces of technology can now be purchased for the home!

“The elegant, closed-box system (shown above) uses biodegradable plastic. The people at Pirate 3D have provided users with a library of pre-constructed objects as well as tools for customizable “smart objects” — so you can think outside the box, if you’re so inclined. Not only that, but The Buccaneer is environmentally friendly and food-safe — so, yes, you can eat out of what you print. And perhaps best of all, as a fully assembled product, it’s easy to use: Simply take the materials cartridge, pop it in the top and print wirelessly via Apple or Android devices.”

“With these perks, Pirate 3D has struck crowdfunding gold. At time of writing, The Buccaneer had dug up more than $760,000. (Pirate 3D pegged its initial funding goal for $100,000.) And for roughly 20 more days, potential backers can nab one of the printers with a $397 pledge.”

So for $397 dollars you can get one of these printers when the production models become available. I know quite a few people who could afford that amount, and could change not only their spending habits, but multiple other areas of their lives and lifestyles.  Think of the possibilities, especially for food and clothing purposes!

“Most industrial leaders believe that 3D printing is not ready for the home,” says Chief Executive Pirate Roger Chang. “We disagree. Everyone is focused only on the technical aspects of the 3D printers; however, we understand that the key to mass adoption lies in having an insanely great user experience.”

So, if you would like to pledge the $397 dollars, or just donate to the Kickstarter fund in any donation you seem fit, here is the link to further help this awesome project!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pirate3d/the-buccaneer-the-3d-printer-that-everyone-can-use

3D Printing Takes Another Step

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/06/07/business-3d-printing-video.html?cmp=rss

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“The world of 3D Printing takes another step forward with the creation of functional liver cells from a 3D Printer! “The San Diego-based company Organovo says it has used the technology behind 3D printing to create samples of liver cells that function as they would in a human.”

“We have demonstrated the power of bioprinting to create functional human tissue that replicates human biology better than what has come before,” Organovo said in a news release.

“The company’s researchers used a gel to build three types of liver cells and arranged them into the same kind of three-dimensional cell architecture found in a human liver. Although not fully functional, the 3D cells were able to produce some of the same proteins as an actual liver does and interacted with each other and with compounds introduced into the tissue as they would in the body.”

This is a powerful change that will have a ripple effect in the medical industry. Every week, the traditional model of the medical industry is slowly being broken down, so that products, services, tissues and organs can be delivered more quickly, more accurately, and most importantly, more effective for the current and long term health of human beings.  3D printing will also provide us the opportunity to seek out the means to enhance ourselves from the nano-level. Exciting times!