Sunday, May 17, 2015

It is likely the first person who will live to be 1,000 years old is already alive today

Nobody wants to say it outright, but the Apple Watch sucks. So do most smartwatches. Every time I use my beautiful Moto 360, its lack of functionality makes me despair. But the problem isn’t our gadgets. It’s that the future of consumer tech isn’t going to come from information devices. It’s going to come from infrastructure.
The Information Age Is Over. Welcome to the Infrastructure Age

“It is likely the first person who will live to be 1,000 years old is already alive today.” This startling statement is one from researchers who believe in a fast approaching “biological revolution” that will allow people to significantly extend their lifespan, or in more extreme terms, completely bring the aging process to a halt The future of human longevity

Cosmology’s hot streak has stalled. Cosmologists have looked deep into time, almost all the way back to the Big Bang itself, but they don’t know what came before it. They don’t know whether the Big Bang was the beginning, or merely one of many beginnings. Something entirely unimaginable might have preceded it. Cosmologists don’t know if the world we see around us is spatially infinite, or if there are other kinds of worlds beyond our horizon, or in other dimensions. And then the big mystery, the one that keeps the priests and the physicists up at night: no cosmologist has a clue why there is something rather than nothing.

The above is from a very interesting and well-writtenarticle by Ross Andersen at Aeon about some of the latest developments in cosmology and the questions they raise (brought to my attention by Daniel Fogal). A central element in the story are findings from BICEP2, a scientific experiment at the South Pole set up to gather data relevant to the theory of inflation, the idea “that our Universe expanded, exponentially, a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.” 

A recent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and several partners shows that renewable energy adoption is growing in the world’s emerging economies nearly twice as fast than in industrialised nations. Not only are renewable energy technologies now cost competitive with fossil fuels in many developing nations, but they are often more reliable, safer, and at times cheaper than conventional grid power. Why renewables are growing nearly twice as fast in emerging economies

 Tax warm welcome for whistleblowers and investigative journalists

Trident whistleblower says nuclear subs are insecure, unsafe and ‘a disaster waiting to happen’ The Herald. The whistleblower is, naturally, on the run. Here’s the report [PDF]. Best part: “A missile compartment was used as an exercise gym.” Puts getting jacked in a whole new light….

Nine dead in clash between biker gangs at Texas ‘breastaurant': Shoot-out leaves bodies strewn across parking lot as police warn more Bandidos and Cossacks are flocking to scene for all-out war Daily Mail. “Why do America’s biker gangs insist on dressing like thugs?” @tanehisicoates