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Falling Oil Prices Damages Clean Energy

An entrepreneur believes that Saudi Arabia is encouraging falling oil prices to hurt clean energy industries. “Before the oil price collapsed, solar was actually cheaper [than oil]. If oil goes down to $30-$40 a barrel, then it will make it much harder for clean energy. Governments are going to have to think hard how to adapt to low oil prices,” Richard Branson says.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/16/cheaper-oil-could-damage-renewable-energies-says-richard-branson

3-D Printed Prosthetics That Look Fit for a Sci-Fi Warrior

A new type of prosthetic, called Exo, has emerged. It is cheaper than traditional prosthetic limbs, and looks really cool. It is made with this cool 3-D printer, and the company wants to make it so users can change the colors and designs to fit their personal styles.

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/3-d-printed-prosthetics-look-fit-sci-fi-warrior/

Meet the Transhumanist Party: ‘Want to live forever? Vote for me’

A transhumanist, Zoltan Istvan, founded the Transhumanist Party in October 2014. He is planning to run for president of the US in the 2016 election. As a transhumanist, he supports the idea of humans becoming more than human—everything from enchancing our senses to 3D printing organs. Zoltan’s main goal is to extend lifespans. According to him, we’re very close to the science being developed—there’s just not enough money. He states that if he becomes president, he will channel military spending into research for this. He doesn’t really intend to win, just raise awareness.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11310031/Meet-the-Transhumanist-Party-Want-to-live-forever-Vote-for-me.html

Zoltan Istvan, leader of the Transhumanist Party and 2016 presidential contender

Zoltan Istvan, leader of the Transhumanist Party, wants to become the US president. As Istvan says, “While the Transhumanist Party has almost no chance of winning this election, its goal is to get on as many state ballots as possible, so people will see its promise and recognize what it stands for.” Technology will be the future of humankind.

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/192385-an-interview-with-zoltan-istvan-leader-of-the-transhumanist-party-and-2016-presidential-contender

Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts, or Science?

Technology has been developed that can directly transmit information from one human brain to another. It has been tested twice, once in the US and once in Europe. In both tests, the sender of the message wore an EEG cap that detected signals in his brain. Those signals were then transmitted over the Internet to a computer that translated them into a magnetic pulse that were then delivered to the recipient of the message using a magnetic coil. Both messages were delivered successfully. However, the speed of the delivery was extremely slow. The technology is still very crude. Only a little bit of information can be transmitted at once, and no emotions, thoughts, or ideas can be transmittedーonly signals. Scientists intend to carry this research further.

Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts, or Science?