(NaturalNews) In recent days, The New York Times published a story about how the biotech industry has thus far failed to deliver on its many promises regarding GMO crops. The article was published less than one month after the industry petitioned congressional leaders for $3 million in taxpayer money to “educate” the general public about how biotechnology of the sort practiced by Monsanto, Syngenta and others is supposed to benefit humankind immensely.
But, as noted by Common Dreams, there are a couple of reasons why lawmakers should turn down this request, in addition to the fact that the federal government is tens of trillions of dollars in debt.
First off, Common Dreams pointed out, the biotech and bio-agricultural industries don’t need to tap the federal Treasury for “education” funds just to market their products and attempt to make their case to the people. Secondly, Congress should not be using taxpayer funds to promote what international organizations and scientists have, for years, said is a technology that is not living up to the hype and promises and, indeed, “is counterproductive to resolving the critical issues
(NaturalNews) New research on mice has shown that blue light stimulation of brain cells can recover memories in mice with Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, they found that artificial reactivation of positive memories through light could suppress the effects of stress-induced depression.
A team led by RIKEN Brain Science Institute center director, Susumu Tonegawa, identified a population of brain cells that can be altered with light so that memories, emotions and even thoughts can be manipulated through a unique technique called optogenetics.
Optogenetics integrates genetic and optical methods to control the mind. Its key molecule is a light-sensitive protein extracted from green algae, called channelrhodopsin. This particular protein can be inserted into memory cells and activated with fiber-optic blue light. Once activated by light, this protein stimulates its host.
Curing depression through optogenetics
The scientists found that optogenetics could successfully be used to manipulate memories in a mouse brain. They were able to implant a false memory causing depression which was then cured through the activation of happy memories.
As reported by Open Transcripts, depression is a terrible brain disorder that globally afflicts 350
New laser technology being tested to protect crops from some birds, rats and pests as alternative to poison
(NaturalNews) It’s not often these days that we get to view rapidly advancing technology in a favorable light, but this is one of those rare occasions where high-tech is an incredibly good thing.
As reported by the BBC, researchers are bringing high-tech to agriculture, as a way to raise crops while protecting the environment.
Specifically, scientists are set to launch a trial funded by the European Commission that utilizes high-power laser light to protect crops from pests, rather than Monsanto’s poisons. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University are hoping that a “fence” of laser light will scare away rats and other pests, and serve as a viable alternative to environmentally harming poisons.
The EC will test the technology in Scotland, the Netherlands and Spain beginning in November. It wasn’t clear why these countries were chosen.
The National Farmers’ Union, or NFU, said that the innovation was a potentially important support to the farming industry, after Britain decided in a referendum over the summer to leave the European Union, in an action dubbed “Brexit.”
‘We are looking at wider agricultural uses’
As someone who routinely considers the future ramifications of present-day trends, I’m always astonished when people are reluctant to acknowledge obvious trends. As I have begun to share here on Natural News in recent articles, 3D printing is rapidly taking shape as a revolutionary technology for liberty and freedom, but relatively few people are able to see that yet.
I see the implications of 3D printing revolution as clear as day, and over the last several months I’ve taken it upon myself to become extremely well-versed in a 3D design software product called Solidworks from Dassault Systems (www.Solidworks.com). I’ve also purchased four 3D printers (so far), printed hundreds of objects and tested nearly every filament available today.
In just a few short weeks, I’ll be unveiling breakthrough new technology on www.FoodRising.org that will be freely distributed as downloadable files that people can print on their own 3D printers. This effort combines open source grassroots file sharing with revolutionary self-reliance “low tech” technology that will be widely embraced and shared all around the world.
As this is all taking shape, there are still some people who just don’t get it. They think 3D printing is a “gimmick” that can only be used
The same Duke University graduate who recently told an audience of scientists in Austria that every living thing is intrinsically flawed and in need of genetic modification is back in the news after announcing plans to one day grant ordinary people the opportunity to create their own fake organisms from the comfort of their own homes.
Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz envisions a future where nothing is natural and everything is created in a laboratory using synthetic DNA strands imprinted on glass slides. This maniacal concept is somehow idyllic to Heinz, who relishes in the idea that one day humanity might be able to do away with, well, humanity, and all other life for that matter.
Heinz openly admits that his harebrained and reckless visions for the future could end up “killing everyone” on the planet, but he doesn’t really seem to care. Democratizing creation, as he likes to put it, is at the forefront of what his company is fomenting throughout the world, and it’s something that Heinz has been working towards for many years.
Heinz wants DNA creation and synthetic life to be completely unregulated
The plan is to make DNA printing, a technology Heinz personally
Now Natural News to unveil revolutionary water filtration and water conservation breakthrough technology in 7 days makes bottled water obsolete
As California suffers under brutal “Third World” drought conditions that are crushing the state’s agricultural economy, Natural News is set to unveil a revolutionary new technology that makes bottled water instantly obsolete.
This technology was not developed here at Natural News; it’s something we are merely helping announce to the world because it’s so desperately needed for our world right now. This breakthrough allows you to eliminate nearly all toxins, heavy metals, fluoride, pesticides, glyphosate and other toxins from your water, right in your own kitchen, for mere pennies a gallon.
Most astonishingly, it accomplishes this without wasting water like reverse osmosis units do. All known RO processes — including those used by Pepsi and Coke to bottle their water products — waste a tremendous amount of water as they produce clean water. Given the extreme droughts now hammering California, North Texas and many areas around the world, humanity no longer has the luxury of wasting fresh water.
If we want to live in a world that has any fresh water left at all, we must find ways to conserve water while we purify it, and that’s exactly what this revolutionary breakthrough accomplishes, as you’ll see below.
I’ve been testing
He’s a brilliant innovator whose fortunes came about as a result of ahead-of-their-time technological advancements that many said couldn’t be done. But Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is deeply concerned about some of Google’s latest technological endeavors, which he believes could eventually wipe out humanity.
In the new biography Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance, Musk warns that artificially intelligent (AI) robots, which Google has been throwing quite a bit of money at in recent days, have a strong propensity to turn evil. And as the technology becomes more refined, the potential for AI robots to outwit humans inches closer towards reality.
“I’m really worried about this,” Musk states in the book. “This,” he explains, referring to Google co-founder Larry Page’s efforts to develop AI robots for some unknown purpose, “could produce something evil by accident.”
According to The New York Times, Google purchased some seven different technology companies in the second half of 2013 that it plans to use in the development of AI robots. The company’s Palo Alto office, in fact, features two life-size humanoid robots hanging suspended from the ceiling, a monument to where the company is headed.
“We do have lots of proof points that one can create
Here AI technology to eventually streamline the type of genocide and ethnic cleansing carried out by Planned Parenthood experts warn
A who’s-who grouping of the world’s most prominent minds has signed onto a letter urging robotics researchers to be extremely cautious in developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology, warning that an inevitable military AI arms race could (and likely will) unfold, leading to “a third revolution in warfare.”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Tesla’s Elon Musk, scientist Stephen Hawking and more than 1,000 others, presenting at the recent International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Argentina, obviously see the writing on the wall: If AI technologies continue to develop unabated, they say, autonomous weapons systems that operate without human input will eventually commit atrocities like mass genocide and ethnic cleansing campaigns.
“Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms,” their letter reads.
“It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such
Info New GMO gene drive technology could be used to unleash the world most devastating biological weapon
The next generation of genetically engineered life will more than likely possess a novel trait known as “gene drive” that literally spreads gene alterations like a virus within the host population, whether it is a plant or an animal. Many scientists are starting to worry that if it is placed into the wrong hands, the self-replicating technology could eventually turn GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) into covert bio-weapons for destroying food crops, livestock and even humans.
Gene drive is the scientific community’s latest attempt to domesticate Mother Nature and eliminate undesirable issues such as mosquito-borne illnesses — or at least that’s what we’re being told. The Independent (U.K.) says that gene drive technology has the potential to “address global problems in health,” but it also warns that gene drive has the potential to worsen global problems in health, not to mention contaminate the entire food chain with irreversible GM traits.
In a letter in the peer-reviewed journal Science, a cohort of 27 leading geneticists has urged the scientific community to take a step back and consider the ways in which gene drive technology poses serious risks to human health and the environment. In essence, the technology gives genetic butchers the ability to
When big time entrepreneur Elon Musk headed to the podium at the MIT symposium at a recent meeting on technology, he turned heads as he spoke openly about the threat of artificial intelligence potentially causing human extinction.
“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that,” said Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors. “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories with the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s sure he can control the demon. It doesn’t work out.”
Elon Musk is known for the Tesla Motor’s dual-motor Model S sedan, which features a revolutionary autopilot feature, allowing the vehicle to steer itself between lanes. He is also the CEO and co-founder of SpaceX , a company that is now striving to build communities on Mars.
Can AI gain consciousness and evil intent?
It turns out that Elon Musk’s doomsday fears are quite plausible and potentially realistic. In fact, prominent AI researchers are coming out, backing Musk’s concerns.
“At first I was surprised and then I thought, ‘this is not completely crazy,'”
Are we in love with how smart we are? In America today, there are technology companies that have a much larger “cult following” than any religious organization. And there are millions upon millions of Americans that freely confess that they “believe in science”. So what does this say about us? Does it say that we have discarded ancient “superstitions” and instead have embraced logic and reason?
Sadly, in most cases the truth is that we have simply traded one form of religion for another. Scientists and technology gurus have become our new high priests, and most of us blindly follow whatever they tell us. But in the end, just like with so many religious organizations, it is all about the money. Those with the money determine what the science is going to say, who the high priests are going to be, and what messages are conveyed to the public. For example, once upon a time the big tobacco companies had armies of doctors and scientists that swore up and down that smoking cigarettes was not harmful. In fact, many doctors and dentists in America once personally endorsed specific brands of cigarettes. Of course millions of Americans were getting sick
Now Fukushima clean-up is impossible with current technology decontamination efforts could take 200 years
The head of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has admitted in an interview with the Times of London that the technology does not yet exist that would allow the decommissioning of the three remaining melted-down reactors. He has no idea when such technology might be available, and he said it could take as long as 200 years.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has set a goal of 40 years (i.e., by 2051) to clean up the plant following the 2011 meltdowns, which were triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami.
“There are so many uncertainties involved,” Fukushima chief Akira Ono said. “We need to develop many, many technologies. For removal of the debris, we don’t have accurate information [about the state of the reactors] or any viable methodology.”
Details of problem still unknown
In February, TEPCO took reporters from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on a tour of the plant, complete with special breathing machinery and vacuum-sealed gear. The company told the reporters that radiation levels at the plant have dropped significantly and that real progress was being made toward decommissioning the plant. They highlighted the successful decommissioning of Reactor 4, which had suffered a
This Sound levitation technology could be used for medicine and surgical manipulation of body tissues
The tractor beam, one of science fiction’s most iconic devices, is one step closer to reality, scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Sussex announced recently in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications.
But while the ability to move entire spaceships without touching them may still be far off, immediate applications of the new technology include the ability to manipulate tiny surgical instruments from outside of a patient’s body.
“What we’ve got is a fully working tractor beam,” said co-lead author Bruce Drinkwater. “We can grab objects, we can twist them, we can rotate them, we can move them. Previously people knew that these forces were present, but it’s another thing to harness them in a stable way.”
Levitating objects is now a reality
Previous research had shown that objects could theoretically be moved using only light or sound waves. In fact, tractor beams have previously been constructed using high-powered lasers, but these devices are only able to move very tiny objects.
Then last year, researchers from the University of Dundee used sound to build a tractor beam capable of moving larger objects — but that device could only function for very short periods of time.
Now Facebook’s ‘teleporter’ technology the final nail in the coffin for humanity’s connection with reality
With their phones in hand, they bow their heads, eyes narrowing in on their pocket screens. No awareness of the now, they wander like intoxicated drivers, veering to the left and the right. Scrolling through their Facebook feed, they try to ignite some kind of spark to keep their dying souls alive in their virtual reality.
Necks craned over, wandering aimlessly, they are unable to feel the real world around them. They stare into pixels for hours on end, forgetting what it was like to look into each others eyes for just a second or two. Trying to recreate closeness through the emoticons in the chat box, they have forgotten the bond only human touch can satisfy.
Everyone is present in the room, but their minds are somewhere else, swept up in a virtual reality. Their energy so distracted and scattered into the wind, like embers blown away. No more warmth, no more comfort, no more light of a blazing fire that crackled and echoed of stories and tales long into the night.
Facebook’s new technology to put an end to human connection
The last vestiges of human connection are dimming as Facebook prepares to take its users
70 years after providing key technology to Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich Now IBM is lending computing power to U.S. drone strikes that kill civilians
More than seven decades after the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi-inspired Third Reich on battlefields that left much of Europe in shambles, U.S. technology giant IBM – which played a major role in all phases of the Holocaust – is once again in the business of killing.
As reported by investigative news site The Intercept, a secret brief discussing the Pentagon’s drone strike program in Somalia and Yemen dated February 2013 was produced for the Defense Department by IBM analysts.
“On its surface, it’s simply an analysis by the Defense Department’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force of the ‘performance and requirements’ of the U.S. military’s counterterrorism kill/capture operations, including drone strikes, in Somalia and Yemen,” The Intercept reported. “However, it’s also what a former senior special operations officer characterized as a ‘bitch brief’ – that is, a study designed to be a weapon in a bureaucratic turf war with the CIA to win the Pentagon more money and a bigger mandate.”
It’s a safe bet to assume that the study outlined in the brief was an opportunity for IBM to show that it is capable of producing quality analyses specific to the Defense Department as well as for current
Now Google to monitor your mental health, then become your drug dealer and report you to the Feds for gun control
In recent days, Dr. Tom Insel, M.D., left his post as chief of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, a position that made him the nation’s top mental health physician. A neuroscientist and psychiatrist, Insel is a leading authority on both medicinal and public policies that are necessary to deal with mental problems. Although he’s leaving his government job at 64 years of age, he isn’t retiring; the UK Telegraph reports he’s going to work for Google.
Insel will be working for Google Life Sciences, one of the more unusual divisions of the tech and media behemoth. He is going to apply his expertise investigating how technology can be employed to help diagnose and treat mental health conditions, according to a blog post at the National Institutes of Health.
The company that has been busted repeatedly for fraud and other abusive practices now wants to get into the “business” of repairing minds. What could go wrong?
“Wearable” technology is key to Google’s new mind endeavor
Then again, Google is merely launching into a technological field other companies have already entered. Apple, IBM and Intel are among those exploring the same field, the Telegraph reported, adding:
IBM this year
This Breakthrough ethylene absorbing sheets could double shelf life of fresh fruit at the store or in your refrigerator
Ethylene, a natural gas that’s emitted by fruit and is responsible for hastening the ripening process, may have met its match, thanks to a breakthrough device.
Made by It’s Fresh!, a Food Freshness Technology (FFT) company, the postage stamp-sized device is a filter that absorbs ethylene from fruit. In turn, fruit lasts longer, preserving shelf life and allowing people to enjoy their foods for longer periods of time. You can view the video in this Daily Mail article to view the time lapse which shows for example, how with the filter, strawberries can last up to five days longer than strawberries stored without the technology.
The ethylene filter is an absorbent strip comprised of a clay and mineral blend which company experts maintain is safe and chemical-free. Furthermore, the strip can be thrown in a recyclable bin once it’s used.
Technology focuses more on improving food quality issues
According to Food Freshness Technology’s website, this particular technology is beneficial because it addresses concerns that many have regarding food quality, waste and security.
“FFT has invested in excess of $15m in reaching its aim of bringing to market a range of simple products to reduce waste, protect and increase food
Gene editing is now considered a national security threat alongside cyberattacks and nuclear weapons. That is, at least according to the government’s latest annual report on national security threats. The report listed gene editing as a technology that, “probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products.”
Back in 2012, a popular gene editing method known as CRISPR, or “gene drive,” surfaced, which enabled researchers to change the DNA of almost any organism with ease. CRISPR tools target, cut and repair snippets of DNA. According to an article published in Nature, researchers plan to use CRISPR to, “adjust human genes to eliminate diseases, create hardier plants, wipe out pathogens and much more.”
There are plenty of advantages to be reaped from CRISPR, but they are overshadowed by its disadvantages. So much so, that James Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, deemed gene editing a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) in the annual worldwide threat assessment report.
A weapon for bio-terrorists
Authorities have been worried that gene editing technologies like CRISPR are a national security threat for a while. With CRISPR, scientists have created gene drives that guarantee an altered gene is inherited by
New technology now spearheading the return of eugenics and the push for a ‘master’ superior race of men
It was a goal of Adolf Hitler, and it is a term that today’s researchers don’t really like to use, but eugenics – the effort to scientifically create a sort of “master race” or super-human – still exists today and, as it turns out, Britain is taking the lead.
As reported by The Spectator, the idea of breeding the best with the best so as to weed out the inferior was an idea that was being entertained in England at the turn of the 20th century. A May 1912 edition of the magazine actually reported the following:
The only way of cutting off the constant stream of idiots and imbeciles and feeble-minded persons who help to fill our prisons and workhouses, reformatories, and asylums is to prevent those who are known to be mentally defective from producing offspring. Undoubtedly the best way of doing this is to place these defectives under control. Even if this were a hardship to the individual it would be necessary for the sake of protecting the race.
Hitler, of course, took this notion to the extreme, murdering millions he deemed inferior to the “Master Aryan Race” as an insurance policy against creating citizens who
With genetically modified organisms (GMOs) quickly approaching a point of saturation in the conventional food supply, the genetic butchers responsible for unleashing things like Roundup Ready soybeans are getting ready to unveil the next phase of their predatory agricultural conquest — synthetic biology.
A Switzerland-based biotechnology company known as Evolva is set to introduce an artificial vanilla product later this year made from the nefarious technology, the first of many so-called “SynBio” products expected to hit the market in the coming months and years. The technology involves using computers to generate fake DNA, which is then injected into GM yeast for the purpose of creating synthetic additives.
In partnership with International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), Evolva plans to eventually introduce a full line of SynBio products made from completely synthetic organisms. Unlike existing GMOs, which contain genes from other species but still resemble actual organisms found in nature, SynBio products are completely engineered from the ground up.
“Unlike the older science of splicing genes from different species together, synthetic biology is seeking to create whole new organisms that do not exist on earth,” wrote Daniel Taylor for Old-Thinker News about the technology.
Computer-generated biology threatens to destroy all life