Science Fiction? No More…

Over one-hundred years ago H.G. Wells enlivened our collective imagination with time machines and alien visitation, while soon thereafter one of the very first short films showed a rocket blasting off to crash into the eye of the moon. We were entertained by these ideas, but said to ourselves and each other, “That’s impossible!” As the 20th Century progressed, Albert Einstein, Nicola Tesla, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry, and many other scientists, writers, philosophers, and futurists challenged our imagination with concepts, many of which have since come to pass into the realm of the possible.

Its always been considered impossible by the realists... while the dreamers often seem to find a way.

The realists probably invented the word "impossible"... meanwhile the dreamers were discovering ways to make possible the impossible.

I guess the lesson I am trying to impart is that, if we put our hearts and minds into an endeavor, whether it be a personal manifestation or a great discovery for the good (or not so good) of humanity, very little of what is humanly imaginable is truly impossible.

With that said, here are a few links to little known advances and discoveries that you should know about from over the decade…

What About Immortality?

Read: “Who Wants To Live Forever?”

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And Weather Modification?

Watch: “H.A.A.R.P.”

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Time Travel?

Watch: “National Geographic Takes A Look At Time Travel”

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And Water As Fuel?

Watch: “Denny Klein and HHO Gas”

Watch: “Stan Meyer and the Water Fuel Cell”

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And Ultra-Efficient Solar Collectors?

Watch: “Solar Energy Technology Breakthrough”

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And A Quasi-Perpetual Motion Machine?

Watch: “Zero-Point Energy Off-The-Grid Home Generator”

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And Teleportation?

Read: “Australian Teleport Breakthrough”

Read: “Teleportation Breakthrough Made”

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And Invisibility?

Read: Science Reveals The Secrets Of Invisibility”

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One response to “Science Fiction? No More…

  1. I can comment on one of these breakthroughs, related to longevity. If I were a yeast cell, I would be excited. As a human, not so much.

    I work in the field of cellular senescence, also known as replicative senescence. The cells that make up human tissues can only divide about 50 or 60 times (50 or 60 generations). Then they stop dividing and enter a state of terminal growth arrest for a variable period of time (weeks to months to years in some cases) before dying. We say that such cells have a finite replicative potential.

    Replicative senescence is one of the (perhaps many) processes that limit human longevity. It is known to be related to the aging of tissues and organs in human beings: when cells can no longer replace themselves, tissues and organs lose their vitality and eventually their function.

    Replicative senescence is now known to be genetically programmed. Over the past decade, many genes that seem to control cellular senescence have been identified, but we still have no clear idea how most of these genes work.

    What we do know is what happens to a cell when it escapes from senescence, as a result of mutation of its senescence control genes: it becomes cancerous. Cancer cells have an infinite replicative potential, that is, they can continue dividing indefinitely, which makes them dangerous, in fact deadly.

    Most researchers in this field now regard replicative senescence as a double edged sword: it limits our lifespan, but it protects us against cancer. Senescence genes are tumor suppressors. Most work on cellular senescence is now being conducted by cancer researchers. By transfering a senescence gene from a normal cell into a cancer cell, you can convert the cancer cell back to a normal growth phenotype, with a finite replicative potential. These cells have lost their ability to cause cancer in experimental animals. This is of course a very exciting finding, but it does not encourage speculation on extended human longevity.

    Replicative senescence is thought to be one of the trade-offs that cells had to make in order to live in large complex communities: i.e., in multicellular organisms. Yeast cells are unicellular, so they don’t have to worry about cancer….

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