MoonEx Set to Begin Moon Mining in 2017

Moon Express, the first commercial company to win Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to travel beyond Earth’s orbit, announced that it has raised enough money for its first launch later this year to begin mining on the moon.

The moon contains a trillions of dollars of easily minable iron ore, rare Earth minerals, precious metals, hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon; plus vast amounts of helium-3 gas that could power clean nuclear fission reactors without generating radioactive waste.

The race to reach the moon first is crucial for business wildcatters. But because there currently is no regulatory framework for a commercial space missions to another planet, MoonEx negotiated with the FAA, the State Department and the White House in August to acquire what they referred to as a regulatory patch approval for a moon launch.

The FAA described the company’s MX-1E multi-purpose spacecraft/lander as “capable of transfer from Earth orbit to the moon, making a soft landing on the lunar surface, and performing post-landing relocations through propulsive ‘hops.’”

Co-founder and Chairman Naveen Jain of the Cape Canaveral-based company just announced on the MoonEx website that by raising $45 million, including $20 million in their latest round, MoonEx is now fully funded for a 2017 drone mining vehicle to the moon.

“That money will go toward launching Moon Express’s MX-1E lander, which will explore and take pictures of the moon’s surface after launching on an experimental Electron rocket.” He added, “In the immediate future, we envision bringing precious resources, metals, and moon rocks back to Earth.”

MoonEx also seems to be angling to mine the massive amounts of water ice trapped on the lunar poles that can be used as fuel depot station for galactic space exploration.

Breitbart News recently noted that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talked about the importance of mid-journey refueling at a September speech he gave to the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.”

Musk emphasized that that there are four innovative features of the SpaceX mission to Mars: the reusability of ITS boosters and refueling tanks; refueling in orbit; producing propellant on Mars; and plans to use a more optimal propellant like super-cooled methane. Collectively, Musk believes these four features could push costs as low as $200,000 per person, or about $20 billion for the mission.

Musk’s keynote speech claimed that the funding for his Mars mission could be financed from SpaceX’s own profits and financing platforms like Kickstarter. He added that the private sector rush to colonize the moon and other planets could kick off the greatest land rush since the 1862 Pacific Railroad Act, which chartered the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad Companies to build a transcontinental railroad linking the United States from east to west within 25 years.

The rail project was completed in seven years as the companies raced, building track to capture the greatest amount of 10-mile alternating sections of real estate along all the railway they completed. As a measure of the spectacular economic stimulus of the Transcontinental Railroad, the cost of cross-country travel dropped from $1,000 prior to the completion in Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1969, to just $150 dollars.

MoonEx has entered Google’s Lunar Xprize competition, which is offering a $20 million prize to successfully place a spacecraft on the moon’s surface, $5 million for having a rover travel 500 meters, and $5 million for transmitting high-definition video and images back to earth by the end of 2017.

AI Predicts When Patients Will Die from Heart Failure

British scientists have created an artificial intelligence programthat can allegedly predict when a patient with heart problems will die.

The program, which was developed by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS), reportedly has an 80% accuracy rate, with researchers claiming that it could be vital in discovering how “aggressive” a patient’s treatment needs to be.

“The researchers’ programme assessed the outlook of 250 patients based on blood test results and MRI scans of their hearts,” explained the International Business Times. “It then used the data to create a virtual 3D heart of each patient which, combined with the health records of ‘hundreds’ of previous patients, allowed it to learn which characteristics indicated fatal heart failure within five years.”

“The LMS scientists claim that the software was able to accurately predict patients who would still be alive after a year around 80% of the time,” they continued. “The computer was able to analyse patients ‘in seconds’, promising to dramatically reduce the time it takes doctors to identify the most at-risk individuals and ensure they ‘give the right treatment to the right patients, at the right time.’”

LMS lead researcher Dr. Declan O’Regan claimed it could “transform” the way patients are treated.

“This is the first time computers have interpreted heart scans to accurately predict how long patients will live. It could transform the way doctors treat heart patients,” he proclaimed. “A doctor equipped with this new cardiac imaging approach would therefore be able to make more informed judgements about outcome than if they were relying only on current ways to investigate patient data.”

“We would like to develop the technology so it can be used in many heart conditions to complement how doctors interpret the results of medical tests,” added Tim Dawes, who who created the program’s algorithms. “The goal is to see if better predictions can guide treatment to help people to live longer.”

The researchers are now planning to test the program in London hospitals in an attempt to verify their results.

Google and Uber Veterans Create Futuristic Doctor’s Office with Full Body Scanners, Medical Info Sent to Your Phone

Forward is trying to re-imagine the doctor’s office for the future of medical care using technology like full body scanners and medical information sent in real time to your phone.

CEO Adrian Aoun is looking to create “the good, not-creepy version” of what Business Insider’s Melia Robinson described as “an Apple Store meets Westworld.” The idea is to merge the benefits of modern technology with a healthcare experience that hasn’t really changed in decades.

Aoun’s inspiration emerged from the maddening task of helping one of his own relatives navigate the healthcare system after a heart attack. But rather than blame the physicians, he’s focused on fixing the structure of medical care itself. He believes that the engineering community “totally dropped the ball” in this arena. Now he, along with veterans of Google and Uber, are trying to pick it back up.

Less than a year since its founding, Forward is already making waves. The debut of the company’s flagship office on January 17 was an almost surreal experience — an image of how technology can improve quality of life for both doctors and patients. It all starts with an iPad.

After signing in via tablets implanted in the reception desk, patients step onto a body scanner. Height, weight, temperature, pulse, and blood-oxygen levels are all detected by sensors. In less than a minute, the results are delivered to the doctor and your phone via a mobile app simultaneously.

Once you’ve gotten into an exam room, a giant touch screen serves to eliminate rolling laptop dollies and sheets of paper. All the while, the computer provides medical history information, transcribes conversation, records relevant notes, and offers suggestions on care. It’s undeniably elegant.

Everything from private urine sample transport to tote bags were on offer at the demonstration, but prescription chic doesn’t come cheap. Forward is asking $149 a month for care at its first San Francisco office, aside from your regular insurance premiums.

Several powerful names in Silicon Valley are backing the company, with Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, Google-parent company Apple Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, and cloud computing company Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff all investing in Forward.

CIA Unveils New Rules for Collecting Information on Americans

(Reuters) — The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.

The guidelines are designed “in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people,” CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government’s surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.

Charles Koch Makes Massive Donation to Historically Black Colleges

Billionaire Charles Koch, who is a frequent conservative political donor, has made a massive contribution to historically black colleges across the United States.

Through the Koch Foundation, Charles Koch donated $25.6 million to historically black colleges for the purpose of conducting research on criminal justice and entrepreneurship in cities plagued by high crime.

“Education transformed my life, and I’ve committed to do all I can to give others that same opportunity,” Koch said in a statement Wednesday evening. The Marshall fund has made that same commitment, he said, “giving students and scholars the chance to discover new ways to overcome barriers holding too many people back. As they succeed, so does our society.”

The donation was made to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which benefits students at 47 universities including Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, Bowie State, and Morgan State, all of which are historically black institutions.

Liberals in academia are concerned about Koch money flowing to their universities. Ralph Wilson of Tallahassee, co-founder of a group called UnKoch My Campus, claims that these donations were made so that the Koch brothers can have more control over curriculum and activism at the receiving institutions.

“When they give the donor control, the trade-off is academic freedom,” Wilson argued.

Despite these claims, Brian Hooks, the president of the Koch foundation, maintains that the donations are not political in nature.

“Our commitment across the board with all of our grants… is to open inquiry,” Hooks said in an interview Tuesday. “We’re looking to support great ­scholars.”

MILO Takes Selfies With UC Davis Protestors

Whilst leading a free speech countermarch across the UC Davis campus, MILO managed to take a couple of selfies with protestors who had come out for the second day in a row, following the forced cancellation of last night’s event with Martin Shkreli.

The protestors followed the march at the beginning, screaming chants such as “No Milo, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” and generally trying to interrupt the proceedings, before eventually deciding to give up.

At the end, MILO and the Davis College Republican group reenacted the UC Davis pepper spray incident that took place in 2011, when protestors from the Occupy Movement were pepper sprayed by police after refusing to leave, leading to a nationwide controversy on the use of force by police.

MILO wears jeans by Robin’s Jeans, $975. Embroidered jacket by Allsaints, $250. Black leather cap by Gucci, $700. Belt by Gucci, $295. Red crocodile medium top by Giuseppe Zanotti, $750. Red silk and cashmere monogram Louis Vuitton scarf, $450. STAY WOKE shirt, gift from fan. Skull pendant and bracelets by Swarovski. Pearls: model’s own. 

Facebook to Begin ‘Fake News’ Filtering in Germany Prior to Election

Facebook will soon begin to roll out their “fake news” filter in Germany according to a report in the Financial Times.

The Financial Times reports that following Angela Merkel’s worries about fake news and misinformation prior to the upcoming German elections, Facebook will begin their fake news monitoring program in Germany very soon. Facebook announced their fake news fact checking program in the US in December, partnering with partisan organisations such as ABC NewsSnopes, and Politifact to determine what counts as fake news.

Stories reported on Facebook’s platform as fake news will now be forwarded to Correctiv, a German-based non-profit news organisation. If the news is deemed to be incorrect it will be marked as “disputed” and an explanation for the judgement will be attached. These items will also appear lower on Facebook timelines as items are sorted by Facebook’s algorithm.

Speaking to the Financial Times, a Facebook spokesperson stated that the social media company was searching for other German media partners to help with fact checking. Facebook also stated that Germany was just the first of many countries that they planned to implement their fake news fact checking service in. “Our focus is on Germany right now but we’re certainly thinking through what countries will unveil next,” said the spokesperson.

German politicians have called for a crackdown on fake news for some time now and specifically targeted Facebook in relation to misinformation. Justice Minister Heiko Maas said last November that Facebook should be treated as any other media company and be held responsible for the content on their platform. The German government reportedly previously considered setting up their own bureau to monitor fake news, according to German newspaper Deutsche Welle.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas has previously stated that fake news was a “danger to our culture of debate” and that social media companies had a duty to curb the spreading of misinformation. “It can’t be in Facebook’s interest that its platform is misused in order to spread lies and hate campaigns,” Maas told Deutsche Welle. “Criminal content should be deleted immediately once it has been reported. And it must be easier for users to report fake news.”