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skulachevThe topic of prolonging life has been subject to debate over the past few years, especially as the human race continues to advance with regards to science and technology. More evidence is continually emerging to show that prolonging life and repairing biological damage created by old age is indeed possible, and very realistic. A Russian scientists and his team of researchers seem to have unlocked a portion to the mystery of aging and prolonging life.

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Prolonging life is not a new idea, throughout ancient history, religion, philosophy, mysticism, hermeticism and occultism as well as all others under that umbrella of definitions, it has been a recurring theme. A few examples are the Elixir of Immortality and the Philosopher’s stone(s), sought after Before the Common Era (BCE), all the way up through the middle ages and in many religions like Buddhism for example. It was also prominent in South/East Asian, African and European dynasties.

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The concept and the perceived reality of its existence has been prevalent throughout medieval times all the way up to the interests of Isaac Newton and more. It even seems to still be lingering around today, suggesting that these concepts have been around for all of our known existence.  If the full secrets are known, and if it is indeed ‘hidden science’ within a world we know nothing about, maybe one day we will be ready for it. I imagine if powerful concepts such as the Philosopher’s stone exist, we wouldn’t want them ending up in the hands of a consciousness that does not wish to do “good” with it.

Regardless, as we continue to expand our knowledge of how things work, we are bound to figure these things out for ourselves one day.

A team of scientists, led by Vladimir P. Skulachev -the Dean of the School of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics at MSU -have begun work further looking into this subject. Vladimir is a regarded as one of the worlds best in his field, and is the founder of “mitochondrial electricity” and the “Skulachev Ion,” which are penetrating ions that are electrophoretically targeted to mitochondria. His discoveries may extend human life span and cure age-related disease including cancer, cataracts and osteoporosis. The drug works by targeting mitochondrial oxidation.

They first made the discovery regarding “eternal life” in 1972, but it was not put on paper until 2005. Oxygen, according to Dr. Skulachev is one of the most dangerous substances in the human body. When cells become over saturated with active forms of oxygen they become oxidized, which leads to an early death.

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The body produces poisons, one of the most malicious poisons is generated at the heart of each cell in the Mitochondria. On one hand, they supply the body with energy and on the other, they gradually kill us. The older we are, the more poison we have in our bodies in the form of free radicals – Maksim Skulachev

There is a biological mechanism which makes cells age, Dr. Skulachev theorizes that a new biological process is set in motion immediately after a mother gives birth. This process makes the body destroy itself. Maybe if the Philosopher’s stone(s) did/do exist, it altered our DNA, or made genetic reparations to the ones who had them in their  possession? What Dr. Skulachev is trying to do is stop this process, thus stopping everything that comes along with old age, including death.

Given that aging is programmed, it can be stopped like any other program. In that case, ailments characteristic of old age will be nipped in the bum, we won’t age. 99 percent of the time oxygen turns into harmless water, but there is that one percent that later turns into very poisonous elements. The task was to find an antioxidant that stops that process – Vladimir Skulachev

That development is called the Skulachev Ion. They do not promise eternal life, they simply try to prolong the active period of life, to grant humanity with years of healthy, productive and happy living. Results from Skulachev’s work shows that the Skulachev Ion: (These conclusions are a result of numerous publications that you can view here)

  • Reduces age-dependent mortality rate
  • Slows down rethinopathies development
  • Slows down cataract development
  • Slows down uveitis development
  • Slows down glaucoma development
  • Prevents hypothermy development
  • Reduces the area of myocardial infarction
  • Prevents heart arrhythmia
  • Prevents kidney infarction–induced death
  • Slows down age-dependent decline of immunity
  • Prevents age-dependent decline in limphocyte-neutrophil ratio in blood
  • Slows down thymus degeneration
  • Slows down degeneration of follicles responsible for b-limphocyte development
  • Slows down development of certain cancer types
  • Slows down reproductive functions dissipation in females
  • Slows down disappearance of sexual motivation in males
  • Slows down age-dependent decline of wound-healing
  • Slows  down osteoporosis development
  • Prevents balding
  • Slows down canities
  • Prevents senile anemia
  • Prevents senile depression development
  • Prevents age-dependent stimulation of apoptosis by hydrogen peroxide
  • Prevents age-dependent β-galaktosidase induction
  • Prevents phosphorylation of histone H2AX
  • Reduces age-dependent peroxide oxidation of lipids
  • Reduces age-dependent protein carbonylation

Although we in general do not support animal testing, this was a different case. Mice who were old in age and suffering from a number of ailments have been tested. Life-long treatment of mice with the Skulachev ion resulted in the increase of their lifespan when compared to a control group, but the increase was a minor one. At the same time, the average median lifespan of tested mice increased significantly when compared to a control group. This means that the number of mice with this longest lifespan was substantially higher in the Skulachev ion treated mice. For example, more than half of the mice of the control group died by the 300th day, whereas almost all the animals were still alive in the group that was receiving the ion. It is also important to mention that the increase of the lifespan of the mice treated was accompanied by improvement of their overall quality of life.  In a control group of 630 day old mice, some were loosing whiskers, becoming bald and humpbacked. They were failing into a stupor and had a reduced body temperature. Mice that were receiving the ion were lacking all those senescence signs.

There are over 300 professionals from 40 different institutions currently working on this project. Studies have been published multiple times that indicate the reality of this phenomenon (as illustrated earlier in the article).

Here is an abstract from one of them:

Plastoquinone, a very effective electron carrier and antioxidant of chloroplasts, was conjugated with decyltriphenylphosphonium to obtain a cation easily penetrating through membranes. This cation, called SkQ1, is specifically targeted to mitochondria by electrophoresis in the electric field formed by the mitochondrial respiratory chain. The respiratory chain also regenerates reduced SkQ1H2 from its oxidized form that appears as a result of the antioxidant activity of SkQ1H2. SkQ1H2 prevents oxidation of cardiolipin, a mitochondrial phospholipid that is especially sensitive to attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS). In cell cultures, SkQ1 and its analog plastoquinonyl decylrhodamine 19 (SkQR1) arrest H2O2-induced apoptosis. When tested in vivo, SkQs (i) prolong the lifespan of fungi, crustaceans, insects, fish, and mice, (ii) suppress appearance of a large number of traits typical for age-related senescence (cataract, retinopathies, achromotrichia, osteoporosis, lordokyphosis, decline of the immune system, myeloid shift of blood cells, activation of apoptosis, induction of β-galactosidase, phosphorylation of H2AX histones, etc.) and (iii) lower tissue damage and save the lives of young animals after treatments resulting in kidney ischemia, rhabdomyolysis, heart attack, arrhythmia, and stroke. We suggest that the SkQs reduce mitochondrial ROS and, as a consequence, inhibit mitochondriamediated apoptosis, an obligatory step of execution of programs responsible for both senescence and fast “biochemical suicide” of an organism after a severe metabolic crisis (1)

Here is another:

 A concept was put forward considering mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mROS) as key intermediates of programmed aging of organism. As a consequence of such a concept, it was suggested that aging program can be retarded (or even switched off) by mitochondria-targeted antioxidants [5]. To this end, 10-(6’- plastoquinonyl) decyltriphenyl phosphonium cation (SkQ1) was synthesized. It was shown that SkQ1 (i) is good penetrant for model and mitochondrial membranes, (ii) has very high affinity to membranes, (iii) is reduced by center i of Complex III of mitochondrial respiratory chain in the inner leaflet of the inner mitochondrial membrane, (vi) electrophoretically accumulates in this leaflet, being driven by mitochondrial membrane potential, (v) prevents peroxidation of mitochondrial cardiolipin by mROS, (vi) arrests the ROS-induced apoptosis and necrosis, (vii) prolongs the lifespan of various organisms (from fungi and plants to mammals), (viii) retards development of many traits of age-related diseases [1-7] (2)

Playing God?

I believe that scientific and technological discovery in and of itself is a part of human nature. It’s the level of consciousness we operate at during the time of discovery that determines the implications of the discovery. Imagine a race of beings who reached the point of immortality through genetic manipulation, is this natural or unnatural? The fact that they have advanced to the point of immortality, and can choose to stay in a body as long as they please could be viewed as a natural progression in the evolution of consciousness. Would that be ‘playing God?’ The discovery of morally sensitive technologies outside the current acceptable paradigm of knowledge has always been subject to criticism, it’s a common theme throughout human history.

When thinking about this, I also think about the many anti-aging antioxidant mechanisms that already exist in nature. And the fact that it is a scientific fact that humans can alter the aging process and reverse ailments through diet alone. There are also certain species (like the bowhead whale) that behave as if they were already taking this anti-aging antioxidant. Another example is the roundworm (3).

Alchemical Symbolism and the Philosopher’s Stone

wizardAlchemy, The Philosophers Stone, and eternal life are completely separate subjects on their own and each require a lot of research (more than I have done) to understand. It dives into all parts of human history, and into worlds that are not examined, confirmed or considered relevant to our present existence. I thought I’d leave you with a few quotes from from The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Written By Manly P. Hall.  If you are interested in this concept, Manly P. Hall is one source of many that illustrates the reality of this concept throughout ancient history. It’s a good place to start. Basically, the point I’m trying to illustrate is that the Philosopher(s) stone could indeed be real, and could be linked to eternal life among other things. Until we find it, the work done by the researchers at Moscow State University illustrate how little we still know about our own human body and it’s biological processes.

Maybe one day the human race will be ready for something of such magnitude, I personally believe we will. Right now we have a lot of growing to do in many other areas.We can’t expect to achieve anything unless we are a planet in which all beings live in harmony with each other, and our society rids the fabricated excuses made to prolong conflict on the planet. It’s time to move past that type of energy, and energetically lift the planet up into a completely new vibration.

The alchemical philosophers used the symbols of salt, sulphur, and mercury to represent not only chemicals but the spiritual and invisible principles of God, man and the universe. The three substances existing in four worlds, with the sum adding up to the sacred number 12. These 12 are the foundation stones of the sacred city.  In line with the same idea Pythagoras asserted that the dodecahedron, or twelve-faved symmetrical geometric solid, was the foundation of the universe.  Maybe there not be a relation also between this mysterious 3 times 4 and the four parties o three which in the legend of the third degree of Freemasonry go forth to the four angels of the cherubim, the composite creature of four parts?

As one of the great alchemists fittingly observed, man’s quest for gold is often his undoing, for he mistakes the alchemical processes, believing them to be purely material. He does not realize that the Philosopher’s Golf, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Philosopher’s Medicine exist in each of the four worlds and that the consummation of the experiment cannot be realized until it is successfully carried on in four worlds simultaneously according to one formula. Furthermore, one of the constituents of the alchemical formula exists only within the nature of man himself, without which his chemicals will not combine, and though he spend his life and fortune in chemical experimentation, he will not produce the desired end. The paramount reason why the material scientist is incapable of uplifting the achievements of the mediaeval alchemists – although he follow every step carefully and accurately – is that the subtle element which comes out of the nature of the illuminated and regenerated alchemical philosopher is missing in his experimentation

This is the strength of all powers. This is a very strong figure, that does positively posses all the powers concealed in Nature, not for destruction but for exaltation and regeneration of matter, in the three departments of nature. With all this thous wilt be able to overcome all things, and to transmute all what is fine and what is corse. It will conquer every subtle thing, of course, as it refixes the most subtle Oxygen into its own fiery Nature and that with more power, penetration and virtue

The Philosophers stone is really the philosopher’s stone, for philosophy is truly likened to a magic jewel whose touch transmutes base substances into priceless gems like itself. Wisdom is the alchemist’s powder of projection which transforms which transforms many thousand times its own weight of gross ignorance into the precious substance of enlightenment

The Philosophers stone contains all the powers of nature, it is established by the harmony of the four elements

Sources:

All publications not presented here are mentioned and highlighted throughout the article, just click on the highlighted word.

http://en.skq-project.ru

http://www.belozersky.msu.ru/en/component/contact/contact/1-skulachev-v-p.html?allpapers=1

(1)  http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ben/cdt/2011/00000012/00000006/art00006

(2)  http://www.bioblast.at/images/b/bd/Laner_2013_Mitochondr_Physiol_Network_MiP2013.pdf

(3) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v260/n5551/abs/260523a0.html

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The Study of Fundamental Consciousness Entering the Mainstream

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Consciousness is appearing to be a fundamental property, just like liquids, solids and gas, consciousness and its connection to the physical material world is now gaining big time credibility.

  • Reflect On:

    How much do we have yet to discover? Are we ready to abandon what we thought we knew in light of new discoveries and evidence?

The world-renowned neuroscientist Christof Koch, spent nearly two decades working alongside the co-discoverer of the DNA molecule, Francis Crick. Their mission was to find the neurobiological basis of consciousness. They discovered many insights into cognition and the functioning of perception, yet the central enigma, the nature of consciousness itself, remained mysteriously elusive.

In 2009, Koch shocked the scientific community by publishing his conviction that consciousness probably isn’t just in brains, but is a fundamental feature of reality. This is a view known to philosophers as ‘panpsychism.’ The theory Koch is now dedicating his research to is called ‘Integrated Information Theory’ or ‘IIT.’ It is the brainchild of neuroscientist Giulio Tononi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In explaining his theory, Tononi asks us to consider a simple light sensitive photo diode like those found in a digital camera. A simple diode might respond to just two states: light or dark. We could present our diode with any number of images, yet regardless of the picture, the diode conforms to one of only two possible states. Is it light, or is it dark?

Now consider yourself looking at the same picture, lets say, of the Eiffel Tower on a beautiful spring day in Paris. For us, looking at this image results in a reduction from a near infinity of possible states. Not an image of the Andromeda galaxy, not a childhood picture of your mother, not cells dividing in a Petri dish and so on.  Because of the vast number of images we are capable of recognizing, each one is highly informative. For Tononi, the vast amount of information capable of being integrated in the brain means that we have a comparatively huge capacity for consciousness.

Tononi’s theory, that consciousness is born out of networks with high integrated information, has novel ways of being tested in the laboratory.

In studies with sleeping participants, Tononi and his colleagues used transcranial magnetic stimulation to send a ripple of activity through the cortex of sleeping participants. The researchers found that when dreaming, this ripple reverberated through the cortex longer than when participants were in stages of dreamless sleep. This demonstrated that during dreaming, when the brain is conscious, the cortex has a higher degree of integration.

In another experiment, the researchers built tiny robots known as ‘animats’ that were placed into mazes. The animats used simple integrated networks capable of evolving over sequential generations. To their surprise, the greater the degree of integration that the animats evolved, the quicker they were able to escape the mazes. For Tononi this finding suggested that consciousness may play a more central role in evolution than had previously been thought.

The mathematical value of integrated information in a network is known as phi. But Tononi’s theory, now the topic of serious mainstream discussion, has an extraordinary implication. Phi didn’t just occur in brains, -it is a property of any network with a total informational content greater than its individual parts. Every living cell, every electronic circuit, even a proton consisting of just three elementary particles have a value of phi greater than zero. According to Integrated Information Theory, all of these things possess something, albeit but a glimmer of ‘what it is like’ to be them. Tononi states:

“Consciousness is a fundamental property, like mass or charge. Wherever there is an entity with multiple states, there is some consciousness. You need a special structure to get a lot of it but consciousness is everywhere, it is a fundamental property.”

Integrated information theory is in its infancy and there are still many questions it must face. Did the information of brains operate at the level of the neuron, or the protein, or something deeper still? The electromagnetic field of the brain, as observed by psi researcher Dean Radin, is always re-establishing its quantum connection to the entire universe. Could a much richer informational interaction exist than has yet been imagined?

Physicists such as John Wheeler have laid the groundwork for a radical new understanding of reality, in which matter, the laws and constants of nature, and indeed the entire universe is best described, not in terms of physical objects, but through the play and display of a fundamental dynamic information.

Quantum mechanics suggests that at the deepest level of nature, the entire physical universe is interconnected. Might the total information of the universe be integrated in some deep sense? Is it in a mysterious way conscious of itself?

As spiritual traditions throughout the ages have long asserted, instead of isolated and separate experiencing beings, we may experience on behalf of the greater evolving system in which we find ourselves.

In Koch’s highly anticipated 2012 book, ‘Consciousness – Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist’, he states:

“I do believe that the laws of physics overwhelmingly favored the emergence of consciousness. The universe is a work in progress. Such a belief evokes jeremiads from many biologists and philosophers but the evidence from cosmology, biology and history is compelling.”

Regardless of the validity of Tononi’s theory, today increasing numbers of scientists and academics are convinced that the existence of consciousness simply cannot be sensibly denied. The study of fundamental consciousness is now entering the mainstream. This movement consists of thinkers in and outside of the mind sciences. Yet despite their different academic backgrounds, they are united by two common convictions: that consciousness is an intrinsic rather than incidental emergence in the universe, and that any complete account of reality must include an explanation of it.

 Sources:

 Koch, C. (2009, August 18). A complex theory of consciousness: Is complexity the secret to sentience, to a panpsychic view of consciousness? Scientific American.

 Tononi, G. (2008). Consciousness as integrated information: A provisional manifesto. Biological Bulletin, 215(3), 216-242.

 Edlund, J. A., Chaumont, N., Hintze, A., Koch C., Tononi G., & Adami, C. (2011). Integrated information increases with fitness in the evolution of animats. PLoS Computational Biology, 7(10).

 Radin, D. I. (2006). Entangled Minds: Extrasensory experiences in quantum reality. New York: Simon & Schuster.

 Koch, C. (2012). Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist. MIT Press Books.

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If You Could Power Your Entire Home With 60 Minutes Of Cycling, Would You Do It?

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  • The Facts:

    Mechanical energy, converted into kinetic energy can provide the energy that we use on a regular basis to power our homes and electronic devices.

  • Reflect On:

    Rather than focusing on the current problems in our world it is great to change gears and have a look at all of the solutions that are popping up all over the world.

Imagine if your morning workout could power your home for the entire day, all the way until your next morning workout. Well, you may not have to imagine, as this technology exists now. Manoj Bhargava has invented a new exercise bike that can power some homes for 24 hours after use for only sixty minutes per day.

This invention was a part of a new initiative to bring electricity to places that undergo frequent power outages or may only have access to power for a few hours during the day. In our modern age, going without electricity can really separate a person from the rest of the world. Bhargava’s mission is to bridge the gap for those who suffer from poverty and make it easier for them to access the same information as the rest of the world, potentially giving them more opportunities in life.

The Free Electric

The above heading is also the name of this awesome and innovative bike serving as a solution to a pretty significant issue in the underdeveloped nations of the world.

According to Bhargava, the Free Electric is meant to lead to “better health, more leisure time, better access to education and opportunities for entrepreneurship.” He also feels that it could, “literally change the world.”

Power to change the world? Bold statement, but if this is able to be implemented worldwide, I would absolutely have to agree with him. This technology not only has the capacity to assist those in poverty, but can also be used by the rest of the world as well as more and more people around the world who are aiming to reduce their usee of fossil fuels. I have a feeling that Millennials (such as myself) and younger generations would be all over this if its made available! Not only is it a great way to get your cardio in, but it provides FREE electricity that produces no other pollution.

As mentioned in the video, it is also a great solution in the face of natural, or even man made disasters because this type of electricity would not rely on that generated and sold by power companies. Perhaps even one day a way to stock up and store this energy will be possible — then, the opportunities here will be much more plentiful and could be a huge factor in reducing the amount of pollution our current methods of energy production are creating.

The Future Is Friendly

As much as there is sometimes destruction all around us, there is also innovation and ingenuity. Human beings have tremendous potential. Even though there are many problems that we as a society are facing, solutions are popping up and fast, and in most cases they already exist. Finding solutions doesn’t seem to be the problem, so ask yourself, what is?  It’s so great to see ideas such as these being conceptualized and then created and put into use so efficiently, it shows how our species is capable of stopping and potentially reversing some of the destruction that we have caused over the years.

This is absolutely a double win! We are constantly bombarded with news stories and articles that are telling us to be more active, stop sitting so much, and now with the Free Electric, we will have to be active before we can relax and enjoy the use of our precious technology.

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Physicists ‘Grow’ A Man Made Diamond From Nuclear Waste That’s Able To Generate Electricity

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    Scientists have developed a technology that can convert leftover radioactive materials into diamond batteries to power a wide range of electronics.

  • Reflect On:

    Could this be the solution to use op all the radioactive materials on the planet and shut down nuclear power plants worldwide?

Currently there is more than 2 billion tons of nuclear waste across the globe. This nuclear waste is a hazardous threat to the environment if not disposed of correctly. Scientists have recently begun attempting to transform nuclear waste into batteries that could last for thousands of years. If they are successful with this conversion project it would be a double win, less nuclear waste contaminating our environment, and a way to reuse energy that was generated to give power to whatever requires it.

Diamond batteries that use the energy from leftover radioactive materials have been developed and tested by researchers at the University of Bristol. They are now hoping to be able to recycle the waste leftover from decommissioned nuclear power plants in the UK. According to the University, “New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery….A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.” (source)

How Does This Work?

According to The Independent,

Carbon-14 isotopes extracted from graphite blocks produced by the plant are infused with wafer-thin diamonds to create the batteries, which researchers say are capable of providing power on a “near-infinite basis”.

Potential applications range from powering hearing aids and pacemakers, to extending the range of spacecraft to distances much further than are currently possible.

“Eventually, a highly powerful version of a diamond battery could power a mobile phone,” James Barker, from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering, told The Independent.

“Primarily though, they are best for devices requiring long lifetime, low power and where it is difficult to replace energy sources.”

In order to make these diamond batteries safe for medical and consumer use they are encased in a non-radioactive diamond layer, which will absorb any radiation given off by the C14 source.

According to the University,

Unlike the majority of electricity-generation technologies, which use energy to move a magnet through a coil of wire to generate a current, the man-made diamond is able to produce a charge simply by being placed in close proximity to a radioactive source.

Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute, said: “There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation.  By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy.”

Could This Be The Solution We’ve Been Searching For?

“The ultimate aim is to have a factory based at one of the former power stations in the South West that takes Carbon-14 isotopes directly from the graphite blocks for use in diamond batteries. This would significantly reduce the radioactivity of the remaining material, making it easier and safer to manage,” said Professor Tom Scott, director of the South West Nuclear Hub.

“With the majority of the UK’s nuclear power plants set to go offline in the next 10-15 years this presents a huge opportunity to recycle a large amount of material to generate power for so many great uses.”

Time will tell how effective this method that scientists have come up with will be able to be implemented worldwide, but if it is, just imagine the implications of what this technology could represent.

Is It Time To Move Away From Nuclear Energy?

You’d think since the Fukushima disaster there would be a worldwide agreement for countries to stop generating power from nuclear reactors and to safely shut down these plants. Nuclear disasters have devastating effects on our planet and all of it’s inhabitants, recovery from such accidents can take tens of thousands of years to lose their hazardous radioactivity. Take the Chernobyl disaster that occurred in 1986 and is now contained under a metal shell, this site will likely remain radioactive for up to 20,000 years.

Instead of waiting for these disasters to occur, shouldn’t we be safely dismantling these sites before any more devastating disasters occur? Thankfully many countries are vowing to shut down their nuclear power plants and we can only hope that the rest of the world will follow suit.

The Future Is Here

There are so many amazing technologies that have the capacity to revolutionize the way we use energy on this planet. Of course many of those are hidden from us, especially if they cannot be in some way profited from, and unfortunately as it seems, if they don’t exploit the environment and our resources in some way.

As innovative ideas abound and technology continues to rapidly develop, we have to assume that safer and more innovative means of producing electricity will be uncovered. Hopefully these technologies will also have the capacity to undo some of the damage that we have done to our planet.

At the end of the day, using nuclear energy is not needed anymore, and in reality nuclear waste should not even exist at this point in our development as a collective.

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