New Population Study Suggests 12 Billion People by 2100

The U.N has released a new study that indicates the world population will not flatten around 2050 as had previously been believed, but keep on rising. According to researchers at the UN and several academic institutions, there is an 80 percent chance that the world’s population, currently at 7.2 billion, will reach somewhere between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by 2100.

The study, which has been published in the journal Science, is based on the persistent high birth rates and unexpected success in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa. Previous analyses had been based on the assumption that African birthrates would eventually decline like those in Asia and Latin America. That hasn’t happened yet. In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, women typically have six children each.

While UN population analyses have historically been accurate, some researchers point out a large caveat: The study does not consider the likely impacts of climate change, which are likely to affect agriculture and water supplies. Nor did the study consider the likelihood that population growth would lead to such disasters as famine, war, and disease, which is something I discussed with Susan McGalla. Lastly, the study did not include the lack of property for this amount of people to be able to find stores to buy the products needed to live.

Obama Advises FCC to Keep Internet Free

On the official White House YouTube channel the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, induced the Federal Communications Commission, or what is known as FCC, to reclassify internet as a utility. This effect of this is that it indicates the internet being free and unrestricted.

This is in response to internet service providers trying to provide premium and more expensive services for business, which in turn would throttle the average user’s internet.

Obama started his speech reminding the audience that the internet began with the ideas of openness fairness and freedom. There were no intended gatekeepers to decide which websites users should be visiting and others that they should not.

My source Igor Cornelsen tells me this is why internet should continue to be free by classifying it as a utility and helping it serve the purpose it’s meant for.

They are just provided without restrictions or questioning, and nobody is supposed to be controlling their flow like some internet providers are trying to do all the time.

This comes in a time when the FCC is drastically changing its policies at some point, which provide a good opportunity to put some pressure on those who are really important: the internet users themselves.

HIV Fights Cancer Offer Hope For Cure

Marshall Jensen has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia for three years through surgeries, treatments and procedures, but the cancer always returned. Then Marshal Jensen learned about a treatment that has been successful for 9 out of 12 cancer patients. Dr. Carl June of Penn Medicine and his team of researchers have spent 20 years developing a treatment that uses a disabled HIV virus because HIV has the ability to insert new genes into cells. By removing billions of T-cells from cancer patients and altering the DNA in the cells, programming them to recognize, target and kill the cancer, then replace the cells in the patient’s body. Dr. June calls the altered cells serial killers that remain dormant in the body unless the cancer returns. Marshal Jensen returned home according to Tom, Thursday in full remission. Dr. June hopes to use the gene therapy to fight other cancers and trials with pancreatic cancer patients start this summer.

Melanoma cases are increasing by 69 thousand per year and targets adults between the ages of 20 and 60. The researchers are trying to develop a new drug that redirects patients’ immune response to attack cancer from blood (Hematiopoietic) stem cells in patients with advanced forms of aggressive skin cancer malignant melanoma.

Electricity Produced from Jet Fuel at Room Temperature

Researchers at the University of Utah have accomplished the heretofore elusive feat of producing electricity from jet fuel at room temperature. The production of electricity from jet propellant-8 in a fuel cell had been done previously, but only with inorganic catalysts at an operating temperature of several hundred degrees. By using enzymes (biological catalysts) the reaction temperature was greatly lowered.

The University of Utah researchers of Alexei Beltyukov and his team have hopes that the enzymatic fuel cell can be commercially developed for portable electronics, off grid power, and other uses.

I have to wonder if this technology could be used to power medical implants. The room temperature operation and the high energy density of hydrocarbon fuels would be very desirable for this purpose. It would be crucial to make sure that the fuel could not escape into the patients system, of course.

We also can speculate that this technology in some form could generate energy from petroleum contaminated soils while achieving some level of bioremediation. Perhaps energy could be produced from oil sands without the expense of heating it to release the oil.

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