Not to be outdone by Dutch, German and other Europeans now officially dabbling in synthetic cell research, America’s National Science Foundation has thrown its hat into the ring on funding synthetic cell development, per its April 18, 2018 letter to colleagues inviting proposals on the design and engineering of synthetic cells and cell components ($100K for relevant conferences, $300K re multicomponent subsystems, and up to $1M for research on the “pseudo-cell”). In May, following its call for proposals, NSF co-sponsored a synthetic and artificial cells roadmap meeting in Alexandria, Virginia with a handful of scientists already working in the field presenting and others in the audience looking to be educated.
One of the most substantive presentations was by Vincent Noireaux, a University of Minnesota physicist, whose lab I visited in 2014. Noireaux, a former protégé of Rockefeller University’s Albert Libchaber, has been funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in recent years for his work on the minimal cell.
I'm the author of five books: The Altenberg 16: An Exposé of the Evolution Industry; The Origin of Life Circus: A How To Make Life Extravaganza; The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing 'the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin'; Royal Society: The Public Evolution Summit; and the most recent---Darwin Overthrown: Hello Mechanobiology.
My reports have appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, Newsday, Archaeology, Astrobiology, Connoisseur, Omni, Huffington Post, Progressive Review ("How Bush Got Bounced From Carlyle Board"), CounterPunch, Scoop Media and other publications, as well as on PBS, CBC and MBC.
More than a dozen of my stories related to the Rome antiquities conspiracy trial were featured in Harvard Law School's Art Law Syllabus 2008.
I've covered the wars: Colombian Drug War, Gulf War, Sudan, and Kashmir (from both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the conflict).
And I’ve been a guest on Charlie Rose, McLaughlin and various Fox Television News programs talking about those crises and others.
For some years along the way, I was a runway fashion model for legends Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Giorgio Sant' Angelo and so many more.
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