Cloud storage

Cloud Storage is a model of data storage in which the digital data is stored in logical pools, the physical storage spans multiple servers, and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company. These cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running. People and organizations buy or lease storage capacity from the providers to store user, organization, or application data.

Cloud storage services may be accessed through a co-located cloud computer service, a web service or by applications such as cloud desktop storage or content management systems.

(Subject to revision as this layman poster learns more!)

Human Existence

Perhaps those oft talked about extra terrestrial beings don’t exist in our galaxy or in this universe and this is the reason search tools like SETI are not finding them. This is not to suggest that mentally competent beings don’t exist in the larger cosmos.

I now point to a number of sites taken from BING etc. for you to explore but you will not find a truly satisfying answer, just a little speculation….

 

Best Bet for Colonizing Space

(From Motherboard) http://motherboard.vice.com/author/MeghanNeal   May 29, 2014

Assuming human deep space travel turns out to be not just incredibly dangerous, but perhaps “crazy idiotic” and “laughable,” as Harvard biologist Gary Ruvkun put it, the tenacious dream of an interstellar civilization forces some out-of-the box thinking. What if, instead of rocketing humans to other planets, we made an exact copy on site?

Adam Steltzner, the lead engineer on the NASA JPL’s Curiosity rover mission, believes that to send humans to distant planets, we may need to do one of two things: look for ways to game space-time—traveling through wormholes and whatnot—or rethink the fundamental idea of “ourselves.”

“Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on another planet,” said Steltzner on stage at Smithsonian Magazine’s Future Is Now conference in Washington, DC this month.

Many of science’s brightest minds think that the only way to guarantee the long-term survival of the human race is to colonize other planets—problem is, we have no clue how to safely travel to Mars, let alone further into our cosmic neighborhood. By sending instructions on how to print ourselves to far-flung locales, we could skip the trip.

The “printing” idea starts out by encoding human genetic information in bacteria so that our DNA can hitch a ride to another planet.

“Once you propose terraforming, you might as well propose sending bacteria with human sequences. That’s not that crazy.”

“Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria,” said Steltzner at the event. “Those considerations seem beautiful, fantastic. The printing humans concept belongs to Ruvkun, Church and others Havard Med Dept of Genetics. They think deep and forward.

Ruvkun told me that it is possible to encode segments of human DNA in bacteria and have it survive the trip to other planets. “Like using bacteria like computer memory,” he said. ‘It’s sort of like an iPod that you send to another planet. And the bacteria can store information very densely.”

 

Arctic – Canada & USA

“We see the North as an essential part of our future and a place of extraordinary potential.”

In March 2016, when Prime Minister Trudeau was hosted in Washington, D.C., by President Barack Obama, the two leaders announced a new partnership to understand the opportunities and address the challenges in a changing Arctic. They announced four goals:

  1. Conserving Arctic biodiversity through science-based decision making. To achieve this, we will work directly with Indigenous partners and state, territorial and provincial governments. We will play a leadership role in engaging all Arctic nations to develop a pan-Arctic marine protection area network. I find it very encouraging to see how the World Wildlife Fund [WWF] and Guggenheim Partners, LLC, have helped us in making good decisions.
  2. Incorporating Indigenous science and traditional knowledge into decision making at all levels of government. On this, I can speak from personal experience. In a recent environmental assessment process for a major energy project in Howe Sound, British Columbia, the Squamish Nation conducted its own environmental assessment and published its own conditions, and the project’s proponent paid strict attention. The initiative of the Squamish Nation is helping governments and businesses make better decisions.
  3. Building a sustainable Arctic economy, including shipping, fishing, and oil and gas exploration and development, to establish a shared, science-based standard for considering the life-cycle impacts of commercial activity in the Arctic. Carter Roberts [President and CEO of the WWF] was compelling when he said this has to be balanced with “political science.”
  4. Supporting strong Arctic communities. This includes providing innovative renewable energy and efficiency alternatives to diesel and advancing community climate change adaptation.