The big picture? We are no longer bound by the chemical rules of nature. In a matter of months, scientists can engineer biological catalysts that normally take millions of years to evolve and fine-tune.
Exciting and scary at the same time.
Microbial reactors can turn human waste directly into food. Disgusting, yes, but may be essential for space travel.
A review of Antonio Damasio’s The Strange Order of Things. To wit: the mind is more than just the brain.
Structural absorption by barbule microstructures of super black bird of paradise feathers, in which it is revealed that birds of paradise not only have the richest colors but also have the deepest blacks.
So Japanese monkeys hump deer and plants and animals mate. Viable results are rare but it does happen. It’s all about hybridization.
The North Korean defector had some unexpected stowaways. Parasites found in his body indicates widespread malnutrition in the Hermit Kingdom. Also: the vicious cycle of poor health and poverty.
This implicates high IQ as being a potential risk factor for affective disorders, ADHD, ASD, and for increased incidence of disease related to immune dysregulation. Preliminary findings strongly support a hyper brain/hyper body association which may have substantial individual and societal implications and warrants further investigation to best identify and serve this at-risk population.
Brain balls are stem cells harvested from patients’ brains that develop into more complex masses of living neurons.
Farmers want to use gene drive, with the aim to eradicate the spotted-wing drosophila fruit fly. This is a scary prospect because, as I’ve posted before, the gene drive targets species-wide changes but because of its virulent nature could have unintended consequences.