MachineMachine /stream - tagged with life https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Kinja]]> https://fusion.kinja.com/life-extension-technology-gives-us-a-bleak-future-more-1793857274

I was raised in a household in which my mother, a divorced old-school feminist, openly hoped for the day when the “racist, angry old white men,” who keep our country in sociopolitical purgatory, would die.

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:55:22 -0700 https://fusion.kinja.com/life-extension-technology-gives-us-a-bleak-future-more-1793857274
<![CDATA[Organisms are not passive recipients of evolutionary forces | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/organisms-are-not-passive-recipients-of-evolutionary-forces

Humans are shaping the evolutionary future of life on Earth.

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Mon, 18 Jan 2021 06:55:20 -0800 https://aeon.co/essays/organisms-are-not-passive-recipients-of-evolutionary-forces
<![CDATA[Viruses are not just threats, but actors in evolution’s long story | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/viruses-are-not-just-threats-but-actors-in-evolutions-long-story

Wisdom is the ability to discern inner qualities and subtle relationships, then translate them into what others recognise as good judgment. If it comes to us at all, wisdom is the product of reflection, time and experience.

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Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:52 -0800 https://aeon.co/essays/viruses-are-not-just-threats-but-actors-in-evolutions-long-story
<![CDATA[The biological research putting purpose back into life | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-biological-research-putting-purpose-back-into-life

Animal immune systems depend on white blood cells called macrophages that devour and engulf invaders.

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Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:51 -0800 https://aeon.co/essays/the-biological-research-putting-purpose-back-into-life
<![CDATA[Is DNA Hardware or Software? - Grow by Ginkgo]]> https://www.growbyginkgo.com/2020/06/29/is-dna-hardware-or-software/

In mid-January, a group of computer scientists and biologists from the University of Vermont, Tufts, and Harvard announced that they had created an entirely new life form — xenobots, the world’s first living robots.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:20 -0700 https://www.growbyginkgo.com/2020/06/29/is-dna-hardware-or-software/
<![CDATA[Coral found to prefer eating microplastic to natural food]]> https://phys.org/news/2019-06-coral-microplastic-natural-food.html

Astrangia. Credit: Stephen Cairns et al. An illustrated key to the genera and subgenera of the Recent azooxanthellate Scleractinia (Cnidaria, Anthozoa), with an attached glossary, ZooKeys (2012). DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.227.3612. Creative Commons Attribution 3.

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Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:44:42 -0700 https://phys.org/news/2019-06-coral-microplastic-natural-food.html
<![CDATA[Robots Help Bees Talk to Fish - IEEE Spectrum]]> https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/robots-help-bees-talk-to-fish

I am honestly not sure whether fish have any concept of bees. I am equally unsure whether bees have any concept of fish. I am even more unsure whether bees and fish could be friends, if they knew that the other existed. But thanks to robots, it turns out that the answer is definitely yes.

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019 18:45:15 -0700 https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/robots-help-bees-talk-to-fish
<![CDATA[Natural’s Not in It — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/

If the 20th century promised better living through chemistry, the 21st century has promised better living through digital technology.

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Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:44:08 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/
<![CDATA[Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html

It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent. To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:03 -0800 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html
<![CDATA[Biologists Have Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They're Calling It Octlantis]]> https://www.sciencealert.com/marine-biologists-discover-an-underwater-octopus-city-octlantis-jervis-bay-australia

At the end of last year, scientists discovered a small octopus city – dubbed Octlantis – a find that suggests members of the gloomy octopus species (Octopus tetricus) are perhaps not the isolated and solitary creatures we thought they were.

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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:36 -0700 https://www.sciencealert.com/marine-biologists-discover-an-underwater-octopus-city-octlantis-jervis-bay-australia
<![CDATA[Speculative biology: understanding the past and predicting our future | Science | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future

In 1981, a remarkable book was published: After Man: A Zoology of the Future, by Dougal Dixon.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:35 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future
<![CDATA[Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' - Digg]]> http://digg.com/2018/second-life-in-2018

I logged into "Second Life" in the year 2018 A.D. It still exists, sort of. Residents and businesses began fleeing for more popular social networks long ago. Vast acres of land are abandoned or sparsely populated by the few remaining diehard users.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:29 -0700 http://digg.com/2018/second-life-in-2018
<![CDATA[We Are All Aliens - Journal #91 May 2018 - e-flux]]> https://www.e-flux.com/journal/91/197883/we-are-all-aliens/

You’re on the Spaceship Earth […] You’d better pay your fare now You’ll be left behind You’ll be left hangin’ In the empty air You won’t be here and you won’t be there.

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Thu, 24 May 2018 03:47:10 -0700 https://www.e-flux.com/journal/91/197883/we-are-all-aliens/
<![CDATA[Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study | Environment | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study

Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study.

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Thu, 24 May 2018 03:47:08 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study
<![CDATA[What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?]]> https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun

My friend June Thunderstorm and I once spent a half an hour sitting in a meadow by a mountain lake, watching an inchworm dangle from the top of a stalk of grass, twist about in every possible direction, and then leap to the next stalk and do the same thing.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:27:22 -0700 https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun
<![CDATA[The Thermodynamic Theory of Ecology | Quanta Magazine]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thermodynamic-theory-of-ecology-20140903/

The Western Ghats in India rise like a wall between the Arabian Sea and the heart of the subcontinent to the east.

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Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:11:16 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thermodynamic-theory-of-ecology-20140903/
<![CDATA[How Squids Communicate]]> http://nautil.us/issue/53/monsters/i-am-not-a-monster

Cephalopods loom large in our cultural mythos.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:30:42 -0800 http://nautil.us/issue/53/monsters/i-am-not-a-monster
<![CDATA[What constitutes an individual organism in biology? | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/what-constitutes-an-individual-organism-in-biology

When she was two years old, I took my daughter to the American Museum of Natural History for the first time. As we strolled through the displays of taxidermy animals, she would waddle towards each one, and point and ask what we were looking at.

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Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:24 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/what-constitutes-an-individual-organism-in-biology
<![CDATA[The Future is Fungal – Mask Magazine]]> http://maskmagazine.com/the-masculine-issue/struggle/the-future-is-fungal

The future as shown to us by science fictions is almost always shiny. Whether in aspirational daydreams or depictions of dystopia, the vision continues to be one of gleaming metal, stark white interiors, and of course many more robots.

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Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:50:20 -0700 http://maskmagazine.com/the-masculine-issue/struggle/the-future-is-fungal
<![CDATA[Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/controversial-new-theory-suggests-life-wasnt-a-fluke-of-biologyit-was-physics/

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:32 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/controversial-new-theory-suggests-life-wasnt-a-fluke-of-biologyit-was-physics/