MachineMachine /stream - tagged with life https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![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/
<![CDATA[#Additivism Workshop: Designing Post-Natural Futures (Athens,...]]> http://additivism.org/post/161350512856

Additivism Workshop: Designing Post-Natural Futures (Athens, 10-11 Jun 2017)

12:00-18:00 - Diplareios School (Theatrou sq 3, Athens centre)This #additivism workshop led by Daniel Rourke and Geraldine Juárez invites us to an exploration of post-natural history, geo-history and Mediterranean world-ecologies, emphasizing critical perspectives driven from the intersection of art, design and activism. #Additivism, which takes 3D fabrication as its critical framework, is a portmanteau of additive and activism that exemplifies radical approaches to collective action, extending from the local through to geological timescales.In this two day workshop, we will identify and name the epistemic conditions under which “post-nature” emerges and thrives. We will take into account the additive logic of extractivism and its deep legacy in the form of techno-scientific projects such as bio- and geo-engineering. We will consider Mediterranean world-ecologies and imagine structures of knowledge and action able to exist outside or beyond “the Eurocene and Technocene initiated by Europeans.”What is Post-Nature and how does it relate to Earth’s deep geological time? In what ways could 3D fabrication affect tomorrow’s techno-natural environments? Can radical applications and speculations about its use assist in understanding the planet’s ongoing transformations?

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Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:06:00 -0700 http://additivism.org/post/161350512856
<![CDATA[A Grand New Theory of Life's Evolution on Earth - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/a-grand-unified-theory-for-life-on-earth/525648/

A series of energy revolutions—some natural, some technological—built upon one another to give us our rich, diverse biosphere.

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Sat, 20 May 2017 06:35:11 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/a-grand-unified-theory-for-life-on-earth/525648/
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/2017/03/silicon-valley-rather-cure-death-make-life-worth-living/

Silicon Valley is coming for death. But it’s looking in the wrong place. After disrupting the way we love, communicate, travel, work, and even eat, technologists believe they can solve the ultimate problem.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:49:22 -0700 https://www.wired.com/2017/03/silicon-valley-rather-cure-death-make-life-worth-living/
<![CDATA[Humans Can Now "Print" Genetic Code and Engineer Life]]> https://futurism.com/humans-can-now-print-genetic-code-and-engineer-life/

We have learned how to manipulate the code of life. Why this hasn’t received more attention is beyond me. Synthetic Biology is a multidisciplinary field that often defies definition. Yet despite its complexity, it is a remarkably easy field to apply once you’ve learned the science behind it.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:08:09 -0800 https://futurism.com/humans-can-now-print-genetic-code-and-engineer-life/
<![CDATA[Towards a statistical mechanics of consciousness: maximization of number of connections is associated with conscious awareness]]> https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.00821

Authors: R. Guevara Erra, D. M. Mateos, R. Wennberg, J.L. Perez Velazquez Abstract: It has been said that complexity lies between order and disorder. In the case of brain activity, and physiology in general, complexity issues are being considered with increased emphasis.

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:56:19 -0700 https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.00821