MachineMachine /stream - tagged with nature https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Fungal Hallucinogens Send Cicadas on Sex Binges After Their Genitals Fall Off]]> https://www.sciencealert.com/fungal-hallucinogens-cause-cicadas-to-go-on-sex-binges-after-they-lose-their-genitals

In latest gruesome nature news, scientists have discovered new details on a fungus that compels its cicada hosts to mate long after their genitals have gone and their bodies have turned into what one researcher colourfully describes as 'flying salt shakers of death'.

]]>
Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:44:41 -0700 https://www.sciencealert.com/fungal-hallucinogens-cause-cicadas-to-go-on-sex-binges-after-they-lose-their-genitals
<![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.

]]>
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.

]]>
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:44:08 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/
<![CDATA[No One Is Prepared for Hagfish Slime - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/hagfish-slime/581002/

At first glance, the hagfish—a sinuous, tubular animal with pink-grey skin and a paddle-shaped tail—looks very much like an eel. Naturalists can tell the two apart because hagfish, unlike other fish, lack backbones (and, also, jaws). For everyone else, there’s an even easier method.

]]>
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:06 -0800 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/hagfish-slime/581002/
<![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.

]]>
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:03 -0800 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html
<![CDATA[Technological and Posthuman Zones – Critical Posthumanism]]> http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/technological-and-posthuman-zones/

Modern technology seems always to have been judged according to its utility for human beings. To the extent that technologies have been viewed as tools, instruments, or prostheses for human use, and thus under human control, they have largely been seen in positive, utopian terms.

]]>
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 03:17:17 -0800 http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/technological-and-posthuman-zones/
<![CDATA[Crispr Can Speed Up Nature—and Change How We Grow Food | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/crispr-tomato-mutant-future-of-food/

Although he worked on a farm as a teenager and has a romantic attachment to the soil, ­Lippman isn’t a farmer. He’s a plant biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York with an expertise in genetics and development. And these greenhouse plants aren’t ordinary tomatoes.

]]>
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 03:42:16 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/crispr-tomato-mutant-future-of-food/
<![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.

]]>
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.

]]>
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[The macabre world of mind-controlling parasites – Science & research news | Frontiers]]> https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/05/15/psychology-parasites-insect-behavior/

The gruesome new field of neuro-parasitology could provide insights into the neurological basis for behavior and decision-making — By Conn Hastings Imagine a parasite that makes an animal change its habits, guard the parasite’s offspring or even commit suicide.

]]>
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:30 -0700 https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/05/15/psychology-parasites-insect-behavior/
<![CDATA[Plastic plankton, the Anthropocene’s emblematic “microorganism” – We Make Money Not Art]]> http://we-make-money-not-art.com/plastic-plankton-the-anthropocenes-emblematic-microorganism/

Mandy Barker, Ophelia medustica. Specimen collected from Glounthaune shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland, (Pram wheel), 2015. Series: Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, 2015 In 1816, John Vaughan Thompson was posted to Cork in Ireland as an army Surgeon.

]]>
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:24 -0700 http://we-make-money-not-art.com/plastic-plankton-the-anthropocenes-emblematic-microorganism/
<![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.

]]>
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[How the chicken nugget became the true symbol of our era | News | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/may/08/how-the-chicken-nugget-became-the-true-symbol-of-our-era

This is what happens when you turn the natural world into a profit-making machine. By and Jason W Moore The most telling symbol of the modern era isn’t the automobile or the smartphone. It’s the chicken nugget.

]]>
Tue, 08 May 2018 04:13:12 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/may/08/how-the-chicken-nugget-became-the-true-symbol-of-our-era
<![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.

]]>
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:11:16 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thermodynamic-theory-of-ecology-20140903/
<![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.

]]>
Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:24 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/what-constitutes-an-individual-organism-in-biology
<![CDATA[Against ‘Sustainability’ - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html

Among the many stories that can be told about the origins of the environmental movement in the West, perhaps the most common is that it began with the emergence of Romanticism in the late 18th century. In this version, environmentalism was born as the good twin to evil industrialization.

]]>
Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:50:35 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html
<![CDATA[Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it | Claire L Evans | Opinion | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/20/climate-change-science-fiction

Star Trek was one way of dealing with the social anxieties of the 1960s. Since sci-fi mirrors the present, ecological collapse requires a new dystopian fiction Build an imaginary world in your mind, hanging in space. Spin it around a bit; kick the tires. Now change one thing about that world.

]]>
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:32:30 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/20/climate-change-science-fiction
<![CDATA[The Thoughts of a Spiderweb | Quanta Magazine]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thoughts-of-a-spiderweb-20170523/

Millions of years ago, a few spiders abandoned the kind of round webs that the word “spiderweb” calls to mind and started to focus on a new strategy. Before, they would wait for prey to become ensnared in their webs and then walk out to retrieve it.

]]>
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:19 -0700 https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thoughts-of-a-spiderweb-20170523/
<![CDATA[Amia Srinivasan reviews ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith and ‘The Soul of an Octopus’ by Sy Montgomery · LRB 7 September 2017]]> https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n17/amia-srinivasan/the-sucker-the-sucker

In 1815, 15 years before he made his most famous print, The Great Wave, Hokusai published three volumes of erotic art. In one of them there is a woodcut print known in English as ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife’ and in Japanese as ‘Tako to ama’, ‘Octopus and Shell Diver’.

]]>
Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:11 -0700 https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n17/amia-srinivasan/the-sucker-the-sucker
<![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.

]]>
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:50:20 -0700 http://maskmagazine.com/the-masculine-issue/struggle/the-future-is-fungal