MachineMachine /stream - tagged with science https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene

Humanity’s transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human and Earth history. Human societies, plant and animal populations, the makeup of the atmosphere, even the Earth’s surface – all were irreversibly transformed.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene
<![CDATA[Do Cyborgs Have Politics? — Pax Solaria]]> http://www.paxsolaria.net/monthly/do-cyborgs-have-politics

Image by Jamy van Zyl In 1986, Science and Technology Studies scholar Langdon Winner launched a debate about the power of technologies to shape human politics when he asked “do artefacts have politics?” A technology like the Robert Moses-designed overpasses that arc above the roads from New Yor

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Thu, 20 Aug 2020 06:13:25 -0700 http://www.paxsolaria.net/monthly/do-cyborgs-have-politics
<![CDATA[Revolution or Ruin - Journal #110 June 2020 - e-flux]]> https://www.e-flux.com/journal/110/335242/revolution-or-ruin/

We know how the first paragraph begins. We’ve read about the changing climate for over twenty years, infrequently at first and then daily until we couldn’t deny it any longer. The world is burning. The oceans are heating up and acidifying. Species are dying in the Sixth Great Extinction.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:13:16 -0700 https://www.e-flux.com/journal/110/335242/revolution-or-ruin/
<![CDATA[Sex Redefined: The Idea of 2 Sexes Is Overly Simplistic - Scientific American]]> https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sex-redefined-the-idea-of-2-sexes-is-overly-simplistic1/

As a clinical geneticist, Paul James is accustomed to discussing some of the most delicate issues with his patients. But in early 2010, he found himself having a particularly awkward conversation about sex.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:26 -0700 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sex-redefined-the-idea-of-2-sexes-is-overly-simplistic1/
<![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[When did modern humans first arrive in Europe? – podcast | Science | The Guardian]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/579384

Nicola Davis speaks to Prof Jean-Jacques Hublin about new archaeological discoveries which reveal that modern humans co-existed with Neanderthals for several thousand years

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2020/may/28/when-did-modern-humans-first-arrive-in-europe-podcast

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Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:46:25 -0700 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/579384
<![CDATA[Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus | In the Moment]]> https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/

The novel coronavirus is posthuman in at least two senses. First, and most obviously, because it is oblivious to human intentions, desires, and motives.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2020 08:12:20 -0700 https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/
<![CDATA[Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus | In the Moment]]> https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/

The novel coronavirus is posthuman in at least two senses. First, and most obviously, because it is oblivious to human intentions, desires, and motives.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2020 01:12:20 -0700 https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/novel-corona-posthuman-virus/
<![CDATA[As Sea Levels Rise, Scientists Offer a Bold Idea: Dam the North Sea - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/world/europe/north-sea-dams.html

A proposal to build two huge barriers — one that would connect Norway to Scotland, the other France to England — was described as a warning about the urgency of the climate crisis.LONDON — One dam would stretch some 300 miles from the coast of Scotland to Norway.

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Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:26:11 -0800 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/world/europe/north-sea-dams.html
<![CDATA[History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future | Technology | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/12/history-as-a-giant-data-set-how-analysing-the-past-could-help-save-the-future

Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis? By In its first issue of 2010, the scientific journal Nature looked forward to a dazzling decade of progress.

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Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:17:16 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/12/history-as-a-giant-data-set-how-analysing-the-past-could-help-save-the-future
<![CDATA[Stuart Russell on why now is the time to start thinking about superintelligent AI - Science Weekly podcast | Technology | The Guardian]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/552830

Prof Stuart Russell wrote the book on artificial intelligence back in 1995, when the next few decades of AI were uncertain. Sitting down with Ian Sample, he talks about his latest book, which warns of a dystopian future in which humans are outsmarted by machines. But how did we get here?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2019/oct/18/stuart-russell-on-why-now-is-the-time-to-start-thinking-about-superintelligent-ai-science-weekly-podcast

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Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:36:57 -0700 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/552830
<![CDATA[A single inhalation of vapor from dried toad secretion containing 5-methoxy- N, N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) in a naturalistic setting is related to sustained enhancement of satisfaction with life, mindfulness-related capacities, and a decrement of psychopathological symptoms.]]> https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/cwvdih/a_single_inhalation_of_vapor_from_dried_toad/

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Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:25:30 -0700 https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/cwvdih/a_single_inhalation_of_vapor_from_dried_toad/
<![CDATA[Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter on the planet: 4.5 trillion are littered each year. New research shows that they severely impact plant growth. The presence of cigarette butts reduced root biomass by 57%; germination success by 27%; and shoot length by 28%.]]> https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/cfgou9/cigarette_butts_are_the_most_common_form_of/

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Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:30:55 -0700 https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/cfgou9/cigarette_butts_are_the_most_common_form_of/
<![CDATA[Cannabis may have had high origins, with a new analysis of ancient pollen suggesting it evolved some 3 kilometres above sea level on the Tibetan Plateau. Incidentally, this site is only a few hundred kilometres from a cave that was once home to our ancient Denisovan cousins.]]> https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/bq2tlb/cannabis_may_have_had_high_origins_with_a_new/

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Sat, 18 May 2019 04:02:50 -0700 https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/bq2tlb/cannabis_may_have_had_high_origins_with_a_new/
<![CDATA[Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/malware-dna-hack/

When biologists synthesize DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:02 -0800 https://www.wired.com/story/malware-dna-hack/
<![CDATA[The ancient Greeks warned us about AI: Chips with Everything podcast | Technology | The Guardian]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/509756

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses the myths that contained the first blueprints for artificial intelligence

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2018/nov/02/the-ancient-greeks-warned-us-about-ai-chips-with-everything-podcast

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Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:42:48 -0700 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/509756
<![CDATA[Decolonising Science Reading List – Chanda Prescod-Weinstein – Medium]]> https://medium.com/@chanda/decolonising-science-reading-list-339fb773d51f

A note on Making Meaning of “Decolonising” — and in relation to that I want to be clear that the original motivation behind the creation of this list was to address a land claim issue: the use of Maunakea by non-Kanaka Maoli for science.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:02:57 -0700 https://medium.com/@chanda/decolonising-science-reading-list-339fb773d51f
<![CDATA[Decolonising Science Reading List – Chanda Prescod-Weinstein – Medium]]> https://medium.com/@chanda/decolonising-science-reading-list-339fb773d51f

Thank me for my free labor maintaining this list by making a donation to The Offing via Paypal, Crowdrise, or a monthly donation at Patreon.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:02:57 -0700 https://medium.com/@chanda/decolonising-science-reading-list-339fb773d51f
<![CDATA[50 Years Ago Big Oil Bragged About Being Able To Melt Glaciers, While They Knew About Climate Change – ThinkProgress]]> https://thinkprogress.org/50-years-ago-big-oil-bragged-about-being-able-to-melt-glaciers-while-they-knew-about-climate-change-728efe887daa/

Newly-released oil industry documents push back the start date of the world’s most successful disinformation campaign to the 1960s, if not earlier.

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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:32:35 -0700 https://thinkprogress.org/50-years-ago-big-oil-bragged-about-being-able-to-melt-glaciers-while-they-knew-about-climate-change-728efe887daa/
<![CDATA[Singularities and Sisyphean Spikes in literature and film]]> http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/310744

Looking for literary/filmic examples of singularities, infinite pits, wormholes, whirlpools, bore holes, large spacetimes in tiny crevices.

But also... Peaks too high to navigate, infinite ascents, Sisyphean feats of endurance, energy spikes set to break reality, very tall towers.

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Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:32:29 -0700 http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/310744