MachineMachine /stream - tagged with science en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The Closing of the Scientific Mind - David Gelernter, Commentary Magazine]]>

The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and intimidate every time they open their mouths, and it is their responsibility to keep this power in mind no matter what they say or do.

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:55:18 -0700
<![CDATA[1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says | Live Science]]>

The first dinosaur butthole ever discovered is shedding light where the sun don't shine. The discovery reveals how dinosaurs used this multipurpose opening — scientifically known as a cloacal vent — for pooping, peeing, breeding and egg laying. 

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:56:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Humans Will Probably Evolve to Be Venomous]]>

Could future humans evolve to have venom glands? In new research, scientists close a long-open door by causally linking early salivary glands with what eventually became venom glands in many animals.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:11 -0700
<![CDATA[The biological research putting purpose back into life | Aeon Essays]]>

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

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:51 -0800
<![CDATA[Terraforming the Earth, Redesigning the World | CCCB LAB]]>

The term terraforming refers to the transformation of the ecosystems of other planets or satellites to enable them to support Earth-like life.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:49 -0800
<![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]>

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.

Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Do Cyborgs Have Politics? — Pax Solaria]]>

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

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 06:13:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Revolution or Ruin - Journal #110 June 2020 - e-flux]]>

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.

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:13:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Sex Redefined: The Idea of 2 Sexes Is Overly Simplistic - Scientific American]]>

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.

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Is DNA Hardware or Software? - Grow by Ginkgo]]>

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.

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:13:20 -0700
<![CDATA[When did modern humans first arrive in Europe? – podcast | Science | The Guardian]]>

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

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:46:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus | In the Moment]]>

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

Sat, 18 Apr 2020 08:12:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Novel Corona: Posthuman Virus | In the Moment]]>

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

Sat, 18 Apr 2020 01:12:20 -0700
<![CDATA[As Sea Levels Rise, Scientists Offer a Bold Idea: Dam the North Sea - The New York Times]]>

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.

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:26:11 -0800
<![CDATA[History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future | Technology | The Guardian]]>

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.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:17:16 -0800
<![CDATA[Stuart Russell on why now is the time to start thinking about superintelligent AI - Science Weekly podcast | Technology | The Guardian]]>

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?

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:36:57 -0700
<![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.]]>

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Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:25:30 -0700
<![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%.]]>

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Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:30:55 -0700
<![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.]]>

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Sat, 18 May 2019 04:02:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA | WIRED]]>

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.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:02 -0800