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The first school despairs because it foresees inevitable ruin. The second school is hopeful — but only because these intellectuals foresee ruin, too, and can hardly wait for the decadent modern world to be replaced by one more to their liking. Every now and then, someone comes along to note that society has failed to collapse and might go on prospering, but the notion is promptly dismissed in academia as happy talk from a simpleton. Predicting that the world will not end is also pretty good insurance against a prolonged stay on the best-seller list. Have you read Julian Simon’s “The State of Humanity”? Indur Goklany’s “The Improving State of the World”?
Mind & Brain :: Feature Articles :: May 24, 2010 :: :: Email :: Print See Inside The concepts of time and change may emerge from a universe that, at root, is utterly static
September 5, 1999 By PETER SINGER The Australian philosopher Peter Singer, who later this month begins teaching at Princeton University, is perhaps the world's most controversial ethicist. Many readers of his book "Animal Liberation" were moved to embrace vegetarianism, while others recoiled at Singer's attempt to place humans and animals on an even moral plane.
24 May 2010 Last updated at 21:02 GMT By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News Details of the synthetic cell advance were announced last week A top UK scientist who helped sequence the human genome has said efforts to patent the first synthetic life form would give its creator a monopoly on a range of genetic engineering. Professor John Sulston said it would inhibit important research.
Cells synthesised from artificial DNA A team from J Craig Venter's research institute says it has produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA. The making of mankind's first synthetic cell is a form of genetic engineering that could open a scientific Pandora's box, some ethicists and scientists warned today. Researcher and entrepreneur Craig Venter unveiled the self-replicating bacteria cell overnight in the US after 15 years of research, hailing it a "powerful tool" for designing biology.
More Science :: News :: June 3, 2010 :: :: Email :: Print Quantum physicists have a novel plan for an experiment that uses the human eye to detect "spooky action at a distance" By Charles Q. Choi SPOOKY DETECTION: Human volunteers may soon get to detect quantum entanglement, a concept that Einstein referred to as "spooky action at a distance," with their own eyes. Image: iStockphoto
Contradictory results from experiments searching for dark matter can be resolved if the elusive dark stuff is made up of two types of particle, according to physicists in the US. The new theory could clear up a mystery that came to light in 2008, when the PAMELA collaboration released one of the strongest pieces of evidence yet for the direct detection of dark matter – a substance thought to make up over 80% of the universe's matter. PAMELA saw a bump in the abundance of cosmic anti-electrons, also known as positrons, thought to be generated as dark-matter particles annihilate. But there was no concordant signal for anti-protons, which should also be generated by the annihilation. That isn't the only problem. If the PAMELA signal was indeed evidence for annihilation, the dark matter involved would be of a type that would never show up in direct-detection experiments, such as CDMS-II, located in a mine in Minnesota, US.
The scientist responsible for some of the Pentagon’s wildest research has devised a method that could one day save trauma patients, and even extend the shelf life of transplant organs. Step one: Suffocate the wounded. Step two: Put ‘em on ice. Mark Roth, a biochemist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, has been working on suspended animation — inspired by the processes of animal hibernation — for years now. In 2005, with funding from Pentagon far-out research arm Darpa, Roth managed to reanimate rats suffering from massive blood loss, using hydrogen sulfide to knock them out and curb their oxygen consumption.
Letter to Editor of Nature: Robert P. Crease's thoughtful review of my book, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III, contained two minor factual errors. They are worth correcting, though, because the Web preserves and amplifies misinformation about Everett. 1. Everett did not enter Princeton University in 1953 as a doctoral student in mathematics, and later switch to physics.