The 30,000-Year-Old Cave That Descends Into Hell. Tech. Collective-intelligence 2. Connections. Consciousness. Findings - Doomsayers Beware, a Bright Future Beckons - NYTimes. 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. Is Time an Illusion? As you read this sentence, you probably think that this moment—right now—is what is happening.
The present moment feels special. It is real. However much you may remember the past or anticipate the future, you live in the present. Of course, the moment during which you read that sentence is no longer happening. This one is. That Mysterious Flow. The idea of decline in Western history. "Peter Singer's Solution to World Poverty," New York Times Sunda. 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. Synthetic life patents 'damaging' 24 May 2010Last updated at 22:02 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. Artificial life breakthrough 'a Pandora's box' 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. Using the same method, scientists could design bacteria to help produce biofuels or to clean up environmental hazards. But critics say Venter is playing God and exposing humanity and the environment to bacteria that could mutate, with unforseen consequences, or even be used as biological weapons. Spooky Eyes: Using Human Volunteers to Witness Quantum Entanglem. The mysterious phenomenon known as quantum entanglement—where objects seemingly communicate at speeds faster than light to instantaneously influence one another, regardless of their distance apart—was famously dismissed by Einstein as "spooky action at a distance.
" New experiments could soon answer skeptics by enabling people to see entangled pulses of light with the naked eye. Although Einstein rebelled against the notion of quantum entanglement, scientists have repeatedly proved that measuring one of an entangled pair of objects, such as a photon, immediately affects its counterpart no matter how great their separation—theoretically. The current record distance is 144 kilometers, between the Canary Islands of La Palma and Tenerife. Photons make up light—and the fact that scientists regularly entangle these tiny packets of energy raised the possibility that humans might actually be able to observe this effect.
Does dark matter come in two types? 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. Pentagon Zombie-Maker’s New Project: Suffocate, Freeze, Reanimat. 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.