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Infected DNA successfully hacks computer in terrifying experiment

Remember a few month ago when we were all laughing at Harvard scientists for putting a GIF inside a strand of DNA? Now that bridge between technology …

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Researchers Are Using Viruses to Make Superbugs Commit Suicide

Such sweet irony.<p>The gene-editing technology called CRISPR has its origins as a bacterial immune system against viruses, a feature which could be …

“Spirituality Without Quantum Physics Is an Incomplete Picture of Reality” According to Dalai Lama

Ever since Copernicus published On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in 1543 to outline his heliocentric cosmology and thereby kick start …

Science Rediscovers and, At Last, Explains The Soul

The Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith has provided the long awaited, first principal, biological explanation of the human condition, our capacity …

Welp, guess Harun Yahya just disproved the existence of gods

This is a bit of an own goal, sent to me by the Islamic creationist, Harun Yahya.<p><b>Darwinists</b> never realize that even though it’s impossible for them …

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar<p>I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual …

Theology

24 Things You Need to Let Go to Be Truly Happy | Inc.com

If you want to be happy you have to find the things that make you unhappy.<p>If you want to move forward, there are always things you need to let go of first. It's a process that shouldn't happen just once a year. Taking stock should be an ongoing activity. To make sure you're moving in the direction …

Happiness

11 Habits of Remarkably Happy People | Inc.com

Despite how appealing turmoil, negativity, and pessimism can sometimes seem, being happy isn't just better for your emotional well-being--it also makes you more successful than those who are not.<p>Check out these 11 habits very happy people do every single day, and start incorporating them into your …

Happiness

I lived off $6 of groceries a day and ate better than ever

As I was doing my monthly budgeting, I realized how much I'd been spending on groceries. It seemed sorta crazy that all that money could go to much better things. I decided to try and challenge both my self-control and my cooking skills by spending $40 on groceries for the whole week — which …

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

Biology

University of Maryland Develops New CRISPR-Cpf1 Gene Editing System for Plants

College Park, MD -- Yiping Qi, an assistant professor from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and an …

Genetics

Overwatch Playboy-Style Online Magazine Created by Fans Resurfaces

Game Over For Playwatch<p>Last week we told you how the Playboy-style Overwatch online magazine called “Playwatch” which features articles, interviews …

Overwatch

Following a young couple in 1960s France, A Sport and a Pastime asks how we make sense of romance and tells the truth about sexual love<p>“I am not telling the truth about Dean,” the unnamed narrator warns the reader early in <i>A Sport and a Pastime</i>. “I am creating him out of my own inadequacies, you …

Literature

Weird Life Found Trapped in Giant Underground Crystals

Boston, Massachusetts<p>Floating in pockets of fluid, the microbes are likely new to science and may be up to 50,000 years old, a NASA researcher says.<p>Creatures that thrive on iron, sulfur, and other chemicals have been found trapped inside giant crystals deep in a Mexican cave. The microbial …

Earth Science

A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, evolution has been the grand unifying theory of biology. Yet one of our most …

Scum’s Wish Offers a Mature Take on Sex and Sexuality

“You can have everything but my feelings.”<p>About five minutes into Scum’s Wish I knew I needed to watch all available episodes. It’s gorgeous, and its …

Top 5 transhumanist technologies in biotechnology that you didnt know

Transhumanism is a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the …

Scientists Coax DNA Nanotubes Into Assembling Into Bridge-Like Structures

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University has succeeded in creating bridge-like structures made of two DNA nanotubes in a feat they said …

The Year In Video Game Sex, 2016

2016 was a big year for nerdy perverts. <i>Overwatch</i> alone probably started an entire sex industry, VR porn became the face of virtual reality, and more …

Gene therapy is here, and it could radically change modern medicine

So what is gene therapy, anyway? The US Food and Drug Administration says it's any treatment in which a replacement gene is added to a person's body or a disease-causing one is inactivated. That's usually done by adding­­­­­­ new instructions to cells via billions of viruses stuffed with correct …

How Your DNA Can Predict Your Beer Preferences

A brewery in London is taking the adage that you are what you drink to a new level by offering to make a custom beer literally matched to your taste buds. Meantime Bespoke claims to brew beer based on DNA from 23andME’s testing of oral taste receptors through a specific gene (TAS2R38, if you’re …

Branding

Here's What Magic Mushrooms Do to Your Body And Brain

The good, the bad, and the ugly.<p>There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind. Several studies, including two …

Consciousness

Scientists Say Your “Mind” Isn’t Confined to Your Brain, or Even Your Body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of …

Cancer vaccine prolongs remission in leukemia patients in trial

<b>(CNN) —</b> A new vaccine helped leukemia patients fight their cancer and stay in remission for an average of almost five years, according to new study.<p>Patients who had undergone chemotherapy to treat acute myeloid leukemia received vaccines personalized to their own form of the disease, to stimulate a …

The minds of other animals

Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?<i>By Antone Martinho</i>Read at …

Scientists Find a Quasicrystal from Outer Space in a Russian Meteorite

How does an impossible material with forbidden symmetries form in the scattered grains of a meteorite? There’s no simple answer.<p>The phrase "quasicrystal from outer space" sounds like the title to a science fiction thriller with a New Age twist. But a study published Thursday in <i>Scientific Reports</i> …

Confidentiality In The Context Of Suicide Prevention

In all the years I have been practising medicine, there is one aspect of the doctor-patient relationship that arguably remains the most vexed. It is …

Doctors And Hospitals Say ‘Show Me The Money’ Before Treating Patients

Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments …

Study: More than a quarter of medical students are depressed, suicidal

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than a quarter of medical school students report depressive symptoms or depression, while about one in 10 experiences suicidal thoughts, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The analysis reviewed nearly 200 studies involving more than 129,000 …