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‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

What Happened to Frida Kahlo’s Missing Adultery Painting?

After Frida Kahlo discovered that her beloved husband Diego Rivera had conducted an affair with her younger sister Cristina, she painted ‘The Wounded …

Gene therapy: What personalized medicine means for you

This is the future of medicine. There is no turning back.<p>Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli<p>Once we understand how genes are being turned on and off, we'll be able to better predict which treatments will work.<p>Fergus Chan

‘Bro, I’m Going Rogue’: The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed the FBI

On the night he cut a deal with the FBI, Guy Gentile was on his way to a Connecticut casino for his cousin’s bachelor party. He’d jetted up from the …

Crime

The Rise of Roxane Gay

In the world of writers—and specifically the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in DC—Roxane Gay is a rock star. People stop in …

Kellyanne Conway Is the Real First Lady of Trump’s America

On the third floor of the West Wing, one flight past the stairwell portrait of President Donald Trump talking on his Android phone, is an office once …

Chuck Berry: the rock'n'roller who wrote the soundtrack for teen rebellion

Berry’s style permeated rock music so completely that you could hear his influence in everyone who picked up a guitar for decades afterwards<p>When Chuck Berry wrote School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell), his detailed evocation of a day in the life of an American teenager in the Eisenhower era, he …

Music

Can we know what animals are thinking? – The Economist

<i>For the first of our new series of Medium stories about the animal kingdom, we’ve chosen a 2015 essay about the minds of animals. Animals think,</i> …

Animals

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus

ISTANBUL — When 22 Christian refugees gathered in the basement of an apartment in Istanbul early on a recent Sunday afternoon, it was quickly clear that this was no ordinary prayer meeting. Several of them had Islamic names. There was an Abdelrahman and even a couple of Mohammads. Strangest of all, …

Islam

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

Physics

Maybe You, Too, Could Become A Super Memorizer

There is such a thing as a memory athlete. These are people who can memorize a truly insane amount of information really quickly, like the order of playing cards in a deck in under 20 seconds, or 200 new names and faces in a matter of minutes.<p>Neuroscientists writing Wednesday in the journal <i>Neuron</i> …

The Brain

The Quest to Kill the Superbug That Can Survive in Outer Space

After the tiny survivors returned from orbit, they showed greater resistance to antibiotics.<p>Highbay 1 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is one of the most sterile cleanrooms on Earth. Not long from now, NASA’s next big Mars mission, the life-hunting Mars 2020 rover will have its parts …

Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever

Can billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research succeed in making death optional?<p>On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear’s living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the secrets of longevity. When the symposium’s first …

Medicine