A team of American scientists created a semi-synthetic organism with an expanded genetic alphabet. Old, natural DNA consists of two distinct base pairs, A-T and G-C. The letters refer to specific sub-units within a pair adenine (A) binds to thymine (T) and cytosine (C) binds to guanine (G) to create the well known double helix.
Medical teams in Austria and Egypt published a study in which they report the effects of cell phone usage on men fertility.
Results show a potential correlation between increased mobile phone usage and erectile dysfunction.
“The number of global mobile phone subscriptions is estimated at five billion. Cell phones operate using a wide range of frequency bands (4002000 MHz) that emit radiofrequency electromagnetic waves. The link between cell phone usage and men’s health hazards was proven in a number of studies that focused on the male reproductive health.”
Does Technosphere stop humans from sexual replication?
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“Imagine if we understood the mechanisms of biological systems well enough to be able to engineer whatever is biologically possible.”
In his book The Human Race to the Future: What Could Happen and What to Do, Daniel Berleant – professor in the Department of Information Science, College of Engineering and Information Technology at University of Arkansas – proposes future scenarios for different vital areas of discussion, spanning from the current century to nearly eternity.
Idea DJ and performance philosopher Jason Silva has released a new video called To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman, another addition to his Shots of Awe series.
Starting from Shakespeare quote: “We know what we are, we know not what we may be”, he dives in the complex systems of society, technology and human existence, in his energizing and enthusiastic distinctive style. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!
The male bowerbird has a colorful way to sededuce females. To attract them, the male builds peculiar structures, decorated with colorful plastic ornaments. They collect all kinds of bright colored small objects, and place them visibly outside their love nest.
You have a choice dear reader: spend 3 seconds scanning this blogpost, or spend the full 1:11:28 minutes listening to the interview John Brockman did with technology philosopher and founding editor of Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly.
The interview touches upon the nature of technology, big data, surveillance society, money as a medium, techno-literacy and the question whether the universe is analog or digital.
The video is best experienced as radio, or you can read the transcript here.