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What Are the Colors of Alien Life? - The New Yorker
"Rothschild has been collaborating with a team of undergraduates from Stanford and Brown to engineer an artificial extremophile called Hell Cell; the project, or one like it, may free future astronomers from their terracentricity by giving them access to the biosignatures of speculative, synthetic life-forms. "

sci  space  bio 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Georgia lawmaker pushes bill banning creation of ‘glow in the dark’ human-jellyfish hybrids, page 1
"A Georgia Republican legislator introduced a bill he said would ban the mixing of human and jellyfish embryos — even though he doesn’t know if it’s actually happening in his state. "
mad  pol  bio 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Active Sun at Birth Cut Historical Life Spans - Scientific American
"a new analysis of Norwegian birth records suggests that children born during periods of high solar activity lived five years less, on average, than did their counterparts born during periods of low solar activity."
january 2015 by warrenellis
Synthetic biology could be big boost to interplanetary space travel
In the cover story of today's issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, four bioengineers describe how synthetic biology – what some have termed "genetic engineering on steroids" – could allow space travelers to use microbes to produce their own fuel, food, medicines and building materials from raw feedstocks readily available on Mars or the moon, instead of carrying all supplies aboard the spacecraft or making them at the destination with conventional non-biological methods.
sci  bio  space 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Would we opt out of food if given the chance? – Nicola Twilley – Aeon
"...the implication is that the replacement of food with a liquid substitute could result in dramatic changes to the human jaw. ‘Soylent-face’ might become a recognisable look."
bio  food 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Do animals have a sense of humor? New evidence suggests that all mammals have a funny bone.
"As Bekoff points out, Darwin argued that the difference between human and animal intelligence is a matter of degree, not of kind. Or as Bekoff put it, “If we have a sense of humor, then nonhuman animals should have a sense of humor, too.”"
september 2014 by warrenellis
Worm-like creature with legs and spikes finds its place in the evolutionary tree of life
"One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time."
eco  bio 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Bioluddites with Fo:AM | fringejoyride
I came to Fo:AM to answer a very large mental block about my newest project about a new speculative fringe community, The Bioluddites.
may 2014 by warrenellis
Drinking Experimental Hops in the Sixpoint Beer of the Future
"Hop Tech 431 is named after the lone, experimental hop variety it is being brewed from: HBC 431. And the story behind HBC 431 is utterly fascinating."
beer  bio 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Human Origins: The Other Parent
"If we conclude that pigs did in fact cross with apes to produce the human race, then an avalanche of old ideas must crash to the earth."
bio  sci 
august 2013 by warrenellis
Pages - The 4th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy
@justinpickard: Gutted to miss this. 'Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids': http://t.co/xsiPon2K (July 2-6; Birmingham, UK) http://twitter.com/justinpickard/status/211546689146851328
ifttt  twitter  comp  philosophy  bio  bodymod 
june 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Ancient virus DNA thrives in us
"Traces of ancient viruses which infected our ancestors millions of years ago are more widespread in us than previously thought. A study shows how extensively viruses from as far back as the dinosaur era still thrive in our genetic material."
med  bio  history 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Humans, Version 3.0 § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
"This mystery mechanism of human transformation is neuronal recycling, coined by neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene, wherein the brain’s innate capabilities are harnessed for altogether novel functions."
bodymod  future  bio  neuro 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Five-eyed intelligence « Ultraphyte
"Is our binocular vision the reason we tend to divide the world into two parts, yes or no, on or off, right or wrong? Would a (five-eyed) alien life form, like an intelligent Opabinid, see the world as pentameral?  What would it be like for us to attempt communication with a pentameral being?"
bio  xeno 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Blood simple circuitry for cyborgs
"Could electronic components made from human blood be the key to creating cyborg interfaces? Circuitry that links human tissues and nerve cells directly to an electronic device, such as a robotic limb or artificial eye might one day be possible thanks to the development of biological components."
tech  bio  bodymod 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Building biological computers
"New research shows that genetically modified cells can be made to communicate with each other as if they were electronic circuits."
comp  bio 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Plant or Animal? Mysterious Fossils Defy Classification - Yahoo! News
Strange fossils, including some that could be predecessors to modern animals, found in China shed new light on the evolution of large, complex organisms, and indicate that they may have diversified earlier than  thought.
history  bio 
february 2011 by warrenellis

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