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The Case for Using Drugs to Enhance Our Relationships (and Our Break-Ups)

The Case for Using Drugs to Enhance Our Relationships (and Our Break-Ups) | leapmind | Scoop.it
A philosopher argues that taking love-altering substances might not just be a good idea, but a moral obligation

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George Bernard Shaw once satirized marriage as "two people under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, who are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part." 

Yikes. And yet, nearly all human cultures value some version of marriage, as a nurturing emotional foundation for children, but also because marriage can give life an extra dimension of meaning. But marriage is hard, for biochemical reasons that may be beyond our control.  What if we could take drugs to get better at love?  Perhaps we could design "love drugs," pharmaceutical cocktails that could boost affection between partners, whisking them back to the exquisite set of pleasures that colored their first years together. The ability to do this kind of fine-tuned emotional engineering is beyond the power of current science, but there is a growing field of research devoted to it. Some have even suggested developing "anti-love drugs" that could dissolve abusive relationships, or reduce someone's attachment to a charismatic cult leader. Others just want a pill to ease the pain of a wrenching breakup.  Evolutionary biologists tell us that we owe the singular bundle of feelings we call "love" to natural selection. As human brains grew larger and larger, the story goes, children needed more and more time to develop into adults that could fend for themselves. A child with two parents around was privy to extra resources and protection, and thus stood a better chance of reaching maturity. The longer parents' chemical reward systems kept them in love, the more children they could shepherd to reproductive age. That's why the neural structures that form love bonds between couples were so strongly selected for. It's also why our relationships seem to come equipped with a set of invisible biochemical handrails: they're meant to support us through the inevitable trials that attend the creation of viable offspring. 


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Future of human gene editing to be decided at landmark summit

Future of human gene editing to be decided at landmark summit | leapmind | Scoop.it
Now that the ability to selectively insert or remove genes from DNA is widespread, a ‘global discussion’ is being convened to agree fresh safeguards
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This is the biggest shift going on in artificial intelligence

This is the biggest shift going on in artificial intelligence | leapmind | Scoop.it
There might never be robots that think like you.
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Another Money Is Possible: Holland Leads Experiment in Basic Income

Another Money Is Possible: Holland Leads Experiment in Basic Income | leapmind | Scoop.it
The relationship between money and work seems increasingly defunct.
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Local currencies, have you not thought of it yet? This short review of municipalities in Holland experimenting with "free money" shows a lot of promise

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After Robots Take Our Jobs, What Will We Buy in a Society Without Money? | Big Think

After Robots Take Our Jobs, What Will We Buy in a Society Without Money? | Big Think | leapmind | Scoop.it
Could we redesign shopping as a system of “catch-and-release,” so that, like sport fishing, it’s the adventure and not the prize that becomes central?
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Russia and Europe Want a Moon Colony—Why Is NASA So Focused on Mars? - Singularity HUB

Russia and Europe Want a Moon Colony—Why Is NASA So Focused on Mars? - Singularity HUB | leapmind | Scoop.it
Only 12 people—all Americans—have put their boots on the Moon. Today, however, NASA has no plans to send humans back to our pockmarked satellite. Instead, its space pioneers will shoot... read more
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How Recent Tech Success Stories Are Disrupting Disruption Theory - Singularity HUB

How Recent Tech Success Stories Are Disrupting Disruption Theory - Singularity HUB | leapmind | Scoop.it
For a generation of CEOs, Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma was a guiding light on how to survive industry disruptions. His book educated business executives on where competition would emerge from...
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Advanced Anti-Aging Clinics Are Redefining the Definition Of "Growing Old"

Advanced Anti-Aging Clinics Are Redefining the Definition Of "Growing Old" | leapmind | Scoop.it
The way that future humans age will, in all likeliness, be nothing like how we age today.
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Salmon approval heralds rethink of transgenic animals

Salmon approval heralds rethink of transgenic animals | leapmind | Scoop.it
Long-awaited decision by US government authorizes the first genetically engineered animal to be sold as food.
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China plans to clone everything from beef cattle to the family dog in this giant factory

China plans to clone everything from beef cattle to the family dog in this giant factory | leapmind | Scoop.it
Racing horses, pigs, and primates too.
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Hubris, arrogance, and unforeseen consequences. Scarry that we do not seem able to learn 

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Economists tested 7 welfare programs to see if they made people lazy. They didn't.

Economists tested 7 welfare programs to see if they made people lazy. They didn't. | leapmind | Scoop.it
Giving poor people cash is a pretty great idea.
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Super-antibiotic could wipe out diseases from MRSA to TB

Super-antibiotic could wipe out diseases from MRSA to TB | leapmind | Scoop.it
In tests, the new medicine, called teixobactin, rapidly cured infections that should have been fatal, say scientists reporting in the journal Nature.
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Growing bugs in healthy soils deems to be not only good for the environment but a key to human survival as bacteria have become resistant to almost all known antibiotics 

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Diamond nanothread rivals graphene as the next big wonder material

Diamond nanothread rivals graphene as the next big wonder material | leapmind | Scoop.it
For some time now, graphene has been the wonder material that scientists have been most excited about using: as it develops, it promises to transform everything from night-vision goggles to energy storage .
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These Three Companies Want to Use A.I. to Help Humans Live Forever | www.techemergence.com

These Three Companies Want to Use A.I. to Help Humans Live Forever | www.techemergence.com | leapmind | Scoop.it
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Scientists have discovered a material that could create quantum optical computers

Scientists have discovered a material that could create quantum optical computers | leapmind | Scoop.it
When people talk about the next-generation of computers, they're usually referring to one of two things: quantum computers – devices that will have exponentially greater processing power thanks to the addition of quantum superposition to the...
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Here’s How We’ll Probably Make Gene-Edited People | MIT Technology Review

Here’s How We’ll Probably Make Gene-Edited People | MIT Technology Review | leapmind | Scoop.it
A global meeting in Washington, D.C., isn’t just about whether or not we should alter our species with gene editing. It’s about how we can pull it off.
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Space Travel and A Futurist's Thoughts on Trash (Op-Ed)

Space Travel and A Futurist's Thoughts on Trash (Op-Ed) | leapmind | Scoop.it
In space, no one can hear you litter (but that doesn't mean it's a good idea).
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Eating 2.0: How the first FDA-approved, genetically modified animal will revolutionize food | ExtremeTech

Eating 2.0: How the first FDA-approved, genetically modified animal will revolutionize food | ExtremeTech | leapmind | Scoop.it
Advances in the genetic engineering of animals are paving the way for a more sustainable and ecological era of food production.
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Biologists induce flatworms to grow heads and brains of other species

Biologists induce flatworms to grow heads and brains of other species | leapmind | Scoop.it
Biologists at Tufts University have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence.
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First CRISPR Gene Drive in Mosquitoes Aims to Eradicate Malaria | MIT Technology Review

First CRISPR Gene Drive in Mosquitoes Aims to Eradicate Malaria | MIT Technology Review | leapmind | Scoop.it
Designers of a “selfish” gene able to spread among mosquitoes say it could wipe out malaria, but the scientific community is at odds over whether or not we should do it.
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World’s first cyber-plants fuse electronics with roses

World’s first cyber-plants fuse electronics with roses | leapmind | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists have created analogue and digital electronic circuits inside living plants, using the vascular system of living roses to build – or rather ‘grow’ – the central components of electronic circuits.
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'Resurrection plants' offer hope as climate turns hostile

'Resurrection plants' offer hope as climate turns hostile | leapmind | Scoop.it
As the race to adapt to climate change quickens, a South African scientist is leading global research into developing crops that mimic the extraordinary survival skills of "resurrection plants".
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French researchers restore the youth of cells taken from 100 year old people | Impact Lab

French researchers restore the youth of cells taken from 100 year old people | Impact Lab | leapmind | Scoop.it
Scientists in France were able to restore the youth of cells taken from people 100 years of age and older. They reprogrammed them to stem cells stage, d
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