The economic viability of solar power is advancing rapidly. It’s actually already more than competitive within certain markets, and the price of solar panels saw a precipitous decline over the last four years.
See Part One here. This essay was originally posted in John Niman’s blog - Boydfuturist. That blog entry is located HERE. Returning to our Deus Ex graphic, the next three categories are the torso, back, and skin.
A philosopher argues that taking love-altering substances might not just be a good idea, but a moral obligation
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.
A team of plant geneticists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has successfully demonstrated what it describes as a 'simple hypothesis' for making significant increases in yields for the maize plant.
Most science fictional and futurist visions of the future tend towards the negative — and for good reason. Our environment is a mess, we have a nasty tendency to misuse technologies, and we’re becoming increasingly capable of destroying ourselves.
Today at the Photonics West conference, Dow Corning and IBM scientists unveiled a major step in photonics, using a new type of polymer material to transmit light instead of electrical signals within supercomputers and data centers.
Researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have found an intriguing and rather unpleasant solution for force feedback in mobile devices: Connecting your smartphone directly to the muscles in your arm with some electrodes, and then...
Using a combination of modern brain scanning technology along with magnetic neuro-stimulation techniques, A pioneering new study led by scientists at the Universities of York and Bradford has identified the two areas of the brain responsible for...
Although the bold future discussed in many of my articles does not generate overwhelming support from the masses, the many scientists, writers, and interested people who do buy into much of this future believe that it has an excellent chance of...
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