Category Archives: Technology

What if the laws of physics weren't deterministic?

When a charged, rotating star collapses to form a black hole, there's always a 'point of no return'. You can imagine things like this: Everything closer than that point gets sucked into the new normality of physics in the world of 'life in a black hole', with no chance of ever escaping. Everything outside of… Read More »

Why social media platforms need to pick up the ethical burden in shaping freedom of information

The ‘attention economy’ is something that has infiltrated modern-day internet: content producers clamor for attention on the content they put out. And they have a strategy to do that: create content with an original twist that appeals to emotions. Things that are funny, provocative, or romantic attract a lot more attention than things that are… Read More »

Cell phone radiation causes brain tumors in mice and rats

It’s no secret that cell phone radiation is linked to negative health effects. That’s why the SAR value was introduced and radiation levels regulated. But what is interesting is that the latest studies indicate gliomas, a particular type of brain tumor that can affect the entire nervous system. And rather than kill you off, this… Read More »

Lampreys selectively manipulate their own genes

This is quite interesting: Lampreys selectively delete unused parts of their own genome during development. Most animals (like humans) silence unused parts of the genome by using expression markers to control which part of the genome is expressed, and carry the 'useless' DNA around. I wonder what mechanism the lamprey use to delete parts of… Read More »

When Monocropping takes its toll

There's only one species of banana sold commercially: The big Michel. This is because it's the only banana resistant to a certain plague that killed off all the other commercial species a while ago, and tasted similar enough to the other species that consumers would accept it. And since then, banana researchers have been saying… Read More »