Want to Live Forever? Science, Not Religion, Holds the Key to Eternal Life
Ongoing stem cell research at the University at Buffalo recently resulted in a breakthrough, which could potentially lead to new clinical drugs that reverse cells’ aging process. In a series of experiments with embryonic stem... Read More
Sagan, Vinyl, and Space: The Intersection of Science and Music
On July 2, Jack White, along with his record label Third Man Records, made history by successfully playing the first vinyl record in space—well, near the edge of space, approximately eighteen miles above the Earth.... Read More
Need Birth Control? There’s an App for That!
Earlier this week, humanists and other reproductive rights advocates experienced a pivotal and much-needed win when the US Supreme Court struck down Texas’s unduly burdensome restrictions on abortion providers and clinics. But there is also... Read More
Is Gene Editing Causing a Revival of Eugenics?
Last week the National Institutes of Health cleared the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) for its first clinical test of human patients. While the initial test involves editing to... Read More
Discovering Life’s Origins and the Mystery of Homochirality
At a recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a team of astronomers announced their discovery of the first chiral molecule outside of our solar system. Their exciting findings, published last week in the journal... Read More
Paro the Robotic Seal – Is the Illusion of Companionship Good Enough?
Technology is fascinating. Throughout history it has changed the way we interact with our work, our environment, and even with each other. Social technology connects us through the cell phones in our pockets, the Internet... Read More
All’s Fair in Love and War, Says Evolution
When I highlighted some great scientific accomplishments in genetics and macroevolution last year in celebration of Darwin Day, I quoted University of California biologist Francisco Ayala who told Smithsonian Magazine, “Darwin didn’t know 99 percent... Read More