Get ready for robots made with human flesh

 Oh hey, could you zip up my flesh? I can’t reach. Humanoid robots would “wear” tissue grafts before transplantation. by ANNALEE NEWITZ Two University of Oxford biomedical researchers are calling for robots to be built with real human tissue, and they say the technology is there if we only choose to develop it. Writing in Science Robotics, Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr argue that humanoid robots could be the exact tool we need to create muscle and tendon grafts that actually work. Right now, tissue engineering relies on bioreactors to grow sheets of cells. These machines often look like large fish … Continue reading Get ready for robots made with human flesh

The Fifth Precept in the Age of Facebook and Trump

Photo by Franck Michel | https://tricy.cl/2ldEsU9 A meditation teacher and political columnist makes a case for considering the Internet an intoxicant that should be used in moderation. By Dr. Jay Michaelson We literally cannot help ourselves. The news is toxic, the conversations about it are often rancorous . . . and yet, let me scroll down one more time to see what else is new. Certainly, the Trump administration has brought with it new opportunities to worry, obsess, fear, get angry, get motivated, detach, indulge—and with any luck, to notice these various mind states as they come and go. The … Continue reading The Fifth Precept in the Age of Facebook and Trump

Infinity and beyond

image edited by Web Investigator -‘…there are more sets of bananas than there are bananas’. Photo by Getty Georg Cantor showed that some infinities are bigger than others. Did he assault mathematical wisdom or corroborate it? A W Moore is professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. His latest book is The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things (2012). In 1883, the brilliant German mathematician Georg Cantor produced the first rigorous, systematic, mathematical theory of the infinite. It was a work of genius, quite unlike anything that had gone before. And it had … Continue reading Infinity and beyond

The Fallopian Dudes Urge Men to Stand Up for Women’s Health in Trump’s America

by Sophia Kercher ‘Gynecology is not a threat to your gayness or masculinity or whatever else you think you’re defending’ After the Women’s March on January 21, The Washington Post published an op-ed with the headline “At the Women’s March, it’s the men who mattered most.” Any number of tweets and blog posts immediately called out The Post for a tone-deaf, insulting headline that placed men at the center of a movement that was started by and for women. Russell Brown felt similarly enraged. As co-creator of the Los Angeles men’s activist group the Fallopian Dudes, Brown aims to get guys … Continue reading The Fallopian Dudes Urge Men to Stand Up for Women’s Health in Trump’s America