Utopia now

Commons craft; detail of a plywood farmhouse, built using a CNC machine. Photo courtesy Wikihouse In 1890 William Morris imagined a world free from wage slavery. Thanks to technology, his vision is finally within reach by Vasilis Kostakis is a senior researcher at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in Massachusetts. He is also the founder of the P2P Lab. His latest book project, Peer-to-Peer: The Commons Manifesto, with Michel Bauwens and Alex Pazaitis, is forthcoming. by Wolfgang Drechsler is … Continue reading Utopia now

Panic Attacks Are Universal Because All Humans Evolved to Feel Fear

Panic attacks are part of the human experience, but what triggers them is personal. By Sarah Sloat They can begin suddenly and peak quickly, with their signature trembling, nausea, and ragged breaths rolling in waves. A panic attack is your body your body being gripped with fear, but what triggers that fear and how often it takes hold of you depends on who you are. The stimuli vary from person to person, but what remains constant is the experience itself — and its prevalence among humans. Most people, at some point in their lives, will experience a panic attack because it’s … Continue reading Panic Attacks Are Universal Because All Humans Evolved to Feel Fear

Cancer Cells Can Go Mysteriously Dormant For Years, And Scientists Are Beginning to Understand Why

(nopparit/iStock) We were wrong about cancer’s uncontrollable growth. FRANCESCO CREA, THE CONVERSATION Cancer has always been thought of as something that grows rapidly and uncontrollably, but this view may be wrong. New evidence suggests that cancer alternatively uses the “accelerator” and the “brake” in order to survive. If you plot the growth of prostate cancer tumour progression over years, you get a graph that looks something like this: The graph shows that prostate cancer cells alternate periods of rapid growth with periods of dormancy. In the above example, the tumour will grow to the point where it starts to produce … Continue reading Cancer Cells Can Go Mysteriously Dormant For Years, And Scientists Are Beginning to Understand Why