Great fiction has warned us of the dangers of playing God with human genetics, but sadly, what's going on these days isn't fiction.
In one of this summer's most-awaited novels, "The City of Mirrors," author Justin Cronin completes his unlikely literary trilogy about a world overrun by vampire-like creatures he dubs "virals."
Unlike Bram Stoker's creation, the disaster unleashed by his monsters is entirely man-made. Men, seeking to "play God," created monstrous hybrids they could never hope to control, with disastrous but completely predictable results. more >>
If you enjoy stumping your liberal friends, ask, "are sex chromosomes real?" and watch them squirm.
In a 2013 debate at American University, dissident feminist Camille Paglia told a remarkable story of an argument she had with fellow feminists in the early 1970s. When she remarked that males and females have hormonal differences, her colleagues told her that hormones are not real, they were only made up by a conspiracy of male scientists.
"I felt as if I had fallen down a rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland," Paglia recalled. more >>
While NASA has just been planning to launch its first robotic mission to land and gather samples on OSIRIS-REx, Luxembourg is already eyeing to pursue a space mining industry on the asteroid.
According to Ars Technica, on Friday, Luxembourg has announced a bid of 200 million euros to fund the country's spaceresources.lu. The said initiative will see Luxembourg going towards becoming "one of the top 10 space faring countries in the world."
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, Former ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and former NASA Ames Research Center Director Pete Worden, made the announcement at a press conference. Bettel said that the initiative will bring forth a new law that will legalize the space mining venture. The law is expected to take effect in 2017. more >>
Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham says ongoing failures in the scientific community to find alien life, or an Earth-like planet likely to support life, backs the view that the Earth is unique in the universe.
"For years, researchers, who cling to a belief that life must have evolved elsewhere in the universe, have looked for extraterrestrial life. Recently, much of this research has been focused on trying to find 'Earth 2.0,' a planet orbiting a distant star (called an exoplanet) that has similar qualities to Earth. But such a planet remains elusive," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog on Monday.
He linked to an article earlier in May in Tech Times which said that despite NASA telescope Kepler identifying 1,284 new exoplanets, not a single one appears to be close enough to Earth to support hopes for discovering alien life. more >>
The architect of the Affordable Care Act who controversially called American voters stupid found evidence that Hillary Clinton's proposed childcare policy could harm children.
Jonathan Gruber, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is credited with helping create the ACA, commonly called "Obamacare."
In a paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber et al. studied increased childcare access in Quebec and found it to be detrimental to child development. more >>
Archaeologists have reported on an "extraordinary discovery" in France after finding several man-made circular structures, or rings, they say date back 170,000 years to the time Neanderthals lived in the area.
The rings were constructed out of stalagmites from the Bruniquel Cave in France's south, and excavators believe they might have been used for some sort of ritual at the time of their creation.
The 400 stalagmites were presumably broken off from the sides of the cave and arranged in two circles, one larger one and a smaller one, as well as several organized piles throughout the cave. more >>