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Science

Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
Technology for talking | Aeon
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Technology and the self

Adaptive technologies have helped Stephen Hawking, and many more, find their voice

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Building beauty with biology | Aeon
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Biotechnology

The uncanny art inspired by evolution and generated by ‘crossbreeding’ images

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The space between our heads | Aeon
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Language and linguistics

The space between our heads

Brain-to-brain interfaces promise to bypass language. But do we really want access to one another’s unmediated thoughts?

Mark Dingemanse

Making music from brainwaves and heartbeats | Aeon
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Music

Can biofeedback help to unlock the mysteries of music’s therapeutic effects?

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Three ways to smell cancer | Aeon
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Biotechnology

How harnessing the power of dogs could help scientists sniff out cancer early

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Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion | Aeon
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Genetics

Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion

George Estreich

Transgenic spidergoats | Aeon
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Biotechnology

Spidergoats to the rescue! How to make silk from milk with genetic engineering

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If we made life in a lab, would we understand it differently? | Aeon
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Biology

If we made life in a lab, would we understand it differently?

Rebecca Wilbanks

Life goes deeper | Aeon
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Earth science and climate

Life goes deeper

The Earth is not a solid mass of rock: its hot, dark, fractured subsurface is home to weird and wonderful life forms

Gaetan Borgonie & Maggie Lau

Natural, shmatural | Aeon
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Technology and the self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Humans have long wished to fly like birds: maybe we shall | Aeon
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Future of technology

Humans have long wished to fly like birds: maybe we shall

Nicholas Carr

How could we have prepared for CRISPR? | Aeon
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Bioethics

Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?

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The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes | Aeon
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Sports and games

The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes

Silvia Camporesi & James Knuckles

We made a minimal cell and began a synthetic-life revolution | Aeon
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Genetics

We made a minimal cell and began a synthetic-life revolution

Dan Gibson

Bio-techne | Aeon
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Biotechnology

Bio-techne

Half-human soldiers, robot servants and eagle drones – the Greeks got there first. Could an AI learn from their stories?

Adrienne Mayor

Sunshine in a bottle | Aeon
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The environment

Sunshine in a bottle

Mimic the dance between carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, and you can tap into clean solar energy and ease climate change

Peter Forbes

Biohackers should produce a microbial uberfood for the world | Aeon
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Biotechnology

Biohackers should produce a microbial uberfood for the world

Dawn Field

EXCLUSIVETraces | Aeon
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Art

Spray the DNA away – an artist’s stand against encroaching genetic surveillance

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Speaking with light | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

How beautiful bioluminescent bacteria can expose invisible water pollution

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Nature’s mood rings: how chameleons really change colour | Aeon
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Evolution

How chameleons change colours not to blend in, but for nearly opposite reasons

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Can a thousand tiny swarming robots outsmart nature? | Aeon
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Bioethics

The mini robots that may show how to ‘programme’ cells for improved performance

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Knotty objects: steak | Aeon
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Bioethics

Why finding creative ways to end our reliance on meat may be a moral imperative

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Resurrection plants | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Will life-forms that can go a century without water save crops from droughts?

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Fungal freeways | Aeon
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Mathematics

Why is a mathematician studying fungus?

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