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Human Genetic Engineering Begins!

Human Genetic Engineering Begins!

Some of the most powerful technologies ever invented — which can literally change human life at the DNA level — are moving forward with very little societal discussion or sufficient regulatory oversight. Technology Review is now reporting an attempt in the US to use CRISPR to genetically modify

Creatures in the Cosmos

Creatures in the Cosmos

What are we humans doing in space? The anxious words of Pascal ring true: “The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me.” The seventeenth-century Pascal looked up at the night skies from earth; now we encounter these “infinite spaces” from the heavenly realm itself.

Physicians Without Chests: On the Call to End Conscientious Objection in Medicine

Physicians Without Chests: On the Call to End Conscientious Objection in Medicine

An article recently published in a prestigious medical journal argues that conscientious objection should be eliminated from the practice of medicine. The argument is unsound, its conclusion dangerous and inhumane. In a recent “Sounding Board” article for the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, Drs.

Embrace the Robots

Embrace the Robots

We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of Americans unemployable and has created a vogue for outlandishly stupid policy proposals. A popular idea in Silicon Valley is for