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Will we – should we – engineer the perfect babies? Many countries ban or regulate germ-line engineering, and leading scientists have recently called for a summit , asking for researchers to accept a self-imposed moratorium on techniques that could lead to genetically altered children. But - bans and prudish renunciation will not solve the problem of human germ cell engineering. Nor will the simplistic assumption that all choices have to be black and white, zero sum, either-or. Those discussing germ-line engineering would be startled by Robert Heinlein’s startlingly simple suggestion for how to deal with the moral quandaries of genetic engineering — what’s now called the “Heinlein Solution” — allowing couples to select which naturally produced sperm and ova they want to combine into a child, but forbidding them to actually alter the natural human genome.
This fascinating (if long) essay - Engineering the Perfect Baby - explores the scientific and moral ramifications of “germ cell genetic engineering” or the changing of genomes in ways that can be inherited and passed-down, pa...
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Can the Earth be conscious?  A question I explored from several angles, in my novel, EARTH.  This essay ponders it seriously. "So, even without asking if planets are literally alive, we still can ask meaningful questions about life and planets "co-evolving." We can see it makes real scientific sense to understand life as more than just some green scruff forming on a planet's surface. Thus, even if biospheres don't control planets, they can still play huge roles in how those planets change in time."  And... "This is a particularly important point to consider as we enter the so-called Anthropocene, an era when humans become the dominant force on the Earth's systems."
Just as the development of a biosphere can imply new evolutionary paths for a planet, maybe the development of a planetary Noosphere has its own concrete evolutionary implications, says Adam Frank.
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Tune in to the ocean depths. Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration ROVs are preparing to descend to explore cold methane seeps from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, then off to map the Galapagos Rift. Watch live coverage on their website: http://www.nautiluslive.org
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The Machine Stops – written by E. M. Forster in 1909. A reflection of turn-of-the-century fears of technology…some of it will sound all-too-familiar: “There were buttons and switches everywhere - buttons to call for food for music, for clothing... There was the button that produced literature, and there were of course the buttons by which she communicated with her friends. The room, though it contained nothing, was in touch with all that she cared for in the world.” 

http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html
Anybody who uses the Internet should read E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops. It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives. Written in 1909, it's as relevant today as the day it was published. Forster has several prescient notions including instant messages ...
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From Texarkana to Mega City One…io9 offers a map that shows Future Megacities from Science Fiction scenarios:
The cities of the future are massive, sprawling, beautiful monsters, covering entire coastlines — and in some cases, entire continents. Whether it's Judge Dredd's Mega-Cities or William Gibson's "Sprawl," future cities always devour land. Here's a map of future megalopolises.
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What is Science Fiction? My take on the Literature of Change – nicely edited by Trekspertise
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Melt Peeps in your microwave…to calculate the speed of light?
There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.
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It's like being there...Nasa astronauts take a GoPro on a spacewalk  
Nasa astronauts take a GoPro on a spacewalk and the video they captured is incredible
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A tough quiz…Can you name these SciFi starships?
Test your space cadet credentials by identifying some of most high flying ships in science fiction, from Star Wars to Doctor Who and beyond...
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Lets see....Dr Who, or Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure. Be Excellent. Dr. Who app is cool, and its icon is the phone booth so you can see it on the cell phone.
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Why this obsession with downer news? Well, for one thing, dire warnings are more useful than polyanna-pangloss-happy ravings! If I must choose - zero-sum - between extremes, then please do have the cynics come sit next to me! 

But zero-sum is deeply stupid and self-defeating. As is stylish cynicism, over the long run. Diagnosing a disease is most effective when it is accompanied by a confident determination to take action. And that, in turn, requires some sense of the body's strengths, as well as its weaknesses....
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/04/violence-war-and-improving-world-part-i.html
A while ago I offered up an in-depth exploration of the mythic system of modern science fiction, as illustrated in James Cameron's epic film Avatar, exposing how a very healthy reflex (cultural self-criticism) all-too often s...
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My mid-week posting reveals a gem of advice about writing, by George Orwell... and my suggested variations on his wisdom about writing and communicating clearly…
You would be writers out there, of both fiction and nonfiction! Have a look at George Orwell's wonderful advice to writers of English prose -- Politics and the English Language. It is 95% spot on — valuable for those who want...
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A Timeline of the Far Future...
Our top 12 stories of 2014. #8: As the beginning of the year is upon us we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.
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Author of The Postman, Earth, Existence, The Uplift War, and The Transparent Society.
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Scientist, futurist and best-selling author. David Brin's novels include Earth, Existence, The Postman, and Kiln People, as well as Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. The Transparent Society won a Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

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