Should You Worry about 23andMe Patenting “Designer Babies”?

Last week, consumer genetics company 23andMe was granted a U.S. patent for a method of predicting, from parents’ DNA, the likelihood that their baby would have certain traits. via Pocket http://www.technologyreview.com/view/519856/should-you-worry-about-23andme-patenting-designer-babies/ … more…

My paranormal pursuit of life after death – Jesse Bering – Aeon

She was nothing like the sweet old lady in Poltergeist, a film that gave me, an overly imaginative child growing up in the 1980s, my most memorable brush with the spirit world. In fact, Caroline seemed so down-to-earth that I … more…

“Swing at the End of the World” is Located Off a Giant Cliff

via Pocket http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/la-casa-del-arbol-swing-at-the-end-of-the-world … more…

At $142.4 Million, Triptych Is the Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold at an Auction

It took seven superrich bidders to propel a 1969 Francis Bacon triptych to $142.4 million at Christie’s on Tuesday night, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. via Pocket http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/arts/design/bacons-study-of-freud-sells-for-more-than-142-million.html … more…

Brother of dealer at center of Nazi art mystery hands over own collection

The brother of a Munich art dealer at the center of an investigation into art looted by the Nazis has handed over his own collection to German authorities. via Pocket http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/11/13/brother-dealer-at-center-nazi-art-mystery-hands-over-own-collection/ … more…

TRANSHUMAN – Do you want to live forever? (full documentary film)

Watch now in HD! Philosopher Anders Sandberg does not accept death as a foregone conclusion. According to him it will become possible this century to upload … via Pocket http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PAj2yorJig … more…

Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? – Tim Maudlin – Aeon

Some things occur just by chance. Mark Twain was born on the day that Halley’s comet appeared in 1835 and died on the day it reappeared in 1910. There is a temptation to linger on a story like that, to … more…
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