Singularity, cloning, space, and Knock Knock Doc

[May 27-31 2013] The editor's note about your science week

What will the world of tomorrow look like? Our articles on MyScienceNews will give you some possible answers.

What will the world of tomorrow look like? Our articles on MyScienceNews will give you some possible answers.

 

Can we predict the future? Difficult question, especially when our current frames of reference are likely to be turned upside down. Indeed, the technological singularity radically changes the way we view the future… To find out more:

The Technological Singularity: Heading for Transhumanism The first article in a trilogy on the singularity, by Rodhlann Jornod

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In terms of the near future, we know a lot of people who are passionate about space and want to explore our solar system in ever more detail. We met these self-proclaimed “space freaks” at SpaceUp Paris. Get a feel for this unusual event in:

#SpaceUp Paris The space unconference comes to ESA

 

Another subject nagging at us all is about human cloning. What transformation will it mean for our society and for us as individuals? The ethical debate it raises is major. But before that, the first question to ask whether it is feasible to clone a human. It will be no small feat. The question was raised last week with the publication of new results regarding embryonic stem cells. The article drew a lot of attention from the media, but not for ethical reasons. Instead, errors discovered in the paper cast a negative light on the way research and its evaluation operate today. The full story is here:

Cloning human embryonic stem cells: Possible, at last? The controversial issue reveals that research is evolving

 

To finish, be sure to catch the inter-season episode of Knock Knock Doc. But you’ll have to wait for September to find out what happens next!

 

Knock Knock Doc - Inter-season Episode Takeoff

 

Have a great weekend.

 

MyScienceWork team