Immortality by 2030: Dr. Aubrey de Grey says it’s possible
Biology / Science / The Strange

Immortality by 2030: Dr. Aubrey de Grey says it’s possible

THE FIRST PERSON TO LIVE TO 1000 YEARS OLD MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN BORN, says gerontologist Dr. Aubrey de Grey. According to de Grey, age itself is a disease. And the cure is close. “We are working to develop medicines that will bring ageing under true medical control,” says de Grey, former professor at Cambridge University … Continue reading

Neanderthals and Homo-Sapiens: A tale of prehistoric debauchery
Biology / Thought

Neanderthals and Homo-Sapiens: A tale of prehistoric debauchery

Well, this is awkward. Some of our Homo Sapien ancestors had sex with Neanderthals. We know this because a curious bunch of palaeontologists at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany decided to spool through Neanderthal genomes in 2010. However, we never quite understood the implications of such filthy, prehistoric debauchery. That’s where John Capra … Continue reading

A single-celled organism with a small human-like ‘eye’
Biology / The Strange

A single-celled organism with a small human-like ‘eye’

— Billy Wright SCIENTISTS STUDYING MICROSCOPIC LIFE IN SEAWATER have found, what we laypeople might call, a tiny floating eyeball. Just as with our own eyes, the creature is fitted with a lens, cornea and retina. But what’s remarkable is that it’s all inside the one cell. Scientists from the University of British Columbia (UBC) had … Continue reading

The prehistoric first words of man & womankind
Biology / Thought

The prehistoric first words of man & womankind

Image: Reconstruction of Homo habilis, of a Hominini tribe. Westfälisches Museum für Archäologie, Herne. Wikimedia Commons. By Billy Wright ‘Beastly,’ was the first word of a child George Orwell; he was eighteen months old and bedridden with bronchitis. Russel Brand’s first words were ‘don’t do that’—appropriately repressive? Steven Spielberg asks back with his first, ‘why?’ Bambi the … Continue reading