E-Waste

2 types of advanced-technology refuse are especially noxious to the environment: plastic and electronic waste. Both are unsustainably burgeoning.

Knowing

The process of living boils down to data processing. To render the mirage of physicality, symbolic processing fabricates physical correlates. Genetics is just the beginning.

Electric Earth

In a planetary circuit, electricity courses throughout Earth’s atmosphere and its surface. By 1749 Benjamin Franklin concluded that the properties of lightning were similar to those found in machines. This is also true of organisms on Earth, right down to their cells.

The Mind’s Eye

The distinction between what the eye sees and what the mind perceives is a hoary philosophical debate. Do we infer a 3D world from the 2D snapshots our eyes take, as Enlightenment philosophers John Locke and David Hume posited, or is the 3D “objective” world before us, as more contemporary psychologists Hermann von Helmholtz and James J. Gibson presumed?

CoV-2 Infectiousness

The global success of CoV-2 owes to its asymptomatic infectiousness. Whereas the specific source of V2’s superlative furtiveness remains a mystery, virologists now have a handle on its high hit rate.

Cell Vitality

Communications between a cell’s energizer – mitochondria – and its recycler – lysosomes – regulate cell senescence.

Deep-Sea Plastic

Plastic debris concentrates on the surface of the ocean via the currents of ocean gyres, with agglomerations shockingly visible from space. Plastic pollution further flows into the deep sea, following the same currents that historically have provided nutrients.

US Insurrection Law

Recent widespread police brutality against those protesting police brutality vividly illustrates that self-preservation is the state’s predominant priority, with justice an anachronism.

Amorphous Relations

The onset of organelles by eukaryotes seemed such an innovation over the apparent pandemonium in prokaryotes lacking organizational membranes. Look closer and cells run tidy businesses whether inside or outside protein fortresses.