Capturing an Asteroid, De-extinction and Other Mind Memes


1. The Secret of Musical Pleasure

"Without music," Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "life would be a mistake." And yet, we still don't know why listening to music, which doesn't seem to have any evolutionary value like sex or food, is such a rewarding experience. 

These neuroscientists are trying to find the answer

2. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was...

"In the past 10 years, sequencing has gotten approximately 500,000 times more efficient. Nothing in the history of civilization or technology has ever gotten that much more efficient that fast."

That is Johns Hopkins Biostatistician Steven Salzberg, quoted in Wired, and this is the reason why the movement to use genetic sequencing to bring back extinct species has taken off. 

A recent development includes the revival and reactivation of the genome of an extinct Australian frog. Read more here

3. How to Catch an Asteroid

The Obama administration's space goals call for NASA to "improve detection and characterization of asteroids, pursue solar electric propulsion demonstration, develop a mechanism to capture an asteroid and redirect it to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system and begin designing a mission to send humans to it using the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft."

Here's how NASA plans to do it:

"We're on the threshold of being able to tell my kids and my grandkids that we're almost there," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

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Intimacy and sexual desire in couples can be heightened by this practice

Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.

Sex & Relationships
  • Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
  • The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
  • Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
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How 'dark horses' flip the script of success and happiness

What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.

Big Think Books

When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.

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