This Week In Comments: July 24th—31st

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Another week, another installment of our This Week In Comments series! Each week we pick a few of our favorites to showcase the awesomeness of our readership. Without further ado, here's what made the cut this week: 

Tech May Give Us a Life of Leisure in the Future. Is This What We Want?

Andrew Doser: The question is then, what is driving the economy? Fewer jobs = less consumption. Less consumption = fewer robots and a much smaller economy. Last I checked, corporations thrive because people with jobs, not robots, buy their stuff. Where does the money come from to feed this new leisure life paradigm? Robots don’t buy shit and drive economy, people do. Will universal income give you the lifestyle you are currently living? Or will it be barely enough to survive?

Caroline Nelson: That's when your education kicks in. You get the leisure of researching whatever you want without someone breathing over your shoulder. You define your own daily goals... imagine that.

How I Overcame Homelessness Twice to Become a Billionaire

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Gabriel Smith: He owns a liquor company and a rehab. I can appreciate the business acumen, but can't respect Gus Fring tactics. 


Ginger Haycox: I think you're missing something in your summation. Not all people who enjoy alcoholic drinks become addicts. He produces a company that supplies people with alcoholic drinks. And for those who suffer from addiction due to his product, then he's provided a place for them to get help. How many other companies, or company owners do that? The tobacco companies never did certainly, nor do the pharmaceutical companies provide for those who get addicted to their product. You look at this as having a double standard. I look at this as someone who is willing to help those less fortunate who don't tolerate a product.

Price of Lab-Grown Burger Falls from $325K to $11.36


Arlen Kundurt: The idea of meat that can be free of parasites and other meat-based pathogens, plus not killing an animal. What's not to love? Oh right, it's not "natural" so therefore that makes it dangerous. News flash people, plenty of "natural" things will kill you too. Made in a lab doesn't make something dangerous.

Dogs Are Better at Reading Emotions than We Thought

Matt Bowser: To all the people commenting on how obvious this is: For the 10000000th time, anecdotal evidence IS NOT evidence. This is why everybody's political opinions are so warped too, because people think everything's obvious from their own personal experience. As the article states, "the first demonstrative evidence of such an ability from non-primates" DEMONSTRATIVE. We all know how much our dogs can follow our emotions, but now it's proven through evidence and experimentation. People used to be happy when their biases were proven through science... Now science is apparently redundant because everyone believes their biases are objective truth.

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

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Why is 18 the age of adulthood if the brain can take 30 years to mature?

Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.

Mind & Brain
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  • Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
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Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.

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  • Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
  • Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
  • Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
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Mini-brains attach to spinal cord and twitch muscles

A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.

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  • Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
  • Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
  • The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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