A Composer and a Neuroscientist Walk into a Bar …
In “The Runaway Species,” Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman try to unlock the secrets of creativity. by Michael Hawley
Why We Loved “Orphan Black”
A thriller about cloning, gene editing, and bioengineering is the perfect show for our times.
The Audacity of Synthetic Biologists
Sophia Roosth puts big questions to the people who are reviving extinct species and building organisms from scratch.
From Molecules to Megacities: How Life Scales
Geoffrey West’s monumental book “Scale” channels math and physics to explore the limits of our biology, our companies, and our civilization. by Esther Dyson
De-Extinction, Jonas Salk, and More: the 3 Book List Returns
Back by popular demand: more great reading recommendations from people shaping the future of our species.
I Hope I Get Old Before I Die
Trying to stay young isn’t just futile: it’s also bad for you. Here’s how to think about aging in the era of ultra longevity.
Makers of the World, Unite
Cory Doctorow’s novel “Walkaway” envisions a future in which the jobless masses co-opt automation technologies to ensure their freedom.
Millennials’ Sobriety Isn’t What It Seems
They’re avoiding many of the substances that got earlier generations high. But are they better off?
When Computers Read Your Mind, You’ll Need a Great Passthought
Berkeley researchers may have the perfect authentication device — assuming you’re okay with a computer analyzing your thoughts.
This Artist Saw the Neobiological Future Before Any of Us
Lynn Hershman Leeson has spent 40 years grappling with cyborgs, genetically modified organisms, and AI.