Ways for the World to End
Will it be enveloped in trash, or demolished by asteroids?
Plus, in today’s links: Filming the immune system, storing memories and more.
- The good news: a proposal to implant microchips in some HIV-positive people is likely NOT to pass in Indonesia. The bad news: somebody dreamed up the idea and it got this far.
- I think we’ve all by now seen too many instances of bodily functions dramatized on film — think the rushing blood in Requiem for a Dream. My first reaction to reading that scientists have filmed a parasitic infection spreading through a body was, haven’t we seen that already? But it sounds pretty neat — if only there was a link to the video.
- Speaking of movies, if Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind creeped you out, findings that suggest memories are stored by changes to DNA may give you the willies, too.
- This story about the world’s monstrously large garbage dumps may make you take up using a handkerchief, just to decrease your own output by at least a few boxes of Kleenex. Fun fact: two huge landfills in Michigan are called Carleton Farms and Pine Tree Acres. Ha!
- And in case you need any more thoughts of planetary disasters to keep you up at night, space experts say we need a scientific and political consensus on a plan for preventing asteroids from hitting the earth. Perhaps we could set up a system that will direct any incoming disasters right toward one of those garbage dumps, taking care of two problems at once.