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2016 Edge essays

  1. Jan 6, 2016 #1
    The 2016 question:
    WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST INTERESTING RECENT [SCIENTIFIC] NEWS? WHAT MAKES IT IMPORTANT?
    Includes some interesting physics related essays. A couple of them are on the theme that the big news is what was not found:
    Paul J. Steinhardt
    The Big Bang Cannot Be What We Thought It Was
    Antony Garrett Lisi
    The News That Wasn’t There
     
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  4. Jan 7, 2016 #3

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    Not necessarily physics-related, but there a few nice essays in the collection regarding CRISPR, the gene editing tool recently developed by biologists to easily make genetic modifications.

    Self-Driving Genes Are Coming by Stewart Brand describes gene drive technologies that could allow large-scale genetic engineering of organisms in the wild to eliminate diseases such as malaria or lyme disease.
    The technology to do this is basically here, so society will need to decide soon whether we want to employ such technology.

    The 6 Billion Letters Of Our Genome by Eric Topol describes what is likely the most important application of CRISPR gene editing technology — basic research into genetics:
     
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