Monday, November 28, 2011

Scientific American, December 2011 Issue

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend! Eugene and I spent part of Thanksgiving at the Kristkindlmarkt in downtown Chicago before going to his aunt's house for dinner. Among other things, I also took Alex bowling, set up the tree, visited the Wonderland Express exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and finished reading the latest Scientific American. No, it's not as exciting as preparing for the holidays, but there were still some interesting articles that offer ideas for science fiction. Here's the list:

1. A special feature about 10 World-Changing Ideas (including microbe miners, digital currency, year-round crop plants) and a computer model under development that would contain enough data to predict the future.

2. New plans for getting to the asteroids and Mars.

3. Ways in which cities are adapting to climate change.

4. Epigenetics and the mind. (Epigenetics deals with molecular markers on DNA that affect how it's regulated.)

What did you do over the weekend? Do any of these articles interest you?


Rachel Morgan said...

Yup, epigenetics and the mind definitely interests me (I did an Honours degree in Genetics, but in the past three years I've only been using maths, so I'm kind of out of the loop on the latest scientific developements...)

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Very cool about the Genetics degree, Rachel!

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