The White House just halted NIH's procurement of new human fetal tissue, which labs need to develop HIV drugs.
When you think of cryptocurrencies as "lottery tickets that pay off in a dystopian future," they're not at all worthless.

The sound of Martian wind, recorded by NASA’s new InSight lander.


Last year NASA put together a playlist of space sounds, many of which are radio waves or other brief encounters. Nothing quite as astonishing as, oh, hearing what it would sound like if you were standing on the surface of another planet. But still fun:
 

 
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People who are good at self-control don't use an incredible amount of willpower—they don't experience temptation, or avoid it.
Ever since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was ratified 70 years ago, humanity's ethics have converged, more or less.

Maybe my father, and the thousands of people who have bonded over their self-perceived status as targeted individuals, are a kind of indirect warning system experiencing a kind of collective dream—canaries in the digital coal mine.

It’s not a CIA conspiracy, but those with paranoia may “see through to the nuts and bolts” of a surveilling web that manipulates.

↩︎ WIRED
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How political and civil unrest in 2018 inspired the year in creativity.
From testing needle retention to avoiding coning: the science of growing the perfect Christmas tree.

Those with extended lives will not have the same sense of transience that we have. They will be able to indulge themselves without worrying that they are wasting precious years, since they can expect plenty of time ahead in which to get around to less frivolous things.

Extending human life will create a new form of inequality: those who have time, and those who do not.

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Researchers won't divulge the location of a massive, unexplored cave in British Columbia, fearing tourists would soon overrun it.
Paul Ryan's legacy will be a $343 billion federal deficit increase, proving his reputation as a budget wonk was far overblown.
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The top 25 news photos from the heart-wrenching year of 2018.
How one family found the time to do more: by designing a household based on microeconomic theory, and creating more slack.
On the many contradictions of being a Christian while supporting the death penalty.
In its holiday specials, Netflix continues a proud Christmas entertainment plot point: dead parents.

Anyone who can avoid these hollowed-out institutions on which so many working-class people rely is acting quite reasonably in doing so. They are carceral and dangerous—sometimes filled with literal toxins, as if this country needed more symbolism.

In the struggle for mental health care, New York City hospitals are the deadly embodiment of “separate but equal.”

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The numbers are in, and US voter turnout in 2018 was the highest in a midterm election in more than a century.
Evaluating Trump's allies in DC by those he made bad, versus those who were always bad, and he merely revealed their awfulness.