The neurologist, Oliver Sacks on steam engines, smartphones, and fearing the future.

“They have given up, to a great extent, the amenities and achievements of civilization: solitude and leisure, the sanction to be oneself, truly absorbed, whether in contemplating a work of art, a scientific theory, a sunset, or the face of one’s beloved.”

A “second skin” for fruit and veg could make them last twice as long

More than 26 million people have taken an at-home ancestry test

genetics testing is looking like the new Facebook. Companies have made it easy and accessible but are unclear of the long term privacy implications of sharing our DNA. what is the future positive/future negative of this intimate level of sharing? what is the data really telling us?