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‘Designer baby’ book trilogy explores the moral dilemmas humans may soon create

A new sci-fi book series called "Genetic Pressure" explores the scientific and moral implications of a world with a burgeoning designer baby industry.It's currently illegal to implant genetically edited human embryos in most nations, but designer babies may someday become widespread.While gene-editing technology could help humans eliminate genetic diseases, some in the scientific community fear it may also usher in a new era of eugenics. Imagine it's 2045. You start hearing rumors from your wel...
Tags: Books, Science, Technology, Supreme Court, Children, Future, Genetics, Innovation, Literature, University of Oxford, Crispr, Bioethics, Rachel, Julian Savulescu, Eugene Clark, Oliver Wendall Holmes


Breaking Down Star Wars: The High Republic—Old Jedi, New Tech, and Fascinating Connections

The first wave of Star Wars: The High Republic stories is upon us, painting the broad strokes of what we can expect to see in this era, centuries before the Skywalker saga. After checking in with the new books and comics that hit shelves last week, we’re already getting a picture of some intriguing connections—and a…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Comics, Science, Marvel, Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Del Rey, Star Wars The High Republic


The Expanse's Latest Episode Sets Season 5's Endgame in Motion

The Expanse’s fifth season is inching closer to its finale, and this week the show narrowed its focus, spending most of its time on one especially heartbreaking storyline. Episode seven’s title, “Oyedeng,” is the Belter word for “good-bye”—and the series has rarely taken us through such a painful, powerful farewell.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Streaming, The Expanse, James Sa Corey, TV Recap, Amazon Studios, Steven Strait, Frankie Adams, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Keon Alexander, Jasai Chase Owens, Expanse Recaps


So, A Discovery of Witches Is Now a Time-Travel Show

A Discovery of Witches—about a historian who also happens to be a powerful witch, and the ancient vampire who falls for her—is back for a second season of supernatural intrigue, spellcasting, and romance. But there’s a new element this season, as promised by that season-one cliffhanger: time travel!Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Vampires, Streaming, Witches, Time Travel, Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Sundance Now, Shudder, Deborah Harkness, A Discovery Of Witches, Time Travel Show, Io9 Features, Amcplus


American Gods' Season 3 Won't Stop, Even Though You've Heard This One Before

American Gods spent trying to claw its way out of production hell before coming to Starz. Now, it’s one of the shows returning in 2021 after weathering the ongoing covid-19 pandemic that continues to devastate the entertainment industry. It’s almost miraculous to consider, given the on-set upheavals and exits that…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Race, Fantasy, Neil Gaiman, Mythology, Terrorism, Starz, Donald Trump, Ian Mcshane, Crispin Glover, Eric Johnson, Ricky Whittle, Danny Trejo, Emily Browning, Blythe Danner


Clarice's First Trailer Introduces Powerful Monsters Hiding in Plain Sight

Much as we’ve seen of one Clarice Starling across the many adaptations of Thomas Harris’ literature over the years, almost every story about the hotshot, young FBI agent has focused on her tireless hunt to find and imprison serial killers. Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet’s new Clarice series for CBS wants to change…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Fbi, Cbs, Thomas Harris, Hannibal, Silence Of The Lambs, Clarice, Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Clarice Starling, Jenny Lumet, Rebecca Breeds


Behold an Interactive Online Edition of Elizabeth Twining’s Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants (1868)

Of all the varied objects of creation there is, probably, no portion that affords so much gratification and delight to mankind as plants. —Elizabeth Twining “Who owned nature in the eighteenth century?” asks Londa Schiebinger in Plants and Empire, a study of what the Stanford historian of science calls “colonial bioprospecting in the Atlantic World.” The question was largely decided at the time by “heroic voyaging botanists” and “biopirates” who claimed the world’s natural resources as their ow...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Science, London, College, Stanford, History, Britain, Colchester, Facebook Twitter, Curtis, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Josh Jones, Kew, Werner


The Rogue Squadron Pilots We Want in Patty Jenkins' Star Wars Movie

In 2023, Patty Jenkins will deliver (pending future ramifications of the world in which we live) Rogue Squadron, the next major theatrical release in the Star Wars saga: a tale of the bravest squadron of pilots in the galaxy far, far away. The Rogues have a long history within canon and a longer one out of it—and…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Animation, Explainer, Spaceships, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One A Star Wars Story, Patty Jenkins, Rogue Squadron, X Wings


A Dramatic New Expanse Examines the Difference Between Feeling Right and Being Right

The Expanse season five has somehow already reached episode six with “Tribes,” a somewhat calmer installment that’s still packed with action and incredible character work, especially for Cara Gee’s Drummer and Wes Chatham’s Amos. Tensions are sky-high as the season enters its second half.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Streaming, The Expanse, Spoilers, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Nadine Nicole, Cara Gee, Keon Alexander


The Expanse's Steven Strait on Holden's Evolution as a Leader

The Expanse is a show with an ensemble cast, but if you had to pick a “main character,” it would probably be James Holden. Played by Steven Strait, who’s also a producer on the show, Holden captains the Rocinante and has a unique connection to the dangerously mysterious protomolecule. Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Interview, Streaming, The Expanse, Holden, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, James Holden, Steven Strait, Io9 Features


His Dark Materials' Lin-Manuel Miranda on Lee Scoresby's Alamo and Season 3

His Dark Materials ended its second season on heartfelt reunions, sinister plots, and a hero’s journey into a land of angels. Lee Scoresby’s story was a battle he’d been preparing for his whole life–one that actor Lin-Manuel Miranda knew was coming thanks to Philip Pullman’s books couldn’t quite prepare himself for…Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Interview, Bbc, Exclusive, Philip Pullman, Lin Manuel Miranda, Alamo, Andrew Scott, Cristela Alonzo, Lee Scoresby, His Dark Materials


The 10 best science and technology books of 2020

The best science books push us to think, feel, and behave differently. This list includes new releases by authors Merlin Sheldrake, Isabel Wilkerson, James Nestor, David Attenborough, and others. Besides making us more knowledgeable, these books inspire curiosity, passion, and empathy for the universe in and around us. The best science books have the power to shift perspectives, pushing us to think differently and even behave differently. The following titles push boundaries by making novel con...
Tags: Books, Science, Technology, Germany, India, America, Reading, Artificial Intelligence, Nature, United States, New Jersey, Innovation, Nazi, Ai, David Attenborough, Oprah


Blumhouse Is Summoning Another Exorcist Movie to the Mortal Plane

Though it’s only been a few years since Hollywood last made a go at capitalizing on Warner Bros.’ Exorcist IP with a short-lived Fox series, it won’t be long before audiences are invited to watch yet another story about priests trying to save unsuspecting people who are possessed by malevolent beings from hell.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Science, Horror, Catholicism, Warner Bros, Jason Blum, Demons, James Robinson, David Robinson, David Gordon Green, Blumhouse, William Peter Blatty, William Friedkin, The Exorcist


The Expanse's Cara Gee and Shohreh Aghdashloo on Playing Powerful Women in Sci-Fi

The Expanse’s Camina Drummer (Cara Gee) and Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) may never cross paths; Drummer captains a salvage crew in the Belt, while diplomat Avasarala watches out for Earth. But the characters have some crucial traits in common, like the fact that they’re both total badasses.Read more...
Tags: Books, Politics, Science, Interview, Streaming, Sci Fi, The Expanse, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Avasarala, Cara Gee, Io9 Features, Camina Drummer Cara Gee, Chrisjen Avasarala Shohreh Aghdashloo


The High Republic's Writers on Why They Wanted to Make Star Wars Without a War

Conflict is at the very heart of Star Wars. Light vs. Dark. Good vs. Evil. Empire vs. Rebellion. So many of the stories we have seen woven throughout its world are rooted in the very idea of combat and war. It’s in the name! So in order to do something radically different for The High Republic, its creative team had…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Comics, Science, Interview, Disney, Lucasfilm, Daniel Jose Older, Jedi, IDW, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Star Wars The High Republic, Io9 Feature


13 books everyone should read and why—as voted by you

We asked BigThink's readers and staff for their recommendations on books everyone should read. A collection of fiction and non-fiction works from around the world spanning millennia, these books will expand your horizons.Many of these books are long out of copyright, and can be read for free. Do you ever want to read more but find yourself unsure of what to read? Lots of people have the same problem. To help, we're adding to the collection of "books everyone should read" lists. For this one, we ...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, New York Post, England, Science, Minnesota, California, Washington Post, India, Religion, Race, America, Society, Earth, Radiohead, United States


The High Republic's Writers on Bringing New Voices and Fresh Perspectives to the Star Wars Galaxy

The High Republic is one of the biggest gambles the publishing branch of the Star Wars galaxy has taken since Lucasfilm was sold to Disney and its entire canon was rebooted. As Star Wars begins to explore the pathways of streaming and lies waiting at the box office for a few years, it’s unequivocally a setting the…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Comics, Science, Interview, Marvel, Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Daniel Jose Older, IDW, Del Rey, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Michael Siglain


The Expanse's Best Season Yet Begins With a Three-Part Thrill Ride

The day is finally here: season five of The Expanse has begun. Since Amazon dropped three episodes at once—“Exodus,” “Churn,” and “Mother”—our first weekly recap is a three-parter. We tried to be succinct, but honestly, we’re excited as hell and these episodes are epic. Here comes the juice!Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Science, Streaming, The Expanse, James Sa Corey, TV Recap, Amazon Studios, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Cara Gee, Expanse Recaps


The Ending of The Rise of Skywalker Gets Some Stunning Concept Art

New visions of the ending of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have finally been revealed.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Commerce, Lucasfilm, Ilm, Skywalker, Phil Szostak, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker


Bill Gates has been warning of a global health threat for years. Here are 12 people who seemingly predicted the coronavirus pandemic.

Bill Gates has previously said the world needs to prepare for a pandemic the way it prepares for war. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters Bill Gates predicted that the next four to six months "could be the worst of the epidemic" in an interview with CNN on Sunday. Gates, flu and disease experts, and government officials have been warning of a pandemic for years. There's also speculation that pop culture, such as books and movies, "predicted" the novel coronavirus. While some of these predictions are con...
Tags: Books, Science, Obama, Washington, Government, White House, China, Massachusetts, Time, US, Trends, Cnn, Features, Foreign Affairs, United States, Bill Gates


The Expanse Season 5 Is About Going Your Own Way to Confront the Past

The crew of the Rocinante has long been a solid unit, traveling the galaxy to save humanity from evil spores and, well, itself. But in season five of Amazon Studios’ The Expanse, these crew members are doing something they’ve avoided until now: they’re going their separate ways.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Interview, Streaming, The Expanse, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, Wes Chatham, Set Visit, Dominique Tipper


Star Wars: The High Republic Is as Refreshing as It Is Familiar

Adding something truly new to the canon of Star Wars media has to strike a delicate, daunting balance. Anything so vastly removed from what we know about the franchise—particularly the Skywalker saga—has to balance feeling worthy of being called new, while paradoxically still delivering that vague, yet tangible, feel…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Comics, Science, Marvel, Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Daniel Jose Older, Skywalker, IDW, Del Rey, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Justina Ireland


The Stand Feels Both Timely and Overwhelming

It will never not be spooky that a new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand came out in 2020. Much like the year itself, the story begins with a pandemic and goes on to showcase some truly awful human behavior. CBS All Access certainly has timeliness on its side—but what about the rest?Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Stephen King, Streaming, Cbs, Whoopi Goldberg, Cbs All Access, Greg Kinnear, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, Alexander Skarsgard, Nat Wolff, Josh Boone, Pandemic, The Stand, Jovan Adepo


Dune Director Slams Warner Bros. for HBO Max Release, Warns It May Doom the Franchise

Fear might be the mind killer, but streaming could wind up killing Dune itself. Director Denis Villeneuve is speaking out against WarnerMedia’s recent decision to give all of next year’s movies simultaneous releases on HBO Max, warning that it could mean the end of the franchise before it’s even begun. Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Att, Streaming, Josh Brolin, Warner Bros, Jason Momoa, Legendary, Dune, Frank Herbert, Denis Villeneuve, WarnerMedia, HBO Max


The Stand Cast and Crew on Updating Stephen King's Classic and Bringing Captain Trips to Life

Production on CBS All Access’ new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand wrapped shortly before the pandemic took hold. With an eerie new context now couching its release, the series aims to update the 1978 novel, which was previously made into the 1994 miniseries and features a new ending written by King himself.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Interview, Stephen King, Streaming, Cbs, Whoopi Goldberg, Cbs All Access, Alexander Skarsgard, The Stand, Jovan Adepo, Brad William Henke, Taylor Elmore, Benjamin Cavell


The Best Pop Culture We Caught Up On in 2020

It has been a year of weirdness, especially when it comes to wrangling the kinds of media we’ve been watching. Though there’s been new things to read, watch, listen to, and play, 2020 has seen many of us revisit familiar favorites as well as things we missed when they first came out. Here’s the media of years past…Read more...
Tags: Books, Comics, TV, Science, Once Upon A Time, Animation, Saga, Year In Review, RPG, Dungeons And Dragons, Fringe, Avatar The Last Airbender, Digimon, Mobile Suit Gundam, Twin Peaks The Return, The Legend Of Korra


The Expanse's Thomas Jane on Bringing His Acting Experience Behind the Camera

The protomolecule entity formerly known as Joe Miller might have disappeared at the end of The Expanse season four, but actor Thomas Jane didn’t go anywhere. He ventured behind the scenes to direct an episode of season five, one that gives us some of the most emotional moments of the series so far. Luckily for The…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Interview, Streaming, The Expanse, Exclusive, James Sa Corey, Joe Miller, Amazon Studios, Thomas Jane, Set Visit, Shohreh Aghdashloo


Back to the Future's Biggest Questions Are Answered in Doc Brown's DeLorean Owner's Manual

When did Doc Brown meet Marty McFly? What did the inventor do when he first arrived in 1885? How did he find out about the future of the McFly family? Questions like these have fascinated Back to the Future fans for years and soon they’ll have official answers. Leave it to Doc to hide some of his biggest secrets in…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Interview, Cars, Commerce, Back To The Future, McFly, Time Travel, Exclusive, Nostalgia, Delorean, Time Machine, Marty Mcfly, Doc, Doc Brown, Bob Gale


Bill Gates reveals his 5 favorite books of 2020

Courtesy of the Gates Foundation Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the wealthiest people in the world, shared his top five books to read over the holiday season, rounding out what he called "a lousy year."  "In tough times—and there's no doubt that 2020 qualifies as tough times—those of us who love to read turn to all kinds of different books," Gates wrote.  The list includes non-fiction historic accounts and a book on social injustice and race.  Visit Business Insider's home...
Tags: Books, England, Science, Microsoft, Russia, Christmas, US, Holiday, Gift, Trends, Features, Bill Gates, Winston Churchill, Gates, Jim Crow, Gates Foundation


10 Fantasy Tropes That Are Quite Magical (and 5 That Deserve the Chopping Block)

There’s a reason fantasy has existed for thousands of years. It could be the story of a princess kissing a frog, a fairy hiding in the trees, or a magical lotus lantern. These are stories that have filled our hearts and homes for generations. Many of them tend to use the same storytelling tropes, but that’s because…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Fantasy, Once Upon A Time, Tropes, Game Of Thrones, Magic, Witches, Lord Of The Rings, Jrr Tolkien, Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, George Rr Martin, Elves, Labyrinth, Chosen Ones



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