DailyDirt: Playing With Technological Fire…
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Sometimes people really leap before looking — and that can be especially dangerous when it comes to technologies that we don’t fully understand. Not too long ago, we created rivers so polluted that they’d actually catch on fire. We seem to be tuning in to the environmental repercussions of the chemical industry, but we might be making analogous mistakes when it comes to nuclear or biological technologies. Too much, too soon — and we’ll be cleaning up the aftermath for generations (if it can be cleaned up). Here are some quick links to some potentially concerning activities.
- Pumping water into the ground in order to extract more natural gas may be causing some man-made earthquakes in Arkansas. A seismologist says that an earthquake with a magnitude greater than 5.5 is extremely unlikely, but also states that the fault system in the area is largely unmapped. [url]
- Wired interviews Jack Horner on his experiments towards hatching dinosaur-like creatures from chickens. Since Horner is working on a really tight budget, he’s not actually creating any fancy DNA hybrids — just knocking out genes until he finds (he hopes) a set of genes that resembles a pre-historic, dinosaur-looking chicken-lizard. [url]
- Here’s an interesting TED talk that questions the wisdom of bioengineering animals. GATTACA, FTW. [url]
- To discover more interesting tech-related content, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.