A film by the Immortality Institute that explores various aspects of extreme life extension including cryonics (cryogenics), caloric restriction, transhumanism, and other scientific pursuits of extreme life extension.
Choice is a powerful tool to define ourselves and mold our lives — but what do we know about the wants, motivations, biases, and influences that aid or hinder our endeavors? In her new book The Art of Choosing, Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar, a leading expert on choice, sets herself the task of helping us become better choosers. She asks fascinating questions: Is the desire for choice innate or created by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Ultimately, she offers unexpected and profound answers, drawn from her award-winning, discipline-spanning research.
A witty talk which has a certain poignancy because of her blindness (which she is able to joke about) and the difficult choices, one imagines, that have be made as a result…
Update 20100607: There’s also a ~20 minute interview with her on Big Think:
Update 20100726: She also did a talk at TED Global:
Revealing the ancient Chinese secret of sticky rice mortar (EurekAlert)
Scientists have discovered the secret behind an ancient Chinese mortar made from sticky rice, that delicious “sweet rice” that is a modern mainstay in Asian dishes. They also concluded that the mortar — a paste used to bind and fill gaps between bricks, stone blocks and other construction materials — remains the best available material for restoring ancient buildings. Their article appears in American Chemical Society’s monthly journal, Accounts of Chemical Research.
New species of invertebrates discovered in the Antarctic (ScienceDaily)
On board the German oceanographic ship and through various expeditions carried out between 1996 and 2008, two scientists have discovered six new gorgonia (colonial marine invertebrates made up of tubular bodied polyps with eight tentacles) in the Antarctic region, in the Eastern Weddell Sea. These discoveries reveal the great diversity of the Antarctic that is still unknown.