How do you handle the data of a scientist who violates all the norms of his field? Who breaches the trust of a community that spans the entire globe? Who shows a casual disregard for the fate of the whole human species? On the one hand, you might want to learn from such a person’s work; to have a full and open dissection of everything that went wrong. Because, spoiler, there was a lot that went wrong in the case in question. But rewarding such “abhorrent” behavior, as one scientist put it, with a publication—the currency of the scientific world—would send a message that ethical rules only exist to be broken. This is the precarious situation in which we find ourselves today, as scientists hash out the next chapter of the human gene-editing scandal that erupted two weeks ago, when the Chinese scientist He Jiankui revealed that for the last two years he has been working in secret to produce the world’s first Crispr-edited babies. Scientists denounced … [Read more...] about How Do You Publish the Work of a Scientific Villain?
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The Sims has long allowed its fans to indulge in the most mundane of fantasies. From virtual morning sickness to doing laundry, developer Maxis has continued to refine how its players can experience their quotidian virtual life. Soon, The Sims 4’s next expansion, Get Famous, will add a timely new vocation to the long-running life simulation game: the influencer. According to Maxis senior producer Grant Rodiek, there’s a lot of player demand for new job tracks — the most common fan mods are careers and traits — so the company is always looking to add new and different official paths for players to explore. In order to capture the attention of the community’s Gen Z audience, the developer decided to branch into fashion and style — a shakeup from more traditional jobs like business or military tracks. But creating internet-focused jobs within the game’s playhouse was harder than it sounds. ”So much of our game is visual,” he says. … [Read more...] about The Sims 4 will soon let you live out your influencer dreams
This story originally appeared on Reveal and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Michelin Man, and on the inside, his intestines were inflamed and bleeding. For four days last spring, doctors struggled to control the infection that was ravaging Whitt, a father of three in western Idaho. The pain was excruciating, even though he was given opioid painkillers intravenously every 10 minutes for days. His family feared they would lose him. “I was terrified. I wouldn’t leave the hospital because I wasn’t sure he was still going to be there when I got back,” said Whitt’s wife, Melinda. Whitt and his family were baffled: How could a healthy 37-year-old suddenly get so sick? While he was fighting for his life, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … [Read more...] about The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick
Opinion PUBLISHED: 13:53 02 May 2018 Chris McGuire Chris McGuire attempts to wake up fully.... so how do Fashionable Parents manage to look so alert so early (and so tidy)? Archant Chris McGuire - otherwise known as Out of Depth Dad - on the annoying phenomenon of Fashionable Parents. How the heck to Fashionable Parents do it? Part of me thinks that they must be a different species completely. That would make sense. There’s got to be something in their DNA that allows them to do it. How on earth do Fashionable Parents look so ‘together’? It really isn’t fair, especially when the rest of us look like we got dressed blindfolded.... in a jumble sale. For a bet... Let me explain. These days I’m a Stumbler. I stumble out of bed, into some clothes; this usually involves finding the trousers with the least amount of visible dirt, before hopping around the bedroom trying (unsuccessfully) to get my legs into the appropriate slots. I stumble into the … [Read more...] about How come Fashionable Parents look so cool?
Published 11:04 pm, Thursday, April 5, 2018 CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — When Joan Harrison was 21 years old, she gave birth to her first daughter, knowing it was likely the last time she would see her. As an unwed woman in 1957, Joan made the decision to give her baby, Kathy, up for adoption at a Catholic hospital in Montreal. When Kathy was born, the nurses told Joan over and over: "Don't look at your baby. You're not keeping her, so the sooner you can leave the better." But Joan decided before she left that she would lay eyes on her daughter. She went against the direction of the nurses, and with a stranger in her arms, Joan sang to her days-old newborn who she'd soon leave the hospital without. She told Kathy she was sorry for what she was doing, but there was a family out there waiting to give her a better life. Kathy Kirkland would wait 60 years until she heard her mother's voice again. Latest videos Now Playing: Now Playing Anti-Sinclair Deadspin … [Read more...] about Daughter, birth mother reunited in Utah 60 years later