Why We Do What We Do Essay

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This Man Is Not a Cyborg Yet. By DAVID SEGAL Published: June 1, 2013 New York Times David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, says his robotic model of Dmitry Itskov's head will use 36 motors to reproduce his facial expressions and voice. What Mr. Itskov is striving for makes wearable computers, like Google Glass, seem as about as futuristic as Lincoln Logs. Mr. Itskov unabashedly drops the word "Immortality" into conversation. It's quite possible that Mr. Itskov's plans, in the fullness of time, will prove to be nothing more than sci-fi bunk. Academics seem to regard Mr. Itskov as sincere and well-intentioned, and if he wants play global cheerleader for fields that generally toil in obscurity, fine. Ask participants in the 2045 conference if Mr. Itskov's dreams could ultimately be realized and you'll hear everything from lukewarm versions of "Maybe" to flat-out enthusiasm. Growing Left, Growing Right By CARL ZIMMER Published: June 3, 2013 New York Times His heart had beaten on his right side, not his left. Over two centuries later, the mystery of left and right still captivates scientists. Our bodies start out symmetrical, the left side a perfect reflection of the right. The right lung grows three lobes, the left only two. These visible changes arise long after the embryo has developed differences on its left and right. These whirling cilia are tilted, pointing away from the head. The tilt is essential to their ability to divide the body into left and right. Once the fluid starts flowing, it takes only three or four hours for the left and right sides to be determined. In the first step, the fluid flows across the node until it reaches the left side of the rim. A Mosquito That Won’t Ruin a Barbecue 1190 KEX 7:00, June 1, 2013 There are good evolutionary reasons that some species of mosquito developed a taste for humans: We tend to live in groups and

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