The big sleep. A sur­vey of recent research and work in to sus­pended ani­ma­tion. The details about what’s work­ing in labs on ani­mals is fascinating.

The Plea­sure and Pain of Speed. Nau­tilus arti­cle that looks at whether there are bio­log­i­cal thresh­olds to how fast our brain can process infor­ma­tion. Toward the end it con­sid­ers whether these thresh­olds are sta­tic or whether we’re adapt­ing to faster pro­cess­ing speeds over time.

Unre­li­able research: Trou­ble at the lab. Sci­ence relies on the repli­ca­tion of exper­i­ments. The con­cern is that a star­tlingly small num­ber of pub­lished papers hold up to attempts to repro­duce the results. The Econ­o­mist looks at what that means for the field and for aca­d­e­mic research more broadly.

STEM: Still No Short­age:

I gen­uinely believe that the biggest part of the belief in a STEM short­age results from our cul­tural obses­sion with tech­nol­ogy and our per­pet­ual belief that it will cure all of our ills.

The Global Seed Vault can anchor us in deep time:

The most dra­matic videos of cli­mate change — where you can actu­ally see it tak­ing place — are made by time-lapse, a process that con­verts non-human timescales to those that fit into our nar­row per­cep­tual fil­ters. Time-lapse reduces days to sec­onds, and years to min­utes, but the con­ver­sion can go the other way as well. When we expand our vision of the nat­ural world from human time to geo­logic time, our own indi­vid­ual con­scious­ness and the con­se­quences of our action and inac­tion become thin strata in a geo­logic archive that con­tains aeons.