Weekend Links: A Simple Guide to CRISPR, How Humans Could Be More Like Aquaman and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute.

Do You Believe in Eye-Beams?

Neuroskeptic writing for Discover

Do you believe that people’s eyes emit an invisible beam of force? According to a rather fun paper in PNAS, you probably do, on some level, believe that. The paper is called Implicit model of other people’s visual attention as an invisible, force-carrying beam projecting from the eyes.


From 3-D Printed Gills to AI Dolphin Dictionaries, These Innovations Could Make Us More Like Aquaman

Rachael Lallensack writing for Smithsonian

The ocean is Earth’s last frontier, and if Aquaman were real, there are certainly many ways in which he could help the science world. But in his absence, scientists in the real world have to get creative to achieve the feats only a fictional, conveniently-packaged half human-half Atlantean prince can.


A Simple Guide to CRISPR, One of the Biggest Science Stories of the Decade

Brad Plumer, Eliza Barclay, Julia Belluz, and Umair Irfan writing for Vox

One of the biggest and most important science stories of the past few years will probably also be one of the biggest science stories of the next few years. So this is as good a time as any to get acquainted with the powerful new gene editing technology known as CRISPR.


Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread After Cutting Off The Mold?

Mikael Angelo Francisco writing for Flip Science

Cutting off the edges of a slice moldy bread won’t make it “clean.” What you’re actually doing is removing the parts you can see… and leaving behind the things you can’t. Mold is a fungus, which means that while you can see parts of it on the surface, it actually digs deeper.


Digital Cadavers Are Replacing Real Ones. But Should They?

Cathy Newman writing for National Geographic

Many medical schools already display virtual cadavers on a screen as reference while students dissect the real thing. Some schools are planning to abandon human cadavers for virtual ones—or already have.


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