Humans (as a society) have been putting some effort lately into living sustainably, which is good, as far as the future of our planet is concerned. The problem is that we're really not set up for sustainable living: in many ways, we're designed from the ground up to exploit our environment. But we can fix that, or at least make it a little better, with some minor genetic tweaking.
Here's a story straight out of science fiction: the Netherlands' Jalila Essaidi is exploring ways to develop bulletproof skin for humans, and is turning to the milk from genetically modified "spider goats" to do it. Yep!
Country living can be a pain. And we're not talking about the hardships of life in a rural community, we're talking about the difficulties of living in a country. For all the services and security the social compact buys us, we are forced to pay a price in compromises — something made all the more poignant by what's going on in the White House right now. But unless you want to drop out of the modern, law-abiding world altogether, this is the deal we're stuck with. So, suck it up, Mr. Complainy Face. Countries are here to stay, forever and unshakeable. (Just like newspapers, record shops, libraries, books, banks and post offices, right?) Of course, the status quo isn't stopping some people from preparing for a world where the decentralizing force of technology will render the concept of nationhood irrelevant. If certain trends bear out, we may be among the last generations forced into compulsory citizenship based on those arbitrary squiggles on a map we call borders. This supreme Balkanization may be coming sooner than you think, too. Here we present three radical concepts for the future of civilization, which if taken to their conclusions will not include nations as we know them today. While these concepts may seem out there (because they are), they are informed by very real technologies and have attracted serious consideration by leading professionals from multiple fields. So, let's all soak up that patriotism and civic duty while we can, as it may not be around for much longer.