Breakthrough Listen

Scanning the Milky Way for beacons of civilization

Photo by Donald Giannatti on Unsplash
“The power to control our species’ genetic future is awesome and terrifying. Deciding how to handle it may be the biggest challenge we have ever faced.”
Professor Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of CRISPR-Cas9

Photo courtesy of The Bancroft Library © UC Regents.

1904

Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg receives his engineering degree. Goldberg subsequently achieves immortality, and a Pulitzer Prize, for his drawings making light of the discipline he studied. Today, the cartoonist’s absurdly complex mechanisms…

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