Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have successfully created an organism with an artificial genetic code. This means the selection of building blocks for life just got a whole lot wider, while the question of man playing god is ringing louder than ever. (The New York Times)
Additionally, space researchers are urging NASA to turn its sights away from Mars and on Europa, Jupiter's moon, for signs of life. (Aeon)
Finally college has been touted as the best four years of anyone's life, but that cliché might have to be rethought considering a recent Gallup survey of 30,000 grads claims it was anything but. (Inside Higher Ed)
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