To Save Modern Medicine, Scientists Hunt for New Antibiotics

Happy Sunday fellow Gizmodo readers. Lots of techy tech stuff happened this week. Google let us see the brave new Nexus future and Apple had a few new toys to showcase before 2014 wraps up. But in between and among these big events, lots of great stories filtered through the web. Here are great long form pieces from The Star, Vox, Nautilus, and MIT Technology Review worthy of your undivided attention.

  • As bacteria becomes resistant to modern antibiotics, finding more is important. So important in fact, the search for new sources of antibiotics could determine the future of modern medicine as the situation has been considered as dire as climate change. [The Star]
  • Music history is disappearing. The brittle and outdated technology that was first used to capture the work of legendary musicians is now under threat from disintegrating. If music archivists are unable to preserve these songs, they'll be lost forever. [Vox]
  • Unlocking the human genome has created pathways for limitless potential, and now many scientists believe that we could manipulate intelligence in the future, creating the smartest people who have ever lived in human history. These individuals could have IQs that approach 1000, but such intelligence may come with a price. [Nautilus]
  • Net neutrality continues to be one of the most contentious debates in the U.S. It's such a difficult issue because true net neutrality will require a very delicate balancing act by providing protection but also room for innovation. To do otherwise could cause irreparable harm. [MIT Technology Review]

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