On campus today I encountered an organized free bleeding rally. Free bleeding is a relatively new niche feminist movement in which allow their menstrual blood to leak through their pants and flow down their legs, spreading their bodily fluid all over and allowing it to infect everything it touches. One could imagine a woman laying in a bath tub for a week, or perhaps spending that time out in the forest.

Scientists at JPL have devised a telescope which would make use of the gravitational effects of the Sun as the "lens" for viewing distant planets around other stars. The drawback is the fact that it would require an instrument to operate at a distance well beyond the orbit of Neptune, and it would need to get there in a reasonable amount of time. Neither are technologically possible at the present time, but the interest in such projects indicates the directions the space industry intends to move.
In a bold new strategy, scientists at Oxford aim to replace the need for organ donors by replacing them with tissues grown artificially from cloned cells, using specialized bio-mechanical containers designed to mimic the human body.
Cloning brings up terrifying images, a gallery of mad science and fantasy, but the reality of genetic technology has far less dramatic appeal. It is a matter of laboratory work, strict guidelines, and workers held to specific and rigid specifications involving petri dishes and database references. The public and the entertainment media present human cloning as an audacity, but the truth of human cells that can be grown artificially would revolutionize medicine and lead to dramatically longer and healthier lives.

This week, the world was shocked to discover that the CIA actually spies on people. After decades of assuming that the CIA is forced to gather its data from foreign newspapers and tortured detainees, the agency has been exposed by the counterintelligence group known as Wikileaks. The public has now been made aware that the CIA engages in such sordid deeds as wiretapping and computer hacking.

The US Army demands dominance in warfare on a global scale, and its top brass recognize that other nations are going to invest in Artificial Intelligence in their weapons and communications systems. This might be billed to Congress as "The Terminator," but would more realistically affect military logistics and computer systems into which problematic and encrypted algorithms are secretly installed.