eugenics

history

California’s Dark History of Forcibly Sterilizing Latinas

A new bill, which currently sits in the Assembly, would identify and compensate the survivors of California's forced sterilization program, which disproportionately targeted Latina women.
Kimberly Lawson
8.16.18
heredity

Carl Zimmer Wants Us To Be Generous About Our Definition of Heredity

But don't shell out any money on epigenetic yoga just yet.
Shayla Love
5.29.18
reproductive rights

Latina Women Faced Racial Biases from Forced Sterilization Programs

Latina women’s reproduction continues to be portrayed as a threat.
Natalie Lira
Nicole L. Novak
3.27.18
Views My Own

A Neural Network is Being Designed To Identify "Criminal Faces"

At best, this is a misguided attempt at science. At worst, it's the first step towards dangerous digital phrenology.
Cameron Kunzelman
11.19.16
Stuff

'Idiocracy' Is Bad, Actually

You know who'd find the movie hilarious? Hitler.
Rick Paulas
10.7.16
Health

The Exciting and Terrifying Future of DNA Editing

Siddhartha Mukherjee's new book, 'The Gene,' delivers a sweeping history of genetics­­­—from the cockamamie ideas that preceded the birth of the field to a striking picture of what the future holds.
Cassandra Willyard
5.31.16
eugenics

The Jesuit Priest Who Believed in God and the Singularity

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s ideas may have been ahead of his time.
Micah Redding
3.8.16
Stuff

What It’s Like to Buy Sperm from One of Canada’s 55(ish) Semen Donors

It's a little like eugenics and that's a little icky.
J.L. Bowman
9.17.15
statistics

At the Dawn of Crowdsourcing—in 1907

This week is the anniversary of Francis Galton’s “Vox Populi,” which demonstrated the “wisdom of crowds” quantitatively.
Michael Byrne
3.8.15
Science

Nikola Tesla's Pro-Eugenics, Anti-Coffee Portrait of the Future

Roasting Tesla on his 158th birthday.
Becky Ferreira
7.10.14
Motherboard Blog

The Long Tail of America's Eugenics Problem

The history of America’s eugenics programs has resurfaced in the public spotlight in recent years.
Jason Louv
7.29.13
Motherboard Blog

I Gave My DNA to a Company in China so They Can Manufacture Genius Babies

Within a couple of generations, competing with the Chinese on an intellectual level will be like drinking a shot every time Lena Dunham gets naked on 'Girls' – not a good idea.
Aleks Eror
3.15.13
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