Cosmos – Episode 2: Some of the things that Molecules Do
Movies / Thursday August 24th, 2017

In 2014 Netflix released a new series of documentaries called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. It has wonderful pictures and lots of interesting information. This series is presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and has 13 episodes, which can be considered a second part of the series of documentaries Cosmos presented by Caril Sagan in 1980. The whole series is wonderful, but specifically the second episode is about evolution and coding, which is linked to the topic covered in this blog. Although it does not deal deeply with the genome issue, the episode is at least interesting, especially for people who do not have so much knowledge on the subject.     Resume from wiki: The episode covers several facets of the origin of life and evolution. Tyson describes both artificial selection via selective breeding, using the example of humankind’s domestication of wolves into dogs, and natural selection that created species like polar bears. Tyson uses the Ship of the Imagination to show how DNA, genes, and mutation work, and how these led to the diversity of species as represented by the Tree of life, including how complex organs such as the eye came about as a common element. Tyson describes…

Gattaca
Movies / Friday August 4th, 2017

Wikipédia:Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan Arkin appearing in supporting roles.[2] The film presents a biopunk vision of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic manipulation to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.[3] The film centers on Vincent Freeman, played by Hawke, who was conceived outside the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space.