1. A mathematician thinks that in less than 50 years, we'll be able to 'download' our brains
onto computer, rendering death null. While this would certainly be the culmination of all human civilization - all this is, after all, about denying death, one way or another - I don't think it's a good idea, even assuming we've also started colonizing other worlds and have room for everyone. The resulting class warfare if this is only available to the very rich might also be cataclysmic.
2. Would you rather have sons than daughters? New research indicates that if you and your mate have traditionally "masculine" jobs, like in engineering or mathematics, you'll more likely have boys
than girls; if you two are a nurse and a therapist, you'll more likely have girls. This research could be a shoo-in for the IgNobel
this year, or it could be entirely valid and very cool. I'm guessing both.