This is a recurring column related to all things tomorrow - from emerging tech and culture trends to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to new entertainment and inventions that are helping change the way we experience and understand the world around us. In short, it's a glimpse into what the future might hold for humanity as we try and answer the ever-present question: What happens next?
Over the years, technology in our homes has replaced the need for record stores, video game arcades, and movie rental stores. For better or worse, it's no longer necessary to step outside in order to get our entertainment fix. But this trend extends far beyond just aspects of entertainment. Everything from libraries to grocery stores is being outsourced to the "home setting." And perhaps one day down the road, our health care will be added to that growing list as well.
Already, the at-home medical testing market has exploded in recent years, with remarkable breakthroughs like OraQuick, the first self-administered HIV test which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last summer. Jack Andraka, the gay teen science prodigy we've featured on this site multiple times, has come up with a revolutionary new test for cancer that costs 3 cents to make and could also one day find its way into your home.
Hoping to take this at-home testing process a leap further is 23andMe, a Google-backed Silicon Valley genetics testing company named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a typical human cell. The company crashed onto the scene a few years back with its direct-to-consumer kit that billed itself as an easy way to identify inherited traits, genealogy, and possible health risk factors.
23andMe has already genotyped over 500,000 people but the FDA recently (and quite publicly) put a stop to the genetic analysis portion of the test, citing unresolved regulatory concerns. But what implications do the FDA's actions have on this emerging field of self-administered genetic testing?
Continue reading "Tomorrowland's Forecast: The Rocky Start of the At-Home Genetic Testing Field," AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 7:30 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Future Tech, News |
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Two men were beaten at Bagby Hot Springs outside Portland, Oregon between midnight and 1 am on the morning of Tuesday, December 2, PQ Monthly reports. The attack happened after Portland-area resident Mik Holland and a friend engaged two men in conversation and the subject of sexual orientation came up.
Holland and his friend were then attacked and bludgeoned with an industrial flashlight before the attackers fled. The men were transported to an area hospital where Holland received 15 stitches.
Mik is bisexual, his friend is gay. “It left me feeling uncomfortable…where the conversation was going,” Holland said.
Holland said he left the tubs and only came back when he thought the men were gone, but they soon returned.
“When I turned my head, that’s when he took a flashlight and hit me over my head three times,” Holland said.
The attackers were said to have Eastern European accents.
The suspects have been described as a 27-year-old white male with short blond hair, 5 ft., 7 in., tall and 180 lbs. His name may be Alex. The second suspect is 6 ft., 1 in., tall male about 200 lbs. His name may be Jay.
The police have the flashlight and are analyzing it.
Said Lieutenant Robert Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to PQ Monthly:
“Talking about it in plain speech, this was a hate crime. However, while do have a hate crime [classification] — Intimidation — the officer wrote it up [in the police report] as assault in the second degree. Assault in the second degree carries heavier fines and penalties than intimidation in the first degree, which may have been why the officer listed those charges.” Lieutenant Wurpes notes that, if they are able to find the suspects, the District Attorney will be able to tack on more charges, possibly including Intimidation.
Watch KGW's report and interview with Holland, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 6:45 PM EST by Andy Towle in Crime, Hate Crime, News, Portland |
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As part of Human Rights Day, which was celebrated across the world yesterday, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) has launched a photographic ad campaign that features the most popular Google search terms related to queer refugees. ORAM hopes that this campaign will highlight the persistent exclusion and challenges that these refugees encounter while on their journey to safety.
Said ORAM founder and Executive Director Neil Grungras:
"In the fight for civil and human rights, and during the HIV/AIDS crisis, LGBTI people and their allies stepped forward to speak up and help out. When our Russian, Ugandan, Hondurna sisters and brothers run for their lives, we must step forward again to make sure they find safe haven. We hope people will be inspired to support ORAM's work to advocate for LGBTI refugees around the world."
ORAM is asking advocates and allies to help spread the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LGBTIrefugees.
Check out the photos from the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 6:00 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Gay Rights, Immigration, News |
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PULP FICTION: Ellen responds to Star magazine cover announcing she and Portia are dunzo.
MANDELA MEMORIAL: Fake sign language interpreter was basically waving his hands.
INTELLIGENT LIFE: Is there any beyond Earth?
AMAZING FACTS TO BLOW YOUR MIND: The third edition from the ASAP Science guys.
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 5:00 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube |
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Uruguay legalizes marijuana.
Royksopp and Robyn announce joint 2014 Europe and American tour.
The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may have sent life to Mars and the moons of Jupiter. "Any missions to search for life on Titan or the moons of Jupiter will have to consider whether biological material is of independent origin, or another branch in Earth's family tree."
Taylor Lautner steps out with a beard.
Mary Cheney to host Indiana fundraiser opposing ban on same-sex marriage tonight. "Opponents of placing Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution are looking for a shot in the arm from the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney."
Heathers, Mean Girls, and Jawbreaker all headed to the NY stage?
Martina Navratilova speaks out against the IOC and FIFA: "Navratilova, who lost lucrative endorsements when she came out back in 1981, said she doesn’t support any boycotts. But she said the IOC is 'putting its head in the sand' and criticized FIFA, the world soccer body, for awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar."
Chris Colfer stops by Sesame Street to battle bullying.
The real gay dads of New York: "Unfortunately, I assume that, in the service of making a compelling program, not documentary television, Bunim/Murray will build the action of their show around couples bickering, montages of shopping and brunching, telephone calls conducted via speakerphone—all decorated with the occasional camera pan to baby's beautiful face. Babies just drool and poop and cry, hardly the stuff of great television. And older children… well, my elder son is a capable conversationalist, but most of our chats revolve around types of trucks. It's boring even to me. But that boringness could be quite compelling in a reality show, as it would inevitably remind viewers of the parenting they practice, or the parenting they received. Our common humanity, and all that jazz. But reality television isn't in the business of celebrating our common humanity, unfortunately."
Britney Spears releases music video for "Perfume".
Liev Schreiber is splashin' around in Santa Monica, fit as a fiddle.
One Colorado names Dave Montez new executive director. "Montez, who grew up inColorado, brings tremendous leadership and experience to the job – having served most recently as Acting President of GLAAD, a national organization that works with media and news outlets at all levels to ensure fairness and accuracy in addition to building support for equality."
House and Senate negotiators strike budget deal. Obama: "This agreement doesn't include everything I'd like — and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That's the nature of compromise. But it's a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of shortsighted, crisis-driven decision making to get this done."
Channing Tatum all bandaged up.
The rock group Toto responds to use of its song "Africa" as audio bed for CBS This Morning segment on Nelson Mandela: "CBS This Morning utilized “Africa” as the audio bed for a segment they aired this morning. As the co-writer of the song, if I had been asked for sync approval, the answer would have been a decline with a recommendation they honor the musicians of South Africa setting their sights on indigenous repertoire. This is an important day, and both I and Toto, have always held a commitment towards supporting initiatives that benefit the populace of South Africa, the continent of Africa and the entire Southern Hemisphere. We honor Nelson Mandela and will continue to support initiatives he committed his life towards."
Evan Lysacek won't be going to Sochi.
Graham Norton reprimanded for wearing AIDS ribbon on show.
Danny Dyer's new 'EastEnders' character to find out son is gay: "Mick Carter is set to be surprised to discover Johnny (Sam Strike) has been hiding his sexuality from him after his sister Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) catches the 19 year old in the act with Albert Square's bisexual resident Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) when they drunkenly kiss."
Gay adoption ban lifted in Northern Ireland: "They may now apply in the same way as heterosexual couples. Health Minister Edwin Poots had tried to challenge an appeal court decision to extend adoption rights to gay couples. However, the Supreme Court said the Department of Health's argument for appeal did not meet the criteria."
Rachel Maddow column to debut in Washington Post: "We are delighted to announce that Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will be joining The Washington Post’s Opinion section as a monthly columnist. We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner."
Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 3:30 PM EST by Andy Towle |
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American Family Association spokeshater Bryan Fischer wasn't too happy when news broke last week that a Colorado judge had ruled against the Denver bakery owner who had refused service to a gay couple because of his religious beliefs.
"Our secular theocrats have found this man guilty of heresy, guilty of idolatry, guilty of blasphemy because he will not agree to the dogma of the secular theocrats. He is a heretic and he must be punished just like the Spanish Inquisition did for those that went astray from the dogma of the church in their day."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Dec. 11,2013 at 2:58 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Bryan Fischer, Colorado, Denver, Discrimination |
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