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When biohack-tivists attack, video

Eating GMOs as a form of protest [VIDEO]

Zack Denfeld, a self-described information ecologist and lecturer at Pacific Northwest College of Art -- and my good friend -- is developing a creative form of resistance through his Center for Genomic Gastronomy. Taking a Yes Men-inspired, tongue-in-cheek approach, Zack is extending the logic of genetically modified organisms to their unnatural conclusion by putting them in situations their inventors never considered. In his first experiment with the Center, Zack made sushi rolls out of GloFish -- a patented, genetically engineered fluorescent zebrafish, which is publicly available as a pet. The idea, as Zack explains in the above video, is to …

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Rain o'er me

Documentary examines geoengineering and the checkered history of weather modification

Geoengineering had its coming out party earlier this year when White House science adviser John Holdren told reporters that he had mentioned it to President Obama as a possible, admittedly desperate, option to combat climate change. Before then, the idea of hacking the planet was largely outside the realm of public discussion, which is why few people know that when Lyndon Johnson became the first president to be warned about global warming, his science advisers offered up geoengineering as the only possible solution. Watch the movie trailer at the bottom of this article.4th Row FilmsThis insistence upon the manipulation of …

Read more: Climate & Energy