1. The Verge reports that science just exploded your face by finding an even absoluter zero:
Scientists have rewritten the known laws of physics after hitting a temperature lower than absolute zero. Physicists at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany created a quantum gas using potassium atoms, fixing them in a standard lattice group using magnetic fields and lasers. When the magnetic fields were rapidly adjusted, the atoms shifted from a low energy state to their highest possible energy state. That rapid transition — along with the laser trapping field that kept the atoms in place — allowed the temperature of the gas to dip "a few billionths of a Kelvin below absolute zero."
This discovery could result in the creation of new types of matter, and it might provide insights into the creation of the universe.
2. Slate says that an environmentalist named Mark Lynas who helped lead the fight against genetically modified food has changed his mind and apologized for his actions:
I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.
As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.
This will presumably change the discussion about genetically modified food in the year to come, although it certainly won't settle the fears of nervous protestors.