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Inside a nondescript warehouse in Russia, 20 bodies, 30 heads, six dogs, three cats, a hummingbird and a chinchilla are frozen. They're awaiting the time when we achieve singularity and can be brought back to life. This is not a work of science fiction.
While members of the trans-humanist movement seek a technology-rich future that even eliminates the need for food, the rest of us will be enjoying mince pies and–speaking of frozen– fresh beef in our McDonald's burgers. –Emily Banks
If you want to have your body frozen on the cheap, head out to Sergiyev Posad, on the outskirts of Moscow, where a company called KrioRus will store you—or your head—in a vat and keep you cool until it’s time for you to join the future. Hello World host Ashlee Vance traveled to Russia to see KrioRus’s operations first-hand and meet the company’s charismatic leader.
Republicans are considering a lightning-strike rollback of Obamacare early next year to kick off the Donald Trump era. But first they have to agree on a plan limited enough to hold their caucus together. Passing legislation in Trump’s first 100 days would allow Republicans to claim a big win early on, and conservatives are demanding the GOP deliver quickly.
Supersonic jet travel is coming back. Despite aerospace advances in the past half-century, today's commercial planes fly only as fast as they did in the 1950s. Boom Technology, an upstart jet maker, says it’s time to bring supersonic jet travel into the mainstream, with a 45-seat plane that cruises at Mach 2.2 and costs no more than business-class round trip.
Iran and Iraq call Saudi Arabia's bluff in the OPEC poker game. For decades, Saudi Arabia has had its way at OPEC. All of a sudden the position has turned. As OPEC ministers gather for a meeting Wednesday, Saudi Arabia is trying to reassert its authority by hinting it’s prepared to walk away from the negotiations. Genuine warning or bluff, Tehran and Baghdad may be willing to take the risk.
Donald Trump will be the first president of our post-literate age, Joe Weisenthal writes for Bloomberg View. "...As information gets more social–taking on the immediate, short-form characteristics of Facebook and Twitter–it acquires more qualities of the oral world. And that lends itself particularly well to politicians who think and communicate like Donald Trump."
McDonald’s continues to swap frozen patties for fresh beef, making another break with decades of fast-food practices in a bid to revitalize the chain. Fresh beef is now used in some sandwiches in more than 75 restaurants in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, extending trials that began in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
The cronut king of New York taste tests British mince pies. Mince pies are among the most British of seasonal treats, sweet concoctions filled with fruit that is often laced with alcohol then seasoned with cinnamon and other spices. So what does French-born chef Dominique Ansel make of them? He devoured eight pies for us bought from a range of British grocery stores, lunch, and coffee shops in our annual blind Bloomberg Mince Pie Taste Test.