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Program the Planet

This one is good. Simulating existence, programming cells, hacking an election, virtual wars, bio-art exhibits, immortality, the Panama Papers, crazy glitches. It's all here.

[pcgamer.com]

Dwarf Fortress' creator on how he's 42% towards simulating existence

A fascinating read into the procedural generation behind Dwarf Fortress. I don't like playing Dwarf Fortress, but boy do I love reading about it.
[news.mit.edu]

A programming language for living cells

A low-level language used to program living cells. I don't think you have to write code in a weird bio computer, which is neat.
[bloomberg.com]

How to Hack an Election

I'll just give you the subtitle. "Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time."
[polygon.com]

Players in Eve Online are at war, here's what we know

An online casino is bankrolling one of the largest EVE online wars, ever. Including weird, cult-like roleplaying.
[io9.gizmodo.com]

Curator Forced to Kill Out-of-Control Bio-Art Exhibit

Bio-meat in a tube grew out of control. The artists were out of town, so the curator made the decision to murder it by turning off its life support.
[fusion.net]

How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell

IP tracking fuck-ups ruins the life of a random Kansas farm. Great, fascinating long read into how glitches can affect the lives of real people.
[chirpnews.com]

Mind Transfer To A Computer Could Be Possible By 2050. Immortality May Be Within Reach

I mean, I don't know. Mind transfer seems like a stretch - it'd probably more have to be a slow mind-to-machine assimilation in order to maintain consciousness. After all, duplicate consciousness of me isn't me. Or maybe there's some sort of magic that we don't know about. Anyways...
[theguardian.com]

What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history's biggest data leak

If you haven't heard about this yet, you owe it to yourself to know about what's going on. It's the world's biggest leak of off-shore private investments, and implicates dozens (if not more) high-level officials. Just check out this thread listing the people who have resigned or been deposed as a result.