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Lab-grown burgers and now…coffee? Seattle-based startup developing bean-free ‘molecular’ java

[Recently], the United Nations shared yet another alarming report about climate change. This time, it focused on the threat to ...
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Here are 3 problems with DeepMind’s AI breakthrough, including poor accuracy at predicting acute kidney injuries

[Google-affiliated artificial intelligence] DeepMind claimed its biggest healthcare breakthrough to date: that artificial intelligence (A.I.) can predict acute kidney injury ...
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‘From quackery to established science’: Here’s what’s going on with promising anti-aging research

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment anti-aging research morphed from quackery to an established science. Some say it’s 1939, ...
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Glimpse into the future? 2029 ‘press release’ touts services for designer babies

In the future, parents may have the option to genetically engineer their children, and now is the time to discuss ...
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Once-a-year drug implant could solve one of the biggest obstacles for effective HIV treatments

An early test of a new drug and method of blocking HIV infection suggests they could overcome one of the ...
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Creating Superman (and woman): Who benefits from human enhancement?

Using genetic modification, nanotechnology, bionics, reconstructive surgery, hormones, drugs or any combination of these approaches, real-life human enhancement is looking ...
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Amputees could ‘feel’ again with innovative prosthetic arm

For people who have lost a hand or arm, prosthetics may restore some functioning, but not the sense of touch ...
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Can we cure baldness with stem cell-based ‘hair farms’?

The physiology of balding has long vexed even the most entrepreneurial of scientists. Despite a rare confluence of commercial forces ...
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Smartphone-powered device quickly detects diseased plants, could help protect crop yields

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field ...
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Viewpoint: AI promises to revolutionize personalized medicine. Now we need ‘clinical validation’.

Machines can now be trained to see things humans cannot, and likely never will.  ... From obviating the need to ...
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‘Talking To Robots’: Book takes ‘funny and broad’ look at a fully automated future

In the decade or so since Siri and her compatriots first appeared, we've all gotten pretty used to having conversations ...
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Improving artificial intelligence by teaching our machines to reason

Deep learning, the category of AI algorithms that kick-started the field’s most recent revolution, has made immense strides in giving ...
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Blockchain could help keep ‘counterfeit’ products out of organic, non-GMO certification schemes

More and more food products and beverages are branded and accompanied by a variety of certification schemes. For instance, organic ...
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What we know about Elon Musk’s ‘dramatic’ plan to link human brains to computers through implants

[July 16], fans and haters of Elon Musk turned out by the thousands to watch an internet live-stream of the ...
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Elon Musk developing brain implant that would control computers, smartphones with our thoughts

His [Elon Musk]  startup Neuralink has developed technology meant to be implanted into the brain that’s designed to allow people ...
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Will we ever know if our computers gain consciousness?

The question of whether machines can have consciousness is not new, with proponents of strong artificial intelligence (strong AI) and ...
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Artificial intelligence doesn’t ‘think’ like we do. How can we ever trust it?

Today, digital information technology has redefined how people interact with each other socially, and even how some find their partners ...
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Infographic: Quantum ‘tricks’ influence photosynthesis, other biological functions

ENZYME CATALYSIS: A TUNNEL THROUGH THE BARRIER Traditional theories of enzyme catalysis hold that the proteins speed up reactions by ...
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Vaccines for influenza, other diseases will be ‘printed’ at home in the future

Rather than warehouses of refrigerated cures for static diseases, we need a highly distributed agile system for producing vaccines and ...
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Podcast: Could domesticated bacteria help break our dependence on fossil fuels?

Microbes surround us and enhance our lives in almost innumerable ways. These helpful micro-machines catalyze key reactions required to produce ...
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Here’s how artificial intelligence could ‘poison’ healthcare

Artificial intelligence is often hailed as a great catalyst of medical innovation, a way to find cures to diseases that ...
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Interactive Infographic: Human body of the future with artificial organs, bionic eyes, lab-printed bones and more

Technology has changed the game for medical professionals across the past few decades. It’s hard to imagine where we’d be ...
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‘RoboDUCK’: Weed-killing robot could cut chemical use in rice farming

An engineer working for Japanese carmaker Nissan has built a robot to help farmers reduce the use of herbicides and ...
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Light manipulation could cut indoor farming energy use 30-50% without hindering crop growth

There is substantial interest in growing crops in closed controlled environments, yet the energy requirements are high. Energy is required ...
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Redefining artificial intelligence: It could work more like a ‘search engine’ than a human brain

With respect to AI, [engineer Eric] Drexler believes our view of an artificial intelligence as a single “agent” that acts ...
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Why the US military and Elon Musk have jumped on the ‘cyborg hypetrain’

When Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve ...
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This tech start-up wants to ‘hack’ efforts to save endangered species, ecosystems

After an unorthodox career in science that has included setting up a national park in an active war zone in ...
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Body part regeneration: How science can make the jump from fantasy to reality

Could studying animals that regenerate body parts help us understand how to regrow human organs and limbs? It's unlikely in ...