Tough time recovering from jet lag? US government-university partnership developing implantable ‘living pharmacy’ to control our circadian clocks

Tough time recovering from jet lag? US government-university partnership developing implantable ‘living pharmacy’ to control our circadian clocks

A Northwestern University-led team of researchers has signed a cooperative agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a ...
1/3 of 1%: Alternative protein sources such as Impossible Burger still represent a tiny share of consumer purchases — but polling shows consumers are open to switch

1/3 of 1%: Alternative protein sources such as Impossible Burger still represent a tiny share of consumer purchases — but polling shows consumers are open to switch

If you had three options in front of you: farm-raised beef, lab-grown meat and Impossible Foods protein — what would ...
The mRNA biotechnology revolution unleashed by COVID vaccine breakthroughs is just beginning — and it will impact disease research for decades to come

The mRNA biotechnology revolution unleashed by COVID vaccine breakthroughs is just beginning — and it will impact disease research for decades to come

The messenger RNA, or mRNA, platform may be new to the global public, but it's a technology that researchers had ...
Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

The prevailing long-term cold-storage method, which dates from the 1950s, writes data to pizza-sized reels of magnetic tape. By comparison, ...
Can we grow chickpeas on the moon? It’s possible — and here’s why we just might want to do it

Can we grow chickpeas on the moon? It’s possible — and here’s why we just might want to do it

Lots of people get ideas, but when you’re a Stanford biophysics Ph.D. candidate who has already sent a lander to ...
The smartest person in the cockpit: How Artificial Intelligence is guiding the emerging travel boom

The smartest person in the cockpit: How Artificial Intelligence is guiding the emerging travel boom

A storm cell near Oklahoma City was likely to turn into a thunderstorm around the time Flight 1405 took off, ...
Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Durham, North Carolina-based women-founded startup Biomilq has successfully farmed human breast milk outside the body, the company has announced [June ...
Too smart for our own good: How artificial superintelligence could lead to humanity’s demise

Too smart for our own good: How artificial superintelligence could lead to humanity’s demise

Imagine systems, whether biological or artificial, with levels of intelligence equal to or far greater than human intelligence. Radically enhanced ...
Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here's a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here’s a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Reliable figures on the carbon footprints of different aquaculture species are hard to find – not least due to the ...
Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make ...
X-ray vision to peer into the rubble of collapsed buildings or check for booby traps? The science of the future is now

X-ray vision to peer into the rubble of collapsed buildings or check for booby traps? The science of the future is now

Within seconds after reaching a city, earthquakes can cause immense destruction: Houses crumble, high-rises turn to rubble, people and animals ...
Is machine-based mind control on the near horizon?

Is machine-based mind control on the near horizon?

Laser beams, ultrasound, electromagnetic pulses, mild alternating and direct current stimulation and other methods now allow access to, and manipulation ...
Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

[A] group of scientists is cultivating the next generation of mutant grapes, which they hope will be resistant to shocks ...
Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Linear economies follow a “take-make-dispose” plan in which raw materials are collected, transformed into a product and used until discarded ...
Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

In 2016 alone, marine-fishing vessels released 207 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, compared to just 47 million in ...
Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

We’re obsessed with aging. In the quest to prolong life while remaining healthy, people have tried everything from turtle soup ...
Video: An extra thumb? Here’s a real life demonstration of how it could change how we live

Video: An extra thumb? Here’s a real life demonstration of how it could change how we live

A thorough research carried out by the University College London (UCL) in collaboration with Dani Clode Design, wanted to see ...
Futuristic food: From 3D-printed meals to DNA-based diet analysis, here are the 10 biggest food tech breakthroughs over the last decade

Futuristic food: From 3D-printed meals to DNA-based diet analysis, here are the 10 biggest food tech breakthroughs over the last decade

[F]ood tech has changed how we eat, for good. So, what’s the driving force behind this activity? And where have ...
Video: To feed nearly 8 billion people, we need to grow more food on less land. Vertical farming could increase yields by up to 700%

Video: To feed nearly 8 billion people, we need to grow more food on less land. Vertical farming could increase yields by up to 700%

Vertical farming is a form of agriculture that grows plants indoors in floor-to-ceiling, tower-like walls of plant-holding cells. Instead of ...
Billions of baby male chicks are slaughtered every year because they can’t lay eggs. Here’s how CRISPR gene editing could prevent them from being culled after birth

Billions of baby male chicks are slaughtered every year because they can’t lay eggs. Here’s how CRISPR gene editing could prevent them from being culled after birth

The problem: Chick culling is the practice of killing small, day-old male chicks with a variety of fairly gruesome methods ...
Fast-growing genetically modified salmon arrives in South America, as Brazil approves AquaBounty fish sales

Fast-growing genetically modified salmon arrives in South America, as Brazil approves AquaBounty fish sales

Genetically Modified (GM) salmon producer AquaBounty said [June 1] it has received regulatory approval from Brazil’s National Biosafety Technical Commission ...
‘Young blood’: Here’s how a plasma infusion could ward off bone brittleness, increase lifespan and reverse aspects of aging

‘Young blood’: Here’s how a plasma infusion could ward off bone brittleness, increase lifespan and reverse aspects of aging

[I]n the past two decades, the idea of blood as an elixir of youth has leapt from the pages of ...
Viewpoint: National security and agriculture — Why the US needs a forward-thinking farming blueprint that ‘encourages local produce, livestock raising and meat processing’

Viewpoint: National security and agriculture — Why the US needs a forward-thinking farming blueprint that ‘encourages local produce, livestock raising and meat processing’

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed an ignored truth of the American agriculture system: While the U.S. agricultural system is able to ...
‘Future foods’: How kelp, maggots, fungus and other nutrients grown outside of the traditional agriculture system can help fight climate change

‘Future foods’: How kelp, maggots, fungus and other nutrients grown outside of the traditional agriculture system can help fight climate change

In a new perspective piece, researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk explain that ...
Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Using genetically engineered E. coli, scientists from Northeastern University, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and elsewhere say they turned E. coli into ...
Viewpoint: Reaching net zero US agriculture emissions — As part of his infrastructure plan, Biden could ‘unleash climate-friendly food innovation’ by backing novel foods like alternative proteins, low-emission meats

Viewpoint: Reaching net zero US agriculture emissions — As part of his infrastructure plan, Biden could ‘unleash climate-friendly food innovation’ by backing novel foods like alternative proteins, low-emission meats

By procuring novel foods like alternative proteins and low-emission meats, the Biden administration could unleash a wave of climate-friendly food ...
Is the clock ticking for the human race?

Is the clock ticking for the human race?

At a recent lecture to Harvard alumni I was asked how long I expect our technological civilization to survive. My ...
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