Gene drives could speed up inheritance of certain beneficial traits in mammals, study finds

Gene drives could speed up inheritance of certain beneficial traits in mammals, study finds

Researchers have used CRISPR, the genome editing tool, to speed the inheritance of specific genes in mammals for the first ...
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Molecular pharming: Could cancer treatments one day grow on trees?

Could you imagine a world in which clinical treatments for illnesses such as cancer grew on trees? Professor Julian Ma ...
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Don’t expect ‘instantaneous eureka moment’ in search for alien life

From War of the Worlds and Arrival to SETI and Stephen Hawking, both pop culture and scientists feed the expectation that the discovery of extraterrestrial life will ...
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‘Farmbots’: Precision farming with agricultural robots could boost crop yields, cut chemical use

According to both the Government and farmers, the future of farming is one in which small robots will have a ...
Will we soon be able to regenerate limbs?

Will we soon be able to regenerate limbs?

[Axolotl] salamanders stand out as the only vertebrates that can replace complex body parts that are lost at any age, ...
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Could printable lungs solve transplant shortage?

[Recently] I had the chance to hold a replica of the upper part of a human airway—the windpipe plus the ...
Genetic beacon could detect 'invasive scourge' of stinkbugs before they ravage crops

Genetic beacon could detect ‘invasive scourge’ of stinkbugs before they ravage crops

If a farmer can grow it, a brown marmorated stinkbug can destroy it. This invasive scourge has ravaged apples, peaches, ...
Biosecurity dilemma: Should mega synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks be trusted to police its own industry?

Biosecurity dilemma: Should mega synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks be trusted to police its own industry?

Try as a nefarious actor might, it would be near impossible to order the ingredients for making a deadly virus ...
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China embraces artificial intelligence-driven agriculture, emerges as global technology hothouse

China is facing a number of growing pains, but one in particular has proved more taxing than most: How can ...
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From veganism to ‘post meat’ foods: The six varieties of meat substitutes

Civilians often clump the alternative meat companies and labs together in some kind of big meatless meatball, but, just like ...
6-28-2018 strange planet

Search for alien life gets boost from new NASA project

The ability to detect life on distant worlds still eludes us, but a new project coordinated by NASA now takes ...
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Downside to ‘real AI’: Who wants to talk to a smart robot?

[On June 19, IBM] announced that it had brought us one step closer to “real AI” (an intelligence as smart as ...
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Synthetic ‘skin’ could return pain sensations to users of prosthetic limbs

Current prosthetic limbs aren’t yet capable of transmitting complex sensations like texture or pain to the user, but a recent ...
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Delving into the real danger of artificial intelligence

CEOs of artificial intelligence companies usually seek to minimize the threats posed by AI, rather than play them up. But ...
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Want to be a cyborg? Here are 5 steps you can take

We’ve put together a list to introduce you to some of the most interesting products that can help you upgrade ...
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Artificial intelligence that can predict the future—or at least a small piece of it

There’s an artificial intelligence system that can peer into the future and anticipate what you’re about to do. … [F]ortune-telling ...
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‘Turbocharged’ artificial synapses could make artificial intelligence 100 times more efficient

Neural networks are the crown jewel of the AI boom. They gorge on data and do things like transcribe speech ...
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Can biotech crops solve the hunger crisis?

Is there a likely solution in sight for hunger? “I now say that the world has the technology—either available or well ...
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How artificial intelligence could transform the ‘art of medicine’

Every patient is unique, and the art of medicine is the component of the practice that addresses such uniqueness with ...
Agroecology advocates urge global shift away from 'unsustainable industrial agriculture'

Agroecology advocates urge global shift away from ‘unsustainable industrial agriculture’

Input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial-scale feedlots must be consigned to the past in order to put global food systems onto ...
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‘Soulless, metallic robot dogs’ are headed our way

Earlier this year, [Boston Dynamics founder Marc] Raibert said the company planned to start selling its SpotMini robot dogs in 2019, and ...
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If DNA can predict facial construction, how can we ever have genetic privacy?

DNA can now predict your facial structure. What does that mean for personal privacy? ...
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Rethinking the search for alien life: Let’s look for their space junk

SETI enthusiasts have devised all sorts of complicated ways for us to find signs of alien life, but a new ...
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Here’s why so many of us are spooked by artificial intelligence?

[N]ot everyone is ready to welcome AI with open arms. In recent years, as computer scientists have pushed the boundaries ...
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Cell free proteins? Unraveling the mysteries of the plant circadian clock

The basic unit of life is the cell; tiny, fatty, self-replicating bubbles that have adapted to fill almost every environment ...
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Green revolution: Indian farmers advocate for legalization of GMO mustard, biotech crops

A new green revolution is in the making. Farmers in India are now using social media to promote and advocate ...
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Making a ‘monster’ with artificial intelligence—on purpose

Researchers at MIT have created a psychopath. They call him Norman. He’s a computer. Actually, that’s not really right. Though ...
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Robots could one day pass as humans. Should we let them?

[T]oday, ever-sophisticated robots are graduating from Disneyland-style animatronics into increasingly realistic, intelligent beings. Take the famous human replicas of Hiroshi Ishi­guro. Or the ...