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No longer science fiction: Brain-to-brain interfaces can transmit thoughts

It’s not sci-fi, it’s not mind control, but a real world attempt at telepathy ...
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We have so much genomic data—we need AI to help us grapple with it

Genomics is set to become the biggest source of data on the planet, overtaking the current leading heavyweights – astronomy, ...
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How ‘smart toilets’ and other technologies could help detect cancer before it’s too late

I believe we should be more aggressively pursuing precision health: ways to prevent disease and, when that isn’t possible, intercept and ...
3-3-2019 lead

Infrared vision? We’ve now given it to mice and humans could be next

[Researchers Tian Xue and Gang Han] modified the vision of mice such that they were able to see near-infrared light ...
2-19-2019 healthcare technology

3 ways artificial intelligence could enhance medical care and help us live longer

When it comes to the future of healthcare, perhaps the only technology more powerful than CRISPR is artificial intelligence. ...
2-20-2019 the rise of the rat cyborgs forecasts the glorious merger of biology and ai

‘Human-controlled rat cyborgs’ are real

Scientists have created human-controlled rat cyborgs. Lest you think this is some media sensationalism at work, here’s the actual title ...
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‘Genome profiling’—not gene editing—could offer easiest path to smarter babies

For the foreseeable future, editing embryos to enhance IQ is a sci-fi fantasy. A different approach aimed at enhancing IQ ...
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Video: Tomorrow’s crops could be grown indoors, without soil or pesticides

As the world's population grows and climate change accelerates, farmers are increasingly turning to biotechnology, engineering and data science to ...
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Artificial intelligence could have a future diagnosing sick children, study says

With the money and time that visits to the ER and urgent care soak up, the chance to revisit old-fashioned ...
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Brain implants could soon join fight against severe depression

With powerful computational methods, scientists have recently zeroed in on some key features of depressed brains. Those hallmarks include certain ...
2-11-2019 cancer at home boy

Rethinking cancer care: Home-based treatments may be right around the corner

Imagine having cancer and being told that most of your treatment will happen in your home instead of a high-tech ...
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Gene drives reach their next frontier: Mammals

Tiny snippets of engineered DNA, gene drives are nuclear-grade powerhouses that utterly destroy the rules of inheritance. Rather than the classic ...
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China is growing crops on the moon in preparation for its proposed lunar base

There’s cotton growing on the far side of the moon—the first time plants have sprouted there. On January 3, a ...
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Podcast: Cataloguing every human cell in the quest to build ‘Human Cell Atlas’

SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Your body has around 37 trillion cells - no, really, we've counted, all bodies do, including BJ ...
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7 ways biotechnology could change our lives in 2019

[Editor's note: Key researchers and scientists were asked for their thoughts on 2019.]  Gene editing, food innovation, and synthetic biology ...
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How a single amoeba could ‘change the face of computing forever’

A group of researchers from Tokyo’s Keio University set out to use an amoeba to solve the Traveling Salesman Problem, a famous ...
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New ‘nanotweezers’ can pull material from living cells without causing harm

Scientists at the Imperial College London have revealed their creation of a set of nanotweezers that can work on the ...
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Do we really need sex to make babies? Maybe not

There are lots of great reasons we humans have sex. We mostly do it to pair bond, realize our primal ...
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Can we use plants to grow human tissue and body parts?

[Dr. Andrew Pelling] wanted to see whether grocery-store-bought plants can supply the necessary structure for engineering replacement human tissues. … Under ...
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If aliens exist, we could signal them with a massive laser…and why that’s a bad idea

If extraterrestrial life exists in our neck of the Milky Way, how would we make our presence known to one ...
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‘Synthetic media’: How AI could make the era of ‘fake news’ far worse

In the emerging world of “synthetic media,” the work of digital-image creation—once the domain of highly skilled programmers and Hollywood ...
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Self-driving cars and life or death decisions: Who gets to define morality for these machines?

You’re driving along the highway when, suddenly, a person darts out across the busy road. There’s speeding traffic all around ...
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Search for extraterrestrial life could be hampered by drama surrounding NASA’s telescope dreams

For nearly 20 years, NASA has been planning and constructing a telescope unlike any ever built before: the James Webb ...
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‘Precision farming’ could slow climate change and unlock $250 billion in profits for farmers

There is a long list of global problems to combat, including hunger, drought, poverty, bad health, polluted water and poor ...
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‘People are primed for ET’: Why the discovery of alien life won’t frighten us

On [October 30] 80 years ago, actor Orson Welles announced to audiences in a chilling radio performance that Martians were ...
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These 12 guidelines could protect us from threats from artificial intelligence

After months of work, a set of guidelines designed to protect humanity from a range of threats posed by artificial ...
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Talking Biotech: How regulation threatens the future of biotechnology

Technology is revolutionizing health care and food production. But excessive regulation slows these important developments. What does this mean for ...
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Why things aren’t looking good for cryogenically frozen people

Corpse-freezing hasn’t exactly gone mainstream, but most people are now familiar with the concept: you lay out a ton of ...