Natural Cycles wearable birth control monitor on track for FDA approval

Natural Cycles wearable birth control monitor on track for FDA approval

The Natural Cycles app uses daily temperature measurements and period cycle tracking to predict the days someone is least likely ...
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Precision medicines addressing unique diseases are poised to become more accessible

Today, companies are developing new models to lower the costs of manufacturing and bring [precision medicine] drugs to more patients ...
AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

AI might be able to diagnose whether you have COVID-19 by just monitoring your cough

The difference between a healthy person’s cough and the cough of someone infected with [SARS-CoV-2] is so slight that it’s ...
Lab-grown meat requires fewer farm inputs than livestock, but more energy. Is it really better for the planet?

Lab-grown meat requires fewer farm inputs than livestock, but more energy. Is it really better for the planet?

Cultured meat doesn't require grazing land or tons of feed. Instead it's grown in bioreactors like those already used to ...
Pressure builds to switch to ‘open science’ model, facilitating development of COVID vaccines and therapeutics

Pressure builds to switch to ‘open science’ model, facilitating development of COVID vaccines and therapeutics

In October, the head of the [World Health Organization], Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom, alongside human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, and Audrey ...
Do AI robots have a ‘right to life’?

Do AI robots have a ‘right to life’?

In the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Measure of a Man,” Data, an android crew member of the Enterprise, is to ...
AI can reliably predict Alzheimer’s by analyzing how we use words

AI can reliably predict Alzheimer’s by analyzing how we use words

A team from IBM and Pfizer says it has trained AI models to spot early signs of [Alzheimer’s, a] notoriously stealthy ...
Can AI save us from COVID-19? ‘If the virus had hit 20 years ago, the world might have been doomed’

Can AI save us from COVID-19? ‘If the virus had hit 20 years ago, the world might have been doomed’

Millions of gigabytes of data — the equivalent of a modest library — are being generated by the pandemic each ...
McPlant: McDonalds poised to launch proprietary menu of plant-based meats in 2021

McPlant: McDonalds poised to launch proprietary menu of plant-based meats in 2021

On [November 9], the fast-food giant [McDonald’s] announced it is developing a new line of menu items called the "McPlant." ...
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Hardware modeled on the brain could revolutionize computing

A challenge for researchers developing applications of neuromorphic [or human brain-inspired] hardware is that a formal hierarchy such as Turing ...
There is water on the moon!

There is water on the moon!

[New] research confirms long-standing theories about the existence of lunar water that could someday enable astronauts to live there for extended periods ...
Video: Elixir of life? If you want to live longer, consider injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria

Video: Elixir of life? If you want to live longer, consider injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria

People have been hunting down the legendary fountain of youth since antiquity. Does it exist? Could it ever, even theoretically, ...
Growing crops on Mars? Geologists explore ways to feed a Martian colony without hauling soil into space

Growing crops on Mars? Geologists explore ways to feed a Martian colony without hauling soil into space

Practically speaking, astronauts cannot haul an endless supply of topsoil through space. So University of Georgia geologists are figuring out ...
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Will we ever eat lab-grown meat? Infant industry faces technical hurdles and fickle consumers

Blood, sweat and tears are a given, but we’ll also need to see significant movement in the price and availability ...
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Here’s when and how the biotechnology revolution first got lift off

Early in the morning of Tuesday, October 14, 1980, the phone rang at Paul Berg’s house in Stanford, Cal. The ...
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Podcast: Can we harness the power of germline editing without inviting disaster?

Gene editing has moved rapidly from the lab to real-world applications in medicine, yielding novel treatments for diseases like sickle ...
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‘Organic electronics’ poised to create edgy new products, from bendable solar panels to transparent books to human-looking robots

Electronics made from carbon rather than silicon could lead to a new generation of medical devices, sensors and perhaps even ...
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Viewpoint: The chilling impact of the virulent spread of anti-science thinking

"Anti-scientific thinking" is a bad disease of our time, and one which may affect a wide range of human beings, ...
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As independent scientists’ do-it-yourself-COVID-vaccines proliferate, bioethicists counter with warnings

"It's actually simpler than most recipes in home cookbooks," said Preston Estep, chief scientist and co-founder of a DIY [COVID ...
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Not quite total recall: How limits on what humans can remember is helping us ‘teach’ AI

An artificial neural network learns by adjusting synaptic weights—how strongly one artificial neuron connects to another—which in turn leads to ...
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Scientists create mutant enzyme that chomps plastic bottles for lunch

A team of researchers that previously re-engineered a plastic-eating enzyme named PETase have now combined it with a second enzyme ...
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4 of the most promising planets where we might find alien life

The Earth’s biosphere contains all the known ingredients necessary for life as we know it. Broadly speaking these are: liquid ...
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‘Editing Humanity’: Kevin Davies’ new book on CRISPR, the ‘miracle of our age’

“The Crispr story has arrived for the grand telling as a miracle of our age,” the [MIT Technology Review announced ...
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Meet the cyborg who can help decode the human brain

His motion capture suit, sensor-embedded gloves, and virtual reality eyewear were already enough to turn heads. But what stopped people ...
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‘Swallowable surgeons’: Battalion of salt-crystal sized microbots in development that could revolutionize medicine

Drs. Marc Miskin, Itai Cohen, and Paul McEuen at Cornell University spearheaded a collaboration that tackled one of the most pressing ...
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Artificial Intelligence’s Orwellian dangers – and what we should do about it

Individualistic western societies are built on the idea that no one knows our thoughts, desires or joys better than we ...
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Viewpoint: AI ethics guidelines will fail unless they account for regional and cultural differences

AI systems have repeatedly been shown to cause problems that disproportionately affect marginalized groups while benefiting a privileged few. The ...
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Podcast: The future of cancer care—How genomics is transforming research and treatment for all

In this episode, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, we’re taking a look at how genomic technologies are transforming cancer care ...