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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 ...
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Viewpoint: 3 reasons we should be concerned about artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence will in time bring extraordinary benefits to medical science, clean-energy provision, environmental issues, and many other areas. But precisely ...
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Synthetic biology startup Ginkgo Bioworks wants to print ‘designer’ DNA

Over the last several years, Ginkgo [Bioworks] has developed an automated process for combining genetic parts that has made it ...
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How artificial intelligence might learn about human emotion

In 1998, while looking for topics for her Master’s thesis at the American University in Cairo, [Rana] el Kaliouby stumbled ...
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There are 3 types of alien life we might find out there

Our existence here is proof enough that it can happen. We can imagine that if life comes to exist anywhere else ...
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Will weed-zapping AI robots disrupt market for herbicides and GMO seeds?

In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the ...
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No male birth control due to lack of pharmaceutical industry support—not male disinterest

That the responsibility for preventing unintended pregnancy still lies almost exclusively with women remains one of the world’s great health ...
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FitBit for cows: Biohacker invents implanted sensor that tracks livestock health in real time

Though they look indistinguishable from the other cows on a dairy farm in Utah, three cyborg cows with implanted sensors ...
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After 25 years, will Congress revive NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)?

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives recently proposed legislation for NASA’s future that includes some intriguing language. The space agency, the bill recommends, ...
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Are we done bleeding horseshoe crabs for pharmaceutical use?

Contemporary humans do not deliberately kill the horseshoe crabs—as did previous centuries of farmers catching them for fertilizer or fishermen ...
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5 key things we should know about the gut microbiome

Here are five of the most important questions that lie ahead for microbiome science. 1) What makes a gut microbiome ...
CRISPR may turn biology into the next Silicon Valley-like digital platform

CRISPR may turn biology into the next Silicon Valley-like digital platform

Crispr, the powerful gene-editing tool, is revolutionizing the speed and scope with which scientists can modify the DNA of organisms, including ...
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Writer agrees to be biohacked. Now she wonders if it was worth it

Grinders are hackers, but the hardware they aim to hack is the human body. They are transhumanist in the most ...
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‘De-extinction’ could revive vanished Tasmanian tiger—or something close to it

With the stripes of a tiger, the body shape of a dog and the pouch of a kangaroo, the Australian ...
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No words needed: AlterEgo prototype allows communication with computer as if by thought

Controlling your gadgets by talking to them is so 2018. In the future, you won’t even have to move your ...
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Synthetic biology’s ‘promise and potential’ capture investor attention

Synthetic biology has become the new frontier of genetic engineering, promising to radically change the way we make clothes, fragrances, ...
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How artificial intelligence could push us closer to nuclear war

As AI slowly erodes the foundations that made the Cold War possible, we may find ourselves hurtling towards all-out nuclear ...
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Implanted artificial mole could be early warning system for prostate, lung, colon, breast cancer

[R]esearchers at ETH Zurich have developed a novel early warning system for four common types of cancer. An implant keeps ...
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We are entering the era of artificial intelligence—how should we get ready for it?

If the US were to draw up a new AI master plan, what should it aim to do? Funding AI ...
AI personhood? European Parliament under fire for proposing recognizing legal status of robots

AI personhood? European Parliament under fire for proposing recognizing legal status of robots

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the ...
Viewpoint: Universe started with a bang, will end with a frigid ‘slow, gradual death’

Viewpoint: Universe started with a bang, will end with a frigid ‘slow, gradual death’

When will our universe reach the point of maximum entropy? And what other possibilities exist for our universe in the ...
4-15-2018 tech-tattoo

Biohacking can work wonders on machines, but on humans? Not so much.

We can hack our technologies, and even our societies, so why not ourselves? Alas, things are not so straightforward. While ...

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