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Video: What CRISPR means for human evolution

Tech experts discuss the past, present and future of CRISPR gene editing. How will the technology affect our future generations? ...
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‘Game-changer’: Europe’s ExoMars rover armed with new life-testing tool

In a new paper published in the journal Astrobiology, Jacob Heinz, my colleague at the Technical University of Berlin, and I discuss ...
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Extraterrestrial protein found inside meteorite? If true, discovery bolsters pursuit of alien life

A team of researchers claim to have found a protein inside a meteorite. It would be the first protein ever ...
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Visit Mars and bring back alien life? Troubles containing coronavirus should make us wary of bringing microbes to Earth

You know what? Maybe we ought to reconsider this whole thing about looking for life on other worlds. It would ...
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Infographic: Which 3D printed organs are closest to being transplantable?

No one has printed fully functional, transplantable human organs just yet, but scientists are getting closer, making pieces of tissue ...
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Building ‘better’ astronauts through genetic engineering could be key to colonizing other planets

Through genetic engineering, we will one day have the ability to thrive in harsh alien environments ...
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Why AI doctors could signal the arrival of superintelligent robots

What would alert us that superintelligence is indeed around the corner? We might call such harbingers canaries in the coal ...
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We have 4 ways to search for alien life. Where should we focus our resources?

There are, right now, four ways to search for alien life, ranging from the most passive to the most active ...
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Trends that will shape the 2020s: Psychedelics as medicine, diagnostic cell phone apps and AI prediction of disease outbreaks

Clearly, a lot can happen in a decade—but innovation has to start somewhere. Based on what’s breaking through now, here ...
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Targeting super bacteria with artificial intelligence yields ‘powerful’ discovery

We’re now facing the emergence of strains of super bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics and an aging arsenal ...
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Viewpoint: My daughter taught me that ‘broken’ genes shouldn’t always be fixed

Ruthie is a vibrant teenager. She will never learn how to drive and or read normal-sized print without assistive technology, ...
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‘Expanding the capabilities of the human body’: Russian biohackers turn to implants, supplements and extreme exercise

Gripping a scalpel, Vladislav Zaitsev makes an incision in the fold of skin between his client's thumb and index finger ...
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This robotic face will wince if you hit it. How does it process pain?

Sensors embedded in soft, artificial skin that can detect both a gentle touch and a painful thump have been hooked ...
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Viewpoint: Artificial intelligence ‘without guard rails’ is growing global threat

Technology is bestowing wonderful opportunities and benefits to the world, but the acceleration of development, and lack of global regulatory ...
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Can artificial intelligence diagnose diseases? Promising apps in development but kinks remain

An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI. The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow ...
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Viewpoint: AI has one glaring weakness in health care: There’s no human touch

It might be that, as physicians who work in a public health care system that relies on fax machines, carbon ...
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Would artificial wombs liberate women from the ‘blood, sweat and tears’ of pregnancy?

By lifting the burden of reproduction, artificial wombs might liberate women ...
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‘More than human’: How neural implants, robotics and artificial intelligence are redefining who we are

Advances in human enhancement make cyborgs a future possibility ...
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‘Politics and war’: Why life on other planets would look a lot like our own

If other beings do populate the universe, what are they doing out there? Are the possible inhabitants of Teegarden b, ...
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‘My entire goal is to basically age in reverse’: How biohackers are attempting to engineer longer lives

When day breaks, they go out in their yard and face the rising sun — Thaddeus [Owen] in shorts and ...
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Human hibernation eyed as solution for severe trauma, weight loss and deep-space travel

A small group of scientists is taking human hibernation extremely seriously. They are studying the basic mechanisms with an eye ...
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‘Simpler, cheaper’ alternative to IVF promised by controversial embryo research

Researchers have conducted a controversial study that involved paying dozens of young women at a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ...
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Video: In 40 years, babies could be made in the lab from skin cells

The "birds and the bees" as we know them are changing. A new process called in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) is ...
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‘Living, self-healing xenobots’ made from frog stem cells could lead to new drug delivery system

They’re perfect strangers: biological entities that, up until this point, had no business being together. And yet, [microbiologist Michael] Levin ...
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Video: Building a bionic prosthetic leg that ‘thinks for itself’

It’s no question that researchers, doctors, and engineers want to design more effective robotic limbs that can help paralyzed and ...
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Rapid-diagnosing AI makes brain cancer operations ‘safer and more effective than ever before’

Expert human pathologists typically require around 30 minutes to diagnose brain tumors from tissue samples extracted during surgery. A new ...
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‘Chilling’ solution to Fermi paradox: Are intelligent life forms destined to destroy themselves?

If we compress the history of the universe into a single year, Earth and our solar system formed around Labor ...
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‘Almost no limit’: Synthetic biology has turned the stuff of science fiction into the stuff of science

Synthetic biology, or the application of engineering principles to the design of life, presents world-changing prospects. Could components of a ...