Could lab-grown plants offset agriculture’s environmental footprint?

Could lab-grown plants offset agriculture’s environmental footprint?

Researchers at MIT have developed a new method for growing plant tissues in a lab — sort of like how ...
AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

We have come together to fight Covid-19 and AI was a key enabler to bring to market vaccines, in unprecedented ...
Bugs for dinner? EU officials find edible mealworms pose ‘no safety concerns’

Bugs for dinner? EU officials find edible mealworms pose ‘no safety concerns’

Edible insects got one step closer to Europeans’ kitchens this month. The European Food Safety Authority released a scientific opinion on ...
How AI is turning the world of copyright protection upside down

How AI is turning the world of copyright protection upside down

In 2016 a short novel written by a Japanese AI reached the second round of a national literary prize and ...
'Landscapes of the future': How solar-powered LEDs could improve crop growth and cut pesticide use

‘Landscapes of the future’: How solar-powered LEDs could improve crop growth and cut pesticide use

GROW, which was developed with partners Wageningen University and Rabobank, is trialling its vertical ‘light recipe’ across an enormous field ...
Colonizing Mars? Here’s the technology we need to make that happen

Colonizing Mars? Here’s the technology we need to make that happen

Though it is the most livable non-Earth planet within our grasp, Mars is brutally hostile to life: It is as cold as Antarctica, ...
CRISPR, forests and climate change: Gene editing poised to engineer faster growing, carbon sucking trees—if activists don’t block it

CRISPR, forests and climate change: Gene editing poised to engineer faster growing, carbon sucking trees—if activists don’t block it

For years, scientists have recommended planting more trees to fight climate change. With more trees, the rate of photosynthesis will ...
We are inching towards direct brain control of computers. Here’s when they'll be ready

We are inching towards direct brain control of computers. Here’s when they’ll be ready

Imagine controlling your computer just by thinking. It sounds far-out, but real advances are happening on these so-called brain-computer interfaces ...
Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Impossible Foods is on a mission: ‘Eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035’

Patrick Brown is on a mission: to eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035. The CEO of Impossible Foods, a ...
Where does my body begin and machine end? How AI is keeping my pancreas, and me, alive

Where does my body begin and machine end? How AI is keeping my pancreas, and me, alive

I have Type 1 diabetes, so my pancreas does not produce the life-essential insulin that a normal pancreas secretes. Instead, ...
Humanoid robots should nicely fit in with the rest of us, study suggests

Humanoid robots should nicely fit in with the rest of us, study suggests

Previous surveys have been able to shed light on people's perceptions of social robots and their characteristics, but the very ...
We’ll all be vegans by 2050? How GM microbes and alternative proteins are changing our diets

We’ll all be vegans by 2050? How GM microbes and alternative proteins are changing our diets

The plant-based meat market is predicted to grow from $3.6 billion in 2020 to $4.2 billion by 2021. And by 2040, 60 ...
Virtual reality sex might soon be a reality. What can we expect?

Virtual reality sex might soon be a reality. What can we expect?

VR sex simulation is not the same as porn. The term “VR porn” is therefore somewhat misleading. When viewing photos ...
We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

We might be able to send GMOs to other planets. But is it a good idea?

First: Could we populate another planet with genetically modified organisms? Second: Should we? … Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Professor of Planetary Habitability and Astrobiology ...
Machine learning helps battle life-threatening diseases. Could it end world hunger, too?

Machine learning helps battle life-threatening diseases. Could it end world hunger, too?

When was the last time you read an online magazine or newspaper, only to find yourself bombarded with shopping ads ...
Video: Instead of paying with a credit card, what if you could simply touch a scanner with your finger?

Video: Instead of paying with a credit card, what if you could simply touch a scanner with your finger?

Instead of inserting a card or scanning a smartphone to make a payment, what if you could simply touch the ...
Plants poised to become a critical source to make vaccines for dengue and other diseases

Plants poised to become a critical source to make vaccines for dengue and other diseases

Dengue is a pathogenic mosquito-borne virus belonging to the Flaviviridae family that causes 390 million infections per year. A safe, ...
Replicants: How humans and AI – artificial intelligence – could merge

Replicants: How humans and AI – artificial intelligence – could merge

Researchers are starting to build hybrid collaborative systems that combine the best of an AI model’s superpowers with human intuition. In this, humans ...
Plant-based meat: Wholesome food, science experiment—or both?

Plant-based meat: Wholesome food, science experiment—or both?

Makers of plant-based meat deal with a constant balancing act between promoting their products as simple, wholesome food and also ...
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Infographic: How AI facial-recognition research can be misused to target minorities

[A] study, published in 2018, had trained algorithms to distinguish faces of Uyghur people, a predominantly Muslim minority ethnic group ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics and AI have launched an agricultural revolution. But ‘blind techno-optimism’ could have harmful consequences

Depending on who you listen to, artificial intelligence may either free us from monotonous labour and unleash huge productivity gains, ...
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Possibility of life on Venus fades after reanalysis of atmospheric data

Possibility of life on Venus fades after reanalysis of atmospheric data

In September, an international team of astronomers made headlines when it reported finding phosphine — a potential marker of life ...
Aging reversed using high-pressure hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Israeli researchers claim in peer reviewed study

Aging reversed using high-pressure hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Israeli researchers claim in peer reviewed study

Scientists in Israel showed they could turn back the clock in two key areas of the body believed to be ...
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 ...
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