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Orange skin? That’s just one of the ways our bodies might evolve if we settle on Mars

Over time, we should expect a fair bit of evolutionary divergence between Mars settlers and the human population on Earth, ...
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Inherited learning appears to be real, through epigenetics. But we still aren’t sure how it happens

[S]ome researchers have found evidence that even some learned behaviors and physiological responses can be epigenetically inherited. None of the new ...
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Iron-carrying protein myoglobin improves growth, texture, color of lab-grown meat

A team of Tufts University-led researchers exploring the development of cultured meat found that the addition of the iron-carrying protein ...
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How NASA’s struggle with radiation-resistant microbe could help us understand infections

Bacteria have infiltrated sterile rooms NASA used to build space equipment. Studying what happens to them in outer space could ...
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Are undiscovered antibiotics ‘silently waiting’ in our own bodies? Researchers scour microbiome for helpful genes

[A] study led by Dr. Mohamed Donia from Princeton University pushed the dark microbiome world into the light by targeting the ...
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Can death be reversed? Scientists partially revive brains of dead pigs

Despite technological advances, biology and medicine still lack a coherent and principled understanding of what precisely defines birth and death—the ...
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How genetically engineered crops can help us colonize space

If we are serious about settling on other planets, we must grow food efficiently outside the safe environment of Earth ...
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Why this NASA engineer believes we’ve already found evidence of life on Mars

I was fortunate to have participated in that historic adventure as experimenter of the Labeled Release (LR) life detection experiment ...
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AI has a problem with generalization. Human brains may offer a solution.

Unconstrained by evolution, AI has the potential to churn through vast amounts of data to surpass our puny, fatty central ...
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Viewpoint: There’s reason for optimism about AI’s ability to diagnose illnesses—but there’s also a lot of hype

Medicine is one of the hottest fields when it comes to applying AI to real-world problems, in particular using deep learning systems to ...
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Animals enhanced with human brain cells—and robust levels of consciousness—create new ethical dilemmas

Neuroscientist Isaac Chen from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, along with his colleagues, has written ...
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Paralyzed man walks, using exoskeleton suit controlled by brain implants

The news: A paralyzed man has walked again thanks to a brain-controlled exoskeleton suit. Within the safety of a lab setting, ...
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Robots gain ‘sense of tactile touch’ through light-based nervous system

This month, a team led by Dr. Rob Shepard at Cornell University [gave robots an artificial nervous system], with a seriously ...
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‘Turning electrons into chemicals’: Scientists seek alternatives to oil-based manufacturing processes

Black, gooey, greasy oil is the starting material for more than just transportation fuel. It's also the source of dozens ...
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Brain implants may one day boost our abilities to text, drive, communicate and think

An injection of Silicon Valley chutzpah has energised the field of brain-computer or brain-machine interfaces in recent years. Buoyed by ...
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When it comes to vision, computers are beating us at our own game

Does computer vision need inspiration from human vision at all? In some ways, the answer is obviously no. The information ...
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12 technologies that will help feed 9 billion people without wrecking the planet

There is a big challenge not just to produce food in a more sustainable way for the sake of our ...
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Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents’ brains?

Protein in umbilical cord blood rejuvenates cells in the brain’s memory center, improving learning and memory in aging mice. Could ...
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Viewpoint: Before we ‘summon the demon’ of AI, we need a global consensus on ethics

The potential threats of AI are many, and most people agree that ethical AI that benefits humanity as a whole ...
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Using DNA to store information: All of YouTube’s data could be held ‘in a single teaspoon’

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya have significantly optimized the process ...
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As the ocean heats up, coral reproduction is thrown out of step

Bad timing for coral sex might be an underappreciated threat of climate change. Spawning is out of sync for at ...
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Asia is pulling ahead in the AI race – but are ethics being prioritized?

Globally, future outlooks for artificial intelligence (AI) swing between two extremes—excited anticipation about the positive impact AI will have on ...
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CRISPR breakthrough — gene edited lizards

According to a study published in the journal Cell Reports [August 27], a group of scientists at the University of Georgia successfully ...
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Can we trust self-regulation? As artificial embryos creep closer to the real thing, when do we hit pause?

[R]esearchers at the University of Michigan are reporting that they’ve learned to efficiently manufacture realistic models of human embryos from stem cells ...
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Meet biohacker Anastasia Synn, magician with 26 self-implanted microchips and magnets under her skin

[Anastasia] Synn has 26 microchips and magnets implanted throughout her body. Unlike many biohackers who experiment purely out of personal ...
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Human carelessness one of the ‘biggest risks if we encounter extraterrestrial life’

As humans explore the solar system, the tantalizing possibility of discovering extraterrestrial life continues to pop up. But the goal ...
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Can DNA from Loch Ness help solve 86-year old monster mystery?

It was a science story made for the headlines: a monster, more than a thousand years of mystery and maybe, ...
First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

A small clinical study in California has suggested for the first time that it might be possible to reverse the ...