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Here’s how artificial intelligence could ‘poison’ healthcare

Artificial intelligence is often hailed as a great catalyst of medical innovation, a way to find cures to diseases that ...
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Interactive Infographic: Human body of the future with artificial organs, bionic eyes, lab-printed bones and more

Technology has changed the game for medical professionals across the past few decades. It’s hard to imagine where we’d be ...
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‘RoboDUCK’: Weed-killing robot could cut chemical use in rice farming

An engineer working for Japanese carmaker Nissan has built a robot to help farmers reduce the use of herbicides and ...
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Light manipulation could cut indoor farming energy use 30-50% without hindering crop growth

There is substantial interest in growing crops in closed controlled environments, yet the energy requirements are high. Energy is required ...
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Redefining artificial intelligence: It could work more like a ‘search engine’ than a human brain

With respect to AI, [engineer Eric] Drexler believes our view of an artificial intelligence as a single “agent” that acts ...
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Why the US military and Elon Musk have jumped on the ‘cyborg hypetrain’

When Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve ...
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This tech start-up wants to ‘hack’ efforts to save endangered species, ecosystems

After an unorthodox career in science that has included setting up a national park in an active war zone in ...
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Body part regeneration: How science can make the jump from fantasy to reality

Could studying animals that regenerate body parts help us understand how to regrow human organs and limbs? It's unlikely in ...
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Podcast: How biotech, big data and robotics help farmers grow more food on less land

While technology is exploding in all areas of life, it has been slow to reach agriculture. Many old, unsustainable farming ...
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Rapid mutation: Why future Mars’ colonists could evolve into a ‘completely different species’

In a new interview with Inverse, evolutionary biologist and Rice University professor Scott Solomon thinks it’s worth asking what will happen to Mars colonists in ...
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Is there any point in living longer if we can’t stay young?

Aging, like bankruptcy in Hemingway’s description, happens two ways, slowly and then all at once. ... "...Over the past century, ...
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Google’s AI beats human doctors at diagnosing lung cancer in study

One of lung cancer’s most lethal attributes is its ability to trick radiologists. Some nodules appear threatening but turn out ...
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Building a better nose: Can a robot sniff as well as a dog?

Olfaction remains a stubborn biological enigma. Scientists are still piecing together the basics of how we sense all those volatile ...
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Can biohacking transform our homes into ‘hospitals of the future’?

The need of having a higher quality of care and more control and transparency over individual healthcare are affecting the ...
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From lab-grown burgers to 3D printed steak, here’s why alternative meat is mainstream in 2019

As the sustainability agenda rises in the food industry, innovators are increasingly looking at ways of swapping out meat for ...
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We don’t always know why ‘intelligent’ machines do what they do. Should we study them like animals?

Artificial intelligence algorithms are often seen as 'black boxes' whose rules remain inaccessible. We must therefore create a new scientific ...
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Glyphosate-cancer lawsuits spur development of next-generation weed killers

"Total fear and shock." That's how Andrew Kniss, a weed scientist at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, describes the ...
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Why synthetic biology is about much more than resurrecting woolly mammoths

Synthetic biology...Simply mentioning this term — whether at a cocktail party or on a pop culture TV show — evokes ...
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Mining ‘extremely hostile environments’ for keys to new drugs, tech breakthroughs

Many scientists have been investigating the planet’s countless extreme environments, on the hunt for molecules that will inspire the next ...
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AI’s surprising development of ‘number sense’ mimics that of human babies

Training software that emulates brain networks to identify dog breeds or sports equipment is by now old news. But getting ...
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3D printed organs: We’re closer to solving the problem of how to supply them with blood

We’re tantalizingly close to growing organs in the lab, but the biggest remaining challenge has been creating the fine networks ...
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Biological DNA could solve our long-term data storage crisis

Molecular Information Storage, or MIST – also known as DNA digital storage and several other names – is using biological ...
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Defining life: Why we need to identify the boundary between living things and AI robots

They’re advancing artificial intelligence (AI) to create next-gen personalized robots that can read human emotions in real time. What will ...
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Would ‘designer babies’ herald a new era of eugenics?

September [2018] saw the announcement from scientists of the first manufacture of human egg cells in the lab. … Despite the apparent ...
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Does a future with genetic enhancements undermine ‘the idea that we are all equal’?

Sex is how humans propagate. But developments in genetic engineering might change this one day. “We are, in the future, ...
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Space station experiment testing ‘nano antioxidants’ that could fight age-related diseases

An upcoming experiment aboard the International Space Station will test the effects of microgravity on living cells mixed with tiny ...
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‘Reverse engineering’ our brains with silicon chips could help us understand consciousness

The fact that computers “think” very differently than our brains do actually gives them an advantage when it comes to ...
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Podcast: Are you ready for the Zero Dollar Genome?

We've broken through the thousand dollar genome barrier and are heading towards $100. Leading geneticist George Church want to take ...