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'Deep learning' sheds light on natural selection in human DNA

‘Deep learning’ sheds light on natural selection in human DNA

Each person’s genome contains three billion building blocks called nucleotides, and researchers must compile data from thousands of people to ...
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Why we should search for alien life within our own Solar System

By examining interstellar asteroids and comets up close, argues Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, we might be able to tell whether ...
11-7-2018 tests-2-12-18

Viewpoint: Why ancestry tests shouldn’t be ‘read as a certainty’

Yes, I’m the kind of person who would take a DNA test with Ancestry and then, curious about whether I’d ...
11-6-2018 autism-spectrum-disorder-managing-behaviour

Tracking autism: ‘Recalibrated’ test may better reflect progression over time

A recalibrated version of a widely used test for autism may accurately reflect autistic children’s development as they grow and ...
11-6-2018 Kelton4_Jan16_956_717

Podcast: Exactly how does the brain do something as simple as storing a phone number?

You hear a new colleague's name. You get directions to the airport. You glance at a phone number you're about ...
11-5-2018 earthbiogeno

‘Moonshot for biology’: Inside the quest to sequence all life on earth

A mission to sequence the genome of every known animal, plant, fungus and protozoan - a group of single-celled organisms ...
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Self-driving cars and life or death decisions: Who gets to define morality for these machines?

You’re driving along the highway when, suddenly, a person darts out across the busy road. There’s speeding traffic all around ...
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Search for extraterrestrial life could be hampered by drama surrounding NASA’s telescope dreams

For nearly 20 years, NASA has been planning and constructing a telescope unlike any ever built before: the James Webb ...
11-5-2018 a formalin fixed human brain, ready to be handed to visitors

Chasing the biology underlying human intelligence

[H]uman intelligence [has increased] over time. Proposed explanations for the phenomenon, now known as the Flynn effect, include increasing education, ...
11-5-2018 virtual_reality5

Using virtual reality to treat social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders

Researchers have been developing virtual reality systems that help people overcome specific phobias since the 1990s. VR therapy has since ...
soup 11 7 18

Peering back in time: Engineered synthetic organisms could help answer key evolutionary questions

Evolution is the accepted explanation for life's diversity today, but there are still some holes in the process that we ...
opioid 11 7 18

Opioid controversy: FDA approves powerful new drug despite addiction concerns

In a highly controversial move, the Food and Drug Administration approved an especially powerful opioid painkiller despite criticism that the ...
11-6-2018 oumuamua-asteroid-space-ESO-1120

Is ‘interstellar visitor’ an alien probe? ‘We should be appropriately skeptical’

One year ago, in October 2017, astronomers detected the first confirmed interstellar visitor to our solar system – an asteroid dubbed Oumuamua ...
10-31-2018 archaeologists-find-300000-year-old-tools-in-desert-of-Saudi-Arabia

300,000-year-old stone tools found in Saudi Arabian desert could shed light on human migration out of Africa

Stone tools unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s inhospitable Nefud Desert indicate that members of our genus Homo had ventured beyond the ...
11-4-2018 here-s-the-scientific-reason-that-the-mother-child-bond-is-so-incredibly-special_411422371_alena-ozerova-760x506

Severe autism linked to lower serotonin levels in mothers

Women whose children are severely autistic have lower serotonin levels than do those whose children have mild or moderate autism ...
mars 11 6 18

Was life on Earth ‘just a lucky accident’? Next Mars mission will drill for answers

American rocket engineers are being urged to push their next Mars mission to the limits of technological performance. Space scientists have ...
crispr 11 6 18

Explaining CRISPR gene editing to beginners is no easy task

[MIT grad student Avery] Normandin was surrounded by an entirely different kind of laypeople. These folks — or at least ...
11-1-2018 Enthusiasts Gather For Mass Pot-Smoking Celebration

Good news for young pot-muddled brains. Study shows impairment is reversible

Taking a monthlong break from pot helps clear away young people’s memory fog, a small study suggests. The results show ...
parkinson 11 6 18

Appendix removal reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease, study suggests

The appendix, a once-dismissed organ now known to play a role in the immune system, may contribute to a person’s ...
evolution 11 6 18

Directed evolution and Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold

“Life is a tornado, and I am a leaf,” [Nobelist Frances H.] Arnold says. As the Linus Pauling Professor of ...
11-4-2018 Genetic_testing_page13_headline1

Why hyping ‘click-worthy’ autism research can do more harm than good

Click-worthy health and science headlines are an essential currency in today’s media world. When they pertain to autism, they might ...
rhino 11 5 18

No, humans haven’t wiped out 60 percent of animals since 1970. But things still look ugly

Since [October 29], news networks and social media have been abuzz with the claim that, as The Guardian among others ...
alien 11 5 18

‘People are primed for ET’: Why the discovery of alien life won’t frighten us

On [October 30] 80 years ago, actor Orson Welles announced to audiences in a chilling radio performance that Martians were ...
atheism 11 5 18

Viewpoint: What ‘New Atheists’ get wrong about science and religion

New Atheism is a literary movement that sprung up in 2004, led by prominent authors like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, ...
FDA approves 23andMe's direct-to-consumer DNA test assessing patient's ability to respond to antidepressants

FDA approves 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer DNA test assessing patient’s ability to respond to antidepressants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced [October 31] that it has approved the marketing of 23andMe’s reports on ...
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Ancient spearheads raise new questions about North America’s first inhabitants

[A]rchaeologists have uncovered evidence of a human settlement stretching back as far as 15,500 years: hammer stones and broken knives, ...
Viewpoint: Why the West should worry about losing the gene-editing race

Viewpoint: Why the West should worry about losing the gene-editing race

I fear that the West is losing today’s version of the “space race” — this one to use and control gene ...
These 12 guidelines could protect us from threats from artificial intelligence

These 12 guidelines could protect us from threats from artificial intelligence

After months of work, a set of guidelines designed to protect humanity from a range of threats posed by artificial ...