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Race science? Can AI ‘predict’ criminality through facial analysis?

Sidney Fussell | 
With “80 percent accuracy and with no racial bias,” the paper, A Deep Neural Network Model to Predict Criminality Using ...
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On the front lines fighting the coronavirus: I took a COVID-19 contact tracing course

Megan Molteni | 
In the Before Times, there were only about 2,200 contact tracers for the whole US, according to the Association of ...
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As rising oceans encroach on arable land, gene editing, floating farms may help feed the world

Christina Couch | 
A soil biologist and co-director of the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food, [Duncan] Cameron had long known that ...
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Viewpoint: AI gets ‘B-minus at best’ for dealing with COVID-19. But better days are ahead

Kai-Fu Lee | 
Truth be told, AI has not had a particularly successful four months in the battle of the pandemic. I would ...
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Supercomputers take first steps toward replacing human clinical drug trials

Ray Kurzweil | 
We are seeing the beginnings of a profound paradigm shift in health technology. AI simulations have the potential to test ...
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Viewpoint: Sweden’s unique approach to COVID-19 containment has failed

Amit Katwala | 
There was a familiar refrain from political commentators on certain corners of the internet in the early days of the ...
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The human brain may not be such a great model for designing artificial intelligence

Kelly Clancy | 
[M]ost artificial neural networks are decidedly un-brainlike, in part because they learn using mathematical tricks that would be difficult, if ...

Accidental side effect: COVID-19 pandemic could give polio ‘a fresh start’

Maryn McKenna | 
The world’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is closing in on 5 million. But an accidental side effect of ...
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‘That’s not easy’: Figuring out who gets first shot at a coronavirus vaccine

Adam Rogers | 
Even if scientists do develop a safe, broadly effective vaccine, nobody knows how to give it to billions of people ...
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How coronavirus wreaks havoc on the body, organ by organ

Will Bedingfield | 
Covid-19 has confounded the expectations of doctors. Patients suffer from a bewildering variety of complications. They urinate blood, complain of ...

‘Skin hunger’: That burning desire for human contact supercharged by the coronavirus pandemic

Sirin Kale | 
Once a week, Alice, who lives alone, walks to the end of her garden to meet her best friend Lucy ...
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‘Microbe maps’: Swabbing subways, ATMs and park benches to find coronavirus hot spots

Megan Molteni | 
Nearly a decade ago, after watching his young daughter lick a pole in a subway car, computational biologist Christopher Mason ...
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Lessons learned from the past: Why rushing a coronavirus vaccine could be dangerous

Maryn McKenna | 
Annual flu shots don’t need to go through clinical trials every time they are adjusted for each year’s flu strain, ...
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Squids’ ability to edit their own RNA could lead to human disease treatments

Eric Niiler | 
For nearly every animal on Earth, any changes made to the DNA are transmitted from the cell nucleus by messenger ...

How GMO, gene-edited crops can help feed billions of people without fueling climate change

Emma Marris | 
We face a formidable challenge in the years ahead. We need to reduce [carbon] emissions and also sustain a growing ...
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Infographic: Fighting the coronavirus pandemic with collaborative science and data sharing

Klint Finley | 
On February 27, a teenager in the Seattle area was diagnosed with Covid-19. Shortly after, researchers at the Seattle Flu Study shared genomic data ...
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CRISPR-based ‘PAC-MAN approach’ could be answer to COVID-19 and other viral menaces

Steven Levy | 
Tim Abbott, a PhD candidate at Stanford University’s bioengineering department, checked the results of an experiment that he was running ...
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Predicting the next coronavirus outbreak by mining genetic databases

Megan Molteni | 
Search “coronavirus” on GenBank, a public repository for genomes, and today you’ll find more than 35,000 sequences. Alpaca coronaviruses. Hedgehog coronaviruses ...
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Alzheimer’s research is stuck on a ‘single, unproven hypothesis’. It’s time to explore new theories

Mark Hammond, Tim Newton | 
Over the past decade we’ve seen failure after failure in clinical trials for neurodegenerative disease. Despite over 200 clinical trials, ...
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We’ve mapped a fly brain down ‘to the very last neuron’. That’s a big deal for human brain research

Gregory Barber | 
[A]s director of Janelia Research Campus, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, [Gerry Rubin has] spent the last 12 ...
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Terminally ill cancer patients donating their bodies for research on how tumors spread

Rachael Pells | 
It sounds macabre, but it’s important research. [Andrew] Rowan is one of a team of experts working on a new ...
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3D-printed plastic bunny contains its own blueprint coded in synthetic DNA

Megan Molteni | 
The kumquat-sized bunny, cute as it may be, isn’t a toy or a good luck charm. But if you cut ...

How well-intentioned research into ‘gay genes’ spawned controversial DNA screening app

Megan Molteni | 
A giant collection of carefully cataloged genomes, called the UK Biobank, was about to become available to researchers. … To [researcher ...
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Artificial Intelligence lab OpenAI wants to develop technology ‘to save the world’. Will it also assist the US military?

Tom Simonite | 
Microsoft’s recent victory in landing a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract called JEDI could make life more complicated for one of the ...
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Extraterrestrial babies? Scientists want to know how microgravity would affect human reproduction

Daniel Oberhaus | 
The plane’s rapid descent created a microgravity environment in the cockpit and for a few seconds, [pilot Daniel] González felt ...

We need pollinators to grow food in space, but bees may not survive harsh extraterrestrial environment, study shows

Daniel Oberhaus | 
One of the world’s newest space analogs is inside a white ziggurat on top of a former nuclear bunker in ...
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Controversy over gene-edited cow’s ‘surprise DNA’ could slow efforts to promote animal welfare

Christie Klok | 
On the morning of August 7, Alison Van Eenennaam awoke to a tweet from a man she had never met ...

Brain scans, like DNA, can say a lot about who you are. That creates ethical, privacy concerns.

Evan Morris | 
Many people are aware—and properly protective—of the vast stores of information contained in their DNA. When DNA samples were collected ...