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US scientist who edited human embryos with CRISPR responds to critics

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:00
Can we safely fix the DNA of human embryos in a lab dish?

Magic Leap’s headset is real, but that may not be enough

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:08
It’s taken years of work and billions of dollars in venture funding to build a working mixed-reality headset for developers. Now what?

AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:45
Coursera is unveiling a new machine learning tool to show companies what skills their employees are acquiring from its classes and their level of expertise.

The Defense Department has produced the first tools for catching deepfakes

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 07:00
Fake video clips made with artificial intelligence can also be spotted using AI—but this may be the beginning of an arms race.

Meet the guy with four arms, two of which someone else controls in VR

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 03:01
These robotic limbs could someday help people work together when they’re far apart.

This new Ethereum-based “assassination market” platform could cause Napster-size legal headaches

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:00
Augur lets people bet on events and pays whoever gets it right—so of course they’re wagering on the deaths of Donald Trump and Jeff Bezos.

An AI-driven robot hand spent a hundred years teaching itself to rotate a cube

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:37
A reinforcement-learning algorithm allows Dactyl to learn physical tasks by practicing them in a virtual-reality environment.

DARPA has an ambitious $1.5 billion plan to reinvent electronics

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 07:00
The US military agency is worried the country could lose its edge in semiconductor chips with the end of Moore’s Law.

The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:00
Fluctuating solar and wind power require lots of energy storage, and lithium-ion batteries seem like the obvious choice—but they are far too expensive to play a major role.

How one climate scientist combats threats and misinformation from chemtrail conspiracists

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:45
Harvard geoengineering researcher David Keith explains when to feed the trolls and when not to.

Million-person genetic study finds gene patterns linked to how long people stay in school

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:00
Researchers explore genetic “scores” that may predict educational success.

Climate change could drive tens of thousands of additional suicides in North America

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:00
Stanford and Berkeley scientists found that suicides, as well as depressive language on Twitter, rise as temperatures do.

One woman’s race to defuse the genetic time-bomb in her genes

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 07:00
How DNA sequencing and new genetic drugs raise the chance we can cure any inherited disease.

Don’t hold your breath for allergy-free cats

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 05:00
Gene-editing technology is eyed as the next step in the quest to create cats that don’t make you sneeze.

IBM thinks blockchains can help reduce carbon emissions

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 03:04
It’s turning carbon credits into crypto-tokens—part of a scheme to create a massive marketplace of novel digital assets.

Google wants to make programming quantum computers easier

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 19:15
Its new open-source software will help developers experiment with the machines, including Google’s own super-powerful quantum processor.

How to tell if you’re talking to a bot

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:06
The five best ways to detect fake social-media accounts.

This man’s quest to understand memory starts with obsessive bodycam recording and brain-wave tracking

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:00
By-products include striking short films that speed up and slow down along in response to body signals.

Forget about VR in the living room; this summer it’s on waterslides and in arcades

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:30
VR technology hasn’t been a hit with consumers, so companies are taking it everywhere from specially built arenas to airports.

Meet Oasis Labs, the blockchain startup Silicon Valley is buzzing about

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:03
Combining software with something the company calls “trusted hardware” will vastly expand what smart contracts can do.