There’s still a way to go from editing single-cell embryos to a full-term ‘designer baby.’
The news may have come as a surprise, but it probably shouldn't have. A bioethics expert walks through how big a deal this announcement is – and what we should be considering now.
Ngwe Thein says he was forced to work on a fishing trawler with inadequate food and little or no pay.
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July 30 marks the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. How can computer scientists help combat this problem?
The next frontier of data storage: DNA.
Researchers who hold the world record for storing and retrieving data in DNA explain how the building blocks of life can be used to hold digital information as well.
She must have had a successful pregnancy.
A new evolutionary perspective on what's been a medical paradox: Why does the body use inflammation to regulate aspects of pregnancy when inflammation is also a big threat to pregnancy?
Impacts of federal research funding can be felt region-wide.
Research dollars don't stay locked up in academia and government labs. R&D collaborations with the private sector are common – and grow the innovation economy.
How will we react when cars start driving themselves?
How might we, and our nation's roads and highways, need to change as autonomous vehicles become more ubiquitous? We know a lot of the answers, but not all of them.
How can we ensure technology brings prosperity to us all?
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
The cells inside this bioreactor are the real pharmaceutical factories.
Rather than being designed by chemists, this class of pharmaceuticals is produced by living cells. Here's where they come from and how they work.
Step one is not being afraid to reexamine a site that’s been previously excavated.
Dominic O'Brien. Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
A team of archaeologists strived to improve the reproducibility of their results, influencing their choices in the field, in the lab and during data analysis.
Is this an impostor trying to break into your phone with his voice?
You can log in to your smartphone by talking to it. Current security systems don't protect enough against imitators. The best way to ensure voice authentication is secure is to start with the sound.
Are research nonprofits holding up their end of the tax-exempt bargain?
Holding patents can be a lucrative and powerful position to be in. Here's a proposal for how nonprofit patent holders can do more for the common good – and live up to their end of the tax break bargain.
Who’s collecting your data, and what are they using your data for?
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What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it's accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Mirzakhani was a luminary in her field.
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Mirzakhani blazed to the top of her field due to her talent. But who she was and where she came from also make her a role model for those from underrepresented demographics in the world of math.
People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe.
There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
Is America’s digital economy facing a stormy future?
The digital economy in the US is already on the verge of stalling; failing to protect an open internet would further erode the United States’ digital competitiveness.
Will the robots come to control us?
He spends his days developing artificial intelligence systems. What about AI keeps him up at night?
Latching springs provide a boost.
Yun Seong Song et al (2017)
For those with reduced mobility and even just the normally aging, stairs can pose a big problem. A cheap and efficient new prototype could help.
Fixing electronics devices doesn’t need to be difficult.
Many companies are working to prevent customers from fixing broken smartphones and tractors. By doing so, they're missing out on an opportunity to build customer loyalty and boost profits.
How do they each know what to do?
Researchers identified simple behavioral rules that allow these tiny creatures to collaboratively build elaborate structures, with no one in charge.
Should children under the age of 13 be given access to smartphones?
Teaching fear and avoidance of technology may protect people from negative consequences. But it also prevents them from finding, and benefiting from, productive uses of new innovations.
Ballet dancers can apply their intensive training to tasks they haven’t practiced.
Highly trained dancers provide insights for researchers helping design improved rehab programs for people with mobility impairments. The next step could include rehab robots as dance partners.
The message might not come through if you put all your communication eggs in one theoretical basket.
Reports of facts' death have been greatly exaggerated. Effective communication jettisons the false dilemma in favor of a more holistic view of how people take in new information on contentious topics.
A group of Maasai men look at the mobile phone belonging to one of them.
What do traditional Maasai people use mobile phones for?
Is objectification bad – if you welcome sexualized attention?
Women experience negative effects from the objectification that's common in our society. What happens if they try to seize the reins and elicit sexualized attention in their romantic relationships?
And don’t expect chocolate ice cream, either.
Millions of Americans believe brown cows produce chocolate milk? The way the media reported this factoid raises questions about science literacy – but different ones than you may think.