For several billion people mosquitoes are more than a nuisance--they transmit deadly diseases. Now genetic modification may prove the most effective defense against the mosquito, preventing disease.
Balloons filled with helium float lazily into the sky.
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Helium lifts balloons and makes our voices squeak. But its supply on Earth is finite and is critical for modern industrial processes and medical imaging in hospitals. How worried should we be?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify on Capitol Hill.
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The strengths of social media are also its weaknesses. Facebook must acknowledge that it has transformed from a startup company into a powerful social force.
It’s a political job, not a scientific one.
Nineteen months in, Trump has nominated a candidate to fill the empty science adviser position. History demonstrates that the role is at least as political as it is scientific.
A handful of europium.
A geologist explains the basics about these elements, which are crucial for modern electronics.
Many major U.S. cities have hidden cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.
Hundreds of US cities have red light cameras to try to catch traffic violations and prevent accidents. But research shows that the cameras may encourage other types of accidents.
Some of the ‘remarkable beetles’ Wallace collected in Borneo.
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An evolutionary biologist visits the remote jungle mountaintop where a little-known naturalist wrote his insightful paper about the mechanisms of evolution that spurred on a rivalrous Charles Darwin.
Instruments of nostalgia and psychological well-being?
As retro video games become more popular, research suggests players could be looking for nostalgia – and the psychological benefits it brings.
The longer they keep you plugged in to a game, the better it is for the house.
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When you engage in recreational gambling, you're not simply playing against the odds – you're battling an enemy trained in the art of deceit and subterfuge who uses human nature against you.
What causes a media business to bar the door?
While they may talk about 'free speech,' businesses make decisions about their content based on a very different set of principles.
What dads do online helps them navigate gender roles as society changes.
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The tasks of fatherhood are changing, but society's expectations haven't caught up. Many dads use online discussion groups, blogs and videos to explore their new identities.
What does this code do – and what does it mean?
Technological professionals are the first, and last, lines of defense against the misuse of technology.
The high-voltage lines carrying electricity across the U.S. aren’t the only potential targets.
Power utilities' cybersecurity practices may be effective, but need to evolve over time. And all companies operating elements of the grid – even the small ones – should step up.
It takes time to see which finding might be a golden egg.
Basic research can be easy to mock as pointless and wasteful of resources. But it's very often the foundation for future innovation – even in ways the original scientists couldn't have imagined.
Like the day’s newspaper, the brain has a temporary way to keep track of events.
How do brains convert experiences into memories? New research explores the chain of events by focusing on what genes shift into gear when neurons are firing.
A stretchable electronic device whose design is inspired by the cut-paper art called kirigami.
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What's the connection between kids making paper snowflakes and wearable devices that stretch and bend with your body? Engineers who find design inspirations from many sources.
A standee of the movie ‘Rampage’ at a theater in Bangkok, Thailand. Scientists in the film used CRISPR to create a monster.
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CRISPR has been hailed as the an editing tool that can delete inherited mutations and cure disease. But recent papers suggest that the technique may be too dangerous for use in human therapies.
What’s this digital token good for, anyway?
Tokens, the next stage in the development of blockchain technologies, can help expand blockchains' uses beyond simply exchanging money.
Birds don’t fly across wide Amazonian rivers like the Rio Negro.
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Rivers are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them. Research using birds' molecular clocks provides some answers.
What’s going on 150 kilometers below the Earth’s surface?
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A new array of seismometers provides a glimpse of what's happening deep beneath this geologic fault. New data help explain why the north and south of the region are more seismically active than the middle.
What if it were a lot easier to install solar power?
Silicon is cheap and a good semiconductor, but it's bulky and rigid. Using organic polymers as semiconductors could yield solar panels with the physical characteristics of plastics.
Gut microbes in the small intestine are essential for good physical and mental health.
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Cancer immunotherapies are considered as revolutionary. But many cancer patients don't respond to them. In a new clinical trial, researchers are testing whether gut microbes are the key to remission.
Cyberattacks target Americans’ thinking.
Russian hackers are coupling old propaganda strategies with new technologies to attack and exploit not just computers and stored data, but how people think.
Outside forces pushed the American people farther apart.
Cybersecurity experts in the US knew about Russian intelligence agencies' activities, but may not have had any idea how comprehensive and integrated they were – until now.
Watch out for these tiny tough guys.
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With superpowers other animals can only dream of, these crustaceans challenge sharks for the title of most amazing predator in the sea.