Any children born of genome editing are genetic mosaics with uncertain resistance to disease. (Shutterstock)

We’re not ready for gene-designed babies

Chinese researcher, Jainkui He claims to have created the world's first genome-edited twins. Such action would pose unknown risks to the lives of these children and to humanity as a whole.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui of Shenzhen claims he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies. from www.shutterstock.com

Researcher claims CRISPR-twins are born

We don't know anything about the health of the baby girls who are reported to have been born. But it's clear scientists around the world are shocked.
The excessive use of mobile devices by parents is wreaking havoc on children, and family dynamics. (Shutterstock)

Technoference: A habit parents should ditch

It's not too late for a New Year's resolution. If you're a parent - resolving to stop 'technofering' could be one of the most important things you do this year.
As AI is deployed in society, there is an impact that can be positive or negative. The future is in our hands. Shutterstock

Developing AI responsibly

The Montréal Declaration calls for the responsible development of artificial intelligence. A world expert explains why scientists must choose how their expertise will benefit society.
Remote presence technology enables a medic to perform an ultrasound at the scene of accident. (University of Saskatchewan)

Robots are saving lives in the Canadian North

A remote medicine program in Saskatchewan allows acutely ill children and pregnant women to be treated by specialist doctors, without leaving their communities.
Rush hour in Vancouver, B.C. Has North America reached Peak Car? StoneMonkeyswk/Shutterstock.com

Have we reached Peak Car?

With car manufacturers closing down factories, and self-driving technologies improving and becoming more widely accepted, have we reached Peak Car?
An increase in the use of self-driving cars will change parking requirements in the city. Shutterstock

Self-driving cars will make our cities more charming

An increase in the use of self-driving cars will change parking infrastructure in cities, and hopefully result in more colourful character neighbourhoods.
A stamp printed in Malagasy shows a mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus), circa 1994. Tristan Tan / Shutterstock.com

Meet the famous mummichog fish

The mummichog is a little-known fish that has made significant contributions to biological knowledge.
A 3D rendering of a command centre interior. (Shutterstock)

Cyberspace argument: Eliminate nukes

Nuclear command and control - the computer systems, networks and procedures - is at risk from cybersecurity threats.
Barcelona is a city where various “smart” aspects contribute to everyday life. Photo by Tim Easley on Unsplash

Smart, sustainable cities through cohousing

Smart cities need places for people to engage in meaningful ways, and cohousing is one model of smart citizen development.

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