Researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease use fetal tissue for their experiments.
The Trump administration has banned NIH researchers from using fetal tissue. The tissue is an essential tool for scientists investigating diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to Zika virus infections.
Just put the phone down, and it’ll charge right up.
Wireless charging is conceptually easy but technically difficult. Devices that can adjust themselves to optimize charging are on the way.
It can be hard to tell whether what’s in the box will encourage development or just be a waste of time.
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There's a spectrum of quality when it comes to what kids can do with screen time. An expert in early childhood technology suggests picking tech activities that promote problem-solving and fun.
The microbes that live in our gut are essential to good health.
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The effort to edit the genes of Chinese twins implies that all our traits are determined by our genes. But changing our diet, environment, lifestyle and microbes may have a greater effect.
Scientists are facing a reproducibility crisis.
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Science is in a reproducibility crisis. This is driven in part by invalid statistical analyses that happen long after the data are collected – the opposite of how things are traditionally done.
Dr. Who used the this time machine, called the TARDIS, to travel through space and time on the BBC television show Dr. Who.
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Who wouldn't want to travel in time, glimpsing the dinosaurs or peeking at humans 2,000 years from now? Now physicists have designed a time machine that seems deceptively simple.
A comet-gazing opportunity to close out the year.
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A bright comet visible in December provides an excellent viewing opportunity for night sky lovers – even potentially with the naked eye.
Through creative off-label uses of technology, some people have improved close relationships and their health.
Whether a technology helps or hurts people depends not on how much time they spend with it, but how they use it.
Are you in the market for some sparkle?
Whether forged by geological processes or laboratory techniques, diamonds are diamonds. Their unique properties mean they have applications that are not bling-related as well.
You’re probably wrong about how long it would take you to know they’re ‘the one.’
New research confirms that people tend to rush to judgment, in spite of believing their own decisions and those of others are carefully based on lots of evidence and data. And that can be good or bad.
Babies to order.
Forecasts of designer babies followed the announcement of the gene-edited twins, just as they have for any reproductive technology since 1978. This signals the public must learn more about genetics.
Researchers have identified 3,000 radioactive isotopes – and predict 4,000 more are out there.
Alongside their famous dangers, radioactive materials have many beneficial uses. With as many more predicted as have already been discovered, nuclear physicists are searching for more isotopes.
Do you know this downy woodpecker?
By looking closely at traits like wing feathers and spot patterns, a computer scientist trained an algorithm to recognize individual woodpeckers.
Under fire, but not without options.
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Without much delay, Facebook and Twitter could make significant changes to limit political manipulation and propaganda. Will they? And will users ask it of the social media giants?
When a website blocks access, it sometimes delivers a notice saying so.
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Private companies – many based in the US – are blocking access to their websites from particular countries around the world. It's contributing to a splintering of the global internet.
A woman holds her stomach in agony from ulcerative colitis.
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Cancer immunotherapy is a revolutionary treatment for many but it can cause nasty side effects like inflammation of the colon that can derail treatment. Could the solution be a fecal transplant?
Days before their Oct. 28 presidential election, Brazilians protested news that supporters of right-wing front-runner Jair Bolsonaro had used WhatsApp to spread false information about his opponents.
Facebook retired its 'Move fast and break things' slogan – perhaps because, as new research from Brazil confirms, democracy is among the things left broken by online misinformation and fake news.
President George H. Bush promotes space exploration during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1989. Behind the president are, from left: former astronaut Mike Collins, NASA Administrator Richard Truly, former astronaut Neil Armstrong, Vice President Dan Quayle and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
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George H.W. Bush's achievements in space are often overlooked but have significantly contributed to America's current space program.
What can an algorithm find when it reads a book?
Some AI technologies aren't advanced enough to provide useful insights, but simpler tools can yield new opportunities to explore the humanities.
Habitantes de Ciudad de México navegan por la web en una “aldea digital” en 2015 dentro del programa del Gobierno para asegurar el acceso a Internet de todos los ciudadanos.
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México hizo de la conectividad a Internet un derecho constitucional en 2013, pero la mayoría de las personas pobres aún no tienen acceso. De obtenerlo, gozarían de una mayor movilidad económica.
View of Taichung City, Taiwan, behind a mosquito net.
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Genetically modified mosquitoes breed fear and suspicion, especially since the research happens behind closed doors, away from the public. Now scientists and architects are trying to change that model.
China’s military may bear the brunt of hits to the country’s scientific reputation.
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In an era of big scientific collaborations, China's renegade actions have hurt its reputation. As international researchers back away, it may be the country's military that ultimately suffers.
It takes a giant piece of equipment to look deep inside a tiny atom.
Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab
It turns out to be fairly complicated to figure out how electricity will flow through materials – a crucial question for designing new electronics and semiconductor materials.
In a masterfully manipulative Youtube video, He Jiankui tells the world about the first genetically edited babies.
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To announce the world's first gene-edited babies, scientist He Jiankui did what movie directors do: release a trailer on YouTube. The video is a positive spin on unauthorized gene editing.
What does oversight really ensure?
Questions abound about whether the scientist who created the first gene edited human beings took shortcuts in the ethical oversight process. But pedantically focusing on protocol misses the point.