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The microbes that live in our gut are essential to good health. Alpha Tauri 3D Graphics/SHutterstock.com

The key to our humanity isn’t genetic, it’s microbial

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. Y Photo Studio/shutterstock.com

How big data has created a big crisis in science

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. Babbel1996 / Wikimedia Commons

Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite mass

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.
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. Reuters/Nacho Doce

WhatsApp skewed Brazilian election, proving social media’s danger to democracy

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. AP Photo/Barry Thumma

George H.W. Bush’s overlooked legacy in space exploration

George H.W. Bush's achievements in space are often overlooked but have significantly contributed to America's current space program.
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. AP Photo/Sofia Jaramillo

El acceso universal a Internet en México reduciría la pobreza

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.
In a masterfully manipulative Youtube video, He Jiankui tells the world about the first genetically edited babies. AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

YouTube, persuasion and genetically engineered children

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.