November 23, 2015
The Latest Trend Among Biohackers Is Implanting LED Lights Beneath Your Skin
Inspired by bioluminescent organisms, the DIY biohackers at Grindhouse Wetware have unveiled their latest creation—a magnetically activated,...
Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe?
Billions of years from now, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. The good news is, that gives us a lot of time to prepare, and ma...
July 3, 2015
What to Expect From Aliens When We Make First Contact
Given the vastness of space, it may only be a matter of time before we make contact with intelligent extraterrestrials. But how might an ali...
July 1, 2015
Woman Gives Birth Using Ovarian Tissue Frozen In Childhood
In a medical first, a woman has given birth to a healthy baby boy from a transplant of her own frozen ovarian tissue preserved when she was ...
Are Limited Lifespans An Evolutionary Adaptation?
Since the time of Darwin, evolutionary biologists have wondered why the lifespans of different species vary so significantly. A new model no...
It's About To Get A Lot Harder To Experiment On Chimps
The Jane Goodall Institute, in collaboration with other animal welfare groups, has successfully petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic...
Your Children Won't Be Able To Live In Space, Without A Major Upgrade
We all dream of journeying (or living) among the stars. But space is a spectacularly awful place for humans, and we're not suited for li...
Sure, Racehorses Are Getting Faster, but at What Cost?
A new study shows racehorses have gotten progressively quicker over the past 160 years, and in sprint races, especially. But given the start...
US Congress Wants Religious Experts to Weigh in on Three-Parent IVF
Several months ago, the UK approved a groundbreaking reproductive technique in which babies are created from the genetic material of t...
Are These "Double-Muscled" Pigs the Future of Meat?
By editing a single gene, researchers from South Korea and China have engineered pigs that produce about twice the amount of muscle as norma...
June 5, 2015
What Would Happen If All Our Satellites Were Suddenly Destroyed?
Since their inception 60 years ago, satellites have gone on to become an indispensable component of our modern high-tech civilization. But b...
How Chess Has Changed Over The Last 150 Years
The rules of chess have remained consistent since the early 19th Century, but that doesn't mean our approach to the game has stayed the ...
The White House Supports A Proposed Ban On Editing The Human Germline
In the wake of news that scientists in China modified the DNA of human embryos, a number of scientists and bioethicists have called for a gl...
Animals Are Now "Sentient Beings" According To New Zealand Law
Earlier this month, a change was made to New Zealand's Animal Welfare Amendment Bill stating that animals — like humans — are "sent...
An Artificial Intelligence Is Being Taught To Simulate Anger
Data scientists from New Zealand are teaching an AI to learn anger. Sounds crazy, but the idea is to help companies deal with common custome...
May 8, 2015
Watch for me in an upcoming episode of Al Jazeera's Fault Lines
As reported in Al Jazaeera America: In "The Death of Aging," Fault Lines looks at what happens when for-profit companies set their...
This Animated Explanation Of The Fermi Paradox Is Fantastic
The Great Silence is a vexing problem we all love to speculate and argue about, but it's not the most intuitive concept. This wonderful ...
China's Manufacturers Are Shifting Towards Zero-Labor Factories
A company in South China's Guangdong province is building the city's first zero-labor factory. It's an effort to address worker ...
Your Doctor Probably Has A DNR. Here's Why You Should Consider One, Too.
Most patients receiving end-of-life care want to avoid aggressive attempts to prolong their life, but medical culture and practices often co...
May 3, 2015
9 Bizarre Jobs That Will Redefine Our Lives In The 2050s
The fields of biotechnology and medicine are rapidly evolving, and with them their associated employment opportunities. Here are nine biomed...
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