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Body Modifications You Can Expect in Next Decade

Body Modifications You Can Expect in Next Decade

Elon Musk has called it: you're already a cyborg. Your smartphone enhances your mind, your spectacles enhance your vision, and your pacemaker (if you have one) regulates your heart...(full article)

Will Government Allow DIY Biohacking?

Will Government Allow DIY Biohacking?

Josiah Zayner is a scientist and entrepreneur who quit his government job in a NASA lab to start The Odin, a synthetic biology company run out of his garage. For $150, anyone can n...(full article)

Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked?

Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked?

It's just after 10:30 a.m. on a pleasant weekday morning at SENS, a biotech lab in Mountain View, California. I've come to speak to its chief science officer, Aubrey de Grey. I fin...(full article)

Five Futuristic Applications of Ultrasound

Five Futuristic Applications of Ultrasound

Ultrasound can do a whole lot more than create images of unborn babies. Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, technology that produces sound waves s...(full article)

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Body Modifications You Can Expect in Next Decade - Elise Bohan, Big Think

Elon Musk has called it: you're already a cyborg. Your smartphone enhances your mind, your spectacles enhance your vision, and your pacemaker (if you have one) regulates your heart...

Will Government Allow DIY Biohacking? - Zach Weissmueller, Reason

Josiah Zayner is a scientist and entrepreneur who quit his government job in a NASA lab to start The Odin, a synthetic biology company run out of his garage. For $150, anyone can n...

Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked? - Elmo Keep, Smithsonian

It's just after 10:30 a.m. on a pleasant weekday morning at SENS, a biotech lab in Mountain View, California. I've come to speak to its chief science officer, Aubrey de Grey. I fin...

Five Futuristic Applications of Ultrasound - Andrew Feeney, The Conversation

Ultrasound can do a whole lot more than create images of unborn babies. Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, technology that produces sound waves s...

3-D Printing the Way to Bionic Humans - Marcus Woo, Inside Science

Wearable technology may soon be at your fingertips -- literally. Researchers have developed a pressure sensor that can be 3-D printed directly on your hand. The device, sensitive e...

Flower Sellers Destroy Illegal Gene-Edited Petunias - David Malakoff, SM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that U.S. flower distributors have begun to destroy countless petunia plants after federal scientists confirmed that they ...

The Future of Flying Cars - Jonathan Roberts & Michael Milford, The Conversation

Uber has shaken up the taxi industry and is trying to put driverless cars on our roads. Now the company aims to have flying ride-sharing vehicles in our skies by 2020.Uber is not a...

We're Getting Closer to Mass Production of Organs - Adam Popescu, Bloomberg

Medical researchers have been able to create certain kinds of living cells with 3D printers for more than a decade. Now a few companies are getting closer to mass production of hig...

The Race to Build the World's First Sex Robot - Jenny Kleeman, The Guardian

In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations' factory in San Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her shoulder blades. Her...

Why We Need Conscious Robots - Ryota Kanai, Nautilus

People often ask me whether human-level artificial intelligence will eventually become conscious. My response is: Do you want it to be conscious? I think it is largely up to us whe...

Science Has Outgrown the Human Mind - Ahmed Alkhateeb, Aeon

Science is in the midst of a data crisis. Last year, there were more than 1.2 million new papers published in the biomedical sciences alone, bringing the total number of peer-revie...

Engineering the Perfect Astronaut - Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review

At the International Astronautical Congress last September, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk convinced many die-hard space engineers he could get a fleet of private rockets f...

No, Russia Isn't Sending a 'Terminator' to the ISS - Eric Berger, Ars Tech

The reports this weekend were breathless. Mashable said Russia was sending a "death dealing" robot with the power to shoot guns to the International Space Station. Pravda reported ...

AI Outperforms Doctors at Predicting Heart Attacks - Matthew Hutson, SM

Doctors have lots of tools for predicting a patient's health. But—as even they will tell you—they're no match for the complexity of the human body. Heart attacks in par...

The Future of Human Augmentation - Rob Tracinski, RealClearScience

In most of our science fiction and our projections of the future, everything has changed—we have robots, flying cars, artificial intelligence, warp speed, laser swords--but w...

A.I. Will Eliminate Millions of Jobs. Time to Prepare. - Krista Jones, Pol Options

The artificial intelligence (AI) revolution has begun, and it's going to take all of us — government, businesses and employees — to steer through the resulting workforc...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Aid Authoritarians - Joshua Kopstein, Vocativ

In 1796, German physiologist Franz Joseph Gall thought he had made a world-altering discovery. By carefully measuring the contours of the human skull, he hypothesized, one could in...

How A.I. Is Like Electricity - Vanessa Bates Ramirez, Singularity Hub

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘artificial intelligence'? For those raised on a steady diet of big budget Hollywood sci-fi, the answer to that questi...

Can Futurists Predict the Year of the Singularity? - Peter Rejcek, Singularity Hub

The end of the world as we know it is near. And that's a good thing, according to many of the futurists who are predicting the imminent arrival of what's been called the technologi...

Understanding Animals Can Help Us Develop A.I. - Heather Roff, Conversation

Every day countless headlines emerge from myriad sources across the globe, both warning of dire consequences and promising utopian futures – all thanks to artificial intellig...

The Anti-Aging Pill We've Been Waiting For? - Antonio Regalado, MIT Tech Review

Can a pill make you younger?One of the few drug studies ever carried out in an attempt to address this question was reported by Novartis on Christmas Eve 2014. The company had soug...

Star Trek's Holodeck Closer Than You Think - Fabio Zambetta, Conversation

Many of the technological advances predicted in Star Trek's fictional universe have become reality, such as the mobile communicator and hand-held tablet computers.Others, such as t...

Volcanic Eruptions Automatically Imaged by NASA - Kacey Deamer, Live Sci

When a volcano in Ethiopia erupted in January, volcanologists hoped a NASA satellite would be able to train its eyes on the explosive event and capture photos. It turned out that a...

The Rise of a New Species of Human - Raya Bidshahri, Singularity Hub

Today, what survives on Earth can be determined entirely by human beings. We can alter the genetics of almost any life form and potentially design entirely new ones. According to r...

The Weird World of Cyborg Animals Is Here - Edd Gent, Singularity Hub

Roboticists frequently turn to nature for inspiration for their inventions, reverse engineering the traits that evolution has developed over millennia. Others are taking a shortcut...

Would You Become an Immortal Machine? - Marcelo Gleiser, NPR

Picture this: You are in the bathroom, doing your usual thing after breakfast, when you notice blood in the water sitting in your white, porcelain toilet.Scared, you schedule an ap...

Algorithms Teach Self-Driving Cars to 'See' at Night - Signe Brewster, SM

Today's autonomous cars can already harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) software to drive from Los Angeles, California, to New York City without any human input, as l...

We're Going to Be Half-Man, Half-Machine - Lucy Ingham, Factor Magazine

Read the magazine If you've got an iPad, check out our app. It's completely free to download and subscribe, and you can enjoy this and every other issue in all its interactive glor...

Giving Feelings to A.I. Could Backfire - Matthew Hutson, Science News

In the recent movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the face of the character Grand Moff Tarkin was constructed digitally, as the actor who had originally played him had died. Some w...

Can Human Evolution Be Controlled? - William Hurlbut, Big Questions

Earlier this month, an international initiative convened by the national science academies of the United States, China, and the United Kingdom released a major report on the implic...

Future of Computing May Be Inside Our Skulls - Nick Statt, The Verge

For Bryan Johnson, the founder and CEO of neuroscience startup Kernel, the question is when, not if, we all have computer chips inside of our brains. Kernel, founded last fall with...

Not All Forms of A.I. Are Equally Scary - Sean Illing, Vox

How worried should we be about artificial intelligence?Recently, I asked a number of AI researchers this question. The responses I received vary considerably; it turns out there is...

Could A.I. Replace Student Testing? - Michael Byrne, Motherboard

To call standardized testing a contentious issue would be an understatement. It's more like political trench warfare, in which one group of parents laments the organic student-cent...

Artificial Intelligence Beats Humans at Poker - Tonya Riley, Science News

Two artificial intelligence (AI) programs have finally proven they “know when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em,” recently beating human professional card players for t...

Get Ready for Robots With Human Flesh - Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica

Two University of Oxford biomedical researchers are calling for robots to be built with real human tissue, and they say the technology is there if we only choose to develop it. Wri...

Would You Want a Genetically Engineered Dog? - Vanessa Ramirez, Singularity

Dogs have more genetic diseases than any other species on the planet. David Ishee told me this early in our conversation. His claim makes sense: there's no other animal that humans...

A.I. Learns to Write Its Own Code - Matt Reynolds, NewScientist

OUT of the way, human, I've got this covered. A machine learning system has gained the ability to write its own code.Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambr...

Can Artificial Intelligence Fix Peer Review? - Nick Stockton, Wired

Here's how science works: You have a question about some infinitesimal sliver of the universe. You form a hypothesis, test it, and eventually gather enough data to support or dispr...

Odors Recognized by Artificial Intelligence - Robert Service, Science Magazine

Predicting color is easy: Shine a light with a wavelength of 510 nanometers, and most people will say it looks green. Yet figuring out exactly how a particular molecule will smell ...

CRISPR Has a Breakthrough Problem - Ryan Cross, Chemical & Engineering News

In fewer than five years, an important new gene-editing tool called CRISPR has radically changed the face and pace of biological research. The ability to quickly and cleanly remove...

The Tech Industry Is Obsessed With Immortality - Anna Wiener, New Republic

In October of 1994, Wired magazine ran a feature about a new Californian subculture, cheerfully titled “MEET THE EXTROPIANS.” Extropianism, the article enthused, was a ...

Gene Editing Shouldn't Be Used for Enhancement - Jessica Hamzelou, NewSci

While gene editing is already saving lives, for now, the technique shouldn't be used to edit embryos or create changes that will be passed on through the generations. So say the au...

Technology Could Make Brain Implants Practical - Tom Simonite, MIT Tech Review

In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet.Experiments like those that let a paralyzed person swig coffee ...

Are We Creating a World Without Consciousness? - Paul Ratner, Big Think

Philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers warns about an AI-dominated future world without consciousness at a recent conference on artificial intelligence that also i...

Artificial Intelligence Solves a Quantum Problem - Jennifer Ouellette, NewSci

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions of particles.Goo...

The Real Threat Is Machine Incompetence - Michael Byrne, Motherboard

The past couple of years have been a real cringe-y time to be an AI researcher. Just imagine a whole bunch of famous technologists and top-serious science authorities all suddenly ...

Who Bears Responsibility for AI Accidents? - Peter Rejcek, Singularity Hub

The rise of artificially intelligent machines will come at a cost—but with the potential to disrupt and transform society on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution....

AI Skin Cancer Diagnosis Accuracy Challenges Doctors - Angus Bezzina, CM

Harmless mole or potential melanoma? A new computer algorithm can make that diagnosis from photos as accurately accredited dermatologists.The system, developed by Andre Esteva from...

One Man’s Quest to Hack His Own Genes - Antonio Regalado, MIT Tech Review

In a dream Brian Hanley told me about, he's riding a bus when he meets a man in dark leather clothing. Next thing he knows, he is splayed across a tilted metal bed, being electrocu...

Stretchable Transistor Could Be Second Skin - Tim Wogan, Physics World

A polymer transistor that retains its electrical properties when stretched repeatedly has been developed by US researchers, who demonstrate its potential with a basic finger-mounte...

Dental Repair Via Energized Stem Cells? - Andrew Joseph, Stat

The stem cells in our teeth can be energized to fill in chips, cracks, and cavities, researchers say, and the findings could one day possibly make dental cement obsolete.The w...

Analyzing 50 Years of Cryonic Technology - Peter Gwynne, Inside Science

(Inside Science) -- Early in the 1960s, a group of enthusiasts advanced the concept of freezing humans as soon as they die, in hopes of reviving them after the arrival of medical a...

Exponential Growth Will Soon Transform Humanity - Peter Diamandis, Sing Hub

As we close out 2016, if you'll allow me, I'd like to take a risk and venture into a topic I'm personally compelled to think about… a topic that will seem far out to most re...

Aliens May Be Robots Without Consciousness - Susan Schneider, Nautilus

Humans are probably not the greatest intelligences in the universe. Earth is a relatively young planet and the oldest civilizations could be billions of years older than us. But ev...

UK Allows Genetic Mods to Sex Cells to Thwart Disease - Gretchen Vogel, SM

Authorities in the United Kingdom have given the go-ahead for mitochondrial replacement therapy, a new type of assisted reproduction that could allow some families to avoid passing...

College Students Try to Hack a Gene Drive - Ike Swetlitz, Stat

It's a technology that scientists say could fundamentally alter entire populations.The Pentagon has expressed alarm about what terrorists might do with “gene drives...

Why Medical Genetics Hype Is a 'Public Enemy' - Nathaniel Comfort, Aeon

Science has always issued medical promissory notes. In the 17th century, Francis Bacon promised that an understanding of the true mechanisms of disease would enable us to extend li...

AI Begins to Understand the 3D World - Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

There's been some stunning progress in artificial intelligence of late, but it's been surprisingly flat.Now AI researchers are moving beyond two-dimensional images and pixels. Inst...

CRISPR Tested in a Person for the First Time - David Cyranoski, Nature News

A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique.On 28 October, a team led by oncolo...

Blood Diseases Could Show CRISPR's Potential - Nikhil Swaminathan, Wired

You know you've struck marketing gold when a brand becomes a so-called “proprietary eponym.” Need to blow your nose? Grab a Kleenex. Track some sand from the beach onto...

Clinical Trial to Try to Slow Aging in Humans - Ian Sample, The Guardian

In what could be a fresh chapter in the never-ending story of the search for eternal youth, scientists are to tinker with people's blood in the hope of slowing down the ageing proc...

Intelligent Aliens Are Probably Machines - Mike Wall, Space.com

Any intelligent aliens that humans manage to contact probably won't look much like you or me, or the squid-like creatures in the new film "Arrival."If an extraterrestrial species b...

Implant Lets "Locked-in" Woman Communicate - Jessica Hamzelou, NewScientist

A paralysed woman has learned to use a brain implant to communicate by thought alone. It is the first time a brain–computer interface has been used at home in a person's day-...

The Four Types of Artificial Intelligence - Arend Hintze, The Conversation

The common, and recurring, view of the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence research is that sentient and intelligent machines are just on the horizon. Machines understa...

Printable Organs Will End Transplant Lists - Tobi Ogunnaike, Singularity Hub

A woman living on a dialysis machine is grown a new kidney using her own cells. A father struggling with age-related vision loss has his eyesight restored. A soldier suffers extens...

Will Artificial Intelligence Fear Death? - Mike Brown, Inverse

What if turning off your computer was like killing a friend? It sounds farfetched, but if smart devices like most phones, computers, and even thermostats were intelligent and senti...

Are Athletes Getting Duped by Bogus Genetic Testing? - Rebecca Robbins, Stat

Genetic analysis companies are forging alliances with personal trainers, chiropractors, and coaches around the world to market genomics tests that they say can help athletes at all...

Yes, We Are Worried About A.I. - Stuart Russell & Allan Dafoe, MIT Review

Oren Etzioni, a well-known AI researcher, complains about news coverage of potential long-term risks arising from future success in AI research (see “No, Experts Don't Think ...

When Will Robots Take All the Jobs? - Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

There is a contradiction in economic forecasting today that I’ve come to think of as the "robot paradox.” Some people seem confident that automation will take many wo...

A.I. Is Not Out to Get Us - Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American

Elon Musk’s new plan to go all-in on self-driving vehicles puts a lot of faith in the artificial intelligence needed to ensure his Teslas can read and react to different drivin...

We're Not Ready for Engineered Humans - Sean Illing, Vox

Artificial intelligence has become the pet anxiety of luminaries like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking. They have all expressed concerns about our Promethean quest to de...

Can Machines Become Moral? - Don Howard, Big Questions Online

The question is heard more and more often, both from those who think that machines cannot become moral, and who think that to believe otherwise is a dangerous illusion, and from ...

Engineered Virus Could Stop Alcoholism - Cheng & Wang, Conv'sation

About 17 million adults and more than 850,000 adolescents had some problems with alcohol in the United States in 2012. Long-term alcohol misuse could harm your liver, stomach, car...

Hawking Wants to Stop A.I. From Killing Us - Glenn McDonald, Seeker

When Stephen Hawking talks, people listen.In recent years, Hawking has issued some rather apocalyptic warnings about artificial intelligence. "The development of full artificial i...

Combination of Human and A.I. Is Our Future - B. Johnson, TCrunch

Through the past few decades of summer blockbuster movies and Silicon Valley products, artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly familiar and sexy, and imbued with a p...

The Balance Between Man and Machine - Eyal Grayevsky, Venture Beat

Artificial intelligence gets a bad rap in pop culture. Whenever A.I. is mentioned in the news, the running joke is that humanity is near a Terminator-esque scenario where A.I. we...

Paralyzed Man Feels Again With Robot Arm - Jon Hamilton, NPR

Twelve years ago, a car wreck took away Nathan Copeland's ability to control his hands or sense what his fingers were touching.A few months ago, researchers at the University of P...

You Can't Upload Your "Self" Into VR - Cody Delistraty, Nautilus

In his 2003 book, Being No One, Thomas Metzinger contends there is no such thing as a “self.” Rather, the self is a kind of transparent information-processing system. “You ...

We're Not Ready For Superintelligence - Phil Torres, Motherboard

The problem with the world today isn’t that too many people are afraid—it’s that too many people are afraid of the wrong things. Consider this: what scares you more, that yo...

Editing RNA Could Keep Us Young - Elisa Lazzari, The Conversation

With over 75 million baby boomers in the U.S. alone, age-related diseases are a major concern in the health care system. The connection between aging and cancer has become a pillar...

Your Brain on Quantum Computers - Raya Bidshahri, Singularity Hub

Machines enrich and enhance our lives, whether it’s the smartphones that allow us to stay connected or the supercomputers that solve our toughest computational problems. Im...

Defective Antibodies Create False Research - Richard Harris, NPR

Researchers trying to understand diseases and find new ways to treat them are running into a serious problem in their labs: One of the most commonly used tools often produces spur...

The Quest to Build a Bionic Spine - KJ Lee, Ars Technica

Australian neurologist Tom Oxley was on vacation in the US in November 2010 when he decided to do a bit of work. So he pitched an electrode array for reading brainwaves to the De...

First Baby Born to "3-Parent" Technique - Jessica Hamzelou, NewSci

It’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people, New Scientist can reveal. “This is great news and ...

What If the Aliens Are Really A.I.? - Richard Hollingham, BBC Future

For more than a century we have been broadcasting our presence to the cosmos. This year, the faintest signals from the world’s first major televised event – the Nazi-...

Can CRISPR Boost Intelligence? - Jim Kozubek, Scientific American

A letter was recently published in Nature on 329,000 young people identifying 74 genetic variants—spelling mistakes in single nucleotides in the six billion letter human genome...

Fundamental Limits of Machine Learning - Jesse Dunietz, Nautilus

My aunt and her colleagues had stumbled across a fundamental problem in machine learning, the study of computers that learn. Almost all of the learning we expect our computers to...

How to Thrive on Two Hours of Sleep - Philip Perry, Big Think

According to the National Institutes of Health, we spend about 26 years of our life asleep, one-third of the total. The latest research states that between 6.4 and 7.5 hours of sle...

How I Rewired My Brain to Learn Math - Barbara Oakley, Nautilus

I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up ...

Device Harvests Energy From Your Body - Mike Brown, Inverse

If your favorite part of The Matrix was where Morpheus explains to Neo that the machines are using humans as batteries, good news! Researchers have discovered a way to harvest th...

Why Robots Can't Dance - Uri Bram, Nautilus

The 1980s at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory seemed to outsiders like a golden age, but inside, David Chapman could already see that winter was co...

What Will Humans Look Like in 100K Years? - Matan Shelomi, Quora

All life on earth is constantly evolving: the process doesn't stop. As living things, humans are still evolving. Since we became Homo sapiens, has evolution changed us in any way...

Tech and Bioscience Threaten Democracy - John Naughton, Guardian

The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become like gods,” Leach began. “Isn’t it about time that we unde...

'Brain Wave' Music: Fascinating but Bad - Neuroskeptic, Discover

A new paper in Brain tells the story of attempts to turn brain waves into music. The authors are Bart Lutters and Peter J. Koehler: Brainwaves in concert: the 20th century sonific...

Genetic Engineering to Clash With Evolution - Brooke Borel, Quanta

In a crowded auditorium at New York’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in August, Philipp Messer, a population geneticist at Cornell University, took the stage to discuss a po...

Star Trek's Warp Drive Might Become Reality - Ethan Siegel, Forbes

Most of us alive today have never known a world where human spaceflight didn’t exist. Yet before we walked on the Moon, had an International Space Station, sent spacec...

How Star Trek Anticipated the Future - Rob Tracinski, RCFuture

In the field of future technology, life has a tendency to imitate art. The creators of science fiction are often able to imagine something before science fact makes it possible. ...

Want an Always-On Brain-Monitoring Implant? - Ben Gruber, Reuters

Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real-time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range o...

Implant Might Help Us Compete With A.I. - Kiki Sanford, Nautilus

Solar-powered self-driving cars, reusable space ships, Hyperloop transportation, a mission to colonize Mars: Elon Musk is hell-bent on turning these once-far-fetched fantasies in...

A Fluffy A.I. Fantasy - Kiki Sanford, Nautilus

Solar-powered self-driving cars, reusable space ships, Hyperloop transportation, a mission to colonize Mars: Elon Musk is hell-bent on turning these once-far-fetched fantasies in...

Eye Medicine Delivered by Contact Lenses - Henry Bodkin, Telegraph

Drug-dispensing contacted lenses could offer new hope to people suffering from glaucoma, which causes blindness, after they were found to be at least as effective as eye drops.Rese...

The Hype and Hope of Artificial Intelligence - Om Malik, New Yorker

Earlier this month, on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver skewered media companies’ desperate search for clicks. Like many of his bits, it became a viral phenomen...

Exoskeleton + VR Recovers Paraplegic Patients - Beth Mole, Ars Tech

With brain training, paraplegics can once again move and sense their limbs despite having spinal cord injuries that were previously considered irreversible, an international team...

Nerve-Zapping Implants Will Fight Disease - Shelly Fan, Sing. Hub

Imagine a future where we can treat diabetes or autoimmune disorders with an electrical zap delivered by a device no larger than a speck of dust.The device, implanted through mic...

Olympic Doping Is Getting a Lot Weirder - Drake Baer, Science of Us

In the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, the American Thomas Hicks won the marathon gold in a bold display of performance enhancement: His handlers fed him steady doses of whisk...

Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics - Sara Reardon, Nature News

Vance Bergeron was once an amateur cyclist who rode 7,000 kilometres per year — much of it on steep climbs in the Alps. But in February 2013, as the 50-year-old chemical en...

Should We Try to Fight Doping? - George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

Last month, UFC mixed martial artist Jon Jones was busted for using an anti-estrogen drug known as hydroxy-clomiphene, as well as another drug, called Letrozole. Jones denied taki...

The Future of Genetic Enhancement Is in China - G.O. Schaefer, Conv

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger or better-looking? As the state of the science brings prospects like these closer to rea...

Can Autonomous Cars Learn Morality? - K. Houston-Edwards, NOVA

It’s a choice no one should ever have to make.Driving down a road bordered by a rock wall on one side and a deep crevasse on the other, I suddenly have to make a terrible sp...

Brain Chips, Synthetic Blood Creep Out Americans - M. Robinson, TI

Imagine a world where genetically altered humans, some implanted with chips and other gizmos, walk the earth undetected. That reality may be coming sooner than we think, and Americ...

Public Says "No" to Building Better Humans - Gina Kolata, NY Times

Americans aren’t very enthusiastic about using science to enhance the human species. Instead, many find it rather creepy.A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows a profo...

What Can a Hacker Do With Your Genetics? - Kaleigh Rogers, Mboard

Learning about the genetic markers stored in your DNA can be an illuminating experience, even a life-altering one. Now that direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies such as 23...

Transhumanism and the 2016 Election - David Warmflash, GLP

Many adjectives have been used to describe the philosophy of transhumanism, but ‘political’ is not usually one of them. But say this to Zoltan Istvan and he&rsqu...

Placebos May Change Mind and Body - Sumathi Reddy, Wall St. Journal

Scientists are finding a growing number of ways placebos appear to bring about real health benefits in patients. The research could someday lead to increased use of placebos—subs...

Virtual Reality: Your Next Painkiller - Rachel Metz, MIT Tech Review

Not so far in the future, your doctor might prescribe playing a few games in virtual reality to ease aches and pains, rather than popping a pill.That’s Matthew Stoudt&rsquo...

Glowing Plants: DIY Biology Harder than It Sounds - A. Regalado, TR

Do-it-yourself biologists who hit the crowdfunding jackpot have learned that genetic engineering isn’t so easy after all....

A Futuristic Plane Powered by Fusion - Stephen Dowling, BBC Future

It could whisk you from London Heathrow and have you stepping onto the air bridge at New York’s John F Kennedy airport just three hours later. It would take you in no small...

Electric Waves Go Through Engineered Tissue - Tim Wogan, P-World

A genetically engineered tissue that can be electrically excited by light has been developed by researchers in the US. The team believes its new material could be used as a simpl...

A Bionic Arm Straight Out of Star Wars - Nickolaus Hines, Inverse

In the Star Wars universe, when your dad chops off your hand with a light saber, you can have a life-like prosthetic attached in minutes to take its place. But in the real world...

Antidepressants: Wonder or Danger? - Robert Whitaker, NewScientist

Argument rages over the benefits and risks of Prozac and other SSRIs. New books from a psychiatrist and a former patient give the cases for and against....

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