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FDA hits pause on one of the first US human clinical trials to use CRISPR

The CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system has inarguably revolutionized medical research, promising a future where scientists can treat a vast array of …

'Star Wars: Battlefront 2' will have a proper story mode

When <i>Star Wars Battlefront</i> launched, it was hard not to be disappointed. The promise of a shiny next-gen <i>Star Wars</i> game made by <i>Battlefront</i> developer DICE was a tantalizing proposition, but unfortunately the reality was a multiplayer-only game that felt frustratingly half-baked. It seems as though EA …

A crisis of trust is looming between scientists and society – it's time to talk

It’s vital to improve public trust in science and expertise. But science is increasingly complex, and getting harder to explain. Things need to change<p>Self-scrutiny is hard, but a crisis is looming and we scientists need to get out the mirror. A casual observer, viewing the landscape of science, …

Science

A Groundbreaking Gene-Editing Therapy Eliminated Cancer in Two Infants

Two infants diagnosed with an aggressive and previously incurable form of leukemia are now in remission, after British doctors say they cured the …

Elon Musk says mysterious 'tunnel' project making progress

Elon Musk is already going high, and now he says he's going low. Subterranean, apparently.<p>Just weeks after suddenly tweeting "Traffic is driving me nuts" and "am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging," the SpaceX and Tesla founder says it's on the verge of …

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer

For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking?<p>In 1971, Intel, then an obscure firm in what would only later come to be known as Silicon Valley, released a chip called the 4004. It …

Particles

The 8 best action movies on Netflix right now

Yes, they can. We came up with a list of eight films currently streaming on Netflix that are thrilling, intense, and applauded by critics. Read on to see the best-rated action films on Netflix:

Entertainment

Daisy Ridley’s Big Birthday Weekend Proves She’s the Hero We Deserve

Ridley was the toast of the town (and the Internet) as she turned 24.<p>Yesterday <i>Star Wars</i> breakout actress <b>Daisy Ridley</b> turned the tender age of 24, and the event probably looked a <i>little</i> different than her 23rd. Remember that a year ago Ridley was still just the mysterious actress cast in <i>The Force</i> …

The brain becomes 'unified' when hallucinating on LSD

This is what the human brain looks like when it is under the influence of LSD, researchers at Imperial College London have revealed.<p>In a study, …

This Couple Did the Most Adorable, Creative Photo Shoot With Their Baby

Or should I say with their BB-8.<p>Nothing against cute babies and the cute couples that produce them, but most "OMG, look at our cute new little family!" photo shoots are very boring and very similar. Like, if I have to see one more baby dressed up as weird fruit or whatever, I might throw my …

Chinese Scientists Have Genetically Modified a Human Embryo AGAIN

They were trying to genetically modify embryos to be resistant to HIV.<p>While the debate about the ethics of genetically modifying human embryos rages …

Tanzania’s girls flee their families — and marriage | The Star

Tanzania does not rank among the countries with the highest rates of child marriage — four in 10 girls are wed before their 18th birthdays — but in …

The Jungle Book review: An artistic masterpiece

50 years since Disney brought Rudyard Kipling’s <i>The Jungle Book</i> to the big screen, Disney is taking another stab at the beloved coming-of-age …

Film Industry

Johann Hari: 'The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety – it's connection'

Shame is spread everywhere except where it's deserved – on the people who have been imposing this war for 101 years<p>Across the world, we are all trying to deal with the same pain, afraid for the people we love in the same way<p>When you write a book, it’s like writing a message in a bottle and tossing …

Mexico City

12 comic book series you can binge-read this week

Who needs Netflix when you have a good graphic novel?<p>There are plenty of long reads in the literary world — but comic book lovers often find …

Star Wars Episode 8: Daisy Ridley compares shooting new film and The Force Awakens

Mum’s still the word on <i>Star Wars Episode VIII</i>. We know that it’s filming, we know that it picks up right where <i>The Force Awakens</i> left off, but other …

Scientists just discovered a new state of matter

Quantum spin liquid, a state of matter predicted over forty years ago, has finally been discovered by a team of researchers.<p>The matter, which has …

Mass Effect: Andromeda development footage leaks, shows off jetpack

Video is potentially two years old, so some or none of this may be in the final game<p>Old — and therefore, potentially obsolete — footage of <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> in development surfaced online overnight, showing off a jetpack feature that may not still be a part of the game.<p>The 30-second clip is …

Mass Effect

Zika virus likely to spread throughout the Americas, says WHO

Drug companies evaluate existing vaccine technology as only Canada and Chile expected to be free of mosquito-borne disease<p>Two of the world’s biggest drug companies are evaluating whether existing vaccine technology could be used against the Zika virus, as the World Health Organisation warned the …

The 'age of the human' may not become the age of destruction

Homo sapiens has become so dominant a force shaping the properties of the biosphere that scientists now refer to the past two centuries as the Anthropocene Epoch – the age of the human. This role comes with a huge responsibility; one that, it seems, we have lived up to in the climate deal recently …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reportedly Passes the Bechdel Test

Audience members who watched the premiere of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> Monday night in Hollywood happily tweeted that the film passed the Bechdel …

JJ Abrams hints Darth Vader is Star Wars: The Force Awakens 'martyr'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens,Film,Culture,JJ Abrams,Harrison Ford,Science fiction and fantasy,Star Wars<p>Film-maker expands on idea that Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren might be something of an Anakin Skywalker fanboy in new episode of long-running space opera<p>JJ Abrams has hinted that Darth Vader could be a …

Why do mitochondria retain their own genome?

It sounds like science fiction to suggest that every cell in the human body is occupied by a tiny genome-equipped organelle, with which we exist in …

Tattoo Artist Transforms Girl’s Leg Braces into a Disney Fan’s Dream

An 8-year-old girl named Hope has dealt with a lot in her life, thus far. Since Hope was born prematurely, she's had several medical challenges. On top of coping with cerebral palsy and a rare form of epilepsy, the young girl has had to wear leg braces for the past four years. To ensure that their …

NASA Could Soon Launch A Giant Solar Sail Beyond Our Solar System

Raise the e-sail<p>We’ve all seen Bill Nye’s Lightsail expedition, but now our friends at NASA are stepping in to take things a bit further.<p>In this year’s round of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) funding, NASA has funded it’s own Bruce Wiegmann and his team of solar propulsion experts to …

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought

Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution<p>Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.<p>Scientists reached the conclusion after …

Evolution

Science and mathematics boost Australia's economy by $145bn a year

Study commissioned by the chief scientist, Ian Chubb, also found that advanced physical sciences and maths employ 760,000 people<p>Science and mathematics directly contributes $145bn a year to the Australian economy, a report to be released on Wednesday shows.<p>The study, commissioned by Australia’s …

Can A 'Dark Souls' Virgin Survive 'Bloodborne'?

Bloodborne is out for PS4 today, and the reviews have been flooding in since last night. As many predicted, most are glowing, and the game looks to be a much needed victory for Sony which so far has struggled to produce many memorable exclusive games on their new-gen console. From the looks of it, …

Taylor Swift, Metallica, No Doubt lead Rock in Rio USA lineup

Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran are among the acts who will top the first Rock in Rio USA festival.<p>Set for consecutive weekends in May at a newly constructed site on the Las Vegas Strip, Rock in Rio will split its lineup between rock and pop and will boast more than …

Why does food taste different on planes?

When your taste buds are way above the clouds, your normal sense of taste goes right out of the aeroplane’s window. Katia Moskvitch investigates why this happens, and how airlines are trying to find ways to get our appetites back on track.<p>If you think the food airline companies serve up is bland or …