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Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?

Howard Schultz wants to know if I drink coffee. The Starbucks boss is sitting on a balcony overlooking the company’s leafy farm in the Costa Rican …

Coffee

The best advice from 2018 commencement speeches

From Ronan Farrow to Abby Wambach, here are some words of wisdom that can motivate you, whether you’re a recent graduate or not.<p>When you’re starting something new, it can help to hear from someone who’s been there before. That’s the gist of commencement speeches. Speakers often share their personal …

University of Pennsylvania

Padmaavat controversy: SC rejects fresh plea suggesting deletion of scenes; says, 'leave this cause'

Jan,30 2018 08:57:19 IST<p><b>New Delhi:</b> The Supreme Court on Monday (29 January) said a time comes when one must rest the cause one is fighting for as it …

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

The 25 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2017

Here are the studies that rocked the science world this year.<p>Every week in 2017 seemed to bring new, objectively bad news about environmental …

Is a 'Cure' for Blindness Worth $1 Million?

Some blind people are questioning how the first gene therapy to treat inherited blindness has been valued.<p>Among blind people, says Kim Charlson, asking if you’d prefer to see always starts a lively debate: “Every opinion is going to be different.” Charlson, who lost her sight at age 11 and now is …

FDA

The Intrusion of White Families Into Bilingual Schools

Will the growing demand for multilingual early-childhood programs push out the students these programs were designed to serve?<p>Stephanie Lugardo’s second-grade classroom at Academia Antonia Alonso in Wilmington, Delaware, is bubbling. Students chatter with one another as they work, smiling and …

Language Learning

Our favorite data visualization projects of 2017

We've made hundreds of data visualizations this year covering everything from the hurricane season to the way the economy is changing. Make sure to …

8 “anti-resolutions” to make this January so that you’re happier in the new year

Author Sarah Knight is a personal hero of mine. While the wider world dove into <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i> and extolled the virtues of …

Baby Showers

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy

<i>Melissa Chadburn | Longreads | December 2017 | 12 minutes (3,090 words)</i>Last year I worked undercover at a temp agency in Los Angeles. While I took …

First Double-Hand Transplant Allows Child to Eat, Dress and Write

An 8-year-old boy is now able to write, eat and get dressed on his own, thanks to a double-hand transplant performed just a few years ago. The case …

Each U.S. Family Trashes 400 iPhones’ Worth of E-Waste a Year

A new report warns of billions of dollars lost around the world as countries fail to recycle a glowing glut of electronics waste.<p>Imagine a 176-pound (80 kilogram) pile of discarded products with a battery or plug in your living room. That’s how much e-waste the average American household of four …

This Biotech Company Wants to Tattoo You With DNA From Your Loved Ones

Tattoos just got even more personal.<p>Getting a tattoo in remembrance of a loved one is a deeply personal act, and according to biotech company …

Tattoos

Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon …

How the Index Card Cataloged the World

Carl Linnaeus, the father of biological taxonomy, also had a hand in inventing this tool for categorizing anything. An Object Lesson.<p>Like every graduate student, I once holed up in the library cramming for my doctoral oral exams. This ritual hazing starts with a long reading list. Come exam day, …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2017

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Inventions

Fossil of 'our earliest ancestors' found in Dorset

<b>Fossils of the oldest-known ancestors of most living mammals, including human beings, have been unearthed in southern England.</b><p>Teeth belonging to the extinct shrew-like creatures, which scampered at the feet of dinosaurs, were discovered in cliffs on the Dorset coast.<p>Scientists who identified the …

Devon

Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder

Scientists have grown a replacement, genetically modified skin to cover almost the entire body of a seven-year-old Syrian boy who was suffering from a devastating genetic disorder.<p>The treatment marks a rare and striking success for the field of regenerative medicine, which has been struggling to …

Genetics

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Monster Planet, Tiny Star: Record-Breaking Duo Puzzles Astronomers

A giant planet has been found orbiting an ultracool dwarf star — the largest planet compared to its star ever found — leaving scientists baffled at …

Universe

DARPA's new brain device increases learning speed by 40%

Cheap and Non-Invasive<p>New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully …

The Brain

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.”<p>KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting …

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment approved for another deadly cancer

The Food and Drug Administration approved a second version of a groundbreaking treatment Wednesday that genetically alters patients' cells to attack cancer — this time, to fight aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.<p>The treatment is for adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not …

Cancer

Body, heal thyself

The frontier of science is looking inward to fix what ails us.<p>Ever since a savanna dweller first slapped mud on a wound to ward off flies—and infection—our frail human bodies have relied on creative intervention to survive. Science has since come up with all manner of potions and procedures (from …

'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own

It opens a new book, which is where computers teach humans how to play Go better than they used to Tom Mitchell, computer scientist, Carnegie Mellon University<p>It can only work on problems that can be simulated in a computer, making tasks such as driving out of the question<p>Google’s artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

<b>Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people's lifespan, say scientists.</b><p>The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are - and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day.<p>Unusually, the Edinburgh university team found their …

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

tishkoff

Richard Branson Reveals ‘Revolutionary’ Virgin Hyperloop One Plan

Richard Branson is throwing his weight behind “the world’s most revolutionary train service.” The entrepreneur announced on Thursday that his Virgin …

High-speed Rail