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Scientists may soon be able to 'cut and paste' DNA to cure deadly diseases and design perfect babies

On a warm September afternoon on the verdant campus of Long Island's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an elite cadre of scientists gathered to discuss a simple yet incredibly powerful new genetic technology.<p>Jennifer Doudna was dressed casually in a blazer and jeans, with a scarf tossed gently around …

Religious Liberty

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision broadening the understanding of marriage, those who have fought same-gender marriage now express fears that they will be called upon to do things their consciences will not permit and are clamoring for "religious liberty."<p>It's ironic that those who …

17 Facts About Time That Will Hurt Your Brain

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."<p><b>1.</b> Time passes faster for your face than for your feet (assuming you're standing up). Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes – and this has been measured. At the top of Mount …

Ocado SecondHands project: online grocer aims to create an army of humanoid robots with artificial intelligence

Our new robot overlords? Ocado Technology<p>Ocado is creating an army of robots to pick your groceries for you.<p>The humanoid robots will use artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced vision systems to eventually "increase safety, efficiency, and productivity in the workplace."<p>Online grocer …

The 1 percent is right! Here’s how education could reduce inequality

America’s plutocrats shun redistribution and favor education. But here’s why ignorance is truly their best friend<p>As anyone who’s watched a TED talk, read a David Brooks column, or attended an Aspen Ideas Festival can tell you, there’s hardly a single issue currently vexing Americans that the 1 …

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's Sad (But Predictable) Views On Caitlyn Jenner

NEW YORK (RNS) Amid the national buzz over transgender celebrity Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner revealing her new female identity, a leading culture warrior in the Catholic hierarchy on Wednesday (June 3) denounced the spread of “gender ideology” and warned that it threatens the very foundation of …

Pens And Paper Are Holding Your Kids Back, Says Microsoft

Oh and also, Microsoft has several products that can help<p>Modern classrooms aren’t working for kids, according to Lia De Cicco Remu, the director of Partners in Learning at Microsoft Canada. “Our schools are like jails--brick walls, colorless, not very engaging or exciting,” she tells the <i>Georgia</i> …

The history of medicine will seem blunt and random compared with what's coming next

"So much of medicine is just based on the average patient," Dr. Eric Green said in an interview at Smithsonian magazine's "The Future is Here" festival. "There are so many cases where you'll give a medicine to somebody and you know there's a 50-50 chance the medication is either not going to work …

There Are No “Biblical Men”

There Are No “Biblical Men”<p>May 31, 2015 by Brandan Robertson<p>Growing up as a young boy within Evangelical Christianity, I was constantly inundated …

Theology

Home-Brewed Morphine Is Around The Corner

Making morphine — or heroin*, for that matter — isn't easy. You have to know a bunch of fancy chemistry to synthesize the drug from scratch. Or you have to get your hands on some opium poppies and extract morphine from the flowers' milky juice.<p>The latter is tougher than it sounds. Sure, the …

Important Areas of Compatibility

Many couples come into counseling saying that they have realized they are just not compatible. One or both partners, but usually the woman, says that these areas of incompatibility are making the relationship hopeless. However, from my experience, there are usually not too many dealbreaker areas of …

Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?<p>Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said <i>Popular Science</i>. The <i>International Business Times</i> pronounced …

Nano-bullet tech shoots down brain cancer in Tel Aviv U study

The worst form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is considered largely incurable by doctors. Victims generally die within a year and a …

There will be sex in space: Mars, science and “the dictates of biology and human culture”

Zero-gravity sex presents many challenges. But on Mars, the science of getting it on could be with us<p>Let’s start by stating the obvious: It’s far easier and cheaper to fix the problems of this planet than to find a way to live off-Earth.<p>What are the challenges that might make us want to find a new …

When Machines Replace Middle Management

In 1964, Isaac Asimov, wrote about a visit to the World’s Fair of 2014:<p><i>“The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders.”</i><p>According to Carl Benedict Frey and …

Artificial Intelligence

7 DIY Kitchen Skills That Will Save You Money

Kitchen skills are arguably some of the most useful life skills to learn and practice. Not only do they lead to great meals and better eating all …

Larry Summers has a major warning for the US economy, and everyone should be paying attention

On Monday, we published Larry Summers' latest op-ed in The Washington Post, which opened with the former Treasury Secretary and Harvard president writing, <b>"This past month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system."</b><p>What Summers …

Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently

Researchers have found that people who speak more than one language literally see the world differently, <i>ScienceMag</i> reveals. Researchers have found …

Science makes mind-blowing sex: How Darwin made your sex life hotter

Who knew evolution could be so orgasmic?<p>In terms of evolution, sex is the bottom line. No sex, no reproduction; no future genes, no evolution. Period.<p>Normally any species that has food, space, health, and peace tends to have lots and lots of sex, and the population expands accordingly, often quite …

Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16

Roald Dahl is still king of children's literature according to a survey for World Book Day<p>Roald Dahl is the author that people would most like their children to read, according to a new survey to find 50 books that children should read by the time they are 16.<p>A survey of 2,000 readers by …