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A scientist named George Church has a wild idea to upend evolution — here’s what you should know about him

They're considering launching a decade-long drive to build, from scratch, all the genes that make humans human.<p>The meeting raised all sorts of ethical questions. But that's nothing new for Church. He has been stirring controversy, and excitement, in the scientific community for decades. He wants to …

Vera Rubin, Who Confirmed Existence Of Dark Matter, Dies At 88

Vera Rubin, the groundbreaking astrophysicist who discovered evidence of dark matter, died Sunday night at the age of 88, the Carnegie Institution confirms.<p>Rubin did much of her revelatory work at Carnegie. The organization's president calls her a "national treasure."<p>In the 1960s and 1970s, Rubin …

We're there! Renewables now cheapest unsubsidized electricity in U.S.

Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically.<p>So much so, that renewable …

Canada declares ‘high-speed’ internet essential for quality of life

The Canadian government wants every citizen to have access to download speeds of at least 50 Mbps<p>Canada has recognized the obvious and declared high-speed broadband internet access a “basic telecommunications service” that every citizen should be able to access. Previously, only landline telephone …

Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer's on the verge of a breakthrough

Greater understanding of genetics and characteristics of diseases are driving the development of new medicines<p>The practice of medicine can be hit-and-miss: however good a drug is, it is unlikely to work well on everybody with that condition, whether it’s breast cancer or depression. But new …

7 Habits That May Actually Change The Brain, According To Science

The brain is by far our most precious organ–others are good, too, but they all pale in comparison to the mighty brain. Because the brain works so hard around the clock (even while we’re sleeping), it uses an extraordinary amount of energy, and requires a certain amount of nutritional support to …

The Brain

Climate change is now affecting how the Earth moves

NASA researchers from JPL believe that melting ice is redistributing the planet's weight balance.<p>Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found that climate change is now affecting the way that the Earth moves. The team found that, as the last century has progressed, the "wobble" that …

Climate Change

7 extremely wealthy people who choose to live frugally

A handful of frugal billionaires appear on our list of the richest people on earth, and each one has his own penny-pinching habits.<p>From eating lunch in the office cafeteria with their employees to residing in homes worth a fraction of their wealth, these seven self-made billionaires — many of whom …

Mark Zuckerberg

Meet the 18-year-old who's skipping college to start a club for 'hackers'

Now, at 18, Latta is living in San Francisco and working on his rapidly expanding coding organization called Hack Club.<p>"I've always found myself able to learn the most when I can completely throw myself at something," Latta told Business Insider.<p>Latta has certainly thrown himself intensely into his …

10 Questions That Will Make You More Successful

The most successful people know themselves well and are adept at thoughtfully answering these ten common--but incredibly helpful--questions<p>It's the New Year and a fresh start. Is one of your goals to be more successful?<p>Even if 2015 was awesome, there is always a desire to up the ante. Maybe you …

Here's a key reason why all of your millennial employees are quitting

While you could argue that young workers have always been inclined to job hop (and millennials are less inclined to do so), their reasons for restlessness may have changed.<p>Young workers' latest gripe? Insufficient opportunities to develop their leadership skills.<p>That's according to the fifth annual …

Acura is heading for some radical changes

Everyone calls it the beak for the way the massive piece of chrome resembles a bird's beak.<p>Well, say goodbye to beak.<p>Acura debuted the company's new Precision Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, and the old trademark is nowhere to be found.<p>According to Acura, the concept is meant to give the …

BMW shows off mirrorless car at CES

BMW showed off a concept car Wednesday that has no mirrors.<p>The rear-view and side-view mirrors in the i8are replaced by three cameras and a special screen to show drivers what's behind and around their cars.<p>The i8 concept car was unveiled during the CES in Las Vegas.<p>Two of the cameras are on the …

World Bank issues 'perfect storm' warning for 2016

Simultaneous slowdown in Brics economies would jeopardise chances of pick-up in global growth this year, report says<p>The risk of the global economy being battered by a “perfect storm” in 2016 has been highlighted by the World Bank in a flagship report that warns that a synchronised slowdown in the …

World Bank

If you have one of these 3 jobs, robots will never put you out of work

A 300-page report released by Merrill Lynch predicts 47% of jobs are at risk for replacement in the next 20 years, with positions in the manufacturing and services industries being at the greatest risk.<p>But the report also highlights that there's one important skill that robots could never really …

How giving away over $8,000 in free samples on Reddit saved this woman's startup

In the case of entrepreneur Sue Sullivan, it ended up saving her business.<p>Sullivan had started a chipotle-sauce company called "Hot Squeeze" back in 2007, but in the years that followed she realized that it wasn't going to survive if she kept working with middle-men distributors, who quickly …

Scientists manipulate consciousness in rats

Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing …

SpaceX will attempt a potentially historic rocket landing like never before this weekend

This weekend, SpaceX will attempt a rocket landing unlike anything they've tried before. Elon Musk, who is the company's founder and CEO, just tweeted the exciting news earlier this morning:<p>What makes this potential landing so exciting is that it will be the first time SpaceX will try to retrieve a …

Dow falls 310 points as oil plunges below $36 a barrel

It looks like oil is the Grinch stealing the typical Santa Claus rally the market enjoys in December.<p>Stocks plunged Friday. The Dow fell 310 points, a nearly 2% decline. It finished the week 3% lower.<p>The S&P 500 and Nasdaq have now dropped more than 3% this month.<p>The continued collapse in oil …

Why Volkswagen Is Going Electric at CES

Volkswagen is ready to distance itself from the diesel emissions cheating scandal that has forced the company to restructure and eviscerated its …

Crude Oil Futures Slump to New Lows on OPEC Shambles

Crude oil prices hit a three-month low Monday and are testing the multi-year low they hit in August after a chaotic OPEC meeting on Friday ensured …

People Hilariously Criticize Bible After Reading Verses They Think Are From The Quran

If people actually read their Bibles, they would know that it is just as violent and misogynist as the Quran.<p>And these people clearly hadn’t read …

They Haven't Been Wrong Since 1975 And They Say Our Next President Will Be...

Even with the lead Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has in the polls, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has continued to garner support from …

What To Know About the San Bernardino Shooting

Two suspects are dead and a third person was detained after a shooting at a center for the developmentally disabled left at least 14 dead and another …

How to make yourself work when you’re not in the mood

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they’re tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, only to go home and …

2 Morning Exercises That Will Help You Become More Productive

With your runway and money left in the bank account always in the back of your mind, productivity and the ability to improve are two subjects you need to master.<p>The ability to make the most out of your day is essential as an entrepreneur. With your runway and money left in the bank account always …

This $3 billion startup with no outside investors could turn out to be the most successful tech IPO of the year

Atlassian set its IPO price range between $16.50 and $18.50, giving it a $3.8 billion valuation at the high end, according to its latest paperwork filed with the SEC. That's slightly higher than its last private-market valuation of $3.3 billion from last year.<p>That means Atlassian could turn out to …

Bizarre physics doubted by Einstein just led to the first-ever prediction of a supernova

Astronomers have pinpointed exactly when and where we can see the cataclysmic explosion of a giant star, called a supernova, from start to finish.<p>Their first-ever prophecy of a supernova is based on something photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014: four stars blowing up at once.<p>In …

'Go' Is the Game Machines Can't Beat. Google's Artificial Intelligence Whiz Hints That His Will.

Can Google's beat the game that no other machine has beat?<p>When the world’s smartest researchers train computers to become smarter, they like to use games. Go, the two-player board game born in China more than two millennia ago, remains the nut that machines still can’t crack.<p>Enter Google’s nerds. …