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The future of genetic enhancement lies in China — here's why we should care

As the state of the science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called smart pills, brain implants and gene editing.<p>This discussion has only intensified in the past year …

Molecular Biology

World Cup of Hockey: Canada releases initial roster

The first 16 players named to Canada's 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster featured a number of those who helped the country capture gold at the 2014 …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Genetics

How I built a seven-figure business without employees

There is a lot to be said for those rare few that possess the ability to create huge companies with hundreds or thousands of employees that are all just ecstatic to be at work. It is exceptionally difficult and equally as impressive, which is why they end up taking up space on the front page of a …

Bill Nye’s LightSail spacecraft is back in touch with Earth after rebooting itself

'Our LightSail called home! It’s alive!'<p>After a tense few days, Bill Nye's sunbeam-powered spacecraft LightSail is back in touch with Earth. About a week after its launch on May 20th, LightSail lost the ability to send data to the crew because of a software glitch. Efforts to reboot the spacecraft …

Exploration

Running 101

Take these simple steps to become a runner.<p>For the past two years, I've been teaching a class for beginning runners at the University of Oregon. But this is no typical college course, because we spend more time running together than discussing and debating.<p>The class meets twice a week for 50 …

The Quest To Harness Wind Energy At 2,000 Feet

High-altitude wind contains enough energy to power the planet. A Boston start-up wants to be the first to bring it down to Earth.<p>Nothing about the grooved, inflatable body taking shape inside Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, resembles a wind turbine. It looks more like a jetliner's …

Nobel laureates call for a revolutionary shift in how humans use resources

Eleven holders of prestigious prize say excessive consumption threatening planet, and humans need to live more sustainably<p>Eleven Nobel laureates will pool their clout to sound a warning, declaring that mankind is living beyond its means and darkening its future.<p>At a conference in Hong Kong …

The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People. This Man Is Re-Creating the Virus.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka caused a global uproar by re-creating history's deadliest flu virus. That might sound crazy. But when a real influenza pandemic strikes, you're going to want him on your side.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> Yoshihiro Kawaoka University of Wisconsin–Madison<p><b>FIELD</b> Virology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> Flu pandemic …

Disease

Two Maps, One Serious Threat to America's Birds

An unprecedented study by the National Audubon Society shows the effects global warming will have on bird climate ranges through 2080.<p><b>BREAKTHROUGH</b><p><b>WHO</b> National Audubon Society, New York City<p><b>FIELD</b> Ornithology<p><b>ACHIEVEMENT</b> A study that shows how climate change could affect future bird populations.<p><b>When</b> …

How does the brain pay attention?

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the next big mystery of the brain and the upcoming exodus from Earth.<p><b>Brain</b> <br>Anatomy of attention <br>Alan Lightman | New Yorker | 1 October 2014<br>Brain scans tell us what the brain does – or least, where it reacts – when subjected to particular stimuli. …

Alan Turing

Home : Nature Status

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South Korea

Ont. watchdog wants province to act on pesticides linked to bee deaths

Neonicotinoids persistent in soil, water and highly mobile within ecosystems<p>Ontario's environmental watchdog is recommending the province act on its …

Arctic mapping problems 'disappointing,' say opposition MPs

Environment watchdog says Ottawa has 'no long-term national vision' for the Arctic<p>Opposition MPs say the lack of marine charts, navigation aids and …

Talking cars actually more dangerous, studies find

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse …

Budding Swede Ludwig Bystrom headlines The Hot List

Our prospect expert's weekly round-up of the kids making noise right now focuses on a Dallas Stars pick playing big minutes, plus the season debut of …

2014-15 NHL predictions: Standings, awards and Stanley Cup picks

There were a lot of different opinions about how the 2014-15 NHL season would play out when the THN team gathered to come up with our predictions. …

Capitals' Eric Fehr writes anti-bullying book for kids

Washington Capitals renaissance man Eric Fehr has penned a new children's book in hopes of tackling North America's bullying problem.<p>From the files …