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Scientists successfully used CRISPR to fix a mutation that causes disease. This is huge.

CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that’s revolutionizing science at a breathtaking pace.<p>One of its most exciting, taboo, and controversial applications is tweaking the genes of eggs, sperm, or early embryos to alter a human life. This could one day mean the ability tocreate smarter or more …

Genetics

Scientists Successfully Slow Aging in Mice Using Stem Cells

The Key is in the Brain<p>Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have successfully tested a new procedure on mice that could …

Delve into the Milky Way in this 3.3 gigapixel image of clouds of gas and dust

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has photographed a region in our galaxy 7,000 light-years away that is springing to life with new stars.<p>The …

Our need to feel special is making us lonely

About a month ago, a group of about 20 men—all fathers in their 30s and 40s—gathered at a home in Oakland, California to talk fatherhood. Alarmingly, when asked how many of them had “real friends”—the kind of confidantes with whom they could talk honestly and vulnerably about life on a regular …

Remembering the first 'photo' of a black hole

Black holes are so outlandish that the scientists who first thought them up figured they couldn't possibly exist in reality. They form from massive, collapsed stars and are so dense that nothing can escape their gravitational pull, including light. Black holes mess with spacetime so badly that …

The big news: NASA announces breakthrough discovery of seven exoplanets, and 9 other top stories

In other headlines: Phase 4 of the UP elections have begun, and three soldiers and a civilian were killed in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s …

Revealed: Secret list of Netflix codes that unlock hidden list of films and TV shows

Good news for Netflix users - you can use hidden codes to make searching the extensive streaming site easier.<p>It seems not all content appears when …

Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Linux Laptop That Fits in Your Pocket

I made this little Nintendo DS sized computer using a Raspberry Pi and a bunch of off-the-shelf parts. It is a fully functional linux computer that can do most things a full system can (games, web stuff, videos, music etc).<p>You can also output the video to an external monitor, transforming it into a …

Working Lego Particle Accelerator

Jason of JK Brickworks is at it again, this time building the “Large Brick Collider” (LBC), a working Lego “particle accelerator” that uses a Lego soccer ball as its particle. It can accelerate that ball up to 12.5 kilometers per hour (7.5 MPH).<p>Jason describes he build:<p>This working particle …

Lego

This Droplet of DNA Could Store 600 Smartphones Worth of Retrievable Data

To most of us, DNA stores the code of all living things.<p>But according to computer scientists, DNA may one day become the preferential storage medium …

‘Welcome to Aerospace’: NASA lacks funds for deep-space rocket

Budget shortfalls rather than technical challenges may prevent NASA from launching its new $12 billion deep-space rocket by the end of 2017 as …

The Air Force Has a Real Plan to Build a Replacement for the A-10

But can any airplane be as beloved as the Warthog?<p>The U.S. Air Force may be planning to build a close-air support aircraft to replace the A-10 Warthog after all. According to <i>Flightglobal</i>, a draft requirement for such an aircraft—known as A-X—exists and will be reviewed by Air Force Chief of Staff …

Military

3D-printed hydraulic robot 'can practically walk right out of the printer'

Researchers from MIT have used a new 3D-printing method that works with both solids and liquids to create a six-legged, hydraulically-powered robot. The team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created the bot using a commercially-available 3D printer. Several …

Watch SpaceX resupply the space station for the first time since last June's rocket failure

5. Concrete - The Romans Got There First

Although most of us associate concrete with ugly '70s tower blocks, it's actually a technology that was used throughout history, most famously by the …

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These are the 19 most game-changing weapons of the 21st century

The imperatives of the military have always been one of the main drivers of technological development.<p>ARPANET, one of the internet's most important precursors, was a Pentagon project while most of the technology in an iPhone originated with the US Department of Defense.<p>Just as smart gadgets have …

Arduin-o-phone The DIY Arduino Mobile Phone

Ever fancied creating your very own Arduino mobile phone? If you have Adafruit published details on how to use the Arduino platform to create your …

U.S. Air Force mini shuttle back in orbit for secret mission | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday to put a mostly classified experimental space plane into orbit for the U.S. military.<p>United Launch Alliance launches an Atlas V rocket with an United States Air Force …

Seattle’s Glowforge Is Building A Maker Machine To Challenge Amazon Prime

The hype and buzz that surrounds the nascent consumer 3D printing space can seem drastically out of step with the striated plastic trinketry being outputted by 3D printers. There’s only so many plastic replicas of the Eiffel Tower a person’s desk needs adorning with. And my collection of John …