Kaustubh Gokhale

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Beyond the moonshot: Achieving universal cancer care

To achieve truly personalized cancer care, our healthcare system should integrate technology with the human touch.<p>President John Kennedy’s moonshot …

Should We Try to Colonize Other Worlds or Stay and Fix Earth?

Concerns Over Colonization<p>As NASA continues to make incredible discoveries about nearby exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system, it’s easy …

Marcus Krause's lung cancer wouldn't stop growing. Then he took a new kind of blood test

<b>In late August 2014, Marcus Krause, a 53-year-old photographer from Atlanta, received a phone call from his oncologist.</b> Krause had been waiting for …

Monsanto Just Got the First CRISPR License to Modify Crops

Accelerating Agriculture<p>Eradicating hunger is second on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals list. Food security is one of the world’s …

A scientist is trying to cure his own cancer using a custom-made vaccine

He's racing against the clock in an improbable quest to cure his own incurable colon cancer before it takes him away from his wife and their two little girls.<p>Marsilje, 44, knows that if he does nothing, the tumors he's keeping in check with chemotherapy will eventually burst forth into growth mode. …

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West review – enthralling

Most traditional views of ancient history focus on the Graeco-Roman sphere; a main course of Pliny or Livy, perhaps, with a side order of Herodotus or Socrates. Michael Scott’s impeccably researched and authoritative study of the world 500BC to AD300 doesn’t ignore Greece or Rome, but instead puts …

Books

The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It

Let's pretend for a moment that you are a giraffe.<p>You live on the grasslands of the African savannah. You have a neck that is 7 feet long (2.1 meters). Every now and then, you spot a group of humans driving around on a safari taking pictures of you.<p>But it's not just your neck and their cameras that …

How to Beat Procrastination

Procrastination comes in many disguises. We might resolve to tackle a task, but find endless reasons to defer it. We might prioritize things we can readily tick off our to-do list—answering emails, say—while leaving the big, complex stuff untouched for another day. We can look and feel busy, while …

Scientists Think They’ve Found the Ancient Ancestor of All Life on Earth

Meet LUCA, the shared relative of you and me and everything else.<p>As early as 3.8 billion years ago, life arose from the toxic waters of Earth's primordial slurry. Our ancient ancestor wasn't large, or complex, or even multicellular. As far as scientists know, it was probably just a single-celled …

The momentous advance in artificial intelligence demands a new set of ethics

In a dramatic man versus machine encounter, AlphaGo has secured its third, decisive victory against a renowned Go player. With scientists amazed at how fast AI is developing, it’s vital that humans stay in control<p>Let us all raise a glass to AlphaGo and mark another big moment in the advance of …

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk's 40 Insights on Achieving True Greatness

Some people imagine the future and a few actually make it happen. Here is why Elon Musk is the latter.<p>Many people imagine what it would be like to be great someday. They hope to add significance and change the future for the better. There are few of these groundbreaking visionaries in today's world …

After the age of dinosaurs came the age of ant farmers - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A group of South American ants has farmed fungi since shortly after the dinosaurs died out, according to an international research team including …

Meet The Man Who Lives Normally With Damage to 90% of His Brain

The father of two lives a normal life.<p>A French man who lives a relatively normal, healthy life - despite damaging 90 percent of his brain - is …

The Brain

17 ways technology will change our lives by 2050

New forms of technology are bound to change how we live.<p>We asked Ian Pearson, a futurist with an 85% accuracy record, what new technology we can expect to see by 2050 and how it will change the way we live.<p>Scroll down to see Pearson's biggest predictions about the future:

The 20 Most Important Battles of World War II

The clashes that shaped the course of the deadliest war of all time.<p>World War II was the greatest conflict in history, carried out on a scale almost impossible to grasp. In many ways it was the first modern war, in which airpower played a vital role both on land and at sea, but many actions were …

Researchers stored an OK Go music video on strands of DNA

Researchers just figured out how to squeeze 200 MB of data onto some strands of DNA.<p>That's right, the same stuff that's inside all of us, the …

New method provides better information on gene expression - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden have devised a new high-resolution method for studying …

The Myth of Ethidium Bromide

Ethidium bromide is found in pretty much every molecular biology lab around. Ask most biologists about handling it, and you’re get a fearful …

Atoms

Genes, germs and bacon: A look inside my own DNA

There are times in your life when bad news smashes into your gut like a sledgehammer into the solar plexus. "You've got those double dots next to your CYP1A2*F, which means that we class you as a fast metabolizer." But the man on the other end of the phone was not complimenting me. Rather, he was …

I Asked Leading Entomologists: ‘What’s The Smartest Bug In The World?’

Some insects can count, recognize human faces, even invent languages.<p>Honeybees returning to their apiary. (Photo: zlikovec/shutterstock.com)<p>You kind …

Is there life after death? Some genes turn on after the body's demise, study finds

‘Is there life after death?’ is a question that has dominated human thinking since time immemorial.<p>But now researchers have discovered that an …

Immune System

How the Science of CRISPR Can Change Your Genes

One of the most exciting breakthroughs in science is here. CRISPR is a new technology that can edit DNA with remarkable precision, and it has the …

For data work, “It’s actually pretty hard to argue *against* using Python”

I wrote my first Python program in 1996, and my most recent a couple of weeks ago, so I can appreciate Python’s advance to cover a very broad range …

Natural Language Processing

Elon Musk Says We're Probably Living in a Computer Simulation — Here's the Science

In a recent interview at the Code Conference in California, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk suggested we are living inside a computer simulation. …

How to Make a Major Life Decision, in 9 Steps

I spent weeks preparing the application, went through two rounds of interviews, and finally, after months of anticipation, received an offer to join …

We’re editing human genes to kill cancer

Killing cancer is the ultimate goal for many researchers, and they’re studying various ways of doing it. Some scientists are working on a vaccine …

Genetic Engineering

The Cognitive Biases That Lead to Bad Money Decisions

If managing money were as easy as crunching some numbers and following a spending plan, we’d all be awesome at it. Money isn’t hard because of the …

Psychology