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Are Expensive Batteries Worth the Extra Cost?

If you have kids, you probably know this already, but lots of stuff needs batteries. Remote control toys, Wii remotes, laser pointers (well, that is …

Exploring Histograms

How to build a histogram<p>Gather your data<p>A histogram is based on a collection of data about a numeric variable. Our first step is to gather some …

Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?

<i>Editor’s note: This is Part II of a guest series written by legendary Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures. In Part I, he laid the groundwork by describing how artificial intelligence is a combination of human and computer capabilities. In Part III, he will talk</i> …

Ph.D.s Are Still Writing Poorly, Part 2

Be brave enough to put your ideas into the world unadorned by all the bad habits you picked up in grad school.

Graduate School

Pharma's broken business model: An industry on the brink of terminal decline

<i>Biotech</i> <i>Voices</i> <i>is a contributed article from select Endpoints</i> <i>News</i> <i>readers. Commentator Kelvin Stott regularly blogs about the ROI in pharma. You can</i> …

Biotechnology

Medscape Log In

Aiming for more copycats of each branded drug, FDA expands generic drug priority reviews

Talk of bringing down the price of pharmaceuticals often hinges on generic competition, and the US is seeing approvals of new generic drugs faster …

Biotechnology

Genetically modified apple reaches US stores, but will consumers bite?

Success for the ‘Arctic apple’ could herald a new wave of lab-grown foods.<p>This month, bags of sliced apples will hit grocery-store shelves in the …

What Happens When You Put 500,000 People's DNA Online

Huge genetic databases are changing how scientists study disease.<p>Every big, ambitious project has to start somewhere, and for U.K. Biobank, it was at an office building south of Manchester, where the project convinced its very first volunteer to pee into a cup and donate a tube of blood in …

Join the disruptors of health science

Thomas R. Insel's biggest lesson from his shift from NIMH director to Silicon Valley entrepreneur: academic and technology company researchers should …

Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data

It’s hard to measure water from a fire hose while it’s hitting you in the face. In a sense, that’s the challenge of analyzing streaming data, which …

Mathematics

This Father Founded A Medical Research Startup To Save His Kid’s Life

Grace Sciences is trying to find a cure to a very obscure disease that pharmaceutical companies aren’t incentivized to work on–and is a model for the importance of passion and desperation in powering big breakthroughs.<p>On October 24, 2009, Kristen Wilsey was rushed into an emergency C-section at …

The Family That Built an Empire of Pain

The Sackler dynasty’s ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.<p>The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur, a sandstone monument that was constructed beside …

'Biotech rebel': Here's what it's really like to raise money in Silicon Valley

The birth of a start-up is greeted with fanfare and expectation. As a culture, we're intoxicated by stories of entrepreneurial heroism. The larger …

Venture Capital

The Jeff Bezos Empire in One Giant Chart

With a fortune largely tied to his 78.9 million shares of Amazon, the net worth of Jeff Bezos continues to be on the rise.<p>Just days ago, Amazon …

Jeff Bezos

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Why Momentum Really Works

We often think of optimization with momentum as a ball rolling down a hill. This isn't wrong, but there is much more to the story.

Teachable Machine by Google Creative Lab

Teachable Machine is an experiment that makes it easier for anyone to start exploring how machine learning works. It lets you teach a machine using …

The rise and fall and rise again of 23andMe

How Anne Wojcicki led her company from the brink of failure to scientific pre-eminence.<p>There's a placard in Anne Wojcicki's office enshrining the …

Genetic Engineering Holds the Power to Save Humanity or Kill It - MIT Technology Review

How likely is it that humanity will destroy itself? Various scientists have studied this probability, and the basic calculation is straightforward. …

Cancer’s Invasion Equation

We can detect tumors earlier than ever before. Can we predict whether they’re going to be dangerous?<p>Over the summer of 2011, the water in Lake Michigan turned crystal clear. Shafts of angled light lit the lake bed, like searchlights from a U.F.O.; later, old sunken ships came into view from above. …

These Scientists Got To See Their Competitors’ Research Through Public Records Requests

Over the past decade, scientists or universities have used the Freedom of Information Act to get thousands of competitors' grants proposals. And many of the targeted scientists are upset.<p><b>When Susan Sherman</b>, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins University, was notified by her school in March …

Surveillance

Profit on $475,000 Novartis cancer drug could be a while coming | Reuters

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis’s new gene-modifying cancer therapy’s $475,000-per-patient sticker price has drawn fire from advocate groups calling for cheaper drugs, but analysts said the Swiss drugmaker could initially struggle to break even.<p>FILE PHOTO: A Novartis logo is pictured on its …

Biotechnology

The truth about Japanese tempura

When 16th-Century Portuguese came to Japan, they brought a special dish with them. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since.<p>In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up …

Japan

The man is non-stop

Jimmy Carter is a master of the second act. He’s managed to accomplish more in the years since he left the White House than most people do in their …

Bill Gates

What Biotech CEOs (and Their Funders) Learned From the Theranos Debacle

The collapse of the diagnostic company Theranos shook the world of venture-funded biotechnology. Theranos was a “unicorn,” valued by its investors at …

Disease Hunters Enlarge the Enemy to Get a Better Look

Back in 2012 some of Ed Boyden’s synthetic neurobiology graduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology made a joke: Instead of struggling …

The end of the road for Remedy – A Frank Exchange of Views – Medium

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the end of Remedy today.<p>Above all, we want to thank our members for giving us the opportunity to help them. …

Health Care

Doctors say this start-up could revolutionize how we fight infectious diseases

A three-year-old child in the Bay Area was recently admitted to the hospital with a rash. The child was sent home with a diagnosis of …

Medicine

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life

Tech & Science<p>Before human beings wrote books or did math or composed music, we made leather. There is evidence hunter-gatherers were wearing clothes …