Michael Boulos

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We're about to become more intelligent than at any other point in human history

We know of humans that we consider super-intelligent, but we don't yet know how to engineer that intelligence — or exceed it — in people.<p>But some researchers think that advances in genomic science and machine learning are going to open up new avenues of possibility in that realm, potentially …

Singularity

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Biochemists solve the structure of cell's DNA gatekeeper

In 2004, Hoelz laid out an ambitious plan for mapping the structure of the NPC: Rather than trying to image the entire assembly at once, he and his …

Berkeley Lab captures first high-res 3D images of DNA segments

In a Berkeley Lab-led study, flexible double-helix DNA segments (purple, with green DNA models) connected to gold nanoparticles (yellow) are revealed …

Genetics

Scientists Using DNA to Store Digital Photos for Centuries

Memory card full? Just pull out some DNA storage and keep shooting. Scientists have figured out how to store digital photos in DNA and then perfectly …

This massive wind-powered skyscraper would cool the entire planet

Paolo Venturella Architecture just unveiled plans for a fantastical Global Cooling Skyscraper that’s designed to fight global warming by cooling the …

This Computer Simulation Accurately Recreates 350 Million Light-Years of Our Universe

A literal virtual reality.<p>It sounds like something ripped straight from the pages of sci-fi novel, but researchers have created an accurate …

These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles

A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles.<p>The discovery, published Thursday in the journal Science, could lead to new methods to manage the more than 50 million tons of this particular type of plastic produced …

Pollution

Scientists Produce Thinnest Solar Cells That Can Be 'Placed On Any Surface'

Share Email Comments<p>Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced solar cells that are so thin and light that they can be …

Scientists revive microscopic water bears after 30 years of deep freeze

The hardy tardigrade sets a new personal best<p>In the Animal Olympics event of Surviving Horrible Things, tardigrades would take home the gold, silver, and the bronze. These eight-legged, microscopic creatures — also known as "water bears" — are probably the hardiest animals in existence, able to …

Scientists move one step closer to turning water into hydrogen fuel, affordably

Researchers reveal a new mechanism to create hydrogen fuel that could power environmentally clean cars.<p>Scientists have cleared one hurdle on the path …

Fuel Cell

Why we struggle to communicate — and how to fix it

When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we're pretty good at it.<p>Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren't nearly as good as we think we are.<p>This overestimation of our ability to communicate is magnified when interacting with people we know well.<p>Researchers at the …

Emotional Intelligence

Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created

A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a super-strong yet light structural metal …

Engineering

Bio-inspired unmanned aircraft capable of soaring like birds

RMIT University researchers in Melbourne, Australia, are developing bio-inspired unmanned aircraft capable of soaring like birds, boosting energy …

100 percent recyclable polymer points to a future of pollution-free plastics

In what could form the basis of petroleum-free plastics that are both entirely recyclable and biodegradable, chemists have found a polymer that can …

Pollution

What OpenAI Means for the Future

Some of the top leaders of Silicon Valley including Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and YCombinator have brought together their fortune and power to create …

World's First Algae Bioreactor Facade Nears Completion

BIQ - the world's first algae powered building - is set to be completed in Germany later this month. Built for the International Building Exhibition …

Architecture

Under The Right Conditions Our Sun Could Produce An Enormous Superflare

It's the end of the world as we know it<p>Solar flares are gorgeous, but the delicate fiery loops that we've observed during humanity's brief study of the sun are nothing compared to what other, similar stars are up to.<p>In a recent paper, researchers detail their observations of 'superflares' on a …

Astronomy

The Future Of Gene Editing Is Being Decided Right Now

How will CRISPR shape our future?<p>Today, hundreds of scientists are gathered in Washington, D.C. for the international summit on genome editing. The three-day conference will discuss the ethical and appropriate use of all genome-editing technologies, but it will likely pay close attention to the …

Genetics

Human-genome editing summit to sample global attitudes

Academies in the US, China and the UK jointly organized the gathering.<p>A large and international meeting on the ethics of human-genome editing is …

All Aboard: Single-Molecule Submarine Cruises the Atomic Seas

Researchers at Rice University have created what is certainly one of the most amazing nanomachines ever built: a tiny submersible vehicle with a tiny propeller that spins at a million RPM — all built from a single molecule.<p>This "nanosubmarine," made in the lab of chemist James Tour, is made from …

Chemistry

Scientists find medicinal use for sticky prehistoric 'goo' which was Earth's source of life

Researchers in Australia replicated a primordial goo which was the source of life on Earth and confirmed it has medicinal benefits – the first such finding since it was discovered in the 1950s<p>Scientists in Australia have discovered that a sticky brown prehistoric “goo” which was the source of life …

Prehistory

Over a thousand years ago, the sun exploded — and changed life on Earth forever

Not by aliens, but by a natural event—and it was very, very powerful.<p>Whatever it was, it subtly altered the chemistry of our planet's atmosphere, creating trace amounts of radioactive elements like chlorine-36, beryllium-10, and carbon-14.<p>And those provide the clue to what the event was: Those …

Your Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

Turkeys may come and go, but it seems that the dishes served alongside—the potato casseroles and mashes, stuffings (or dressings), breads, sauces, and vegetables—incite the most love (or dislike).<p>From lots and lots of sweet potatoes to the stuffing-or-dressing conundrum, everyone has a favorite. …

Cooking

Weather disasters linked to climate change

Thirty two groups of scientists in 20 countries analyzed 28 weather disasters in 2014 – and found half of them linked to human-caused climate …

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …

Religion

Stronger than steel and stretchier than elastic, synthetic silk could transform clothing

US startup Bolt Threads reckons it has one-upped spiders to unlock the incredible potential of synthetic silk.<p>DUBLIN -- If Bolt Threads has its way, the clothes of the future could be made from synthetic fibres similar to the web fired from Spider-Man's wrists. How's that for wearable …

Clothing

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Artificial Intelligence