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Memory Editing Technology Will Give Us Perfect Recall and Let Us Alter Memories at Will

Two new technologies are changing the meaning of memory, but who will control them?<p><b>This story appeared in the February Issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.</b><p>"There was a piano there, and someone playing. I could hear the song," the patient, S.B., said as his neurosurgeon touched an …

The Brain

What is String Theory And Why Humanity Absolutely Needs It

String Theory<p>For decades, scientists have theorized about what lies beyond the third dimension and if there can exist a unified theory to explain all …

Physics

The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say

Over the years, scientists have come up with a lot of ideas about why we sleep.<p>Some have argued that it’s a way to save energy. Others have suggested that slumber provides an opportunity to clear away the brain’s cellular waste. Still others have proposed that sleep simply forces animals to lie …

The Brain

The First Ever Blueprint For a Mind-Bendingly Massive Quantum Computer Has Been Released

"Life will change completely."<p>Scientists chasing the dream of quantum computing - technology that would grant us unprecedented processing power - …

Quantum Computing

SMiLE-seq: A new technique speeds up genetics

Scientists at EPFL have developed a technique that can be a game-changer for genetics by making the characterization of DNA-binding proteins much …

Genetics

Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>This isn't science fiction, you know. Spider silk is stronger than …

Innovation

Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Nearly 40 years since the first ‘test-tube baby’, how close are we to editing out all of our genetic imperfections – and should we even try to do so?<p>Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside …

Genetics

Harvard Biologist Retracts Groundbreaking Diabetes 'Breakthrough'

A Harvard research team led by biologist Douglas Melton has retracted a promising research paper following multiple failed attempts to reproduce the …

Controversial New Theory That Says There's No Gravity or Dark Matter Passes Its First Test

Dutch theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde has been shaking up the physics world with his controversial theory of “<b>emergent gravity</b>”, which sees …

How Artificial Intelligence Is Getting More Human

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Top 10 science stories of 2016: Gravitational waves, Zika, Proxima b and more

At first glance, the stories taking the top two spots in <i>Science News</i>’ review of 2016 have little in common. Scientists began searching decades ago …

Top 10

New CRISPR gene-editing tool removes cells' natural undo button

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool promises to radically change how disease is treated, with potential for tackling muscular dystrophy, HIV and …

Genetics

Einstein Could Easily Think In Four Dimensions, And It's A Skill Most People Can Train

<i>In an online lecture, a professor mentioned that Einstein could draw or imagine a 4-dimensional figure. How can one possibly do that? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Alon Amit, BSc in</b> …

Mathematics

Apple to start publishing its AI research

The company will begin sharing its research into artificial intelligence in a move that may help advance its efforts.<p>Apple's AI research department is going to be breaking its long silence and start publishing papers, according to a report by Bloomberg. The tech giant's newly hired director of AI …

Artificial Intelligence

Who owns CRISPR — one of the most important genetic inventions of our time?

Inside the patent dispute that’s tearing the scientific community apart<p>It’s hard to believe that a patent hearing would be so popular, but the line to get into Hearing Room A at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Alexandria, Virginia, this morning stretched into a crowd of …

Genetics

Join Lets You Control Your Phone From Your Desktop With Voice Commands

Android/Chrome: When you’re at your desk, you don’t want to constantly fiddle with your phone. Join helps you control your phone without picking it …

Physicists Mold Giant Photons Into Custom Shapes

The ability to manipulate photon shapes allows for the tweaking of light-matter interactions.<p>It's hard to imagine a photon having a shape at all. For one thing, photons—pointlike, indivisible units of light—are massless, which is the whole essence of being a photon to begin with and what enables …

Quantum Mechanics

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The One Theory of Quantum Mechanics That Actually Kind of Makes Sense

But most physicists don't buy it.<p>Quantum mechanics is baffling. On the atomic and subatomic scale, matter seems to behave in ways that we, in the macro world, would generally think of as impossible. Particles can exist in two different places at once, and particle-like interferences in space are …

Potential Breakthrough In Alzheimer's Research -- and What You Can Do Now

In an aging world the rampant destruction of families and emotions due to Alzheimer’s disease is increasing. Around the planet forty-seven million …

Soon, We May Be Able to Access Our Memories From Early Childhood

Infantile Amnesia<p>What’s your earliest memory? Try as you might, most of you probably won’t be able to recall anything during the first couple years …

After 60 years, is nuclear fusion finally poised to deliver?

It’s been a long time coming, but the world’s top powers are now betting billions on the Iter collaboration to deliver clean, safe, limitless energy for the modern world<p>“We are standing on the ground that could change the future of energy,” says engineer Laurent Pattison, deep in the reactor pit of …

Nuclear Energy

Finally – a safe way to carry hydrogen fuel in your pocket

Hydrogen has great potential as a future clean energy source. The challenge is that hydrogen gas is difficult to store and carry safely. The …

Nature Communications

After Centuries, Scientists Have Finally Figured Out How Water Conducts Electricity

One of life's most fundamental processes has been witnessed.<p>It's a textbook moment centuries in the making: more than 200 years after scientists …

A New Alliance Could Give Humanity the World's First Cancer Vaccine

Teaming Up With the Best<p>Cancer is still a scourge for humankind. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 14.1 million people have cancer …

Cancer

Quantum Gravity’s Time Problem

The effort to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity means reconciling totally different notions of time.<p>Theoretical physicists striving to …

Quantum Mechanics

Astronomers Observe Strange Quantum Distortion in Empty Space for the First Time Ever

A Little Less Strange<p>Vacuum birefringence is a weird quantum phenomenon that has only ever been observed on an atomic scale. It occurs when a neutron …

Physics

Get Involved in the World's Biggest Quantum Physics Experiment Happening Right Now

What could be the world’s largest quantum physics experiment is happening today, 30 November 2016, and researchers need people from all over the …

Quantum Mechanics