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US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

Genetics

Photo-Realistic Holograms Are About To Get A Whole Lot More Real

8i unveiled its Holo mixed-reality app, and announced $27 million in funding to bolster its vision of 3D content-capture technology.<p>The holograms are coming, the holograms are coming.<p>At the Sundance Film Festival last month, moviegoers attending the premiere of <i>Marjorie Prime</i>, a movie starring Jon …

Augmented Reality

Elon Musk thinks humans need to become cyborgs or risk irrelevance

Another cheery lecture from Uncle Elon<p>Human beings are in danger of being eclipsed by artificial intelligence and need to evolve the ability to communicate directly with machines or risk irrelevance, Elon Musk said in a typically heartwarming speech from everyone’s favorite billionaire technologist.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Environmentalists warn of bumblebee's extinction after Trump halts regulations

Order for 60-day pause on regulations not yet implemented includes protection for endangered rusty patched bumblebee, which experts say is near extinction<p>Donald Trump has been accused of targeting Muslims, media outlets and even department stores in his first month in the White House. Now, the US …

Regulation

Trump denounced nuclear arms treaty in phone call with Putin – sources

The president’s reported remarks on the Obama-era New Start treaty between the US and Russia have provoked alarm among security specialists<p>Donald Trump has told Vladimir Putin he does not want to renew a 2010 arms control treaty that limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons the US and Russia …

Donald Trump

Romanian justice minister resigns after angry anti-corruption protests

Plan to decriminalise offences and issue jail pardons prompted hundreds of thousands of Romanians to take to the streets<p>Romania’s justice minister has resigned following the largest street protests in the country since the fall of communism in 1989.<p>Florin Iordache was one of the architects of an …

Romania

Loophole Lets Criminals Buy Untraceable 'Ghost Guns' Online

A legal loophole means that anyone, including criminals, can order a so-called “ghost gun” off the web without a background check – a gun with no serial number that can’t be traced.<p>The guns are built from kits and arrive in pieces, so under existing law, when they’re shipped, they aren’t guns. When …

Sound of crickets 'could become a thing of the past'

<b>The first comprehensive assessment of Europe's crickets and grasshoppers has found that more than a quarter of species are being driven to extinction.</b><p>According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the insect group is the most threatened of those assessed so far in …

U.S. commander tells Congress: More troops needed in Afghanistan

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told Congress Thursday a few thousand more troops are needed there to break the stalemate between Afghan forces and the Taliban.<p>Army Gen. John Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee he had enough U.S. and NATO troops for counterterrorism operations …

Screw Those $300 Standing Desks. This Cardboard One Is $25

Is sitting at a computer all day making you fat, but standing desks are too expensive? The Hootsuite CEO’s nifty new side project could save your spine and slim your belly. Oristand is a $25 standing desk made of cardboard. Just unfold the contraption, stick it atop your normal desk, and you can …

HootSuite

Largest Coal Plant In Western U.S. May Close Due To Inexpensive Natural Gas

The largest coal power plant in the western United States may shut down soon due to low natural gas prices, the plant’s operators report. The struggles of the power plant – the Navajo Generating Station – illustrate the changing economics of power generation and new opportunities provided by …

Struggling With Emotional Pain? Science Says Tylenol Could Help You Feel Better

Most people take Tylenol for physical pain. But studies show it eases emotional pain too.<p>Whether you've got a root canal scheduled for next month or you're giving a big presentation tomorrow, feelings of dread can consume you. In fact, researchers have discovered that dread is the most difficult …

Acetaminophen

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical - MIT Technology Review

In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet.<p>Experiments like those that let …

Trump’s freeze on new regulation means that we won’t get drone delivery anytime soon

The drone industry actually needs regulations in order to grow.<p>When President Trump signed an executive order last week requiring two federal regulations to be rescinded for every new one passed, he simultaneously put the brakes on the future of drone delivery in the United States.<p>While many …

Unmanned Aircraft

How Russia Became the Leader of the Global Christian Right

While the U.S. passed gay-rights laws, Moscow moved hard the other way.<p>In early April 2014, as the post-Cold War order roiled in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula—the first forced annexation in Europe since the Second World War—Pat Buchanan asked a question. Taking …

Russia

Russia calls Romania 'a clear threat' and NATO outpost: Ifax | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia views Romania as a NATO outpost and as a threat due to it hosting elements of a U.S. anti-missile shield, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing a Russian foreign ministry official.<p>The U.S. military, which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not …

Health Savings Account: Your Extra Retirement Funds | Investopedia

What if I told you there was a way to save $2.5 million tax-free forever? Interested?<p>By now you’ve probably heard about the health savings account …

Retirement

Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from artificial intelligence? Think again

Thanks to advances in technology, many jobs that weren’t considered ripe for automation suddenly are<p>In the battle for the 21st century workplace, computers are winning. And the odds of us puny humans making a comeback are not very good.<p>A January 2017 report from the McKinsey Global Institute …

Artificial Intelligence

When the black justice movement got too powerful, the FBI got scared and got ugly

In the 1970s, the surveillance and intimidation was no joke<p>On a sunny January day in 1969, a gun battle broke out during a meeting of the Black …

The Death Toll in the Crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya People Could Be Far Higher Than Estimated

The death toll after a brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar may be in the thousands, U.N. officials say, vastly higher than …

Armed Forces

Sen. John McCain vs. President Donald Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain are squaring off again.<p>Trump blasted McCain on Twitter Thursday following the Arizona Republican's comments a day earlier that he couldn't characterize the operation as a "success."<p>"Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or …

Another disastrous call: Trump bungled a phone call with the French president, Francois Hollande

President Trump continues his string of unimpressive foreign policy fails<p>President Donald Trump has had another disastrous phone call with a foreign leader — this time France's President Francois Hollande.<p>Trump declared that the United States "wants its money back" from NATO and complained that …

Proposed Trump executive order would allow US firms to sell 'conflict minerals'

Draft executive order proposes suspension of portion of Dodd-Frank reforms designed to prevent US from selling minerals that are fuelling violence in Congo<p>Related: Trump orders Dodd-Frank review in effort to roll back financial regulation<p>The Trump administration has prepared a new executive order …

trumpexecutiveorder

America Is Surging Ahead of the Climate Goals Trump's EPA Pick Is Suing to Kill

In 2016, a coalition of 28 states sued the Environmental Protection Agency alleging that a new federal plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions called …

Renewable Energy

Warren says she won't be silent about Sessions' 'radical hatred'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Elizabeth Warren tore into Jeff Sessions Wednesday night, saying she and her colleagues would oppose the Alabama politician's "radical hatred" as he moved to lead President Donald Trump's Justice Department.<p>The Massachusetts Democrat galvanized her party Tuesday night when …

Donald Trump

Russia sends Syria its largest missile delivery to date, US officials say

Russia has just sent Syria the largest shipment of missiles between the two countries to date, the latest delivery between the two allies that could further change the stakes in the Middle East, U.S. officials told Fox News on Wednesday.<p>The shipment of 50 SS-21 short-range ballistic missiles …

The GOP’s new war on women: Mitch McConnell, Elizabeth Warren and the newly empowered sexism of the right

Some right-wingers are going even further into overt misogyny — but they’re being met with a feminist force of fury<p>Perhaps Sen. Mitch McConnell should have skipped his quadrennial all-day post-inauguration nap. Being awake for the Women's March and witnessing all the rage and energy of millions of …

Yale University Study Shows Association Between Vaccines and Brain Disorders

A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine have found a disturbing association between the timing of …

The Brain

Dev-Books Is a Massive List of the Most Recommended Coding and Programming Books

Stack Overflow is filled with thousands of questions and answers, and many of those are book recommendations from programmers with many different …

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

When I ask people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish …

High School