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Ageing is a disease. Gene therapy could be the 'cure'

In September 2015, Elizabeth Parrish flew from Seattle to Colombia to receive an experimental treatment.<p>Craig Venter wants to tackle the ultimate …

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs.<p>In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a …

Immune System

Clear and present danger: Maybe this is how democracy ends

<b>(AP/Carlos Osorio)</b><p>The frightening rise of authoritarian populism in the West is a very real thing<p>Mike Lofgren<p>January 12, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>The election of Donald Trump has triggered as much wonderment abroad as it has in the United States. David …

Political Science

Psychology shows that in dark political times, there’s an essential thing we must do to cultivate hope

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, it’s easy to feel hopeless about the future of the US. But according to psychological research, that’s a dangerous emotion to indulge in times like these.<p>After all, fighting for positive change is hard. It requires sustained effort and a willingness to fail …

Political Activism

Japanese company replaces workers with artificial intelligence

A Japanese company is making 34 employees redundant in order to replace them with IBM’s Watson Explorer AI.<p>Human workers at Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance are set to be replaced by an artificial intelligence that can calculate payouts to policyholders.<p>After the 200m yen (£1.4m) AI system is installed …

The NHS is trialling an AI chatbot to answer your medical questions

In an experimental trial, the National Health Service across parts of London is going to test an artificial intelligence app as a way for potential …

Liberals and conservatives have one thing in common: Zero interest in opposing views

Dick Cheney, back when he was vice president, insisted all the TVs in his hotel suite be tuned to Fox News before he arrived.<p>It's not just conservative politicians who like to stay ideologically insulated, though. So do campus liberals. Consider what happened two years ago at Rutgers University …

How social media creates angry, poorly informed partisans

A while back, hackers linked to the Russian government stole a cache of emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and furnished them to WikiLeaks. One of those emails has generated a lot of interest in conservative circles because — conservatives say — it shows that polls are being …

Social Media