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China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

6 countries where college tuition is completely (or essentially) free for Americans

The price of attending an accredited university in the U.S., whether it be public or private, only seems to be growing.<p>Between tuition fees, application fees, room and board and everything in between, getting a degree in America is no cheap (or easy) feat.<p>In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average …

49ers' Colin Kaepernick: 'I'll continue to sit' for national anthem

Two days after sparking a national conversation in the wake of his decision to sit during the pre-game performance of the national anthem Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn't changing his tune.<p>Addressing reporters from his locker at the team's training facility for …

Guns

Democrats want ‘free’ college. It would be nice if they delivered Americans a decent high school education first.

Republicans aren't the only ones facing disunity in their party as the general election gets fully underway.<p>The Democratic convention in Philadelphia opens this week amid a chorus of grumbling from Bernie Sanders supporters over Hillary Clinton's uninspired choice of technocrat Tim Kaine as vice …

Education

Michael Jordan donating $2 million to help address police-related shootings

Current NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade are among the many professional athletes who have spoken out about the recent police-related shootings and the importance of social change in America, using their celebrity and the professional sports platform to do so.<p>Now, …

Law Enforcement

This video game might cut the risk of dementia for 10 years

For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people's risk for dementia— not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game.<p>The training nearly halved the incidence of Alzheimer's disease and other …

Dementia
Education

Do Self-Made Success Stories Convince Some College Isn't Necessary?

Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>Startup lore is synonymous with stories of genius founders who’ve bucked the system. The youngest tend to get into top schools, only to drop out and start world-changing companies. Bill Gates did that -- as did Mark …

Entrepreneurship

Forget Nintendo, 'Pokémon Go' could be worth billions of dollars to Apple

We already know that <i>Pokémon Go</i> has caught the attention of the business world, with the value of Nintendo more than doubling thanks to its interest …

Homeless Georgia Teen Who Biked 6 Hours to College and Slept in Tent Receives $180K in Donations

It’s been a whirlwind week for Fred Barley, the 19-year-old homeless biology major who pedaled 60 miles in the high-90s Georgia heat and humidity on …

Empathy