Christina Robinson

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The $1,000 Genome Arrives -- For Real, This Time

Today, Illumina, the leading maker of DNA sequencers, announced a milestone in biotechnology: it is introducing a new machine that can sequence the genetic code of a human cell for $1,000.<p>The machine – actually a combination of ten machines working together called the HiSeqX Ten – will cost $10 …

Early ObamaCare Exchange Demographics Worse Than Under RomneyCare in Massachusetts In 2007

On occasion a chart can be worth more than a blog post with 1,000 words. Since many point to Massachusetts as a harbinger of what is ahead under the ACA, here is some contrasting data to consider. While Massachusetts is not representative of the entire country from a population standpoint, the …

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

Stocks flat. Time to get used to it?

Investors were cautious Monday but the Dow Jones industrial average eked out a big enough gain to close at yet another new record high.<p>The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended the day only a tiny bit higher. With no major corporate results or economic reports on the schedule, and the Treasury market …

Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

Report on climate change depicts a planet in peril

Climate change will disrupt not only the natural world but society, posing risks to resources and fomenting conflict, panel says.<p>November 11, 2013|By Tony Barboza<p>New York is among the coastal cities around the world that face a threat from… (Mark Lennihan / Associated…)<p>Climate change will disrupt …

Climate Change

Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.<p>The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the …

Final verdict coming on Friday: Humans caused global warming

A file photo presents a view of a coal-burning power plant during daybreak in Xiangfan, central China's Hubei province. Human activity such as burning fossil fuels is causing the climate to change, a major report is expected to say Friday. Reuters file<p>An international panel of scientists is …

Climate Change

Meet The 17-Year-Old Who Blew The Lid Off Racial Profiling With His iPod

Racial Discrimination

How To Discover Your Inner Genius: Unthink

Part of my day job is reviewing books.<p>And while the publishing industry remains in a remarkable state of flux, one thing remains constant: If an idea becomes hot, you can be sure everyone will rush out to copy it. (That’s the reason you see all those <b>Fifty Shades of Grey</b> wannabes laying about your …

Mixed reactions to Exodus group leaving 'gay therapy'

Former participants in a controversial program aimed at ridding people of their homosexuality congratulated its leader for deciding to shut down its ministry, but other groups said there was a role for the “reparative therapy” used in the “ex-gay movement.”<p>The Christian ministry, Exodus …

Court rules against government in HIV/AIDS funding case

The government cannot fund only those groups that take a pledge against prostitution and sex trafficking, a divided Supreme Court rules.<p>WASHINGTON -- The federal government cannot require that groups using its money to combat HIV/AIDS overseas also oppose prostitution and sex trafficking, a divided …

House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

The so-called farm bill came to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday. And it crashed. The defeat shocked many observers, but the vote wasn't even particularly close: 234-195. (You can see how your own representative voted here.)<p>In the immediate aftermath, House Majority Leader Eric …

Dalai Lama: Women Better Leaders Because Of Potential For Compassion; Next Dalai Lama May Be Female

The Dalai Lama weighed in on the debate around women leadership and came out firmly on the side of the female.<p>Talking to reporters during a visit to Australia, the Buddhist leader was asked to weigh in on gender during a race for Prime Minister that has included charges of sexism.<p>Speaking …

Germany to share data on American accounts with U.S.

BERLIN -- Germany will sign a landmark agreement with the U.S. government Friday, allowing the bank account details of U.S. citizens living in that nation to be transferred to the IRS to help in the hunt for tax cheats.<p>The deal is part of a move by the U.S. government in the past three years to …

USA not one of 10 happiest countries in world

The Better Life Index rates the 36 OECD countries in 11 areas that aim to cover every aspect of life, including income, education, health, work-life balance and life satisfaction.<p>The residents of Switzerland are the most satisfied with their lives, according to the latest Better Life Index report, …

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk leaves Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform group

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg officially launched FWD.us, his immigration reform group made up of such Silicon Valley luminaries as Marissa Mayer, Eric Schmidt, Bill Gates, and Steve Ballmer. However, the group's impressive list of members just got a little shorter — according to Reuters, SpaceX and …

Best Tablets for 2018 - CNET

The promising new hardware is here now, but it’s the software to come that could advance this tablet to the next level.<p>There isn't much new about Apple’s newest entry-level iPad. But it’s a better value than ever.<p>Updates for the new version of Microsoft's tablet are as subtle as they come, but the …

Gear & Gadgets

Printable bionic ear sends hearing to the dogs

Using off-the-shelf 3D printing tools, silver nanoparticles, and cell culture, scientists at Princeton University have created a functional bionic …

3D Printing

Associated Press News

US demands removal of 3D printed gun templates

Designs for a 3D-printed gun must be taken offline, the US government has demanded.<p>The US State Department has written to the gun's designer, Defense Distributed, saying that publishing such designs, which enable anyone with a 3D printer to produce their own plastic gun, could breach arms-control …

The Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Is Now a Criminal Investigation

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Law enforcement officials in Texas have launched a criminal investigation into the explosion at the …

Buried in immigration reform bill, a plan to create a national photo database

The immigration reform bill currently sitting in the Senate is huge: it's more than 800 pages long, with more than 300 proposed amendments crammed in. Senators are in the early stages of debating the measure, and so far, there's a lot of talk about border security. But one detail that isn't getting …

Mars One astronaut applications near six-digit mark

About a month ago, a rather ambitious plan was unveiled – to colonize Mars with astronauts who will never return to Earth. With such a harsh reality …

Space Science

University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …

Never Mind the Middle—Barack Obama Pays Off His Rich Backers

The president’s second-term appointments reflect his top-bottom political coalition, writes Lloyd Green.<p>President Obama’s pincer movement on the …