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The future of genetic enhancement lies in China — here's why we should care

As the state of the 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 smart pills, brain implants and gene editing.<p>This discussion has only intensified in the past year …

Molecular Biology

What Your Poop Says About The Best Way For You To Lose Weight

It’s all about your bacteria.<p>A new study, published in the <i>International Journal of Obesity</i>, has revealed that the proportion of some bacteria in the gut may be related to how much weight one is able to lose and under which conditions. This means that bacteria may play a role in personalized …

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

7 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp As You Age

There’s mounting evidence that some of the best things you can do for your brain are also some of the best for your body.<p>A new scientific advisory …

Set it and forget it: 5 things you should always automate on your phone

Our modern Android devices open the door to a connected, high-tech world that years ago we only dreamed was possible. The power and capability of our Android phones and tablets continue to increase, and as a result they are getting smarter and smarter. With just a little setup, it’s amazing how …

These 2 phones could be the biggest threats to the iPhone 7

If history is any indication, Apple's next flagship smartphone (presumably called the iPhone 7) will make its debut in September.<p>The most significant competition it's likely to face, however, could arrive this month. Samsung's Galaxy S7 and LG's G5 are scheduled to make their debuts in the near …

Phones

Einstein predicted gravitational waves 100 years ago. Here’s what it took to prove him right.

The “chirp” is bright and bird-like, its pitch rising at the end as though it’s asking a question. To an untrained ear, it resembles a sound effect from a video game more than the faint, billion-year-old echo of the collision of two black holes.<p>But to the trained ear of experimental physicist, it …

Physics

Child labour revealed at heart of battery supply chain

Ten percent of cobalt produced and used by the world's largest technology and mining companies relies on child labour and worker exploitation, a new …

The 11 most beautiful apps of the year

We think the most beautiful apps of the year use color creatively, simplify otherwise annoying experiences, and spark our imaginations with stunning game environments. They feature a strong attention to detail, along with a smart overall design that matches the function and feel of the app.<p>These …

Apps

How I Unsubscribed From 200 Newsletters In 2 Minutes

Using this method, I bucket all of my newsletters into ONE email (so I only get one email). Plus, I unsubscribe from all the junk in just one click.

20 non-toy holiday gift ideas for kids

Children everywhere have already begun to give serious thought to their holiday wish-list while parents everywhere have already begun to cringe with the realization that in just a few weeks more toys will be invading their home.<p>The good news is that not all gifts need to involve toys.<p>There are …

Kids

33 Facebook tips and tricks everyone should know

There's a lot you can do with Facebook. It's the app you likely spend the majority of your time using on your phone, whether it's for finding the latest news or staying in touch with friends.<p>We've collected some of the best tips and tricks you may not know about. It's time to start using Facebook …

Social Media

A College Without Classes

Forget credit hours—in a quest to cut costs, universities are simply asking students to prove their mastery of a subject.<p>MANCHESTER, Mich.—Had Daniella Kippnick followed in the footsteps of the hundreds of millions of students who have earned university degrees in the past millennium, she might be …

Higher Education

The psychology of emojis

I have a confession to make: I’m a grown woman who peppers pretty much every text and social media post I send with smileys, hearts, stars and various other decorations.<p>Emojis have taken over my communication—and I’m far from alone. According to Swyft Media, 74 percent of people in the U.S. …

Language

Childhaven uses brain science to help at-risk kids fit in

Watching a circle of 4- to 5-year-old children sitting with their teacher talking about whatever pops into their heads could make any adult smile. …

Why Facebook doesn't like your brand

Organic growth for digital marketers is in steep decline. Brands shake in their boots at the prospect of Google making further major changes to its algorithms, and marketers struggle to keep up with the impact of those changes. Recently, its new mobile-friendly ranking factor algorithm has led to …

Marketing

Why Kim Kardashian Can’t Write Good

Essay-level writing as a basic skill is no longer the norm. Speaking is, however, and that style has influenced our writing. Get over it, grammarians.<p>…

Cornel West

17 Android-only apps that will make your iPhone friends jealous

Some of the most interesting Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple wouldn't allow.<p>With apps like the one that lets you message your friends while still watching Netflix or one that lets you hack your smartphone's LED lights for custom notifications, you're guaranteed …

Apps

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

Stack Overflow

Google's plans for a massive, futuristic new headquarters get derailed by LinkedIn

Function wins over form<p>Google's search for a place to build its giant and oddly mysterious glass utopia will have to be somewhere else than Mountain View's North Bayshore district. In a vote from the area's city council last night, the group decided that LinkedIn and <i>not</i> Google will get the majority …

Free Android apps connect to thousands of tracking and ad URLs, research shows

Worst offenders include volume-control app that connects to 2,000 websites for advertising and tracking websites, according to France’s Eurecom<p>The average free Android app silently connects to more than 100 different web addresses to serve adverts and track users, according to a paper from French …

10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years

In the epilogue to his book on data, privacy, copyright and what the changing tides of these big ideas mean for writers and other creative types, prolific sci-fi behemoth and tech blogger Cory Doctorow tries to guess what the future will hold. He begins with a disclaimer: “Science-fiction writers …

Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?<p>Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said <i>Popular Science</i>. The <i>International Business Times</i> pronounced …

Physiology

Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

Vaccines don't always make it into the people who need them the most. Many require a syringe and a needle to enter the bloodstream and create immunity. And that means a doctor or nurse has to do the job.<p>But with if a vaccine could be delivered by simply applying a patch?That's Mark Prausnitz's …

Public Health

Windows 10's web browser is called Microsoft Edge

After months of waiting, Microsoft finally has a proper name for Windows 10's brand-new web browser: Forget Project Spartan, and meet Microsoft Edge. It still has the same flat, minimalist look you saw at the start of the year, as well as clever features like Cortana voice commands and annotation …

Dave Goldberg had an incredible life — but it wasn't easy

<i>Business Insider had the chance to interview Dave Goldberg last month about his life and the challenges he had faced.</i><p><i>Our original story is below, unedited.</i><p>Dave Goldberg is half of one of Silicon Valley's most powerful couples.<p>He's the CEO of uber successful Valley company SurveyMonkey, with an epic …

Sheryl Sandberg

Hands-Free Cars Take Wheel, and Law Isn’t Stopping Them

A General Motors promotional film envisions the future: Drivers enter the highway, put their cars on “autopilot” and sit back as the vehicle takes over and heads for the horizon. The film’s date? 1956.<p>Sixty years later, automakers are making that dream a reality.<p>But the technology has sprinted …

Autonomous Vehicle

Meet the man responsible for Google's billion-dollar acquisitions

On its top ten acquisitions alone, it has spent more than $24.5 billion dollars.<p>That's a lot of money, but Google has learned how to make the most of those purchases. Time Magazine recently wrote that the company had "perfected" the Silicon Valley acquisition, in part because its so good at …

Andy Rubin

Born In The USA: Why Chinese 'Birth Tourism' Is Booming In California

BEIJING -- When Ma Fahong approached the immigration desk at Los Angeles International Airport, the customs agent had only two questions for her.<p>“Why are you coming to the U.S.?”<p>“I’m here to have a baby.”<p>“How much cash do you have on you?”<p>“I only have $1,000 in cash, but I have a debit card with …