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23andMe receives patent to create designer babies, but denies plans to do so

Thanks to personal genomics companies like 23andMe, it's becoming quicker and easier for us to find out who we are. But will the same technology one day allow us to decide who our babies will be — before they're even born? That's the question raised by a newly issued patent, which grants 23andMe …

New programming language could code DNA to deliver drugs and detect diseases

The University of Washington envisions a future where our bodies will be tuned to heal us just as easily as software is built to entertain us — and it's come up with a method that could eventually turn this idea into a reality. University researchers have developed a programming language that …

3D printed 'bionic' ear combines cartilage with an antenna

A strange combination of tissue and electronics could help us repair — or someday even replace — human ears. Researchers led by Michael McAlpine, an assistant engineering professor at Princeton, have created a prototype artificial ear from an antenna and 3D printed cells. McAlpine has worked for …

Google's Timelapse project shows how the Earth has changed over a quarter of a century

Google has expanded its mapping platform to launch a new project called Timelapse, taking you back through time to see how our planet has changed over the last 25 years. To create its new interactive HTML5 animations, Google teamed up with the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and TIME to combine …

git? tig!

I’m a big fan of Git, but I’m not such a big fan of most UIs for it, especially the ones integrated into IDEs. I find them convoluted and confusing. …

Google gains team behind Behavio, a startup that uses smartphone data to make predictions

Google has added a few more employees to its roster. The new hires come from the team behind Behavio, a company works on recording and analyzing the data that smartphones are capable of keeping track of: location, speed, nearby devices and networks, phone activity, noise levels, and much more. The …

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Google has a single towering obsession: It wants to build the Star Trek computer.

I first came across Google’s interest in <i>Star Trek</i> back in the summer of 2010. A company spokesman wanted to show me the firm’s rapidly improving …

The Mesmerizing Skyscrapers Of Hong Kong In Eerily Beautiful Close-up

For four years, photographer Michael Wolf explored life in Hong Kong by studying the exterior of its apartment towers. When cropped and textualized, facades of residential buildings become something other than architecture, but grids of information, charts, data, colorful patterns.<p>He writes in an …

Skyscrapers

Glass Collective VC partnership to help startups get Google Glass apps funded

Three venture capital funds have joined together to create an investment partnership aimed at nurturing Google Glass apps. The Glass Collective is comprised of Google Ventures, KPCB, and Andreessen Horowitz. The firms aren't setting aside any money specifically for the cause, but have agreed to …

Google wants to turn .search into a top-level domain that any search service can use

Some of Google's competitors have objected to its request for several top-level domains — including ".search" — but the company has clarified plans that would open up the use of those domains to other companies and services. As reported by <i>TechCrunch</i>, the project is outlined in a recent letter to …