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Meet the Scientist Trying to Bring the Woolly Mammoth Back from the Dead

The Harvard geneticist started with a close relative, the Asian elephant, and is using a genetic engineering tool known as CRISPR in an effort to create a mammoth-like elephant capable of thriving in cold regions.<p>It’s not a vanity project. Church thinks reintroducing the mammoth-like animal into …

Woolly Mammoths

Why Is Facebook’s App Asking To Read Your Text Messages?

Over the last month or so, a few keen-eyed Android users may have been startled by some peculiar permission requests when they tried to update their Facebook app. One request asks to “read your text messages (SMS or MMS).”<p>That’s not exactly the kind of language users are likely to find reassuring, …

DEA Chief Slams Obama For Pot Remarks: Reports

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration slammed President Barack Obama this week for saying marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, according to a report Saturday in the Boston Herald.<p>DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart reportedly told a group of sheriffs at a closed-door conference in …

Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis

The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the United Nations still hasn't reached over 750,000 people in need of food in West Africa as prices spiral and farms are abandoned.<p>On the eve of …

Avegant's Glyph headset live on Kickstarter for $500

We've been telling you about the Avegant Glyph for awhile, but now you can finally plunk down some bills to get one yourself. Thanks to Kickstarter, beta-testing the device for its designer isn't without its own set of perks. For instance, 500 of the earliest backers at the $500 tier can snag a …

2015 concept cars: Which ones will become production cars?

It’s not an auto show without some dreaming. Alongside all the world debuts of vehicles headed to production, auto shows are a chance for manufacturers to use concept cars to tease future products or designs. Or to gauge the public’s reaction to a project the automaker is considering.<p>Highlights …