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Genetic Analysis Predicts Academic Achievement For The First Time

Don't worry, we're not on our way to a "Gattaca"-style society.<p>Teachers and parents may one day be able to use a genetic test to predict whether or not a child will excel at or struggle with academics in the future, based on new research pioneered by scientists at King’s College London.<p>While the …

DNA

Crispr: Chinese scientists to pioneer gene-editing trial on humans

A team of Chinese scientists will be the first in the world to apply the revolutionary gene-editing technique known as Crispr on human subjects.<p>Led by Lu You, an oncologist at Sichuan University’s West China hospital in Chengdu, China, the team plan to start testing cells modified with Crispr on …

Science

Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

NEW YORK (AP) - Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic” - a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high …

DNA

Dolly’s legacy: Are you eating cloned meat?

Two decades after Scotland’s Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal, consumers may well wonder whether they are drinking milk or eating meat …

Food

The "Jennifer Aniston neuron" is the foundation of compelling new memory research — Quartz

A little over a decade ago, neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga published a paper (pdf) detailing his discovery of the “Jennifer Aniston neuron.” Looking for the areas of the brain that cause epileptic seizures, Quiroga discovered that one subject had a neuron that steadily fired whenever she was …

Jennifer Aniston

The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements

One might ask why we would ever want to create robots that can do human work when we have so many people who need jobs. The goal of robotics should not be to replace humans with robots, but rather to improve productivity and safety, removing humans from harm’s way and enabling them to focus on …

Artificial Intelligence

Mossberg: I just deleted half my iPhone apps — you should too

Welcome to Mossberg<i>, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode.</i><p>Over the past few days, I’ve methodically deleted 165 apps from my iPhone, about 54 percent of the 305 …

Apple News

Ray Kurzweil Outlines the Coming Biomedical Revolution [Video]

Will we live longer lives in the future? According to Ray Kurzweil, it's only a matter of time until technology begins successfully tackling …

Exponential Finance Conference

Elon Musk is on the verge of making a huge change for Tesla's owners

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has produced the company's "Master Plan, Part Deux," a sprawling update to Part Une of the plan, which Musk authored a decade ago.<p>Part Deux contained many things, some of them expected — there will be a variety of new Tesla passenger vehicles coming, possibly even a pickup truck …

Elon Musk

Meet the US's answer to China's 'Carrier Killer' missile

The US Navy just named the first carrier-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) the MQ-25A Stingray.<p>The Navy has been pursuing a carrier-based drone since 2006: first as a long range stealthy bomber, then as a surveillance and strike craft, and finally as a flying tanker. Though air-to-air refueling …

Asia

Apple: Pokémon Go breaks App Store record for most launch week downloads

Without giving away official download numbers or stats (or ever featuring the app), Apple has officially shared that Pokémon Go has broken the record for the highest number of downloads during launch week on the App Store. The popular iOS app has ranked #1 on both the Free and Top Grossing Top …

App Store

10 tiny gadgets every minimalist needs

In theory, minimalism means getting more from less. Technology can often get in the way of that by packing in extra cables and design features that bloat or dilute functionality.<p>But there are plenty of gadgets on the market that are elegantly designed, minimalist, and do their job well. In many …

Gear & Gadgets

World's first passenger drone cleared for testing in Nevada

The world’s first passenger drone capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes has been given clearance for testing in Nevada.<p>Chinese firm Ehang, which unveiled the electric Ehang 184 passenger drone at CES in Las Vegas in January, has partnered with the Nevada Institute for …

Drones

The coolest NASA missions happening right now — and the most exciting ones yet to launch

On July 20, 1969, two Americans did something extraordinary: They climbed out of a precarious spacecraft and onto the surface of the moon.<p>We hairless apes, gifted with powerful brains and wanderlust through chance (or fate, depending on who you ask), had figured out how to safely launch three …

Moon Missions

Cheap and clean: Australian company creates hydrogen with near-zero emissions

An Australian company is using “cheap as dirt” iron ore to convert methane in natural gas into hydrogen. Importantly, their process generates near-zero emissions, as the carbon content of the gas is captured in the form of high-quality graphite.<p>As a clean-burning fuel, hydrogen could play a key …

Energy

Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone

Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from <i>Flash Forward</i> creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached professors at the University of Michigan earlier this year to reproduce a murder victim’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan. …

Policing

The Nintendo NES Classic Edition is a great deal: Here are the numbers that prove it

The Mini NES isn't the only place you can get some of these classic video games -- but it's far and away the best overall value.<p>Nintendo's $60 retro …

Nintendo

Edward Snowden's phone case will tell you if you're being tracked

Edward Snowden stepped into the world of product design Thursday as he unveiled a concept for a new phone case that can detect when the device's radio is transmitting.<p>He presented the design for the case, which wires into the iPhone's interior workings via the SIM slot to monitor electrical signals …

Edward Snowden

Cryptocurrency platform Ethereum gets a controversial update

Getty Images<p>Ethereum found Vitalik Buterin during TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015.<p>The custodians of the popular cryptocurrency platform Ethereum implemented a controversial change to it Wednesday, but broad questions remain about its long-term impact.<p>The change—called a “hard fork”—was put into …

Bitcoin

The target date for Apple's car project has reportedly been pushed back

Apple's secretly building a car in Sunnyvale, California. The main question is when it will see the light of day.<p>Apple car enthusiasts will have to wait a little longer than expected, though, because the team that's working on the car has suffered setbacks.<p>That's according to a fascinating article …

UNC Chapel Hill

'I Am Proud To Be Gay,' Tech Investor Peter Thiel Tells GOP Convention

In an apparent first, a Republican convention speaker on Thursday, took the stage, during the final, most high-profile night, just minutes before the nominee himself, and uttered these words: "I am proud to be gay."<p>Peter Thiel (pronounced <i>'teel'</i>) is an eccentric character in Silicon Valley: a …

Peter Thiel

U.S. House of Representatives sends letter to Niantic CEO over Pokémon Go’s cellular data usage

Earlier today, we detailed the $3 billion value that Pokémon Go represents to Apple, while we also noted of the effects the game is having on distracted driving and calls placed to emergency officials. Now, the United States Congress has started to look into the data usage of the game. No, not data …

U.S. Congress

Pokémon Goes ‘haram’: Top Saudi cleric body bans game for ‘promoting gambling & Darwinism’

The 15-year-old ban on the Pokémon game has been revived, the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars said on the website of the …

Augmented Reality

Pokemon Go Claimed to be a US/Japan Conspiracy to Reveal China's Military Secrets

Some Chinese are concerned that the summer’s hottest fad, augmented reality video game Pokemon Go, is a threat to the Chinese military.<p>In an …

Pokémon

Reshaping human health and changing lives through gene editing

Gene editing is going to fundamentally change our lives and how we traditionally think about health throughout the first half of the 21st century.<p>Gene editing is going to change the way people are treated by curing the roots of diseases instead of merely treating the symptoms. It’s going to change …

Medicine

New running apps blur the line between virtual reality and real life

During the extreme winter of 2009-2010, Gary McNamee relied on his treadmill to train for the Boston Marathon. McNamee lives in Hopkinton,where the race starts, but the weather stymied his attempts to go out for a long run.<p>“I’m in my basement thinking, ‘Jeez, the course is right up the road. I can …

Running

The 1 Fatal Flaw of Self-Driving Cars, Autonomous Future Plans

Industry experts say plans for self-driving cars depend on one unreliable assumption.<p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control …

As Robots Take Our Jobs, Guaranteed Income Might Ease the Pain

Let's start with a small test.<p>When was the following text published -- in 1961, 1987 or last week?<p>The number of jobs lost to more efficient machines is only part of the problem. What worries many job experts more is that automation may prevent the economy from creating enough new jobs ... In the …

Robots

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

Microscopy