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Crispr inventor Jennifer Doudna talks about discovering the gene-editing tool, the split with her collaborator and the complex ethics of genetic manipulation<p>Jennifer Doudna, 53, is an American biochemist based at the University of California, Berkeley. Together with the French microbiologist …

Genetics

Bill Gates: Artificial Photosynthesis Can Produce Clean Fuel for the Cars of Tomorrow

Artificial Photosynthesis<p>Photosynthesis is an essential natural process that keeps not just plants, but just about everything else on Earth alive — …

MIT's mobile 3D printer built the largest structure to date

Your next house could be built by a robot. Following the recent success of San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor, a team of MIT researchers have created a mobile autonomous 3D printer of their own. And to prove that the prototype works, the team had it build a 12-foot tall, 50-foot-wide igloo out of …

The US has a lot of money, but it does not look like a developed country

The US is the world’s largest national economy, and the epitome of industrialization. Because of its wealth, high standards of living, and availability of world-class services, many Americans believe theirs to be one of the better—or outright best—countries in the world to live.<p>Measuring wellbeing …

For the first time ever, scientists have edited the genetic makeup of viable human embryos

Our genetically edited future is nigh. Chinese researchers, who have been at the forefront of experimenting with human embryos using a technology called CRISPR, are improving on their results year after year.<p>For the past three years, these researchers had been experimenting on “non-viable” human …

Our new study improves estimates of the rate of ocean warming - a critical component of climate change<p>New research has convincingly quantified how much the Earth has warmed over the past 56 years. Human activities utilize fossil fuels for many beneficial purposes but have an undesirable side effect …

Climate Change

What Living In A Dumpster Taught This Startup Founder About Designing Tiny Homes

They need to be sleek and tech-enabled–and the startup Kasita realized that creating a space that small is a task better left to product designers than architects.<p>After living in a converted dumpster for the better part of a year in 2015, Jeff Wilson had an epiphany about tiny-house living: In …

From Ben Carson claiming slaves came over as ‘immigrants’ to Betsy DeVos ignoring Jim Crow – history is a new frontline in the battle for truth<p>Fake news has morphed into something far more egregious, fake history. Donald Trump routinely lies about himself, his accomplishments, his businesses and …

Donald Trump

Trump wants to “zero out” EPA programs

<b>(AP Photo/Josh Wood)</b><p>Programs addressing climate change, energy efficiency, diesel emissions, environmental justice to be shuttered<p>Bobby Magill<p>March 8, 2017 9:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.<p>The Trump administration wants to “zero out” many climate-related programs and …

DOVE MOTHER

Japan’s Newest Train Design Will Be Practically Invisible

Architect Kazuyo Sejima wants Tokyo’s next local express trains to be as hard to see as Wonder Woman’s jet plane.<p>Japan’s speedy bullet trains already move so fast that you almost can’t see them coming. The new train being designed for the Seibu Railway Co. by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima of …

The 10 best abstract artists of all time

Just a little over a century ago, the first abstract artists emerged, and they caused a revolution in art. It’s hard to imagine the furor abstract …

Donald Trump is galactically, deliberately ignorant

The foundation of al-Mansur’s ‘Round City’ in 762 was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. It developed into the cultural centre of the world<p>If Baghdad today is a byword for inner-city decay and violence on an unspeakable scale, its foundation 1,250 years ago was a glorious …

20th Century

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

In the first in a 50-part series charting the history of the planet’s urbanisation, Jack Shenker explores the ancient metropolis of Alexandria, which set a powerful precedent for future cities all over the world<p>The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden …

Ancient History

These $150,000 Prefab Houses Don’t Need Any Energy From The Grid

Deltec’s factory-built houses get their power from solar panels—and incredible gains in efficiency.<p>When a home-building company called Deltec Homes first launched in 1968, they focused on designing houses that could survive a hurricane. Now one of their main focuses is a different challenge—how to …

Pop and rock,Electronic music,Hip-hop,Indie,Americana,Blues,R&B,Classical music,Philip Glass,Nico Muhly,Jazz,Music,Culture,2015 in review<p>From the thrill of Brittany Howard’s alter ego to joy on the Wirral, modern rockabilly and Nico Muhly’s homage to Philip Glass, our critics pick some of this …

A Chicago neighborhood's endless battle to stop open air drug markets

Chris had not taken heroin for 34 days but was taking nothing for granted as he sat with his baby at a treatment center, waiting for a ride to court.<p>Just outside the center, drug dealers flooded the streets of Chicago’s west side, ready to sell heroin to anybody with $50.<p>Government estimates show …

Frank Lloyd Wright

In Microsoft’s HoloLens, A Glimpse At The Future Of Interaction Design

Playing around with Microsoft’s mixed reality headset, we discovered some clever interactions that could become ubiquitous.<p>After taking the HoloLens “mixed-reality” headset around the country to demo to eager developers, Microsoft is opening the doors to a much richer experience: a showroom, …

Next time someone says evolution isn't real, show them this video

See The Story Of Income Inequality In Photos Of People’s Household Possessions

Toothbrushes, nice shoes, kids toys: When you see the difference in how families around the world live with their objects, you see global poverty in a new light.<p>What’s it like to live on $10 a week? Or $100, or $1,000? A new photo collection makes the answer less abstract than usual: Instead of …

This one personality trait can predict your taste in music

We’re exposed to music for nearly 20% of our waking lives. But much of our musical experience seems to be a mystery. Why does some music bring us to tears while other pieces make us dance? Why is it that the music that we like can make others agitated? And why do some people seem to have a natural …

Psychology

The Embarrassment of Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!<p>Trees and lights. Congested malls and laughing Santas. Candlelight services and family reunions.<p>It's a wonderful, exhausting, and hectic time of year. As a matter of fact, if we can stay busy enough, if we can just keep ourselves distracted, we might even …

The Carnally-Elegant World of Artist James Mortimer: Where the Mundane is Never What it Seems

James Mortimer not only has one of the coolest names in the Sherlock Holmes canon, he also happens to be an incredibly talented contemporary artist …

NASA just released incredible new images of Pluto — the best we'll see in decades

NASA just released the first batch of the closest images of Pluto that we'll see from the New Horizons flyby in July.<p>These images were taken from …

Photograph: Alamy<p>Walkers at Llyn y Fan Fach in the Brecon Beacons National Park at Powys, Wales<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/030f2711efa3313070a0ac78e81beb2b46fbab7e/0_76_3800_2280/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Getty Images<p>Cardigan Bay in Aberystwyth, …

Books

Future Prize: 3D printing enables aviation industry to flourish

In early 2016 Airbus will begin producing airplane components with its own Selective Laser Melting machines. These advances are the first step in …

Best known for capturing the Great Depression in the 1930s, Walker Evans photographed American life for nearly 70 years. Depth of Field published by Prestel is the most comprehensive study of his work ever published, covering his early shots of New York and his lesser-known Polaroids

Photography

Geneticists Are Concerned Transhumanists Will Use CRISPR on Themselves

The biggest debate at the International Summit on Human Genome Editing is where to draw the line between "medical treatment" and "body enhancement."<p>Geneticists developing powerful genome editing tools are worried that transhumanists will try to use them on themselves before they're deemed safe and …