Manuel Kirschbaum

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Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

NEW YORK (AP) — At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.But he and his colleagues are …

Five finalists will try to land a spacecraft on the Moon this year to win the Google Lunar X Prize

They have booked rides to space, but they need to launch before December 31st<p>From a group of 16 contestants, five teams are officially moving forward into the final stretch of the Google Lunar X Prize competition — an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the surface of the …

Apple will finally let developers respond to App Store reviews

Apple is finally going to give its developers a way to respond to customer reviews on its App Store and Mac App Store – a feature that’s long been available to Android developers on Google Play, much to the chagrin of the Apple developer community. According to developer documentation for the iOS …

Nobody Knows Where A Black Hole's Information Goes

According to Google, Stephen Hawking is the most famous physicist alive, and his most famous work is the black hole information paradox. If you know one thing about physics, therefore, that’s what you should know. Before Hawking, black holes weren’t paradoxical. Yes, if you throw a book into a …

Black Holes

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of 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 …

Meet Mental Canvas – The New Revolutionary Sketching App

This software is looking to make a big impact in the world of sketching, and the makers are confident it will boost the dying market. Mental Canvas …

Scientists Who Created the World's Smallest Machines Have Won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

A trio of European scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their critical roles in developing “molecular machine” technology …

Why the Human Lifespan Ends at 122

The oldest human to have ever lived died at the age of 122—and that was nearly 20 years ago. A recent analysis of global demographic data suggests …

SpaceX’s 1-mile Hyperloop test track is now up along its HQ and Tesla’s Design Studio

A little over a month ago, we reported on tubes for SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track starting to show up at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne. Now they already have the entire 1-mile track up along the road ahead of the pod competition.<p>It doesn’t mean that the track is ready since it’s not as …

Latest Figures Estimate We Need $90 Trillion to Save the Planet

The United Nations have recently issued a rather worrying report that estimates around $90 trillion is needed over the next 15 years to try and …

Tesla's autopilot probed by government after crash kills driver

Federal regulators are investigating Tesla's autopilot mode following a fatal crash that killed a Tesla driver using the software.<p>The crash occurred on May 7 in Williston, Florida, when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection, according to the National Highway …

New Quantum 'Cat State' Can Be in Two Places at Once

Chances are you’re familiar with the Schroedinger’s cat paradox, whereby a hypothetical cat inside a box is both dead and alive until we open the box …

Dental Care

Lockheed Could Soon Be Making a Plane That Can Reach Mach 6

Lockheed Martin Corp (lmt) is on the verge of a major breakthrough in making a warplane that can fly at six times the speed of sound, Chief Executive …

5 Real Estate Startups to Watch This Year

It may have actually all begun with Zillow. House hunters could search the residential real estate market online, getting far more information about …

Sorry Vegans: Here's How Meat-Eating Made Us Human

Science doesn’t give a hoot about your politics. Think global warming is a hoax or that vaccines are dangerous? Doesn’t matter, you’re …

How to Learn New Skills Twice as Fast, According to Science

Learning a sport or instrument? A new study says this subtle change to how you practice will help you improve twice as fast.<p>You probably practice your favorite hobby for the simple reason that it's fun, but there are other reasons having an after-hours pastime is awesome. Not only does science show …

Gravitational waves mark start of new era in space exploration

On Feb. 11, scientists announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time produced by the collision of two black …

Neutron Stars

Thirsty continents are slowing down expected sea level rise, scientists say

Despite the accelerated melting of glaciers and ice sheets, sea levels aren't rising quite as quickly as scientists anticipated. The reason: Continents are absorbing more of the water before it flows into the seas, according to a new study.<p>Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory figured this …

GM Is Using the Cloud to Connect Its Factory Robots

For years, robots at General Motors’ (gm) Lake Orion manufacturing plant, located 30 miles north of Detroit, have hustled on the factory floor. They …

What’s Next for Outer Space?

It came streaking down from the night sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida, late on Dec. 21—the booster stage of a 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket …

Space Travel

Drone owners must register with FAA, starting December 21

You might enjoy flying that new drone around the yard this holiday season, but there's a new string attached.<p>The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that US residents must register hobbyist drones by February 19 at its drone registration website. Registration opens December 21 and is free …

Of Startups, Apps And How I Changed My Lifestyle in 6 months [Pi Of Life]

As a 24 year old, I often sleep in, depend on food services and restaurants for daily meals, have late night outs and skip exercise more often than …

Nest Thermostats updated for better temperature control and energy efficiency

The heat is on<p>Nest is pushing out a software update that will improve its ability to make small changes to your home's temperature on the fly. This is based on more intelligent algorithms, Nest says, as well as better controls for more advanced heating systems.<p>Most thermostats are what they are …

Reusable rockets

SOMETIMES the dark horses are the ones to watch. On November 23rd Blue Origin, a publicity-shy rocketry firm owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of …

Virgin Galactic

Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier'

<b>Sean O’Kane: At The Verge, we look at a lot of really crazy stuff that’s going to happen in the next 30, 40, 50 years: self-driving cars, electric cars, private space companies, maybe even private space travel. What do you think is most important or most exciting?</b><p>Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’m not good …

Do-it-yourself CRISPR genome editing kits bring genetic engineering to your kitchen bench

CRISPR genome editing is one of the most significant, world-changing technologies of our era, allowing scientists to make incredibly precise cut n' …

Mystery object WTF has come home

It was the first time astronomers knew just when and where a piece of space debris would reenter Earth’s atmosphere. It was last night, over the …