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Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos.<p>In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an …

Top 7 disruptive technologies for cities

Imagine you were working in development and poverty reduction in the early 1990s (I was!). Only one website existed in all the world in August 1991 …

How Lyft, Mastercard, and Drone Companies Are Experimenting With Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence technologies aren’t just being used to help computers more quickly recognize dogs in photos.<p>Several businesses like …

Mars Travel Could Get Easier Thanks to a New Air-Breathing Thruster

Traveling to Mars presents a lot of challenges. Money is by far the biggest, but right behind it is fuel. It takes a ton of propellant to get into …

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests.<p>The largest ever study into the genetic basis of empathy, suggests that just 10 per cent of the variation between people’s compassion and understanding is down to genes.<p>It means, the vast majority of a person's ability to recognise and …

Move over, lithium! Researchers create world’s first rechargeable proton battery

A team of researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery. The current battery is …

Clean Energy

5G is coming — here’s what to expect, and when to expect it on your carrier

Mobile 5G, which is short for “fifth generation,” is about as nascent and nebulous a term as they come. The organization that governs cellular …

4G LTE

This beautifully designed 'dumb phone' can only make calls and send texts — and it might be the key to curing our addiction to apps

The Brooklyn-based startup Light has set an impossible goal of getting people to put down their smartphones.<p>Light launched in 2014 and a year later debuted its first product, the Light Phone. It could only make calls and tell the time, and the company described it as a "quite a smart 'dumb' …

Mobile Devices

23andMe's Ancestry DNA Test Just Got a Lot More Precise

If you’ve ever taken an ancestry DNA test, you probably already know that the results aren’t exactly precise. Sometimes you wind up with completely …

Ancestry.com Inc.

Artificial eye flexes muscle to do what the human eye can't

Harvard has reported a breakthrough flat artificial eye just 30 microns in depth which can exceed the capabilities of the human eye. The technology, …

Nanotech

Zoltan Istvan: How Technology Can Help Stop Mass Shootings

Every time a mass shooting occurs in America, gun owners and supporters are blamed for the tragic violence. This month’s Parkland school shooting in …

Guns

New blood test could detect eight types of cancer before symptoms show

The future isn't far off, according to US researchers: doctors will soon be able to detect cancer and locate tumor cells just by examining one blood …

Possible Alzheimer's drug also slows aging

A potential Alzheimer’s drug works by reducing the rate of aging at the molecular level, according to a new study led by Salk Institute …

According to Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, These Are the Most Dangerous and Disruptive Ideas

The greatest unfair competitive advantage for your small business is leveraging this critical shift in how you view the drivers of the future.<p>As I was growing up I'd often quip that my grandmother, who had been born at the start of the 20th Century in a Greek village and lived to nearly the age of …

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at a taped television event hosted by MSNBC and <i>The Verge</i>’s sister site <i>Recode</i>, said artificial intelligence is one of the most profound things that humanity is working on right now and compared it to basic utilities in terms of its importance.<p>Speaking to <i>Recode</i>’s …

The Coolest Scientific Discoveries of 2017

Science may be just a tool to help us understand our Universe. But we can all agree that one of its major perks is that it leads to the discovery of …

Major cause of dementia discovered in the brain

An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of a major cause of dementia, with important implications for possible treatment and …

Dementia

Japan has started delivering groceries by drones to Fukushima residents

The Japanese town of Odaka is being thrust into the future with drone deliveries<p>Japan is taking humanitarian aid in disaster zones to – quite …

Tiny robot capable of flying and swimming may help rescue missions

Researchers at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University developed a hybrid micro-robot capable of guiding itself …

PlayStation VR Sizzle Reel Trailer From PGW 2017

Those of you that are still in two minds as to whether to purchase the PlayStation VR hardware which has recently celebrated its first anniversary …

This new AI can make your low resolution photos great again

It’s extremely aggravating when you decide to print a picture you took on your phone, only to find it’s blurry, grainy or pixelated. No matter how much of a photoshop master you might be, those low-resolution photos are nearly impossible to enhance.<p>Thankfully, scientists have discovered a new way …

McLaren has made a bionic suit with F1 tech

The F1 team made a bespoke armour plate for an ageing billionaire customer<p>McLaren might be known for building Formula 1 cars, but it’s just made a …

Possibly Elon Musk's Biggest Idea Yet - Revolutionizing Education

An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. UNESCO estimates that the world will need 1.6 million more teachers globally, a number set to double by 2030. Enter Elon Musk.<p>Musk is famous for being the face of such organizations as …

Here Is How to Grow New Brain Cells and Improve Your Brain Health, Regardless of Your Age!

According to a neuroscientist, Sandrine Thuret, everyone can grow new neurons. She offers research as well as practical advice on how to support …

The Brain

CRISPR used to build a biological hard drive out of live bacteria

Hard drives will one day seem as primitive as punch cards or floppy disks, and it may turn out that the medium that replaces them was inside us all …

Researchers Are Using Viruses to Make Superbugs Commit Suicide

Such sweet irony.<p>The gene-editing technology called CRISPR has its origins as a bacterial immune system against viruses, a feature which could be …

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.<p>A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.<p>In the report, researchers at the Facebook …

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

Online Life

Autism linked to vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, researchers find

Study finds pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks more likely to have a child with autistic traits<p>The important role vitamin D plays in early life is back in the spotlight after Australian researchers noticed a link between a deficiency during pregnancy and autism.<p>The study found …

Autism

October Will See Big VR Moments From Google, Facebook, and Sony

Even if you’ve tried virtual reality or already own a VR system, nothing has prepared you for what’s coming over the next month. Three major VR …