Jay A. Mathews

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Who needs democracy when you have data? - MIT Technology Review

In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, …

China

After 13 Years, Scientists Finally Map the Massive Wheat Genome

In a field at the edge of the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, half a dozen students and lab technicians glance up at the darkening …

Organisms

Coca-Cola's Shenanigans in Mexico Are Another Sign of the Coming Water Wars

Coke: the official soft drink of corporate greed.<p>It has been something of an obsession here in this shebeen to keep an eye on the attempts by the corporate class to monetize the most basic building block of all life—namely, water. <i>The New York Times</i> reported this weekend from a small, impoverished …

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 …

Genetics

How Faster And Cheaper Alternatives Will Replace Most Of Higher Ed

Unresponsive, incoherent and expensive. That’s how Ryan Craig sees higher education. He’s a leading critic of the status quo and advocate for and investor in postsecondary innovation.<p>The first third of Craig’s soon to be released book, <i>A New U</i>, convincingly outlines the problem starting with, “too …

Higher Education

What Is the Sun Made Of and When Will It Die?

If and when physicists are able to pin down the metal content of the sun, that number could upend much of what we thought we knew about the evolution …

Universe

How Scientists Discovered a New Type of Depression

Which could lead to new treatment.<p>Depression affects approximately 322 million people across the world, or approximately 2.5 percent of the world’s …

Link between autoimmune disorders and psychosis confirmed in new study

People with autoimmune disorders, a collection of diseases where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, are more likely to have psychosis, …

This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like

Many seniors are stuck with lives of never-ending work—a fate that could befall millions in the coming decades.<p>CORONA, Calif.—Roberta Gordon never thought she’d still be alive at age 76. She definitely didn’t think she’d still be working. But every Saturday, she goes down to the local grocery store …

Retirement

The Oppression of White America

United States

In Major Privacy Win, Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Track Your Cellphone

<b>Updated at 5:32 p.m. ET</b><p>In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant to access an individual's cellphone location information. The 5-4 decision imposes new limits on law enforcement's ability to get at the increasing amount of data that private …

Privacy

The Mysterious ‘Jumping Gene’ That Appears 500,000 Times in Human DNA

Its segments make up 17 percent of our genome, but scientists are only just starting to understand what it does.<p>For years, Miguel Ramalho-Santos tried to convince researchers in his lab to study a segment of DNA he personally thought was quite extraordinary: LINE1. It’s repeated half a million …

Genetics

Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer's Disease

Two common herpes viruses appear to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.<p>The viruses, best known for causing a distinctive skin rash in young children, are abundant in brain tissue from people with Alzheimer's, a team of scientists reports Thursday in <i>Neuron.</i> The team also found evidence that the …

Dementia

BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, an eight-year study has shown.<p>US researchers found that just one jab, followed by a booster four weeks later, brought down average blood sugar levels to near normal within three years, and the effect …

Diabetes

Why plant protein is better for you than animal protein

Sorry, steak fans.<p>It’d be great if a burger-a-day diet was healthy. Don’t get me wrong—it’s not the worst. You’ve got protein in there and hopefully some veggies on top (and on the side) , and even some fiber from the roll (you used whole grain, right?).<p>Unfortunately, study after study shows that …

Nutrition

There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.

Scientists seek a single description of reality. But modern physics allows for many different descriptions, many equivalent to one another, connected …

Physics

Here’s How Higher Education Dies

A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. What does the slide look like?<p>Maybe higher education has reached its peak. Not the Harvards and Yales of the world, but the institutions that make up the rest of the industry—the regional public schools who saw decades of growth and are …

Higher Education

Alzheimer’s disease: why insulin is a new suspect

Johnson and Johnson recently announced that it was halting a clinical trial for a new Alzheimer’s drug after safety issues emerged. This latest …

Here Are the Benefits of Multiple LLCs or Corporations for Your Businesses

Entrepreneurs running several companies under one LLC may benefit from creating multiple corporations.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What kinds of traits do entrepreneurs share? They're driven to succeed. They're not afraid to try, experiment and fail. They love to …

Small Business

Genetic Coda: Why Do Hundreds Of Genes Turn On After Death?

Even after you die, some of your cells keep going. It’s a phenomenon that has many scientists intrigued. One study in particular examined the activity of one thousand genes in mice and zebrafish in the days after death, or the “twilight of death” as the study’s lead author Peter Noble poetically …

Genetics

Browsing porn in incognito mode isn't nearly as private as you think | Dylan Curran

When you use incognito mode, it doesn’t mean that your activity disappears forever – it’s just hidden on the incriminating device<p>Ctrl-shift-N: the wondrous keyboard shortcut to start an incognito tab in Google Chrome. You hesitantly type in your odious search, and find the porn site which in that …

Google Chrome

Dot lets you invest in property without the hassle of a traditional mortgage

Dot, a new U.K. startup de-cloaking today, aims to make it easy to invest in property without the hassle of taking out a traditional ‘buy to let’ mortgage. The company is founded by Gray Stern, who previously co-founded London-based Buy to Let mortgage lender Landbay, and so knows at least a thing …

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? | Martin Kettle

The 1918 Spanish flu outbreak killed more people than both world wars. Don’t imagine such a thing could never happen again<p>This year marks a century since some women got the vote; a century since the end of the first world war; 50 years since the 1968 revolts; 70 since the founding of Israel and the …

Flu

Pornhub launches its own VPN

Pornhub is launching its own VPN service today with free and unlimited bandwidth. The VPN is supposed to help users avoid ISP throttling and geographic limitations. It’s also designed to let users transmit data anonymously without saving or collecting any of that data.<p>To get started, you download …

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?

Matt Trusheim flips a switch in the darkened laboratory, and an intense green laser illuminates a tiny diamond locked in place beneath a microscope …

WARD is an app for placing fantasy predictions on esports games

Prediction markets, such as those that exist in the realm of fantasy sports, have taken off amongst consumers in the last few years. But fantasy sports have yet to make much of a play in one of the hottest areas online right now, namely esports. And it’s a big market.<p>Fantasy esports have been …

Fantasy Sports

I Asked Friends, Family, and Exes to Tell Me WTF Is Wrong with Me

I was recently ghosted by yet another guy. It got me to thinking that maybe I'm the problem?<p>Here I am, 29 years old and still single as fuck.<p>On Easter Sunday, I was ghosted by a man I’d been dating for two months. How the fuck am I still being ghosted? By men over the age of 25 with like, real jobs …

As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

WASHINGTON — As a teenager, Keoni Gandall already was operating a cutting-edge research laboratory in his bedroom in Huntington Beach, Calif. While his friends were buying video games, he acquired more than a dozen pieces of equipment — a transilluminator, a centrifuge, two thermocyclers — in …

Genetics

Your Body is a Teeming Battleground

It’s time to rethink the quest to control aging, death, and disease—and the fear of mortality that fuels it.<p>I went to medical school, at least in part, to get to know death and perhaps to make my peace with it. So did many of my doctor friends, as I would find out. One day—usually when you’re …

Immune System