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F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued new guidelines to speed the introduction of treatments involving human cells and tissues, including gene therapy. But the agency also said it would crack down on rogue clinics offering dangerous or unproven versions of those treatments.<p>The …

21 Strange Jobs Humans Will Probably Have in the Future

Automation is creating a whole new set of jobs.<p>Robots are coming for our jobs. We've heard it before, and to a varying degree, it's true. Business consultant group Cognizant predicts in its book "What to do when machines do everything" that over the next 10 to 15 years, 12% of jobs in the U.S. will …

Automation

How the Beach Benefits Your Brain, According to Science

Recent studies show that the beach is one of the best places to alleviate stress and heal your brain.<p>There is something soothing about the sound of ocean waves, the smell of salt water, and the feeling of warm sand beneath our toes. Having grown up near the beach, I always classified my happiness …

Wellness

We may have uncovered the first mental exercise to prevent dementia

Brain Training<p>Among the brain diseases associated with aging, there are none quite like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Globally, the prevalence of both …

Dementia

20 books everyone should read in their 40s

• <b>Great memoirs for middle age include "Eat Pray Love," "Wild," and "The Rainbow Comes and Goes."</b>• <b><br>Books like "In Our Prime," "Shameless," and "Life Reimagined" show that there are plenty of adventures to be had in your 40s.</b>• <b><br>Novels like "The Kite Runner," "The Time Traveler's Wife," and "Wonder" are</b> …

Books

MRI Scans Reveal Differences in Brains of People With Anxiety and Depression

These debilitating conditions have a physical basis.<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>In the United States, approximately 16 million adults are …

The Brain

The First Known Interstellar Asteroid Looks Incredibly Weird

Scientists know of 750,000 or so asteroids and comets—and all of them are part of this fine solar system. That is, all of them but one. And as new …

Space Exploration

Augmented reality will transform city life

It’s understandable to feel underwhelmed by augmented reality thus far; AR won’t really become interesting and practical in a mass market way until it can do more than just place 3D objects on tables. Despite this, AR is already changing our urban lives, even if the technology’s effects aren’t …

Augmented Reality

Bose Sleepbuds can silence snores and barking dogs

These smart earplugs might save your relationship<p>Two years ago we discovered a rather remarkable set of smart earplugs from a company called Hush that could silence the noise around you as you slept. Then the company suddenly went quiet, and stopped returning our calls. Now we know why: Hush was …

Gear & Gadgets

The New York Times acknowledges the Basic Income worldwide movement | Basic Income News

Basic Income

The number of teens who are depressed is soaring — and all signs point to smartphones

• <b>The number of American teens with depressed thoughts has been increasing since 2012.</b>• <b><br>Looking at the data, it's possible to rule out some factors that might be causing it, like economic inequality and academic pressure.</b>• <b><br>Jean Twenge, author of "iGen," believes all signs point to increased smartphone</b> …

Depression

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing …

The Brain

Measurements from CERN suggest the possibility of a new physics

A New Quantum Physics?<p>During the mid- to late-twentieth century, quantum physicists picked apart the unified theory of physics that Einstein’s theory …

Physics

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?

<i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.Carbon Engineering, a company owned in part by Bill Gates, has its headquarters on a spit of land that juts into Howe Sound, an hour north of Vancouver. Until recently, the land was a toxic-waste site, …

Climate

The Near Future of Driving: Eyes Forward, but No Hands at 10 and 2

I am tapping this into my iPhone while sitting at the wheel of a 2018 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, rolling along a shade under 75 miles per hour on Interstate 94 about 20 miles west of Ann Arbor, Mich.<p>I am not texting and driving, because, technically, I am not driving the car. The car is.<p>Using a …

Driving

A Robot May Have Written This Story

<i>This story is part of our special coverage, The News in Crisis.</i><p>When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for …

The Universe Doesn’t Care About Your ‘Purpose’

Keys in hand, I took a deep breath. I flipped the ignition and the memories of my Papa rushed back, just as the familiar rumble of his Thunderbird kicked in.<p>After a series of painful events in late 2016, I struggled to understand how almost everything around me went wrong so suddenly. If anything, …

Aristotle

Why Panpsychism Fails to Solve the Mystery of Consciousness

Is consciousness everywhere? Is it a basic feature of the Universe, at the very heart of the tiniest subatomic particles? Such an idea – <i>panpsychism</i> …

Consciousness

5 Ways the Creative Producing Lab Will Change Your Career (and Your Life)

Loading<p>5 Ways the Creative Producing Lab Will Change Your Career (and Your Life)<p>(L-R) Creative Advisor/Producer MaryJane Skalski and Lauren McBride …

Creativity

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love …

Elon Musk

The Dopamine Economy – Eudaimonia and Co

What have we really built today, with all this technology? At the root, if we go down to the essence of what it is?<p>Every minute, every thirty …

Self-help

Richard Feynman And John Wheeler Revolutionized Time, Reality, And Our Quantum Universe

In the years prior to World War II, physics was in an odd, post-revolutionary state. Quantum mechanics and Einstein’s General Relativity had turned our picture of a classical, deterministic Universe upside down. It was replaced with indeterminate states, wavefunctions instead of particles, and a …

Richard Feynman

World's first human head transplant is successfully carried out

The world's first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China in an 18-hour operation that showed it was possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.<p>At a press conference in Vienna on Friday morning, Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the …

Medicine

This is the Tesla Semi truck

500 miles of range and more aerodynamic than a supercar<p>The Tesla Semi truck is a hulking and menacing hauler, with the presence of Darth Vader lurking from above when cast in the black hue, or more like an apparition in metallic silver-white. In other words: it’s exactly what we expect to see from …

Trucks

IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency

In a remarkably frank talk at a Bank of England conference, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund has speculated that Bitcoin and …

Bitcoin

Simulating the universe using Einstein’s theory of gravity may solve cosmic puzzles

If the universe were a soup, it would be more of a chunky minestrone than a silky-smooth tomato bisque.<p>Sprinkled with matter that clumps together due …

Space Science

Billionaire Elon Musk says he was 'raised by books' and credits his success to these 8

Earlier this year, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk made history upon successfully completing the first commercial rocket launch from the NASA launch …

Elon Musk

Why Men Aren’t Funny

If November 2016 was a study in anguish for many, November 2017 is a study in contrasts. (Well, and anguish.) At the very time when, it seems, Americans have finally begun to take sexual predation seriously and impose meaningful consequences on men who abuse their power, the far right has shot off …

Louis C.K.

Boston Dynamics CEO: ‘Robotics will be bigger than the Internet’

The infiltration of the Internet into modern life changed everything from how we communicate to how we shop to how we learn information.<p>The …

Robots

5 Things That Need to Be in the First 10 Pages of Your Screenplay

The first 10 pages are probably some of the most important ones in your script, because, well, people don't usually read screenplays for the sheer …

Filmmaking