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Rewriting the Code of Life

Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.<p>Early on an unusually blustery day in June, Kevin Esvelt climbed aboard a ferry at Hyannis*, bound for Nantucket Island. Esvelt, an assistant professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts …

Meet Ellie Martin: Photographed by Jeffrey Chan for C-Heads - C

Big things are going to happen for this girl! Watch out for gorgeous Ellie Martin of Next LA, photographed by Jeffrey Chan in Vasquez Rocks, …

Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify ‘cell of origin’ in skin cancers

Scientists have identified for the first time the 'cell of origin' – in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows – in basal cell …

Multicellular Life Was Caused by The Same Gene That Suppresses Cancer, Study Suggests

Fascinating.<p>Biologists at the Kansas State University found that a single gene called retinoblastoma (RB) is responsible for the evolution of …

Microsoft sees Minecraft as AI proving ground

The popular construction game Minecraft is due to become a testbed for artificial intelligence software designed by startups and scientists alike.<p>Minecraft, a game based on the notion of building blocks, is played by millions of people on consoles, PCs and phones. Developed by Stockholm-based …

Defeated Go world champion beats DeepMind AI in penultimate match

Machines 3, humans 1… That’s the current score in a five-match series being played out between DeepMind’s AlphaGo and human Go world champion, Lee Sedol.<p>Last week the Google-owned AI chalked up a landmark victory by winning the opening bout with Sedol — the first time a machine had outplayed a …

Toward the IoT — A framework for data analytics on digital device networks

Troy, N.Y. – The Internet of Things promises to improve our lives by connecting sensors in the objects that surround us – buildings, appliances, …

Neanderthals Used a Chemistry Trick to Start Fires 50,000 Years Ago

Figuring out how to ignite fire has long been considered one of humankind's most monumental achievements. While pop culture often depicts our …

The Rainbow Mountains Of China Are Earth's Paint Palette

The Rainbow Mountains of China within the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park are a geological wonder of the world. These famous Chinese mountains are known for their otherworldly colors that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops of rolling mountains.<p>This is just one example where geology …

The Rainbow

Extremely Rare Gemstone Could Prove That There’s an Ocean Hidden Deep Inside Earth

Researchers believe that deep below the Earth's surface lies an ocean of water. This might sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but thanks to a tiny, extremely rare gemstone, there's cause to believe the seemingly impossible exists. The special stone is called ringwoodite, …

It's the end of the bubble finance era

We are nearing a crucial inflection point in the worldwide bubble finance cycle that has been underway for more than two decades.<p>To wit, the world's central banks have finally run out of dry powder. They will be unable to stop the credit implosion which must inexorably follow the false boom.<p>We will …

Interest Rates

Why countries buy so many things they already have

China does a brisk trade in wristwatches. Last year, it exported $2.6 billion worth of them. And it also imported $2 billion worth.<p>That kind of back-and-forth, in which similar goods cross national borders in both directions, is a relatively recent phenomenon, but more than a quarter of all trade …

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

This minuscule temperature sensor gets power from its own wireless networking.<p>The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they …

Internet of Things

Verizon Opens Up its Network for Connected Devices

Verizon, the first operator to launch a 4G network in the U.S., is now the first to update its network specifically for Internet of things devices. …

Graph-theory breakthrough tantalizes mathematicians

Algorithm that speeds up comparison of graphs would be first major advance in three decades.

Google Open-Sources The Machine Learning Tech Behind Google Photos Search, Smart Reply And More

Google says today it’s making the machine learning technology that powers a number of its products, including Google Photos search, speech recognition in the Google app, and the newly launched “Smart Reply” feature for its email app Inbox. Called TensorFlow, the technology helps makes apps smarter, …

Google just released new AI software that can learn faster

Google is ignoring everything the Terminator franchise taught us and is releasing "TensorFlow", open-source software that helps computers learn quicker than ever before. The software is a branch of artificial intelligence called "machine learning," tech that has already found a home in Google …

Artificial Intelligence

Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

<b>Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN) —</b> When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic.<p>Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand …

China's Disastrous Industrial Policy

The collapse of the former Soviet Union had a clear and loud message for big government advocates and “industrial policy supporters:” governments make bad business owners, managers, and financiers.<p>The late 1990s Asian crisis had a loud and clear message, too: government isn’t a good industry …

The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral | Alex Bellos

Photograph: Edmund Harriss<p>The Harriss spiral.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/9/1418159374839/6f595021-96b3-44d2-89e7-d6c08bf35881-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Edmund Harriss<p>The Harriss …

Flexible implant shows promise for paralysed humans

Last year, researchers at the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, successfully demonstrated a system that allowed completely paralysed rats to walk again. Using a system of electrical and chemical stimulation, the rats -- whose spinal cords had been completely severed -- were …

These Are the World’s Most-Visited Castles

Imagine a castle: it probably looks a lot like Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, the turreted inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty …

The 15 Best Video Games of 2014

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10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Vincent Racaniello, who studies viruses at Columbia University, says Ebola has recently become his obsession.<p>"I find myself reading incessantly about Ebola when I should be doing other things," says Racaniello, host of the online show This Week in Virology, which has devoted several recent programs …

From board games to beer-making machines: Take a look at the Seattle startup scene

There’s a lot of cool stuff percolating in Seattle’s startup scene, stories that we cover each day here at GeekWire. But every so often it’s cool to …

Dispelling 9 Myths About Professional Photography

<b>Q</b>: Who wants to be a professional photographer?<p><b>A</b>: Everyone who owns a camera.<p>Okay, that answer might be a bit hyperbolic, but sometimes it really …