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The shadow genome: why DNA isn't destiny

Epigenetics is changing the way scientists look at genetic inheritance<p>How does a mother’s weight-loss surgery affect her child’s risk of obesity? It’s a question scientists have been struggling with since a Laval University study published in April, which looked at children born to mothers who’d …

Peter Jackson promises improved high frame rate showing for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The first <i>Hobbit</i> movie served as a debut for 48fps "high frame rate" movies, and found a cool reception from critics and many fans. This time around, as <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i> hits theaters, director Peter Jackson is doubling down on the rhetoric, claiming that an improved HFR is the …

Amazon Drones: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

As a drone hipster — I wrote an entire novel about a drone apocalypse a full five years ago — I watched the techosphere’s reactions to Amazon’s announcement that it was experimenting with drone delivery with a mixture of amusement and despair. Almost everybody is thinking so <i>small</i>. Jeff Bezos must …

One productive week with Microsoft Surface Pro 2 convinces me to try week two

Yes, it’s true. I bought a Microsoft(s msft) Surface Pro 2. I did this last week after sharing some thoughts on using one of the latest hybrid …

Your Fat Has a Brain. Seriously. And It's Trying to Kill You.

Phil Bruno was super-sizing again. It was just past 5:30 on a spring evening in 2004, and he was driving home from work. He pulled into a White Castle, one of many fast-food outlets lining Route 100 in his hometown of Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He was only a mile from his house, …