- With This Genetic Engineering Technology, There’s No Turning Back
Designers of a “selfish” gene able to spread among mosquitoes say it could wipe out malaria, but the scientific community is at odds over whether or not we should do it.
- Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Fitness-Tracker Data
Some patients are bringing troves of fitness-tracker data to their checkups, but the doctor might not find it all that helpful.
- At a Time of Plenty, Some Technologies Are Shut Out
New funding methods claim to democratize investment in innovation, but important technologies still struggle.
- “Plant Lamps” Turn Dirt and Vegetation into a Power Source
Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
- This Gadget Can Tell What’s Wrong with Your Air Conditioner by Listening to It
Augury’s gadget and iPhone app pay attention to ultrasonic sounds and vibrations to figure out what’s wrong with air conditioners and other big machines.
- Recommended Robot and AI Reads This Week
A roundup of interesting stories on robotics and artificial intelligence from other sites, collected by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI.
- 6 Ways Law Enforcement Can Track Terrorists in an Encrypted World
Government officials want us to believe that encryption is helping terrorists, but law enforcement still has plenty of tools to get the data. <
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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