The US government wants to speed gene-editing therapies to patients
The National Institutes of Health wants to help researchers cure inherited diseases using genome-editing technology.
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The US is getting left behind as an innovator
A new ranking claims countries in Europe and Asia have nudged America off the leaderboard of the world’s 10 most innovative nations.
The findings: Every year, Bloomberg scores countries on metrics relating to innovation—R&D activity, patents, productivity,… Read more
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Job of the future: Wind farmer
Most people who work over 30 stories up do so in the safe confines of a skyscraper. Meredith Halfpenny, however, can feel the breeze in her hair from the top of a wind turbine.
By her own estimation, Halfpenny has helped build around 400 turbines and...Read the full story →
The average American spends 24 hours a week online
We’re using the internet far more than we used to. So says new data from USC Annenberg (PDF) about the digital lives of Americans.
Nearly always on: Since 2000, time spent online every week by an average American has risen from 9.4 hours to 23.6. Of… Read more
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Future surgeons could be trained by VR doctors
Shafi Ahmed is, by some measures, the world’s most-watched surgeon—and now he thinks he can use VR to make medical training more accessible.
The streaming surgeon: Last year, Ahmed used Snap’s Spectacles to walk viewers through a hernia operation. Millions… Read more
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Hackers stole $172 billion from people in 2017
As many as 978 million people in 20 countries lost money to cybercrime last year, according to a new report by security firm Norton.
The individual impact: Norton says that victims lost an average of $142 to hackers in 2017, and that each victim spent… Read more
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Trump’s solar tariffs shoot US clean energy in the foot
President Donald Trump approved a plan to enact tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, committing an unforced error that promises to raise the price on one of the most promising renewable-energy sources.
Circling the wagons: The move was precipitated… Read more
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We’re about to kill a massive, accidental experiment in reducing global warming
Studies have found that ships have a net cooling effect on the planet, despite belching out nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. That’s almost entirely because they also emit sulfur, which can scatter sunlight in the atmosphere and form...Read the full story →
An artificial synapse could make brain-on-a-chip hardware a reality
Background: Neuromorphic computer chips are designed to work like the human brain. Instead of being controlled by binary, on-or-off signals like most current chips, neuromorphic chips weight their outputs, mimicking the way different neurons fire at… Read more
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The ICO craze is making cybercriminals rich, too
Besides entrepreneurs and investors, hackers are also cashing in on initial coin offerings.
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