The smartest person in the cockpit: How Artificial Intelligence is guiding the emerging travel boom

The smartest person in the cockpit: How Artificial Intelligence is guiding the emerging travel boom

A storm cell near Oklahoma City was likely to turn into a thunderstorm around the time Flight 1405 took off, ...
False link: No, milk does not increase cholesterol levels

False link: No, milk does not increase cholesterol levels

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity looked at three large population studies and found that people who ...
Going back to your office for work may increase your productivity — and your weight. Here’s why

Going back to your office for work may increase your productivity — and your weight. Here’s why

With millions of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, many who have worked from home over the past year will be heading ...
CRISPR gene editing on the cusp of adding new gene drive tools to control disease-carrying mosquitoes

CRISPR gene editing on the cusp of adding new gene drive tools to control disease-carrying mosquitoes

[D]espite decades of effort, vaccines have, for many [diseases like malaria and dengue], proved tricky to develop. Better, then, to ...
How genetic genealogy helped solve this 50-year old case of a teenage girl’s murder

How genetic genealogy helped solve this 50-year old case of a teenage girl’s murder

Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, was arrested [June 2] at his home in Minnesota for the 1972 murder of Julie Ann ...
Brainless hydras can tell us a lot about the significance of sleep

Brainless hydras can tell us a lot about the significance of sleep

It does not have a brain, or even much of a nervous system.  And yet, new research shows, it sleeps ...
Viewpoint: Precision education? Genetic tests purporting to ascertain students’ educational capabilities under fire

Viewpoint: Precision education? Genetic tests purporting to ascertain students’ educational capabilities under fire

Genetic tests claiming to predict people’s intellectual aptitudes or how much education they are likely to get are readily available ...
Too smart for our own good: How artificial superintelligence could lead to humanity’s demise

Too smart for our own good: How artificial superintelligence could lead to humanity’s demise

Imagine systems, whether biological or artificial, with levels of intelligence equal to or far greater than human intelligence. Radically enhanced ...
Coronavirus quarantines have caused a huge spike in ‘cybersickness’

Coronavirus quarantines have caused a huge spike in ‘cybersickness’

The pandemic has forced most of us online at incomparable rates. It’s where we’ve worked, taken classes, attended parties, and ...
After a fertility clinic freezer filled with 3,500 frozen eggs and embryos malfunctioned, many families lost their only chance at having kids. A jury just awarded them $15 million in damages

After a fertility clinic freezer filled with 3,500 frozen eggs and embryos malfunctioned, many families lost their only chance at having kids. A jury just awarded them $15 million in damages

[In March 2018, a] tank storing frozen human embryos and eggs at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco had failed, ...
7 people contract malaria every second. We are finally on the verge of engineering a vaccine to stymie one of the world’s most relentless killers

7 people contract malaria every second. We are finally on the verge of engineering a vaccine to stymie one of the world’s most relentless killers

In a study published in The Lancet on [May 5th] an international team has shared promising new data on a ...
Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make ...
‘Mixed-handers’ make up less than 1% of the world’s population — except in the NBA where 1 in 12 stars play and write with different hands. What’s going on?

‘Mixed-handers’ make up less than 1% of the world’s population — except in the NBA where 1 in 12 stars play and write with different hands. What’s going on?

LeBron James writes with his left hand, eats with his left hand and uses his dominant left hand for almost ...
COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here's why that could be a good development

COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here’s why that could be a good development

In a new survey, my company, M Booth Health, found that a seismic shift has already begun. People are changing ...
The pandemic has roiled international surrogacy. What’s an ethical path going forward?

The pandemic has roiled international surrogacy. What’s an ethical path going forward?

[T]he pandemic has created new challenges to engaging in international surrogacy ethically due to changes in how healthcare is administered, ...
Viewpoint: Why loosening rules on human embryo use in stem cell research was a good move

Viewpoint: Why loosening rules on human embryo use in stem cell research was a good move

Most scientists want clear boundaries delineating which experiments [on human embryos] are acceptable, both legally and to society. And the ...
Is machine-based mind control on the near horizon?

Is machine-based mind control on the near horizon?

Laser beams, ultrasound, electromagnetic pulses, mild alternating and direct current stimulation and other methods now allow access to, and manipulation ...
COVID’s positive side-effect: fewer contagious illnesses. How can we make that last?

COVID’s positive side-effect: fewer contagious illnesses. How can we make that last?

Many of us have likely noticed what the data is bearing out: Strict social distancing and masking protocols not only ...
‘This was the first time nobody voted for approval of a drug’: Neurologist on FDA panel that negatively evaluated controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab resigns after agency pushes through approval

‘This was the first time nobody voted for approval of a drug’: Neurologist on FDA panel that negatively evaluated controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab resigns after agency pushes through approval

Neurologist Joel Perlmutter of Washington University in St. Louis, a member of the FDA’s expert panel for nervous system therapies, ...
Does DNA 'determine' our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

Does DNA ‘determine’ our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
A pill for breast cancer? There's one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A pill for breast cancer? There’s one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A drug sold by AstraZeneca and Merck & Co. reduced the recurrence of breast cancer in women with an early ...
Symptoms tell us only so much about the roots of depression. Here’s a new set of tools that could unlock the physiology of the brain, leading to cutting-edge therapies

Symptoms tell us only so much about the roots of depression. Here’s a new set of tools that could unlock the physiology of the brain, leading to cutting-edge therapies

[W]hat actually causes depression? Is there a tiny but important area of the brain that researchers should focus on? And ...
‘Every time you sit down in the subway, you are likely commuting with an entirely new species’: 12,000 new bacteria and viruses discovered in 6 continent study

‘Every time you sit down in the subway, you are likely commuting with an entirely new species’: 12,000 new bacteria and viruses discovered in 6 continent study

About 12,000 bacteria and viruses collected in a sampling from public transit systems and hospitals around the world from 2015 ...
Viewpoint: Patenting human embryo gene editing? Two rival universities push the ethical and legal debate

Viewpoint: Patenting human embryo gene editing? Two rival universities push the ethical and legal debate

Two prominent groups of scientists, and two major American universities, are trying to patent methods for editing human embryos, with ...
Video: An extra thumb? Here’s a real life demonstration of how it could change how we live

Video: An extra thumb? Here’s a real life demonstration of how it could change how we live

A thorough research carried out by the University College London (UCL) in collaboration with Dani Clode Design, wanted to see ...
FDA approves first Alzheimer’s drug in nearly 20 years — but some experts say there’s not enough evidence it actually works

FDA approves first Alzheimer’s drug in nearly 20 years — but some experts say there’s not enough evidence it actually works

[On June 7, the FDA approved Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab,] the first drug cleared that is designed to alter the course ...
Homo sapiens reevaluated: Why the definition of ‘modern human’ is undergoing a revamp

Homo sapiens reevaluated: Why the definition of ‘modern human’ is undergoing a revamp

One definition of a species is: "Groups of interbreeding natural populations that are reproductively isolated from other such groups," according ...
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