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May 18, 2019

Teen astronomer finds a planet with two suns

Posted by in category: space

Brian Wu, a teen researcher from New York City, has discovered a handful of distant planets, including a massive world that orbits two suns.

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May 18, 2019

How Uber and other digital platforms could trick us using behavioral science – unless we act fast

Posted by in category: science

This is one of the reasons Uber will soon be among the most valuable companies in the world after its shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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May 18, 2019

Mapping historical changes in dark matter

Posted by in categories: cosmology, mapping

Combining Einstein’s theory of relativity with one of the most powerful telescopes in the world has helped an international team of researchers measure where and how dark matter structures grow in the universe. Their analysis suggests cosmic structures might be evolving more slowly than previously predicted.

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May 18, 2019

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

A.I. is yet to prove the safety of self-driving cars.


“Shortly following the accident, we informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board that the vehicle’s logs showed that Autopilot was first engaged by the driver just 10 seconds prior to the accident, and then the driver immediately removed his hands from the wheel,” a Tesla spokesperson told The Register in an emailed statement. “Autopilot had not been used at any other time during that drive. We are deeply saddened by this accident and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.”

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May 18, 2019

Scientists ‘went rogue’ and genetically engineered two human babies—or at least claimed to

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

In the past 24 hours, a story of potentially world-changing import has surfaced. First reported by the MIT Technology Review and then not long after by the Associated Press, who seem to have been sitting on the story for a while, the news that a Chinese scientist named He Jiankui led an unprecedented experiment to edit human embryos and see them carried to term rocked the genetics community. Here’s what you need to know about this evolving story.

The science

Besides He, the most important players in this story may be twin baby girls named Nana and Lulu. As far as we know the twins were edited as embryos using CRISPR-cas9, a gene editing tool. The stated purpose of the edit was to disable CCR5, a gene involved in allowing HIV to invade cells, which is how a virus infects a host.

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May 18, 2019

BioHiTech supplies food waste digesters to grocery chain

Posted by in category: food

Chestnut Ridge, New York-based company to install Sapling digesters at six locations.

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May 18, 2019

World’s food waste could feed 2 billion people

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As many as 2 billion people could be fed from the estimated 1.4 billion tons of food waste the world generates each year.

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May 18, 2019

How Feynman Diagrams Revolutionized Physics

Posted by in category: particle physics

In the late 1940s, Richard Feynman invented a visual tool for simplifying particle calculations that forever changed theoretical physics.

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May 17, 2019

Architect Designs a Minimalist Modern House Inside a Giant Ancient Rock

Posted by in category: futurism

Would you live here?

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May 17, 2019

Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, health

Deadly Germs, Lost Cures

In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel antibiotic resistance in humans.

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