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A Humanlike Brain Means This Smart Robot Can See, Feel, and Think
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Robotics
A Humanlike Brain Means This Smart Robot Can See, Feel, and Think
A smart robot that uses neuromorphic computing, may one day “think” like humans.
August 3, 2020

A smart robot that uses neuromorphic computing, may one day “think” like humans.

Virtual Reality
Building Trees in the Metaverse Might Actually Save the Forest
3d models of trees
Virtual Reality
Building Trees in the Metaverse Might Actually Save the Forest
NatureXR, a new collective, is the first to build 3D model trees, then have scientists certify them as "real” for virtual reality.
August 2, 2020

NatureXR, a new collective, is the first to build 3D model trees, then have scientists certify them as "real” for virtual reality.

Coronavirus
Immune Signals May Predict Severe Cases of COVID-19
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Coronavirus
Immune Signals May Predict Severe Cases of COVID-19
Severe cases of COVID-19 involve a runaway immune response called a cytokine storm. Immune system “signatures” may sharpen doctor’s forecasts.
August 2, 2020

Severe cases of COVID-19 involve a runaway immune response called a cytokine storm. Immune system “signatures” may sharpen doctor’s forecasts.

Genetics
Gene Therapy Gives Hope for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Genetics
Gene Therapy Gives Hope for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
A boy received the first gene therapy trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is able to walk once again.
August 1, 2020

A boy received the first gene therapy trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is able to walk once again.

The Future Explored
Robots Can Read Your P-P-P-Poker Face
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The Future Explored
Robots Can Read Your P-P-P-Poker Face
Emotion-detecting technology could be the next frontier of personalization. But what does this mean for privacy?
August 1, 2020

Emotion-detecting technology could be the next frontier of personalization. But what does this mean for privacy?

Medical Innovation
New Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Is as Accurate as Brain Scans
Test for Alzheimer’s
Medical Innovation
New Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Is as Accurate as Brain Scans
A new blood test for Alzheimer’s is as accurate as the costly, invasive, and time-consuming methods currently used to detect the disease.
July 31, 2020

A new blood test for Alzheimer’s is as accurate as the costly, invasive, and time-consuming methods currently used to detect the disease.

Ancient Life
Researchers Discover Living 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes
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Ancient Life
Researchers Discover Living 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes
Researchers have found microbes in deep sea sediment millions of years old. Given food, they sprung back to life.
July 31, 2020

Researchers have found microbes in deep sea sediment millions of years old. Given food, they sprung back to life.

Coronavirus
Scientists Test DIY Coronavirus Vaccine on Themselves
DIY Coronavirus Vaccine
Coronavirus
Scientists Test DIY Coronavirus Vaccine on Themselves
Scientists have developed a DIY coronavirus vaccine they think could provide protection against COVID-19 — and they’re testing it on themselves.
July 30, 2020

Scientists have developed a DIY coronavirus vaccine they think could provide protection against COVID-19 — and they’re testing it on themselves.

Coronavirus
COVID-19 Tests That Are Fast, Cheap, and Less Accurate May Be Key
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Coronavirus
COVID-19 Tests That Are Fast, Cheap, and Less Accurate May Be Key
Fast, cheap, DIY COVID-19 tests could dramatically increase the amount of testing done. And some experts think the trade off in accuracy would be worth it.
July 29, 2020

Fast, cheap, DIY COVID-19 tests could dramatically increase the amount of testing done. And some experts think the trade off in accuracy would be worth it.

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Biohackers
Biohackers
Biohackers
Meet the bio-renegades who are modifying their bodies and even hijacking their own genomes in the name of discovery.

Meet the bio-renegades who are modifying their bodies and even hijacking their own genomes in the name of discovery.

Dope Science
Dope Science
Dope Science
Decades of misinformation and bad science has distorted what we think about illicit drugs - but that's changing.

Decades of misinformation and bad science has distorted what we think about illicit drugs - but that's changing.

Wrong
Wrong
Wrong
Bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds

Bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds