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The Secret to Healthy Longevity Is in the Genes of the Oldest Humans Alive

The first time I heard nematode worms can teach us something about human longevity, I balked at the idea. How the hell can a...

Science Fiction Explores the Interconnectedness Revealed by the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, a theory widely shared on social media suggested that a science fiction text, Dean Koontz’s 1981...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 8)

ROBOTICS For Robots, It's a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect) Lisa Prevost | The New York Times "...cleaning robots are having a moment in commercial real...

The Deck Is Not Rigged: Poker and the Limits of AI

Tuomas Sandholm, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, is not a poker player—or much of a poker fan, in fact—but he is fascinated...

The Global Work Crisis: Automation, the Case Against Jobs, and What to Do About...

The alarm bell rings. You open your eyes, come to your senses, and slide from dream state to consciousness. You hit the snooze button,...

These Scientists Just Completed a 3D ‘Google Earth’ for the Brain

Human brain maps are a dime a dozen these days. Maps that detail neurons in a certain region. Maps that draw out functional connections...

Airships Are No Longer a Relic of the Past; You Could Ride in One...

As concern over climate change and rising temperatures grows, the airline industry is taking heat (pun intended). Flying accounts for 2.5 percent of global...

Construction of the World’s Biggest Nuclear Fusion Plant Just Started in France

Fusion power promises to provide limitless green energy using cheap and abundant fuel, but it’s a long-running joke that it’s always 20 years away....

This AI Could Bring Us Computers That Can Write Their Own Software

When OpenAI first published a paper on their new language generation AI, GPT-3, the hype was slow to build. The paper indicated GPT-3, the...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 1)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI's Latest Breakthrough Is Astonishingly Powerful, But Still Fighting Its Flaws James Vincent | The Verge "What makes GPT-3 amazing, they say, is not that...

Dark Energy: Map Gives Clue About What It Is—but Deepens Dispute About the Cosmic...

Dark energy is one of the greatest mysteries in science today. We know very little about it, other than it is invisible, it fills...

A Year After Gene Therapy, Boys With Muscular Dystrophy Are Healthier and Stronger

Two and a half years ago, a study published in Science Advances detailed how the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas-9 repaired genetic mutations related to...

Cars Will Soon Be Able to Sense and React to Your Emotions

Imagine you’re on your daily commute to work, driving along a crowded highway while trying to resist looking at your phone. You’re already a...

Towards ‘Eternal Sunshine’? New Links Found Between Memory and Emotion

Nearly a decade ago, I almost drowned. As an amateur scuba diver, I recklessly joined a group of experts for a deep—much deeper than I...

A New Brain-Inspired Learning Method for AI Saves Memory and Energy

Despite the frequent analogies, today’s AI operates on very different principles to the human brain. Now researchers have proposed a new learning method more...

DeepMind’s Newest AI Programs Itself to Make All the Right Decisions

When Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, it may have seemed artificial intelligence had finally arrived. A computer had just...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 25)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI's New Language Generator GPT-3 Is Shockingly Good—and Completely Mindless Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "'Playing with GPT-3 feels like seeing the future,'...

This Russian Firm’s Star Designer Is an AI—but No One Knew That for a...

Imagine discovering a new artist or designer—whether visual art, fashion, music, or even writing—and becoming a big fan of her work. You follow her...

How AI Will Make Drug Discovery Low-Cost, Ultra-Fast, and Personalized

If you had to guess how long it takes for a drug to go from an idea to your pharmacy, what would you guess?...

This Startup Is 3D Printing Custom Prosthetics for a Fraction of the Standard Cost

Around 1.9 million people in the US are currently living with limb loss. The trauma of losing a limb is just the beginning of...

A Newly-Discovered Tiny CRISPR Protein Packs a Giant Punch For Human Gene Editing

The CRISPR family just grew bigger. The newcomer? A tiny DNA-chomping Cas protein, tucked away inside giant viruses. That’s the recent finding from Dr. Jennifer...

For the First Time, Scientists Fully Sequenced the Human X Chromosome

The sequencing of the human genome was one of the greatest scientific feats of the past century, but it’s a little-known fact that it’s...

The Robot Revolution Was Televised: Our All-Time Favorite Boston Dynamics Robot Videos

When robots take over the world, Boston Dynamics may get a special shout-out in the acceptance speech. “Do you, perchance, recall the many times you...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 18)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI's Fiction Spewing AI Is Learning to Generate Images Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review "The results are startlingly impressive and demonstrate a new path...

How the Brain Builds a Sense of Self From the People Around Us

We are highly sensitive to people around us. As infants, we observe our parents and teachers, and from them we learn how to walk,...

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