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CRISPR gene editing is coming for the womb

May 7th, 2019 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

  When an unborn baby is diagnosed with a life-threatening defect, it can be devastating. So some scientists hope to treat the fetus in the uterus, using gene editing. WILLIAM PERANTEAU IS the guy parents call when they’ve received the kind of bad news that sinks stomachs and wrenches hearts. Sometimes it’s a shadow on […]



Over 13% of the homes in Japan are abandoned

April 30th, 2019 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Japan’s population is shrinking. Last year it fell by nearly 450,000 people. Not since records began in 1899 had so few babies been born (921,000). Before that, 2017 had also set a record. Meanwhile the number of people passing away last year set a post-war record. The figures are part of a larger pattern in […]



Australia is on the brink of a housing collapse that resembles 2008

April 14th, 2019 at 2:03 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. has been an “island of stability” as economic woes grow all over the world. Other such islands exist, too. Australia is high on the list. The last Down Under recession was 27—yes, 27—years ago in 1991. No other developed economy can say the same. The long streak has a lot to do with […]



What will our society look like when artificial intelligence is everywhere?

April 11th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

 Will robots become self-aware? Will they have rights? Will they be in charge? Here are five scenarios from our future dominated by AI. SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | April 2018 In June of 1956, A few dozen scientists and mathematicians from all around the country gathered for a meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College. Most of […]



Can we stop AI outsmarting humanity?

April 11th, 2019 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say – so how can we ensure AI remains ‘friendly’ to its makers? It began three and a half billion years ago in a pool of muck, when a molecule made a copy of itself and so became the ultimate ancestor […]



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