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Wait, What? The first human-monkey hybrid embryo was just created in China

August 14th, 2019 at 6:57 am » Comments Off

Last week, news broke that a prominent stem cell researcher is making human-monkey chimeras in a secretive lab in China. The story, first reported by the Spanish newspaper El País, has all the ingredients of a bombshell. First, its protagonist is the highly-respected Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, a Spanish-born stem cell biologist at the […]



The writing on the wall: America’s retirement crisis by the numbers

July 28th, 2019 at 2:00 am » Comments Off

Thousands of Americans are at risk of going broke in retirement, and it’s only going to get worse. These days, overwhelming student loan debt and the uncertain future of Social Security’s solvency garner most of the attention, but there’s another equally severe financial crisis looming on the horizon for millions of Americans. Thousands of people […]



San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition technology tools

May 23rd, 2019 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition technology tools Pedestrians walk along Post Street in San Francisco. The city became the first in the United States to ban facial recognition technology by police and city agencies. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Concerned that some new surveillance technologies may be too intrusive, San Francisco became […]



Maine passes the U.S.’s first state ban on foam food packaging

May 11th, 2019 at 2:00 am » Comments Off

The state joins several U.S. cities and counties in restricting the containers in an effort to reduce waste. This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Maine has joined a growing list of states, cities, and counties, including 14 towns in Maine, to ban foam food containers in an effort to reduce […]



The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and people who don’t

May 8th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

Every aspect of life can be guided by artificial intelligence algorithms—from choosing what route to take for your morning commute, to deciding whom to take on a date, to complex legal and judicial matters such as predictive policing. Big tech companies like Google and Facebook use AI to obtain insights on their gargantuan trove of […]



10 Unanswerable questions that neither science nor religion can answer