Body organs such as kidneys, livers and hearts are incredibly complex tissues. Each is made up of many different cell types, plus other components that give the organs their structure and allow them to function as we need them to.
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Jeff Bezos tweeted in June that he wanted short-term, high-impact ways to do social good. An artificial intelligence platform put 46,000 suggestions to a vote, using a method inspired by how bees swarm. Universal access to clean drinking water was the winner.
Scientists are trying to manufacture eggs and sperm in the laboratory. Will it end reproduction as we know it?
Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560, a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa’s robo-butler. Just barely. The Puma was nevertheless revolutionary. It was the very first mechanical operator, progenitor to steady-handed robo-surgeons like the DaVinci system. But in the near future, robots will no longer […]
RAY KURZWEIL HAS invented a few things in his time. In his teens, he built a computer that composed classical music, which won him an audience with President Lyndon B. Johnson. In his 20s, he pioneered software that could digitize printed text, and in his 30s he cofounded a synthesizer company with Stevie Wonder. More […]
If you could construct a sexual partner that was faithful, beautiful, and responsive to your every wish, would you?
Airbnb has reached a new milestone: 4 million listings worldwide.
Capable of firing semi-automatic weapons and 40mm grenades, it really is death from above.
Long relegated to the world of science fiction, lasers and rail guns are increasingly appearing in real life.
For many, a toothache may bring up their deepest and darkest fears. The reality for many is that the dentist can send you through a wave of emotions, to the point that you may end up trying to avoid your appointment entirely.