Jennifer Doudna: I have to be true to who I am as a scientist

July 3, 2017

Crispr inventor Jennifer Doudna talks about discovering the gene-editing tool, the split with her traitor and the complex ethics of genetic manipulation Crispr. The technology has the potential to eradicate previously incurable cankers, but too constitutes ethical questions about the probable unintended the effects of overwriting the human rights genome. Were you nerdy as small children? What got you hooked on discipline ? Yes, I was nerdy. My father-god was…


Happy Asteroid Day! A conversation about peaceful, global scientific collaboration

June 30, 2017

Today is the 3rd annual Asteroid Day, and the first to be presented under the auspices of the United People, with live world-wide programmes raising awareness about asteroids Today, more than 1,000 local events in around 200 countries are being organised to celebrate Asteroid Day. Sanctioned by the United People in 2016, it is a global era of education to raise awareness about asteroids. In addition to the neighbourhood affairs,…


Your raw emotions become mind-blowing art with live brainwaves painting

June 25, 2017

Imagine if you could turn your memories and emotions into compelling, abstract paintings. It’s basically every artist’s dream. SEE ALSO: There’s a camera that records every moment of your kid’s existence. Yay? A London-based creative technology studio, random quark, has found a way to visually represent emotions by scanning people’s brain activity to create awe-inspiring paintings. Equipping individuals with commercial EEG headsets in a room with dim lights and free…


First response drones may soon come with defibrillators

June 15, 2017

A defibrillator-carrying drone could respond more quickly than traditional emergency response units.Image: Andreas Claesson In the perhaps not-so-distant future, drones could be first responders. That’s the conclusion from a report published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) following a simulated study involving drones carrying defibrillators in Sweden. SEE ALSO: Scientists are creating drones that fly in sync with each other Researchers for the study equipped an…


‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ gets more screenings after Paris Climate Agreement fallout

June 4, 2017

In the wake of President Trump’s devastating decision on the Paris Agreement, the makers of An Inconvenient Sequel are adding extra free screenings of the film around the country on June 6. The documentary about climate change has been updated for its official July release to reflect recent developments regarding the Paris Agreement and what that means for the United States and the rest of the planet. SEE ALSO: 5…


Space sperm produces healthy mice, raising prospect of future human settlement

May 24, 2017

Scientists say success of freeze-dried mouse sperm stored on international station could be significant for human reproduction when space age arrives Reproduction may be possible in space, Japanese researchers have said, after freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station for nine months produced healthy offspring. The scientists said their findings could have significant ramifications for human settlements in space, which they consider likely. The average daily radiation dose on…


These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed

May 21, 2017

Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn’t inspired people to buy, buy, buy. But what if you could make the technology cheaper and produce it at a higher scale? Some believe that printed solar is the way forward. SEE ALSO: Meet the company vying to take on Tesla in clean energy Leading the charge is Paul Dastoor from the University of…


This company wants to beat Tesla at its clean energy game

May 20, 2017

Solar panels + battery storage + electric vehicle = living the clean energy dream.Image: Vivint solar Tesla isn’t the only automaker vying to claim your rooftop as well as your garage. Mercedes-Benz now wants to sell you a full “ecosystem” of clean energy services, including solar panels that charge battery packs, which in turn charge electric vehicles or at least let you store daytime solar power for nighttime use. The…


These jellyfish-like balloons are delivering internet to people affected by Peru floods

May 19, 2017

One of Project Loon's balloons.Image: alphabet/project loon During natural disasters, the ability to communicate with loved ones and get basic information is vital. But communication infrastructure is often one of the first things to be knocked out by high winds, massive rain, and flooding especially in remote and rural regions. Massive jellyfish-like balloons traveling at the edge of space, however, are making that problem a thing of the past. SEE…


Tesla teams up with a utility company to firm up its power grid

May 17, 2017

Some lucky Vermonters will have a shot at super cheap Powerwalls.Image: tesla Tesla is pairing up with a Vermont utility provider to offer subsidized Powerwall battery packs to bolster its power grid and give customers a chance to harness its energy when other lights go out. Vermont’s Green Mountain Power (GMP), a utility company with a decidedly environmental focus, will be the first power provider in the world to integrate…