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Chinese scientist created human babies using gene editing resistant to HIV

Chinese scientist created human babies using gene editing resistant to HIV

A Chinese scientist called He Jiankui claims to have used a gene-editing tool called CRISPR to modify the genetic material of twin baby girls born this month in China. Gene editing of this sort is banned in the US due to fear of the DNA changes being passed to future generations with the risk of harm to other genes. Some have denounced the researcher for human experimentation and claim that this sort of practice is too unsafe to try.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on International Space Station

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on International Space Station

NASA scientists have discovered the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria on the International Space Station. The bacteria strains were found in the ISS's exercise area and toilet, according to a new study, though they aren't likely to harm the humans onboard. The bacterium Enterobacter's presence on the ISS is worrisome to officials, however, as a pathogenic variety could put the astronauts at risk.

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Scientists devise insane plan to dim the sun to reverse global warming

Scientists devise insane plan to dim the sun to reverse global warming

A group of scientists has come up with a plan to stop global warming that doesn't involve cutting back on our emissions or being green. This plan involves dimming the sun by spewing sulfates into the lower stratosphere. What could go wrong?

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BrainGate Brain-Computer Interface turns thoughts into a mouse for tablet control

BrainGate Brain-Computer Interface turns thoughts into a mouse for tablet control

Scientists around the world are working on solutions that will help people who have paralysis to lead a more normal life. With the popularity of smartphones and tablets, one of the routine tasks that most of us take for granted is being able to control tablets and smartphones. For those with paralysis, controlling electronic devices is often impossible.

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Huge diabetes spike could leave millions without insulin

Huge diabetes spike could leave millions without insulin

A new study warns that demand for insulin to treat type 2 diabetes may increase more than 20-percent by 2030, but that half of patients around the world may be unable to get the treatment. The medication is vital for many diabetics who may otherwise suffer severe health consequences due to the health condition.

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Stanford glove gives robots sense of touch

Stanford glove gives robots sense of touch

Now that Stanford's made a glove for robots so that they might have a sense of touch, what's next? It's not a great time to hand a robot a sharp metal object, of that you can be sure. A paper was published this week in the scientific journal Science Robotics by chemical engineer Zhenan Bao and her team on what makes this robot hand work.

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Researcher names the 3 worst years to be alive, ever

Researcher names the 3 worst years to be alive, ever

A historian and archaeologist by the name of Michael McCormick recently recounted some of the worst years to be alive. Reasons for these three worst years ever are owed largely to pollution, famine, and disease. These years do not take war into consideration - just the overall quality of life during world-changing events for humans across most of the world. All of the top 3 worst years to be alive happened in AD, or CE, whichever you'd like to use. These are within the last 2,018 years, and not before.

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MIT engineers create silent, futuristic aircraft powered by ionic wind

MIT engineers create silent, futuristic aircraft powered by ionic wind

MIT engineers have created the first aircraft that is capable of flying despite not having any moving parts. Rather than using fossil fuels, the new aircraft is powered by ionic wind, according to the institute, which says the vehicle is completely silent and lightweight. Unlike planes and drones, this aircraft doesn't produce any emissions.

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Study shows why wombats poop cubes

Study shows why wombats poop cubes

A set of scientists in Australia studied a group of wombats that'd been run over by cars. The study, done exclusively on the digestive tracks of wombats "that has been euthanized following motor vehicle collisions" aimed to discover the truth behind a mysterious natural secret that'd plagued the minds of many for time uncounted. They wanted to know how and/or why wombat poop comes out in cubes.

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Phobos’ grooved appearance likely caused by rolling boulders find computer sims

Phobos’ grooved appearance likely caused by rolling boulders find computer sims

One of the more interesting moons orbiting a planet in our solar system is Mars' moon Phobos. One of the key aspects of that moon is its odd shape and unique grooves that run across the surface of the moon in roughly the same direction. Brown University has developed computer models with the goal of determining what exactly caused the grooves on the moon's surface.

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Explorer total-body scanner combines PET and CT scanning for unique internal views

Explorer total-body scanner combines PET and CT scanning for unique internal views

To better diagnose and treat all sorts of medical conditions, researchers and physicians are continually working on new tests and technology. One such new technology is a total-body scanner called Explorer that is the first medical imaging scanner in the world that can capture a 3D picture of the entire human body all at once. The very first scans from the device have been made public, and they are incredibly detailed.

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ESO discovers triple star system dubbed “Apep” in our galaxy

ESO discovers triple star system dubbed “Apep” in our galaxy

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced that it has used the VISIR instrument on the Very Large Telescope to capture an image of a newly discovered, and very massive triple star systems in our galaxy. The official name for this triple star system is 2XMM J160050.7-514245, but the scientists gave it a name that is much more fitting for its serpentine looks- "Apep." Apep is an ancient Egyptian deity that was a giant serpent that embodied chaos.

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