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Daniela Quaglia

Building the Family Tree of Humankind

Daniela Quaglia | February 9, 2016 | Science
I am confident that each of you has been asking himself, at least once, questions on his genetic roots. Why do I look the way I do? Where did my gene pool originate? If you have, then you will be interested in the story I am about to tell you.
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

Taking Concussions Head-On: Part II

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | February 9, 2016 | Science
Previously, I discussed the serious issue of concussions in sports - at all levels - and some of the efforts being pursued to combat it. Much is being done, but one simple and effective path bears further exploration.
Olivier Dumon

Why Technology in Our Society Still Requires the Human Empathy Component

Olivier Dumon | February 9, 2016 | Science
Self-driving cars are a hot topic. There are some promising opportunities for exciting new industries in the next decade. But as with anything else, this type of AI sans the human components of reason, empathy and plain common sense, bear some consideration.
Pamela Worth

Got Science? Will Oklahoma Finally Get Serious About Fracking-Related Earthquakes in 2016?

Pamela Worth | February 9, 2016 | Science
For years, Oklahoman homes and nerves have been rattled by a series of ever-more-frequent earthquakes: in 2015 alone, 857 earthquakes in the state registered 3.0 or more on the Richter scale. Today, it's not just homes being shaken up.

How You Can Afternoon-Nap Like a Boss

Inverse | February 9, 2016 | Science
This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Peter Rugg Rich people don't even nap the same as us plebes. While you and I struggle to shake off the foggy exhaustion weighing us down as we lurch towards...

Meet the Cool Satellites That NASA Will Send Into Space

Inverse | February 9, 2016 | Science
This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Neel V. Patel For the past six years, NASA has been building a new launch apparatus designed to once again take us beyond Earth's orbit, to Mars, and beyond. And...

What We Know About the People Who Can Remember Everything

Inverse | February 9, 2016 | Science
This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Yasmin Tayag After mentally peacing out and drifting through the weekend, most of us would find it hard to recall what happened just a few days ago. People with HSAM...
Martin Rees

The World Is Getting Warmer -- But Here's What We Can Do Now to Prepare

Martin Rees | February 9, 2016 | World
We know that the world is warming, but how much and where and why is still uncertain. Nevertheless, if you care about those who will live into the 22nd century and beyond, then it's necessary to pay an insurance premium now to protect future generations against worst-case climate scenarios.
Peter Diamandis

Sensors and Convergence (Part 1)

Peter Diamandis | February 8, 2016 | Technology
An expert might be reasonably good at predicting the growth of a single exponential technology (e.g. the Internet of Things), but try to predict the future when eight technologies are all doubling, morphing and recombining.
Tarun Wadhwa

The Digitalization of Prosthetics Is Transforming How Wounded Service Members and Veterans Recover

Tarun Wadhwa | February 9, 2016 | Technology
Sitting on Dr. Peter Liacouras's desk is a razor, a stick of deodorant, and a partially built prosthetic arm. Behind him, several 3D printers buzz away. His goal is simple: to allow wounded service members to do the things that they used to do before getting injured.
Sandra Horning

The Cancer Moonshot Could Depend Most on You

Sandra Horning | February 8, 2016 | Science
A "cure" will require more than government agencies, companies and advocacy organizations. That's a reality that is often overlooked. We as individuals have to continue our fight against this disease, too, and vigorously so.
Akash Arasu

The Greater Good: Genetic Research on Human Embryos

Akash Arasu | February 8, 2016 | Science
We have in our hands technology that can finally refashion the genetic makeup of progeny.
Suzan Mazur

John Dupré Interview: Deeper into the Royal Society Evolution Paradigm Shift Meeting

Suzan Mazur | February 8, 2016 | Science
Since the upcoming Royal Society meeting on evolution paradigm shift is a public one, one of its organizers -- British philosopher John Dupré -- recently agreed to answer some of my questions about the event.
Natalie Kalin

Immortality May Be More than Mere Fiction

Natalie Kalin | February 9, 2016 | Science
Immortality has long been heeded as the stuff of fiction. As a trait only possessed by Gods and spirits. But the mark of engineering is the ability to turn science fiction into reality. New leads in immortality research have shown that the fountain of youth may be closer than many...
Peter Reynosa

Should One of the Four New Chemical Elements Be Named "africanium"?

Peter Reynosa | February 9, 2016 | Science
Artwork by Peter Reynosa At the very end of last year, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced that four new chemical elements have been verified and accepted and will be added to the periodic table. Now comes...
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China

Nathan Gardels | February 7, 2016 | World
Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. (continued)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

5 Ways Filmmaking Helped an M.D./Ph.D. Student Become a Better Science Communicator

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | February 5, 2016 | Science
Without a new generation of scientists who can communicate clearly to the public and to other scientists, we are going to be in for some difficult times ahead in which our progress as a nation will be hindered.
Tim Chartier

Super Bowl Analytics: How Hot Are the Broncos and Panthers?

Tim Chartier | February 5, 2016 | Science
The Super Bowl is soon upon us. Between the million-dollar ads will be the game that crowns the Super Bowl champion and will etch the Broncos or Panthers into NFL history. There will be the big defensive and offensive plays that lead fans cheering and others jeering. How big...
Dr. Bill Miller

I Love You...Actually I Love Your Microbiome

Dr. Bill Miller | February 5, 2016 | Science
What determines chemistry between two people? Who has not said, "They have good chemistry together?" We hear it so often that it seems trite. Typically, we direct that remark towards a couple that looks mismatched to our judgment. We ask ourselves, "What do they see in each other?" Our usual...
Dawn Nakagawa

Top Tech Expert: The Next Trillion-Dollar Industry Will Be Built on Genetic Code

Dawn Nakagawa | February 4, 2016 | World
Alec Ross served as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior advisor for innovation. During that role, he earned unique insight into the changing nature of technology. In his new book, "The Industries of the Future," Ross not only lays out the key industries that will shape the 21st century, but also provides the geopolitical, cultural and generational contexts out of which they are emerging. Berggruen Institute's Dawn Nakagawa sat down with Ross to discuss the book.
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