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Doctors Plan Bold Test of Gene Therapy on Boys with Muscular Dystrophy

22 hours 51 min ago
How an unusual medical case in the 1990s provided a clue for how to treat a fatal muscle disease.

Innovators Under 35 | 2017

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
Our annual list of the young dreamers, tinkerers, and innovators that are creating technology’s future.

Eliminating the Human

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:22
We are beset by—and immersed in—apps and devices that are quietly reducing the amount of meaningful interaction we have with each other.

To Feed the World, Improve Photosynthesis

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:00
By reworking the basic metabolism of crops, plant scientists hope to forestall devastating food shortages.

Can WeChat Thrive in the United States?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 00:00
Though the messaging app dominates in China, few Americans have even heard of it.

Scientists Hack a Computer Using DNA

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:00
Malware can be encoded into a gene and used to take over a computer program.

“Alexa, Understand Me”

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Voice-based AI devices aren’t just jukeboxes with attitude. They could become the primary way we interact with our machines.

Inside the Fall, and Rebirth, of a Bill Gates–Backed Battery Startup

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 00:00
A China Titans affiliate bought the bankrupt storage startup Aquion and plans to sell its batteries directly to big grid operators.

A New Way to Reproduce

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00
Scientists are trying to manufacture eggs and sperm in the laboratory. Will it end reproduction as we know it?

A Smart Watch to Help Blind People Navigate

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 00:00
The sonar-equipped Sunu Band buzzes harder the closer an object is.

A Different Story from the Middle East: Entrepreneurs Building an Arab Tech Economy

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 00:00
Middle Eastern startups are overcoming cultural and other barriers to tap into a growing local taste for technology, from Bitcoin wallets to digital publishing.

Biological Teleporter Could Seed Life Through Galaxy

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:00
Starting with just a digital file, scientists manufactured the common flu virus.

Biological Teleporter Could Speed Outbreak Response, Seed Life Through Galaxy

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:00
Starting with just a digital file, scientists manufactured the common flu virus.

Machines Are Developing Language Skills Inside Virtual Worlds

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00
It’s hard to teach machines to use language. That’s why they should teach themselves instead.

These New Devices Promise to Fight Pain Without Opioids

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 00:00
Their goal is to replace addictive painkillers and help people detox from opioids.

Tesla’s Model 3 Is a Long Way from Elon Musk’s Grand Goal

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 00:00
Many things still need to change before electric vehicles can become a mainstream choice.

Low-Quality Lidar Will Keep Self-Driving Cars in the Slow Lane

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 00:00
For now, cheap laser sensors may not offer the standard of data required for driving at highway speeds.

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 18:10
Researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos.

The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 00:00
If the crystal ball is right, you’ll be eating lab-grown chicken nuggets in your autonomous car and thanking your lucky stars for male birth control.

For Computers, Too, It’s Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 00:00
Challenging written characters make voice-based computing a natural for China, but computers that can hold a conversation in Chinese are some way off.