The first genetically engineered apple, Arctic Apple, a modified variety of Golden Delicious, hit stores in test markets in February 2017. It is altered so when it's cut, it doesn't turn brown from oxidation. Are foods like Arctic Apple the foods of the future?
In the US alone, 22 people die waiting for organ transplants each day. In January 2017, researchers announced successful results from their work injecting human stem cells into pig embryos and growing precursors to human organs. Here is a look at the history of xenotransplantation and how its future might be shaping up.
Autonomous vehicles are likely to be much safer than those operated by humans, but they won't be perfect. They will also be sharing the roads with human driven vehicles, at least for awhile. This means that a body of laws and ethics for autonomous vehicles must be developed—but what will that look like?
Do you have a firm grasp on your reasonable expectation of privacy in different situations—and how the Internet of Things might change it? A recent murder case in Arkansas has brought this issue to light. Police are asking Amazon to release information from a suspect's Alexa files to see if the unit accidentally recorded anything from the night of the murder. Investigators have also seized information from the suspect's smart home water usage records to support their case.
Atomic scientists have just moved up the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock, setting us at 2 ½ minutes to midnight—also known as nuclear disaster. But what does this really mean, and is the Doomsday Clock a useful tool?
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and it turns out to be true—but it's access along with affordable technologies that really place the power to invent in the hands of many. This roundup showcases amazing tech fixes and gadgets, many that are DIY, that have the potential to transform life in developing countries.
In the wake of a contentious election season that many believe was influenced by fake news, more experts are turning their attention to the issue. Have technologies like the Facebook algorithm worsened the problem? Can making existing technologies open source or creating new technological solutions fix it?
In a post-election year that's promising some radical changes we can expect a major impact on the tech infrastructure of our country. We can also expect to see a new take on data privacy unfolding. Meanwhile, researchers are making major breakthroughs which will also shape the year to come.
On December 6 the Supreme Court decided the patent battle between Samsung and Apple in favor of Samsung. The overall point of the decision is that patent infringement for one element of a design should be treated differently from patent infringement of an entire design. But what does this mean—for inventors, manufacturers, and tech users?
Elon Musk is sick of traffic, and he's in a position to do something about it. His Twitter bio now includes “Tunnels (yes, tunnels),” after his recent tweets about boring tunnels to alleviate traffic. So how would this work?
The White House AI report is a research and policy document that was designed to provide recommendations for how the US government should respond to developments in AI as they arise. It is the result of months of research and documentation, and it contains 23 goals within seven mandates. Here are the major takeaways and key points.
What happens when the MTV Music Awards, the Oscars, and the Nobel Prize ceremonies for math and science collide in a 25 million dollar pile up? The Breakthrough Prizes, of course. On Sunday, December 4 the 5th annual Breakthrough Gala Ceremony was held in Silicon Valley. Here are the details on what the prizes are, who was honored, and what they're working on.
Our climate is in trouble. Climate change has been on the radar for more than 20 years, but solutions remain elusive, and efforts to mitigate against a larger carbon footprint are dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of the problem. Some scientists are considering geoengineering, the act of making compensatory changes to the Earth's climate to reverse the damage that has already been done. How would this happen, could it work, and could it go wrong?