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STEM industries are booming, yet experts assert that our current teaching methods aren't adequately preparing today's children for these future jobs. Addressing young people’s negative perceptions of STEM subjects and bringing more real-world examples of STEM into the classroom could change that.
Ion propulsion has traditionally been used to propel spacecraft, but it may now power tiny insect-inspired robots. These bots could be used for search and rescue, pollination, and air quality monitoring when they are finally ready for use.
In an interview with PC Mag, Rob High has explained how AI like IBM's Watson will help humans, and is a tool for use by the human mind. His views are in line with Mark Zuckerberg's and many AI researchers, contrasting Elon Musk's warnings of the dangers of this technology.
Recently, scientists achieved a world first using the genetic editing tool, CRISPR, when they corrected a genetic mutation that causes heart failure in viable human embryos. This means that certain genetic defects may be relatively simple to correct in the near future. The issue that really has people talking, though, is the fact that the same tool could potentially be used to enhance healthy embryos, altering physical traits such as appearance or mental traits like intelligence.
Scientists have discovered a technique for removing extra sex chromosomes in stem cells and producing fertile offspring in mice. If they can transfer this technique to use in humans, men with chromosomal infertility may be able to have children.
Australian company Euclideon has created the first real multi-user hologram table in the world, and it's going to change gaming, business, and so much more. This new tech solves previous problems with holographic images using motion-tracking glasses.
Researchers have developed a new computing technology called “organismoids” that mimics the way human thought works, forgetting less important memories and keeping critical information. Quantum materials have made the advance possible.
Bitcoin software company Blockstream announced that its Blockstream Satellite network will transmit the cryptocurrency down from space, enabling people in places with little support for the blockchain network to access bitcoin.
Goldman Sachs analyst and head of technical strategy, Sheba Jafari, just predicted that the price of bitcoin might soar as high as $4,800. If so, it may precede a market correction as the fifth wave subsides.
As new EVs like Tesla's Model 3 hit the market, and utility providers in various states and cities create incentives, choices for consumers multiply. Existing EVs are now priced to sell, fueling the transition to clean energy vehicles.
Earth's total solar eclipses are the way they are due to chance and alignment, a perfect combination of size and distance between the players. But as the moon keeps moving, eclipses of the future will change.
Generative design tools can create lightweight, stronger designs that use less material in almost any context, as they use algorithms to generate designs within parameters set by users. Experts think these designs will become common by 2020.
Probiotics are hailed by some as a cure-all, but in reality the industry is unregulated and unpredictable. These healthy bacteria have amazing potential to support human health, but will require more research to prove which work, for whom, and how.
Researchers have created the De-Jargonizer, a free tool for scientists hoping to make their work more accessible to the general public. This kind of tool is important now, as better science communication is critical to regaining public trust.
Researchers have linked circular RNAs, which are plentiful in the brains of mammals, to brain function. This research may pave the way for new treatments for psychiatric disorders.