DNA breakthrough: Scientists repair genes in human embryos to prevent inherited diseases

In a major scientific breakthrough, researchers have harnessed a gene-editing tool to correct a disease-causing gene mutation in human embryos, preventing the mutation from passing to future generations.

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If you're hoping humans find evidence of life on Mars, scientists have some very good news

Despite all of the breathtaking photos, video, observations, and scientific discoveries that have happened so far on Mars — thanks to probes, rovers, and the like — there’s one burning question that remains completely unanswered: was there ever life there?

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T. rex had a bite so powerful it could pulverize bones

Scientists already knew Tyrannosaurus rex had a ferocious bite, but a new study in Scientific Reports spells out in detail just how fearsome it was.

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Beekeeper's surprise find may help our plastic problem

Many scientific discoveries can be attributed to a happy accident—the discovery of penicillin thanks to moldy petri dishes, for instance.

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Neutrinos, ghosts of the universe

October is a sweet month for the scientific community. That’s when the annual Nobel Prize in physics is announced. Tuesday’s award — in a pleasant surprise for particle physicists — went to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University in Canada for their groundbreaking research on neutrino oscillations.

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Your phone might someday be powered by portobello mushrooms

It isn’t happening just yet, but a new scientific paper shows that it’s possible, and perhaps even advantageous, to make batteries out of organic biological materials that have the added benefit of being cheap, environmentally friendly, and easy to produce, reports CNET.

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Computers Might Take Crowdsourced Science Away From Us Too

There are plenty of scientific projects that currently harness the power of the internet, using a vast network of amateur scientists to identify animals in giant sets of pictures, take samples from their pets, and watch birds. But like so many other things, it seems like anything we can do, a machine can do better.

Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire taught a machine to ‘see’ the differences between galaxies in Hubble images. The computer algorithm was sophisticated enough to tell the difference between two different types of galaxies, a skill that only humans had before. To see how the computer did, flip through our gallery above.

The initial tests of the algorithm went quite well. So well, in fact, that the researchers hope to expand the scope of the project. “Our aim is to deploy this tool on the next generation of giant imaging surveys where no human, or even group of humans, could closely inspect every piece of data,”James Geach, one of the team members said. “But this algorithm has a huge number of applications far beyond astronomy, and investigating these applications will be our next step,”

Soon, biologists, geologists and many other -ists might be able to use a computer to sift through data faster than humans ever could. The team sees potential applications in airport security and even medicine, where computers could help spot tumors. It’s an amazing new tool. But if you’re still interested in citizen science, don’t worry. There are still a lot of opportunities to have fun, do science, and fight against the rise of the machines.

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Journal expresses concern over Facebook study

The scientific journal that published a study by Facebook and two U.S. universities examining people’s online mood swings regrets how the social experiment was handled.

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