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Are Humans Apex Predators or Genome Conservers?

Editors note: This is part of a series of interviews produced in cooperation with the World Economic Forum with members of its program on Young Scientists, who will be appearing at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions...

September 10, 2015 — THE EDITORS

From Waste to Wealth: A Q&A with Agricultural Engineer Noble Banadda

Editors note: This is part of a series of interviews produced in cooperation with the World Economic Forum with members of its program on Young Scientists, who will be appearing at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China from September 9-to-11.  The Q&A below features Noble Banadda, Professor of Bio-systems Engineering at Makrere University in Uganda...

September 9, 2015 — THE EDITORS

The Robot Will See You Now

Editor's note: When we think of empathy, we don’t usually think of machines. But computer scientist Louis-Philippe Morency and others are getting closer to building machines that can interpret not just the words people say, but also the emotion that informs their meaning...

September 9, 2015 — Oliver Cann

Search Engine Plants Trees as It Finds Your Info

Some people prefer Google when exploring the Web. Some like Yahoo or Bing. But now more than 2.5 million people a month are using Ecosia, because every time they click “Search” they help plant a tree...

July 24, 2015 — Mark Fischetti

Is It Snowing on Pluto?

Snowfall is rare in our solar system. A tantalizing new image suggests that the dwarf planet may be one of the few places where it occurs

July 15, 2015 — Maria Temming

At Pluto, the End of a Beginning

Early this morning, if all has gone well, the first golden age of interplanetary exploration will have come to a close

July 14, 2015 — Lee Billings

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