There’s no doubt that humans have drastically changed the Earth. The global scale impacts of humans on the environment has led many scientists, scholars, and environmentalists to use the term Anthropocene to describe our present geological period.
The second edition of the You Should Know #AfricanSTEM series that highlights innovators from the continent of Africa.
Researchers in California have turned skin cells in mice into insulin producing beta cells, effectively curing the animals of diabetes. They hope to achieve similar results in human cells, paving the way to an eventual cure for a disease that affects millions of people around the world.
An engineered bacterium is able to copy DNA that contains unnatural genetic code
History laughs at the losing teams whose scientific theories crumble under the weight of evidence. The Sun orbits the Earth. Continents stand still.
The ability to produce morphine—no poppies necessary—in a process akin to beer-making brings to the fore regulatory issues for a new biotechnology
A new gene-editing technique could lead to more useful animal models of disease, and perhaps one day more effective gene therapy for humans
Two researchers could win the Nobel for optogenetics, but Zhuo-Hua Pan might have been there first
Today is Annalee Newitz‘s birthday (well, it’s still today in the most relevant time zone – uh, hers not mine). Annalee has been writing about the intersection of science and technology and culture for many years.
Y Combinator is the well-known startup incubator that picks promising computer technology startup ideas from a competition every year and seeds them with a few tens of thousands of dollars and dedicated space in Silicon Valley in return for an equity stake.