Yes, China is probably outspending the US in AI—but not on defense

There is a number that floats around Washington DC circles about how much the Chinese government is projected to spend on AI: $70 billion by 2020, up from an estimated...

Instagram has started asking new users for their birthdays

Instagram has started requiring anyone signing up to create a new account to provide their birthdate, in an attempt to keep younger users safe.The details: You have to be 13...

The closest ever approach to the sun has shown us the origin of solar...

The first major results from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe are in, a little over a year after the spacecraft set the record for the closest approach to the sun by...

Astronauts will soon get to light a fire onboard the ISS

It’s usually never a good idea to play with fire, and that goes double inside a spacecraft 250 miles above Earth. But in the coming weeks, astronauts aboard the International...

A silicon chip that mimics the brain’s neurons could help fight paralysis

Artificial neurons that mimic the way our body's nerve cells transfer electrical signals could one day help patients with nerve damage.Messengers: The neurons are built into silicon chips (pictured above)...

We need to halve emissions by 2030. They rose again in 2019.

The world probably needs to halve greenhouse-gas emissions within the next decade to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. Instead, year after year, we’re still pumping out more climate pollution.Global...

Russia plans to replace “unreliable” Wikipedia with its own version

The news: Russia’s government has confirmed plans to set up an online version of its national encyclopedia, after President Vladimir Putin said last month that Wikipedia is “unreliable” and should...

China is using DNA samples to try to recreate the faces of Uighurs

The news: Chinese researchers are trying to work out how to use a DNA sample to recreate an image of a person’s face using blood taken from Uighurs, according to...

Opinion: We need to know what happened to CRISPR twins Lulu and Nana

It’s been a year since He Jiankui announced that he’d made the world’s first gene-edited human babies, twin girls with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana. Widespread condemnation of his actions...

Why the paper on the CRISPR babies stayed secret for so long

More than a year after the birth in China of twin girls known as Lulu and Nana, the world’s first gene-edited babies, the affair is still shrouded in secrecy. US...

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