Category: Learn

Our brains as hard drives — could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Our brains as hard drives — could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Indeed, our growing understanding of how memories are formed is pushing us toward a day when we’ll be able to scrub disturbing memories from our minds, or even replace them with experiences and skills...

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

In a bold scientific step that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers at Harvard and a private company have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in...

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Yawning can be highly contagious. And we are all familiar with that post-lunch energy letdown that comes after eating a big meal. Clinically speaking, some believe it’s a central nervous system disorder, while others believe it’s metabolic, many...

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

When two people with a rare form of deafness mate, the genetic combination can yield an unusual syndrome in which the child has fragile bones, deafness, blindness and albinism. The disorder is an example of a rare disease passed on...

An iceberg the size of Delaware has broken off from Antarctica

An iceberg the size of Delaware has broken off from Antarctica

Scientists have been expecting this event for months, and say it wasn’t caused by climate change. Sea levels won’t rise from this new iceberg because the ice was already in the ocean. But it’s...

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

As the interest in and testing for vitamin D has exploded, researchers have been wondering why so many people bother. Most of us actually get enough vitamin D without even trying. No high-quality study...

What no one tells new moms about what childbirth can do to their bodies

What no one tells new moms about what childbirth can do to their bodies

The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, would let states opt out of insuring prenatal and maternity health care. It could mean a return to the time before...

The ransomware outbreak that’s sweeping the internet, explained

The ransomware outbreak that’s sweeping the internet, explained

According to experts, the software has spread by exploiting a vulnerability that was first revealed to the public in April. A hacking group called the Shadow Brokers posted a cache of hacking tools online that it hinted...

A record-breaking Australian battery deal shows Tesla is moving beyond cars

A record-breaking Australian battery deal shows Tesla is moving beyond cars

The massive battery installation will help the electricity grid in South Australia maintain reliability as it shifts to renewable wind energy. Batteries can store energy when it’s windy and then release it when output...

A cybersecurity expert on why you should be very worried about the internet’s future

A cybersecurity expert on why you should be very worried about the internet’s future

A new book, The Darkening Web, argues that stories like these are going to become more and more common as countries seek to project power in cyberspace. The author is Alexander Klimburg, a program director at...