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Here's the Plan to End Malaria With Crispr-Edited Mosquitoes

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In 2003, scientists at London’s Imperial College hatched a somewhat out-there idea. They wanted to deal with the increasingly pesticide-resistant mosquitoes that were killing half a million people a year by spreading malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. What biologists Austin Burt and Andrea Crisanti proposed was nothing short of hacking the laws of heredity. By planting […]

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NASA Will Land InSight on Mars With Cunning—and Lots of Cork

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There's really no way to rehearse landing on Mars. You can simulate it, sure, but the most valuable lessons are learned during actual attempts. When things go poorly, those lessons are also the most expensive. The fact is, most missions to Mars don't make it, though NASA has a better track record than most. The […]

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What if Ketamine Actually Works Like an Opioid?

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Few drugs are as two-faced as ketamine. By day, it works as a legitimate anesthetic, sitting comfortably on the World Health Organization’s list of Essential Medicines. By night, though, it moonlights as a party drug, sending users into an intense dissociative state (read: not in touch with reality) known as a K-hole. Of late, ketamine […]

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The Science Behind Home Disaster Preparedness Kits Is a Disaster

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Helicopters got to Wilmington, North Carolina, after a day of isolation; Hurricane Florence made landfall there, and the city, with one foot in the Atlantic and the other in the Cape Fear River, soon became an island. Its main roads underwater, Wilmington went without help until boats and choppers reached it with medical supplies, water, […]

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The Formidable Physics of Spider-Man's Water Monster

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I'll be honest. I really have no idea what's happening in this trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. But no matter, I'm still super pumped. You know what happens when I get excited? Yup, I start doing physics calculations. So, let's look at one part of this trailer and try to figure some stuff out. […]

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Astronomers Have Found the Universe's Missing Matter

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Astronomers have finally found the last of the missing universe. It’s been hiding since the mid-1990s, when researchers decided to inventory all the “ordinary” matter in the cosmos—stars and planets and gas, anything made out of atomic parts. (This isn’t “dark matter,” which remains a wholly separate enigma.) They had a pretty good idea of […]

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Why the Gene Editors of Tomorrow Need to Study Ethics Today

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WIRED ICON Jennifer Doudna, Crispr pioneer NOMINATES Jiwoo Lee, Crispr wunderkind, Stanford sophomore Two years after biochemist Jennifer Doudna helped introduce the world to the gene-editing tool known as Crispr, a 14-year-old from New Jersey turned it loose on a petri dish full of lung cancer cells, disrupting their ability to multiply. “In high school, […]