4 key questions to challenge your views on genetic engineering

New research shows how Americans feel about genetic engineering, human enhancement and automation.

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  • A review of Pew Research studies reveals the views of Americans on the role of science in society.
  • 4 key questions were asked to gauge feelings on genetic engineering, automation and human enhancement.
  • Americans are split in how they view technology and many worry about its growing role.
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Big data is supercharging almost every industry. It's about time to use it to your advantage when it comes to buying property.

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    Can these giant dams keep Europe from drowning?

    Why a 400-mile enclosure around the North Sea is not as crazy as it sounds

    Proposal for the Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED), in two main parts: from France to England, and from Scotland to Norway.

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    • The Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED) would cut off the North and Baltic Seas from the Atlantic Ocean.
    • It would save 15 countries, and up to 55 million people, from sea level rise—but at a cost.
    • The idea is a warning more than a plan: NEED will be necessary if we don't stop global warming now.
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    UFO sightings: Why Mount Shasta is the new Roswell

    A volcano in California is a hot spot for conspiracy theorists.

    Lenticular cloud over Mount Shasta. February 12, 2020.

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    • Unusual UFO-shaped formations were observed in the skies over Mount Shasta.
    • These were actually lenticular clouds that often look like lenses or flying saucers.
    • This volcano peak in California has long been the subject of conspiracy theories.
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    Artificial intelligence yields new antibiotic

    A deep-learning model identifies a powerful new drug that can kill some antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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    Using a machine-learning algorithm, MIT researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models.

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    5 reasons talking to yourself is good for you

    Often seen as stigmatic, talking to yourself is a common habit that can make you a better you.

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    • Talking to yourself is a healthy, widespread tendency among children and adults.
    • Research suggests the practice supplies a bevy of benefits, from improved mental performance to greater emotional control.
    • Self-talk is most beneficial when it combines thought and action or reinforces an instructional framework.
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    A very different, very clean energy source: thin air

    A microbial organism pulls electricity from water in the air.

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    • Hidden in the mud along the banks of Washington D.C.'s Potomac River may be a profound new source of electricity.
    • The microbe makes nanowires that produce a charge from water vapor in ordinary air.
    • Already capable of powering small electronics, it appears that larger-scale power generation is within reach.
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