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Genetics

Gene Editing: CRISPR Patent Dispute Can’t Slow Innovation

By David Dittman - Jan 16, 2017

CRISPR-Cas9 is the big name in gene-editing technology — and for good reason. An ongoing patent dispute holds potentially millions — even billions — in new business. But researchers continue to find new ways to make us better, stronger, faster...

Self-Driving Cars

Will Driverless Cars Kill Their Masters?

By David Dittman - Jan 9, 2017

The intersection of ride-sharing algorithms, self-driving cars, and artificial intelligence is a great metaphor for the food chain. There’s always a bigger fish.

Space Travel

Elon Musk Is the Madman We Need

By David Dittman - Jan 6, 2017

We already know that the future of humanity rests on our ability to colonize the cosmos. It’s just a matter of who can get there first. Will it be NASA or acclaimed engineer/entrepreneur/impresario Elon Musk?

Internet of Things

Why 5G Wireless Technology Is Buzzing in Las Vegas

By David Dittman - Jan 5, 2017

As this year’s Consumer Electronics Show gets underway in Las Vegas, we look at the onset of 5G wireless technology, which will boost connectivity speeds by 100 times and be critical to power the Internet of Things.

Healthcare

This Is Your End: Heart Disease or Cancer

By David Dittman - Dec 14, 2016

The number of deaths from cancer and heart disease is staggeringly high. And while there’s no way to prevent death, innovation is helping us treat the pain and suffering.

Earthquakes

How to Predict When the Next Big Earthquake Will Hit

By David Dittman - Dec 12, 2016

We look at the ways in which technology is advancing beyond mere seismology to give us earlier and more accurate earthquake detection warning systems.

Disease

The Cure to Cancer, Blindness, and Stroke

By David Dittman - Dec 9, 2016

Dr. Molly Shoichet is all about attacking old problems with new solutions — and she’s on the verge of revolutionizing the way medicine treats illness, disease, and injury.

Genetics

Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?

By David Dittman - Dec 8, 2016

Before the general public can benefit from the most revolutionary gene-editing technique of the 21st century, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has to figure out who the technology even belongs to — and who will profit.

3-D Printing

Would You Eat 3-D-Printed Meat?

By David Dittman - Dec 7, 2016

With the global population rising and the planet’s health deteriorating, scientists are innovating new ways to prevent food shortages while being environmentally conscious. Enter 3-D-printed meat.

Energy

CO2 Rocks: The “Cool” Side of Global Warming

By David Dittman - Dec 3, 2016

As politicians continue to harp on about “energy independence” — be it through traditional fossil fuels or green, renewable energy — we look at how one method could help us… without killing the planet.

Healthcare

Alzheimer’s Disease: Does THC Hold the Key to a Cure?

By David Dittman - Dec 2, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease subjects victims to a “living death” and their loved ones to the most agonizing form of witness. But can this chemical compound be the long-awaited end to this suffering?

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence vs. Human Intelligence

By David Dittman - Nov 30, 2016

Artificial intelligence is a concept that’s already impacting our modern world. Some see a robot war brewing. But the real future is one of cooperation: AI plus HI.