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U.K. permits gene editing of human embryos

A British scientist was given the greenlight to use a new genome-editing technique on human embryos. “The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has approved a research application from the Francis Crick Institute to use new ‘gene-editing’ techniques on human embryos,” the lab of Kathy Niakan, Ph.D., announced on Feb. 1. Niakan—the stem cell researcher from…

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Lawmakers attack COP21 agreement

On Dec. 12, 2015, the COP21 climate meeting concluded as representatives from 196 nations voted on an agreement that would help lessen the impact of climate change, thus pledging to adapt the necessary changes in their respective nations. Conservation International, an U.S. nonprofit environmental organization, hailed the deal as “the single most important collective action…

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New Shepard shows promise with second successful landing

January 2016 marked the historical vertical landing of a previously used suborbital rocket, Blue Origin’s New Shepard. This rocket is named after Alan Shepard, the first American who traveled into space. Headed by technology entrepreneur and investor Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin is one of the many competing commercial space travel companies. The first successful vertical…

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Marvin Minsky dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, died in a Boston hospital on Jan. 24 after a lengthy fight with cerebral hemorrhage. Minsky was born in New York City and attended the Bronx High School of Science. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 during the last two years of the Second…

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Height may contribute to attractiveness

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while romantic comedies like to suggest that you may fall in love this Feb. 14 because of cosmic destiny, science begs to differ. A new study reveals that a human’s choice in romantic partner is influenced by their genes, including the genes that determine a person’s height. Throughout the…

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Youth violence and youth bullying more prominent in poor nations

Youth violence and youth bullying are factors that undermine a country’s economic wealth and social development—the factors being particularly prominent in poorer countries—new research reveals. The study, conducted by Frank Elgar, a professor at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, used two international school-based surveys to gather data on rates of…

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