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Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for pioneering work in evolutionary scienceNobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for pioneering work in evolutionary science

October 03, 2018

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold and the other half jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter on Wednesday for their work harnessing the power of evolution to develop new proteins used in drugs and medical treatments. In announcing the award, the Royal Swedish Academy said that this year's prize "awards a revolution based on evolution," and goes to scientists who "applied the principles of Darwin in the test tube."

'Prescribed to Death' opioid memorial unveiled at National Mall

October 03, 2018

“Overdoses on opioids -- such as prescription pain pills or heroin -- are killing 116 Americans every single day, more than 40,000 lives a year,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II said during the ceremony. “Think about this: Almost 1-in-100 American babies are born dependent on drugs.”

Apple's Tim Cook: 'Don't believe' tech companies that say they need your data

October 03, 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook hit out at tech companies that claim more customer data leads to superior products, saying that's a "bunch of bunk." In an exclusive interview with Vice News Tonight that aired Tuesday, Cook did not name any names but appeared to admonish the likes of advertising giants Facebook and Google, which rely on data sharing with third parties.

Experts worry 5G could widen digital divide in cities

October 02, 2018

The rollout of 5G high-speed wireless networks are expected to usher in an era of super-fast internet speeds, but many experts worry that the new technology will only leave poor urban communities further behind.

Facebook could face up to $1.6 billion in fines over data breach as regulators eye formal probe

October 02, 2018

The Facebook data breach will be the first major test of Europe's tough data protection laws introduced in May and known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It regulates any companies that are handling data of EU citizens and puts strong controls on how that information is stored and used.

We may not have found aliens yet because we've barely begun looking

October 02, 2018

A new calculation shows that if space is an ocean, we’ve barely dipped in a toe. The volume of observable space combed so far for E.T. is comparable to searching the volume of a large hot tub for evidence of fish in Earth’s oceans, astronomer Jason Wright at Penn State and colleagues say in a paper posted online September 19 at arXiv.org.

Smuggling a CRISPR gene editor into staph bacteria can kill the pathogen

October 02, 2018

Scientists have now modified pathogenicity islands by replacing the toxin-producing genes with genes that, in mice, disabled or killed Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. If the approach works for humans, it could offer an alternative to traditional antibiotics that could one day be used against deadly drug-resistant Staphylococcus strains, researchers report September 24 in Nature Biotechnology.

NASA At 60: A Driving Force For Materials Science And Technology Innovation

October 02, 2018

Although space science can sometimes feel rather alien (excuse the pun) to most people, we actually have a lot to thank NASA for. The Space Race, and the politics surrounding it at the time, was a huge driving force for innovation in Science and Technology, and particularly in Materials Science and Engineering, as space exploration brought with it new challenges that required brand new solutions.

NASA wants to begin hunting for intelligent aliens who, like us, create technology

October 01, 2018

NASA is changing its focus to search for life advanced enough to, like us, create technology. The signs are called technosignatures, as compared with biosignatures, like in microbes, that show signs of life. Technosignatures come primarily as radio signals that allow scientists to infer the existence of technological life in the universe.

America's rising economic freedom is good news for tech

October 01, 2018

For the first time since 2005, the United States ranks in the top 10 of the freest countries in the world according to the Fraser Institute’s newest Economic Freedom Rankings, which it just released. The US fell from fourth to sixth during the George W. Bush administration and slid to 10th and 11th during the Obama years, but then began a recovery. In the first year of the Trump administration, we jumped back to sixth.

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