A host of car manufacturers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas have taken to the stage to show off what they think the future of driving will look like.
Unsurprisingly they expect the future to be electric, but a bit more left-field was Mercedes-Benz’s new concept car, designed alongside James Cameron, the director of the 2009 film Avatar.
The car has been called AVTR and is covered in scales, 33 of them to be precise, which Mercedes-Benz has dubbed “bionic flaps” although they appear to be inspired more by the blockbuster film than real biology
NPR visited the only lab in the world known to be trying to use the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to modify the DNA in human sperm. If successful, it could be used to prevent genetic disorders.
First it was human embryos. Now scientists are trying to develop another way to modify human DNA that can be passed on to future generations, NPR has learned.
Reproductive biologists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City are attempting to use the powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR to alter genes in human sperm. NPR got exclusive access to watch the controversial experiments underway.
The research is aimed at finding new ways to prevent disorders caused by genetic mutations that are passed down from men — including some forms of male infertility. The team is starting with a gene that can increase the risk for breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers.
French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the the English Channel on Sunday, riding on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Japan’s government approved a request for stem-cell experiments meant to create an animal-human hybrid and allow it to be brought to term.
The experiment, which still requires approval from the Japanese science ministry, would create animal embryos that contain human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals.
While other countries have experimented on creating human-animal embryos, Japan is now the first country to support experiments that will allow animals with human cells to come to full-term.
Elon Musk wants to get inside your brain. No, seriously. That’s the root of a new endeavor he announced July 16 in a presentation livestreamed from California Academy of Science. It’s called Neuralink , and the name is pretty literal.
Neuralink’s goal is to link microscopic processors in your brain with threads more narrow than human hair. Those threads read activity in the brain’s neurons and permit the user to control things with the mind, sending data to sensors on the skull—data which is then processed by a hearing aid-like computer worn behind one ear.
Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink is aiming to connect the human brain with a machine interface “before the end of next year”, the CEO announced on Tuesday.