How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

How Earnest Research Into Gay Genetics Went Wrong

One of the top geneticists in the country, Neale and his colleagues at the Broad Institute, a pioneering biotech hub in Boston, had a decade earlier developed software that made it much easier for scientists to study the vast amounts of genetic data that were beginning to flood in.

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

The Radical Plan to Change How Antibiotics Get Developed

Which means it may be time to stop asking pharma to make them, and create some other entity—a government institute, an international nonprofit, a utility—to perform the task instead.

Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

Genetically Tweaked Viruses Just Saved a Very Sick Teen

The girl, though, has been receiving a cocktail of three phages from Hatfull’s lab since June—including two that were genetically modified to better attack her bacteria. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently committed $100 million to better detect, prevent, and treat the chronic lung infections that often develop resistance as a result of antibiotic escalation.

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes—and Fault Lines

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes—and Fault Lines

Greene and colleagues explored the Salish Sea with multibeam sonar sensors attached to the bottom of the research ship and seismic sensors on a small torpedo-like instrument towed 100 feet off the seafloor.

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

That same year, Blue Frontiers and the Seasteading Institute signed an “exploratory memorandum of understanding” with the government of French Polynesia to develop the concept of a floating city, described by Quirk as a “start up country,” near the island.

China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

China Is Catching Up to the US in AI Research–Fast

Government-affiliated AI research papers increased 400 percent between 2007 and 2017, dwarfing the growth from Chinese corporate labs, although China’s state-funded academic institutions still produce most of the country’s research output.

10 Women in Science and Tech Who Should Be Household Names

10 Women in Science and Tech Who Should Be Household Names

Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we want to highlight just a few of the incredible women WIRED has written about over the years, whose work breaks boundaries, makes new worlds possible, and sets the stage for the future.

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

“When you visit the same piece of sky again and again, you can recognize, ‘Oh, this galaxy has a new star in it that was not there when we were there a year or three months ago,” says Rick White, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute , which hosts Pan-STARRS’s archive.

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Now, it seems, someone has cobbled together those breached databases and many more into a gargantuan, unprecedented collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords, and is freely distributing them on hacker forums and torrents, throwing out the private data of a significant fraction of humanity like last year's phone book.

The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

Related Stories To detect it, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics developed a 17-inch glass ball, which physicist Paul de Jong calls an "insect eye." It contains 31 photomultiplier tubes that amplify the signals of electrons released by photons, helping scientists reconstruct the direction of the original particle that produced the light—illuminating not only neutrinos, but also black holes, supernova, and other mysteries of space.

A Floating Glass Bead Could Help Physicists Probe the Unknown

A Floating Glass Bead Could Help Physicists Probe the Unknown

One goal for such precise sensors is to create high-resolution images of individual proteins and other molecules, says physicist Adrian Bachtold, a colleague of Ricci’s who is not involved in this work.

Scientists studying Weddell seal behaviour in Antarctica

Scientists studying Weddell seal behaviour in Antarctica

NIWA marine ecologist Dr Kimberly Goetz is leading two trips to Antarctica to study the seals as a way to examine the effectiveness of the newly-created Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in conserving top predators.

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

But Can It Understand This Headline?Casey ChinIn 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet. It ushered in an exciting phase for computer vision, as it became clear that a model trained using ImageNet could help tackle all sorts of image-recognition problems.

UK weather forecast: Freezing cold snaps to become MORE COMMON in the future

UK weather forecast: Freezing cold snaps to become MORE COMMON in the future

Nalan Koc, research director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, said: “The jet stream becomes wavier, meaning that colder air can penetrate further south and warmer air further north.”Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment, said: “What we once considered to be anomalies are becoming the new normal.“Our climate is changing right in front of our eyes, and we’ve only got a short amount of time to stop this from getting significantly worse.”

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels