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Tension as scientist at centre of CRISPR outrage speaks at genome editing summit

Jiankui He claims he has used CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Computing faces an energy crunch unless new technologies are found

The tools on our smartphones are enabled by a huge network of mobile phone towers, Wi-Fi networks and server farms. Shutterstock

There’s little doubt the information technology revolution has improved our lives.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What are tech companies doing about ethical use of data? Not much

Tech companies have an economic imperative to avoid grappling too seriously with the ethical issues surrounding data usage.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Researcher claims CRISPR-edited twins are born. How will science respond?

Chinese scientist He Jiankui of Shenzhen claims he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies. from www.shutterstock.com

Gene editing technology is revolutioni


Originally published in The Conversation.

Our long fascination with the journey to Mars

Signs of life on Mars?


Originally published in The Conversation.

How a change in climate wiped out the 'Siberian unicorn'

An artist's impression of Siberian unicorns (_Elasmotherium_) walking in the steppe grass on a cloudy day. Shutterstock/Elenarts

A mysterious shaggy giant species of rhinoceros – named the Siberian unicorn due to its enormous single horn – turns out to have survived in western Russia until just


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: What are some of the challenges to Mars travel?

If you went to Mars, you'd need to be able to survive an extremely punishing environment. This picture, taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, gives you an idea. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Unscrambling the egg: how research works out what really leads to an increased disease risk

A study showed it's social circumstance, and not biology, that explains most of the differences in the occurrence of diabetes among racial and ethnic groups.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What skills does a cybersecurity professional need?

Cybersecurity professionals work in software development, network testing, incident response and policy development. Shutterstock

Cyber crime is a threat to every organisation that operates internet-connected devices.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tennis, running, netball: do I really need a specific shoe for a specific sport?

Parents can fork out big bucks for different shoes for different sports for their children.


Originally published in The Conversation.