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Australian Climate Expert Says Pain-in-the-Ass America Should Just Ditch the Paris Agreement Already

Sometimes, the only way to fix an unhappy relationship is to end it. Since former president Obama (remember that guy?) left office in January, the United States has done an about-face on the Paris climate agreement—we’ve gone from being an leader on climate action to a rogue state that can’t decide whether it wants to… Read…

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That Horrible 'Spider Bite' On Your Arm Could Be Anthrax

Imagine this thing that has actually happened: Your infant has a strangely-shaped skin lesion. Seeing this disgusting skin lesion and thinking it might be anthrax, you take your child to the doctor. “Doc, I think I my kid has anthrax,” you might say. The doctor’s eyes roll. “It’s obviously a spider bite,” doc probably… Read…

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Microsoft’s next-generation HoloLens glasses may make you look like Clark Kent

This augmented-reality display prototype takes advantage of a miniaturized holographic projector. (Microsoft Research via YouTube) Today, Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented-reality headset has a geeky RoboCop  vibe, but someday it could become more like a pair of eyeglasses suitable for Superman’s mild-mannered alter ego . At least that’s the impression you’re likely to get from a Microsoft Research study on…

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Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown says VCs need to ask harder scientific questions

 Impossible Foods has raised over $200 million to make a burger that tastes at least as good as ground beef but which is engineered from plants. The CEO of the five-year-old food startup, Patrick O. Brown, is a famed Stanford geneticist who previously started the nonprofit Public Library of Science. The company’s many backers— among…

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Scientists Engineered Bacteria to Make Picture of Super Mario

Bacteria have had some pretty great PR, recently. Thanks to lots of new research about their importance to our bodies, they’re not really seen as soulless microscopic murderers anymore. They’re colorful, misunderstood beings living together outside the spotlight, freeloading in our guts in exchange for favors. In… Read more…

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Amazon works on drone traffic control software at French development center

Amazon has added France to the list of countries where the Seattle-based retailer is working on its drone delivery system, with the opening of a research and development center that will create traffic management software for drones. The opening of the Prime Air Development Center in Clichy, part of Paris’ northwest suburbs, was the subject of an announcement…