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https://www.inc.com/amy-webb/big-nine-artificial-intelligence-ethics-rules-questions.html
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Inc.
When building A.I., we need to consider our own motivations and biases, and the social implications of the tools we create.
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https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/the-race-for-a-zika-vaccine
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The New Yorker
In the throes of an epidemic, researchers investigate how to inoculate against the disease.
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https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/news/a19177/the-superconductor-of-the-future-may-be-this-self-assembling-plastic/
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Popular Mechanics
New research from Cornell University brings the worlds of soft-materials science with futuristic physics. 
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https://www.psypost.org/2016/04/antimatter-changed-physics-discovery-antimemories-revolutionise-neuroscience-42188
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One of the most intriguing physics discoveries of the last century was the existence of antimatter, material that exists as the “mirror image” of ...
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https://aeon.co/essays/the-evidence-is-in-there-is-no-language-instinct
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Aeon
For decades, the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong
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https://onezero.medium.com/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1
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Medium
Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been…
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http://www.iflscience.com/space/returning-moon-ten-times-cheaper-thought-and-could-lead-mars
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IFLS
Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10
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https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/18/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/blue-pill-stopping-hiv-world-first-study-shows/#.W8qN-2hKiUk
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Japan Times
An antiviral pill taken daily by thousands of men across Sydney and other parts of Australia led to a globally unprecedented reduction in new HIV cases, sh
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https://medium.com/s/story/the-drug-thats-transforming-abortion-in-argentina-182189d48b39
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Medium
When Camila Sigales found out she was pregnant, she felt like her world was falling apart. At 19, she had plans for the future, and those plans did not yet include motherhood. Unfortunately, in…
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https://asiatimes.com/2019/06/sex-robots-are-coming-with-a-host-of-concerns/
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Asia Times
The robots are here. Are the “sexbots” close behind? From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the
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https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/10/dna-test-divorce/571684/
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The Atlantic
A father reflects on an experience that is becoming more common.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/23/sunday-review/human-contact-luxury-screens.html
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The New York Times
Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding them is a status symbol.
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https://www.fiercebiotech.com/biotech/regeneron-records-80-complete-response-rate-lymphoma-trial
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Fierce Biotech
Regeneron’s CD20xCD3 bispecific antibody has achieved an 80% complete response rate in a small trial of patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma. The strong early signs of efficacy led Regeneron to target a 2019 start date for a potentially registrational phase 2 study.
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https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-21st-century-indiana-jones-is-a-woman-crowdsourcing-space-archaeology
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Atlas Obscura
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https://singularityhub.com/2016/08/05/how-ai-will-redefine-love/
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Singularity Hub
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https://www.poandpo.com/in-the-meantime/russian-scientists-confirm-traces-of-organic-life-in-meteorite/
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POST Online Media
Russian scientists have managed to spot purported evidence of life having been introduced to Earth from space, as they conducted tests on the traces of proto bacteria found in the inner curves of an ancient meteorite.
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https://www.wired.com/story/the-rocket-motor-of-the-future-breathes-air-like-a-jet-engine/
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Wired
This theoretical engine could drastically reduce the cost of getting to space. Now two companies are trying to make it real.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/human-eggs-grown-lab-fertility-breakthrough-first-time-ivf-development-scientists-edinburgh-university-embryo-cancer-infertility-a8201001.html
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The Independent
Scientists crack elusive technique for maturing eggs outside the ovaries
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BBC
It should prevent four in 10 cases of the disease, but it is the first "real world" trial.
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https://futurism.com/five-couples-crispr-babies-avoid-deafness
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Futurism
Russian biologist Denis Rebrikov says he's found five couples who want him to use CRISPR to ensure their offspring do not inherit their deafness.
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https://theoutline.com/post/4978/what-is-the-future-of-afrofuturism
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The Outline
After having a moment in 2018, where does the movement go from here?