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Monsanto Just Got Access To The World's Most Powerful Gene-Editing Tool

Agriculture company Monsanto has acquired a non-exclusive global licensing agreement from MIT’s Broad Institute and Harvard to use the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system. The firm will use it to design and grow new seeds and plants, but there are key restrictions on its use to prevent Monsanto from abusing this revolutionary new technology.


Science Fiction's Scariest Visions Of The Future Right Now

Science fiction has always drawn inspiration from real-world fears. Since the news in 2016 is dominated by doom, the year’s sci-fi movies and TV shows have been doing their part to reflect our nightmarish times — and to dream up the worst-case scenarios we might face in the future. Such as these…


Monkeys Text At 12 Words A Minute Using Only Their Thoughts

Using a brain implant, Stanford researchers have developed a mind-machine interface that allows monkeys to text at the very reasonable rate of 12 words per minute. Eventually, the system could be used to help people with movement disorders to communicate more efficiently.


Scientists Have Bred Live Mice With No Need For Fertilised Eggs

For the first time ever, scientists have produced live mice without a fertilised egg cell. The potentially revolutionary technique could one day allow gay men to produce biological offspring, or — even more radically — allow both men and women to self-fertilise.


This Quadcopter Can Perform Insane Stunts Completely Autonomously

Quadrotors need outside help to navigate and perform their remarkable stunts, whether it be a human behind the controls or an array of complex sensors placed around a room. But not this one. Developed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, this drone is practically autonomous — which means it’s an actual drone. The future is finally here.


12 Ways Humanity Could Destroy The Entire Solar System

We humans are doing a bang-up job of messing up our home planet. But who’s to say we can’t go on to screw things up elsewhere? Here, not listed in any particular order, are 12 unintentional ways we could do some serious damage to our Solar System, too.


Maybe We Don't Have To Nuke Mars (So Much) After All

Terraforming Mars could be our only option once we screw this planet up beyond repair, but how exactly are we going to do it? One popular scheme involves releasing truckloads of nuclear warheads over the poles, unlocking billions of tonnes of frozen carbon dioxide and triggering a runaway greenhouse.


Want To Find Aliens? Look For Planets That Have Become Stars

Jupiter is often referred to as a “failed star”, leading some futurists to wonder if our descendants might set it ablaze in a process called planetary stellification. A new study suggests this is indeed theoretically possible — and that we should be on the hunt for galactic aliens who have already converted their gas giants into stellar objects.


10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit

Here are 10 pseudo-futurist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary.


10 Mindblowingly Futuristic Technologies That Will Appear By The 2030s

Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years. Here are 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that should appear by the 2030s.


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