Democrats Want Any Infrastructure Bill to Address Climate Change

As infrastructure talks progress on Capitol Hill, Democrats are calling for any legislative package to address climate change. That would have been unthinkable last year, when Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress.

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Deep Time

For someone so chronically late to meetings, I spend a lot of time thinking about time. I started my career in astrophysics, where the quick but finite speed of light mixes time with space. When we look up, we are seeing the ghosts of dead faraway galaxies as they were millions of years ago.

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CRISPR doc ‘Human Nature’ embraces the hope and peril of gene editing

When making a documentary on something as groundbreaking and controversial as CRISPR, the gene editing tool that could potentially help us eradicate cancer, you need a deft touch. Lean into the hard science, and it might be too complex for general viewers.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/11/crispr-human-nature/

Palmer Luckey’s firm wins Pentagon drone AI contract

Google may have backed out of the US military’s Project Maven, but that doesn’t mean other tech companies are unwilling to participate. The Intercept has learned that Oculus Rift co-founder Palmer Luckey’s defense company, Anduril, won a contract to support the drone AI initiative in 2018.

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FDA removes restrictions on genetically modified salmon

Genetically modified fish are about to become more of a practical reality in the US. The Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import alert on AquaBounty’s genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon eggs, allowing the fish to reach the US over three years after they received initial approval.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/10/fda-removes-restrictions-on-genetically-modified-salmon/

Apple is giving users a 10 percent when they add money to their account

Apple is giving users some extra cash when they transfer money to their Apple ID account, as spotted byMacRumors. Through March 14th, users who transfer money from their debit or credit cart to their account will get a 10 percent bonus credit.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/10/18259021/apple-id-10-percent-bonus-itunes-money-deal

23andMe says gene report can detect the risk of type 2 diabetes

23andMe is betting that its gene testing kits can help identify another major health risk: diabetes. The company plans to offer a report that identifies your genetic predisposition toward type 2 (that is, adult onset) diabetes.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/10/23andme-type-2-diabetes-report/

In season 2, American Gods has fallen on hard times

Spoiler warning: This review reveals major plot points from season 1 of American Gods, and lays out season 2 storylines. Neil Gaiman’s 2007 novel American Gods tells the story of awesome, magical beings brought low by the loss of faith and the cold realities of the modern age.

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