We are beyond the tipping point. We now live in a world of constancy.  Digital media are a pervasive and unceasing part of our modern existence. On a continuum from background (but always on-call) to simultaneous use of multiple screens, digital media’s presence pervades…

US researchers reported promising early results treating sickle cell disease using CRISPR technology this week.   Edited “super cells” in a patient appear to be responding as hoped—mass producing a critical protein lacking in most patients with the debilitating disease.…

Bangladesh is poised to become the first country to plant a controversial “golden rice.” It may sound magical—but it’s science. Golden rice was developed in the 90s to combat vitamin A deficiency—a common cause of blindness and increased risk for death from infectious…

Patient data—including names, images and even Social Security numbers—can be retrieved without a password from 187 servers in the US. A security firm found vulnerabilities in at least 52 countries. Most were found in servers used by independent radiologists or medical…

The winners of this year’s Breakthrough Prizes—the “Oscars of Science”—recognized innovative researchers in life sciences, physics, and mathematics—including several that could reshape approaches to stubborn public health challenges, reports

30 minutes to an hour. That’s the standard time for a lab technician to smear blood on a slide, prep it, scan it for malaria parasites and count them. Imagine what that means for a clinic that sees dozens of patients per day. Manu Prakash did. Then the Stanford biophysicist…

A minilab that sits in the palm of your hand could slash the time it takes to detect cholera bacteria in water from 3 or more days—in a traditional lab setting—to 30 minutes.   Built around a smartphone, the lab uses heating units, lenses and image processing to test for…

Horseshoe crabs’ prized blue blood is ubiquitous in medical safety tests that detect contamination in IV drugs and medical implants. Their copper-rich blood clots around potentially dangerous molecules in bacteria, which scientists leveraged to save patients from toxic…

After creating PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, billionaire tech titan Elon Musk is onto his next project: Neuralink, a tech venture promising thread-thin brain implants enabling people to control devices with their minds alone. Announcing the project last week, Musk said the…

From zoning laws to the tax code, “automobile supremacy” has long been written into America’s legal system—despite the dangers of driving, writes law professor Gregory H. Shill. The evidence: