Category Archives: Science news

China | First gene-edited babies claimed in China

by Marilynn Marchione

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies—twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

Globalization inspires European ethnologists

It used to be thought that the era of globalization leads to the unification of cultures. However, in practice, it has produced a polyphony of cultural values. Ethnologists from several European countries decided to meet at a scientific conference to discuss how and why this has happened, as well as to develop tools for a joint theoretical discussion of polyphony and the cultural diversity of European regions. Representatives from the Czech Republic, Belarus, and Ukraine gathered at the West Bohemian University in Pilsen to discuss these issues.

Radioactive Rocks Under Antarctica Make an Area of Ice the Size of Rhode Island Disappear

by Hannah Osborne

Scientists discovered that an area of ice bigger than Rhode Island was missing from the South Pole—and believe an unusual, previously unidentified hot spot powered by radioactive rocks and heated water is to blame.

China | World’s first AI news anchor makes “his” China debut

The world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor made “his” debut at the ongoing fifth World Internet Conference in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

The news anchor, based on the latest AI technology, has a male image with a voice, facial expressions and actions of a real person. “He” learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor.

USA | Google and Apple’s Systems to Track you in Person: What the Media Isn’t Telling You

Google is in the news (again) for creepy surveillance practices.  Google, AP reported, is tracking your physical whereabouts even after you tell them to shut Location History off.  Now Bloomberg reports they bought data about Mastercard transactions to link online ads with in-store purchases.  These make for interesting stories, but the real story, not being discussed, is the online-physical advertising systems engineered by Google and Apple.