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The UK Government Wants to Sequence Your Baby’s Genome

In November 2019, Matt Hancock, then the United Kingdom’s health secretary, unveiled a lofty ambition: to sequence the genome of every baby in the country. It would usher in a “genomic revolution,” he said, with the future being “predictive,...

To Help People With Long Covid, Scientists Need to Define It

Almost from the beginning of the Covid pandemic, reports have accumulated of persistent, weird, disabling symptoms in survivors, a syndrome that’s come to be known as long Covid. The complex of fatigue, confusion, heart arrhythmias, gut disorders, and other...

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

On November 19, 1969, the CCS Hudson slipped through the frigid waters of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia and out into the open ocean. The research vessel was embarking on what many of the marine scientists on board thought...

Researchers Want to Restore ‘Good Noise’ in Older Brains

To eavesdrop on a brain, one of the best tools neuroscientists have is the fMRI scan, which helps map blood flow, and therefore the spikes in oxygen that occur whenever a particular brain region is being used. It reveals...

A New Theory for Systems That Defy Newton’s Third Law

The flocking of birds can also be viewed as a breaking of symmetry: Instead of flying in random directions, they align like the spins in a magnet. But there is an important difference: A ferromagnetic phase transition is easily...

The North Carolina Town Besieged by Armadillos

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.In the pitch dark, Jason Bullard adroitly shoulders his rifle and levels it at the object. “That looks like one!” he mutters. It turns out...

The Gut Microbiome’s Role in Autism Gets Murkier

The study “validates a lot of what people have been thinking,” says Calliope Holingue, a psychiatric epidemiologist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland, on whether the connection between autism and the...

How ‘Green’ Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

As for the bigger reconciliation bill, which is still being negotiated, language also would subsidize logging on both federal and private lands, as well as subsidize forest biomass energy, wood pellet facilities, and production of cross-laminated timber (a type...

The US Space Force Wants to Clean Up Junk in Orbit

Neither the space industry nor government institutions have yet narrowed in on a particular approach toward space trash. For example, Rogue Space Systems is developing a wasp-like spacecraft called Fred Orbot, with solar panels that resemble wings. It’s designed...

This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

Some countries are already making use of this potential. Since 2000, 36 dams in the US have been retrofitted with turbines, adding more than 500 megawatts of renewable generation capacity. There is even more potential out there: A 2016...

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The UK Government Wants to Sequence Your Baby’s Genome

In November 2019, Matt Hancock, then the United Kingdom’s health secretary, unveiled a lofty ambition: to sequence the genome of every baby in the...