Instead of Computer Code, ‘Plant Hackers’ Tinker With Genetics

After his parents go to bed, Sebastian Cocioba usually retires to the third bedroom of the family apartment, where he has built a laboratory.

Crucial Bee Colonies Appear at Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that bee colonies may face health risks from a class of controversial insecticides called neonicotinoids in certain situations, adding to a debate over how the chemicals affect insects that are critical to U.S. agriculture.

The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function Are Underdiagnosed

Here’s a sobering thought for the holidays: Chronic heavy drinking can cause insidious damage to the brain, even in people who never seem intoxicated or obviously addicted.

In Bhutan, Gross National Happiness Trumps Gross National Product

THIMPHU, Bhutan—This secluded Buddhist kingdom uses a unique barometer to measure economic progress. And the message of the 2015 Gross National Happiness Index is a troubling one: Money isn’t buying enough contentment.

Fed Raises Rates After Seven Years Near Zero, Expects ‘Gradual’ Tightening Path

The Federal Reserve said it would end a seven-year experiment with near-zero interest rates by raising its benchmark rate and emphasizing a plan to lift it gradually over the next three years.

Study Warns of Alzheimer’s Risk in Some Prostate-Cancer Drugs

Men taking testosterone-blocking drugs to treat prostate cancer have nearly twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as those using other treatments, according to an analysis of electronic medical records published Monday.

Gene-Editing Technology Could Help Eradicate Malaria, Study Shows

A groundbreaking but controversial new gene-editing technology is accelerating a push to eradicate malaria, with scientists recently identifying two ways to block mosquitoes from transmitting the killer disease.

THE WORLD’S NEW POPULATION TIME BOMB: TOO FEW PEOPLE

Ever since the global financial crisis, economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the U.S. and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro meltdown. They are now coming to realize that one of the stiffest headwinds is also one of the hardest to overcome: demographics.

Without Albert Einstein, We’d All Be Lost

One hundred years ago this week, on Nov. 4, 1915, Albert Einstein, working alone in wartime Berlin, submitted the first of four scientific papers that would change the course of physics and our view of the cosmos. His general theory of relativity is perhaps the greatest achievement of a single human mind. Although it made Einstein the most famous scientist in history, he did not live to see the full impact of his ideas.

No Planning Necessary - The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley

When a pack of cyclists encounters a headwind, no one directs each rider to move into the slipstream of the rider in front. Each cyclist does it automatically because each will save energy by not having to push into the wind unaided. What about the lead cyclist? An unspoken rule allows him to take his pull at the front for a few seconds then peel off and move to the back of the pack.

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