US Biotech Firms Made China's Gene-Edited Babies Possible

In 2015, the 12-person organizing committee of the first International Summit on Human Gene Editing—which included Crispr co-inventors Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier—issued a statement on how the world should responsibly push forward the science of permanently altering the DNA of Homo sapiens. Combined with other changes that had sprung …

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Does 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Make Satanists Look Bad?

The new Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark comedy about a teenage witch who engages in devil worship and human sacrifice. Screenwriter Rafael Jordan enjoyed the show, but notes that not everyone was so fond of it. “People that actually identify as pagans or wiccans or Satanists …

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Space Photos of the Week: Packing for Mars

This odd zigzagging terrain is part of Mars’s south pole. These odd features are a result of the Martian seasonal changes. As the water ice that forms in the winter thaws, dry ice underneath it evaporates, leaving these irregular shapes. By observing the seasonal changes on Mars with the HiRise …

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Watch SpaceX Attempt Its Wickedly Complex Satellite Launch

On Sunday, SpaceX plans to hoist into space the largest cosmic carpool to depart from US soil. The California-based aerospace company is flexing its ridesharing muscles in a carefully choreographed orbital ballet as its flagship rocket—the Falcon 9—prepares to launch 64 small satellites into orbit. The mission, dubbed SSO-A, is …

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11 new trailers you should watch this week

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from A Star is Born. It’s been getting so much buzz, and yet its trailer made made the movie look so melodramatic, saccharine, twee, overwrought, and manically romantic. And it is all those things. But it’s also just so impossibly earnest. It loves …

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