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When No Treatment Exists, Parents Turn to Gene Therapy to Save Their Kids

Families of patients are starting advocacy groups, raising money for research, and founding biotech companies to advance cures for rare diseases.

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Self-Driving Cars’ Spinning-Laser Problem

Progress toward practical autonomous vehicles requires improvements to the sensors that map a vehicle’s environment in 3-D.

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Is Apple’s Big Problem in China Its Small-Minded Outlook?

The iPhone maker is unwavering in its desire to keep its brand pure, but it may be failing to capture the imagination of the Chinese market.

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How a Boy’s Lazarus-like Revival Points to a New Generation of Drugs

Drugs made from RNA may be the next great class of medicine.

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The Best of the Physics arXiv (week ending March 18, 2017)

This week’s most thought-provoking papers from the Physics arXiv.

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5 Biotech Products U.S. Regulators Aren’t Ready For

New techniques being used to produce our food or shape the environment raise regulatory questions.

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A New Way to Spot Malicious Apps

By targeting fraudulent reviews to identify malware in the Google Play store, researchers uncovered an insidious technique: some of these apps harass innocent users until they leave positive ratings of their own.

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The Download, Mar 17, 2017: Quantum Computer Chemistry, Self-Driving Fumbles, and Pokémon AI

The most fascinating and important news in technology and innovation delivered straight to your inbox, every day.

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Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing’s Benefits

Efforts to invent more practical superconductors and better batteries could be the first areas of business to get a quantum speed boost.

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Machine Learning: The New Proving Ground for Competitive Advantage

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How DeepMind’s Memory Trick Helps AI Solve New Problems

While AI systems can match many human capabilities, they take 10 times longer to learn. Now, by copying the way the brain works, Google DeepMind has built a machine that is closing the gap.

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CRISPR May Speed Pig-to-Human Transplants

Startup says it will edit pigs’ genes to prepare organs for harvest.

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U.S. Charges Russian Officials over Hacks for the First Time

The Justice Department has issued arrest warrants for two Russian spies over a huge Yahoo breach.

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Italy Transforms Itself into a High-Tech Hotbed

Today, the country once best known for fine cuisine and romantic vacations has become a world leader in manufacturing, machinery, and related fields. Now Italy’s leaders are staking their future on digitalization, education, and strategic collaboration.

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Congress Takes Blockchain 101

The heads of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus want their colleagues to know the technology has many uses besides currency.

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In Africa, Scientists Are Preparing to Use Gene Drives to End Malaria

Mosquitoes that drive themselves out of existence are being bred in labs—but letting them loose in nature is another matter.

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The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

The latest machine-learning techniques are essentially black boxes. DARPA is funding a number of efforts to open them up.

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Your Doctor App Could Amplify Your Health Anxieties

So-called super users might not be a good thing when it comes to on-demand consultations with doctors.

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Intel’s $15 Billion Mobileye Buyout Puts It in the Autonomous Car Driver’s Seat

The acquisition bags the chip maker a pivotal contender in the race to build robotic cars.

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How America’s Electric Car Market Could Get Stuck in the Slow Lane

If tax breaks and other incentives continue to disappear, it will be hard work convincing consumers to swap gasoline for electrons.

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