Rio 2016 introduces tests to hunt for genetically modified athletes

Rio 2016 introduces tests to hunt for genetically modified athletes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the not so distant future drugs cheats will give way to gene cheats, and WADA plans on catching them all – eventually.   Mention Erythropoietin to most people on the street and they won’t have any idea what you’re talking about. It took over...

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Olympians are electrocuting their brains to improve performance

Olympians are electrocuting their brains to improve performance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mental preparation for the Olympic games has always been a crucial part of a sports persons training, now Olympians have turned to neuroscience to gain an edge.   If you see Michael Tinsley, a silver medalist in the 400 meter hurdles, wearing some crazy- looking headphones,...

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Scientists develop Matrix style technology capable of ‘uploading knowledge’ to your brain

Scientists develop Matrix style technology capable of ‘uploading knowledge’ to your brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A lifetime of education might one day be condensed into minutes.   Scientists believe they may have taken the first steps towards making Matrix-style ‘instant learning’ a reality.     A team of researchers from HRL Laboratories in California conducted experiments in which they studied the brain...

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The history of the “Genesis Engine”, CRISPR

The history of the “Genesis Engine”, CRISPR

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have discovered the Genesis Engine, a technology that gives them the keys to the Code of Life.   Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts and crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California’s Monterey Peninsula hammerheads into...

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HIV defeats revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR

HIV defeats revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Questions are appearing over CRISPR’s ability to cure HIV.   HIV can defeat efforts to cripple it with CRISPR gene editing technology, researchers say and furthermore the very act of editing which involves snipping at the virus’s genome may actually introduce mutations that help it to...

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The 2016 Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst

The 2016 Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In its second year the 2016 Griffin Emerging Technology Review showcases 178 of the worlds greatest Emerging Technologies and shines a light on some of the industries of the future.  

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In the future everything will be connected

In the future everything will be connected

In 400 years time our descendants will look back at our Age in the same way we look at the Stone Age Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius, by combining his observations of the laws of nature with his passion for mechanical invention he managed to conceive early versions of...

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Scientists turn to gene editing to reverse blindness in humans

Scientists turn to gene editing to reverse blindness in humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists are using the revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR, dubbed the “Genesis Engine,” to treat, cure, and reverse a whole range of medical conditions that range from Cancer and HIV to blindness and inherited syndromes and the results so far are staggering.   Hailed as...

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