One of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in this century is a gene-editing technique called CRISPR Cas-9, which makes altering DNA fast, cheap, and easy. It’s so easy, in fact, that one company is actually offering mail-order kits that let anyone do the technique at home. That’s exciting – but should it also be terrifying?
You blink 15-20 times per minute. If you watch a 150-minute movie, that translates to about 15 minutes worth of screen time. That’s a lot of Middle Earth to miss! (No wonder the Eye of Sauron never blinks.) Don’t worry though: studies suggest that our brains have figured out a way to compensate.Related: Time Isn’t Constant For Your Brain
In October 2016, scientists accidentally turned carbon dioxide (CO2) into ethanol, a fuel. Whoops! This unexpected result could be huge in combatting climate change caused by CO2 in the atmosphere.Related: Could We Get Clean Energy From Artificial Leaves?