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Flying taxis and delivery drones are coming — and these 40 companies are predicted to be the biggest players | Business Insider

If you want to invest in automakers, there are plenty of exchange-traded funds that will help you do that. And for more broad investment themes — like cryptocurrencies or environmental responsibility— there are incredibly specific ETF’s built to track a specific idea. But for something as nascent as flying cars and taxi drones, you may have to build your own ... Read More »

World’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board made with DNA | Science Daily

Move over Mona Lisa, here comes tic-tac-toe. It was just about a year ago that Caltech scientists in the laboratory of Lulu Qian, assistant professor of bioengineering, announced they had used a technique known as DNA origami to create tiles that could be designed to self-assemble into larger nanostructures that carry predesigned patterns. They chose to make the world’s smallest ... Read More »

Himalayan marmot genome offers clues to life at extremely high altitudes | Science Daily

Himalayan marmots can survive at altitudes up to 5,000 meters in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Pakistan and on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China, where many of them face extreme cold, little oxygen, and few other resources. Now, researchers have sequenced the first complete Himalayan marmot genome, which may help them to better explain how the marmots live ... Read More »

Tiny implantable device short-circuits hunger pangs, aids weight loss | Science Daily

More than 700 million adults and children worldwide are obese, according to a 2017 study that called the growing number and weight-related health problems a “rising pandemic.” New battery-free, easily implantable weight-loss devices developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison could offer a promising new weapon for battling the bulge. In laboratory testing, the devices helped rats shed almost ... Read More »

New houseplant can clean your home’s air | Science Daily

We like to keep the air in our homes as clean as possible, and sometimes we use HEPA air filters to keep offending allergens and dust particles at bay. But some hazardous compounds are too small to be trapped in these filters. Small molecules like chloroform, which is present in small amounts in chlorinated water, or benzene, which is a ... Read More »

Exposure to cannabis alters the genetic profile of sperm | Science Daily

As legal access to marijuana continues expanding across the U.S., more scientists are studying the effects of its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in teens, adults and pregnant women. New research from Duke Health suggests men in their child-bearing years should also consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they’ve been using ... Read More »

Why the quickest route to happiness may be to do something | BBC

How do you envisage the pursuit of happiness? For many, it is a relentless journey, and the more you put in, the more you get out. Just consider the following episode from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling inspirational memoir Eat, Pray, Love, in which she recounts some advice from her Guru. “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, ... Read More »

You won’t believe what’s happening to the iconic Driftwood Lounge outside Camp Lejeune | Marine Corps Times

For some driving down Highway 24 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the off-white exterior and nondescript sign of this business would hardly have warranted a second look. But when, last week, the sign for the Driftwood Lounge went down, collective gasps and virtual tears rippled across the internet. The Driftwood, since 1979, has been the place many a 2nd Marine Division ... Read More »

Panel: U.S. Needs Non-Military Options to Handle ‘Gray Zone’ Warfare from Russia, China, Iran | USNI News

The United States is nowhere close to deterring Russia from spreading fake news, disinformation, and propaganda through social media, or even convincing the American public that such a Kremlin campaign to drive wedges through society exists, a panel of “gray zone” warfare experts said Tuesday. Jamie Fly, former foreign and national security adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), said that, ... Read More »

Threat Report 2018: Al-Qaida Patiently Rebuilding | The Cipher Brief

As the United States relocated its embassy in Israel to the city of Jerusalem, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri used the occasion to call for jihad, claiming the international system is hostile toward Muslims. Al-Qaida has rebounded in recent years, rebranding its message and building local branches across the Middle East and Africa. The following brief is from The Cipher Brief’s ... Read More »