Fake persuaders

On Twitter as many as one in 20 active accounts are fakes. Facebook’s equiv­a­lent number is a little more than one in 100 active users. Soft­ware tools that help you […]

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Engineering the perfect baby

Tilly pre­dicted that the whole end-​​​​to-​​​​end technology—cells to stem cells, stem cells to sperm or egg and then to offspring—would end up being worked out first in ani­mals, such as […]

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Mistaken analysis

Google flu trends has long been the go-​​​​to example for anyone asserting the rev­o­lu­tionary poten­tial of big data. Since 2008 the com­pany has claimed it could use counts of flu-​​​​related […]

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The Virtual Nurse Will See You Now

Researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity have devel­oped a vir­tual nurse and exer­cise coach that are sur­pris­ingly lik­able and effective—even if they’re not quite as affable as the med­ical holo­gram on Star […]

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