Amazon Alexa will one day mimic anyone’s voice

The line between synthetic voices and real ones has been blurring for years. We regularly hear computer-generated reps on customer service lines or reading articles aloud to us online. UK company Sonantic famously cloned Val Kilmer’s voice after surgery for throat cancer left him unable to speak, which the public first heard in the documentary… Continue reading Amazon Alexa will one day mimic anyone’s voice

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What is a buffy-tufted marmoset?

If you know your marmosets, then the buffy-tufted marmoset is weird. Even if you don’t know your marmosets, it’s still pretty kooky. With its protuberant ear tufts and pallid grey face, it looks like a cross between Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons and Robert Smith from The Cure. Some conservationists even call it the… Continue reading What is a buffy-tufted marmoset?

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Researchers created gene-edited hamsters full of rage in an experiment gone wrong

A group of researchers made gene-edited hamsters that were meant to be less aggressive. The researchers used CRISPR, a gene-editing platform, to remove a gene they believed was responsible for aggressive behavior in hamsters. However, the genetic modification had a much different effect. Instead of being more docile, the hamsters became overly aggressive. Scientists accidentally… Continue reading Researchers created gene-edited hamsters full of rage in an experiment gone wrong

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Astronomers Radically Reimagine the Making of the Planets

Start at the center, with the sun. Our middle-aged star may be more placid than most, but it is otherwise unremarkable. Its planets, however, are another story. First, Mercury: More charred innards than fully fledged planet, it probably lost its outer layers in a traumatic collision long ago. Next come Venus and Earth, twins in… Continue reading Astronomers Radically Reimagine the Making of the Planets

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Curiosity has discovered ancient rocks formed by water on Mars

Mars was not always the rocky, lifeless planet that we know it to be now. At least, all of the science seems to point towards that truth. For years, NASA has been discovering more about our neighboring planet. And now, the space agency’s Curiosity rover has discovered even more evidence that water once covered parts… Continue reading Curiosity has discovered ancient rocks formed by water on Mars

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