Radio Atlantic: The First Gene-Edited Babies

Subscribe to Radio Atlantic: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play A Chinese researcher recently announced the birth of the first genetically edited babies. The claims remain unverified, but the news shocked and dismayed scientists around the world, touching off a scandal that has only grown. Atlantic staff writers Ed Yong and Sarah […]

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Congress needs to get its nerd on

When Google’s Sundar Pichai becomes the latest Silicon Valley boss to testify before Congress — the state funeral for former President George H. W. Bush bumped his scheduled appearance to probably next week — a wide array of issues will be discussed, from corporate power to political bias. And almost certainly there will be several […]

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How to Build a Museum in Outer Space

In 2001, Alice Gorman returned home after a long day of work, grabbed a cold beer, and settled into a chair on the veranda of her house in Australia. She lifted her head and stared at the night sky. Countless milky-white stars glittered in the velvety darkness. Her mind began to churn. “I just started […]

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Reality Isn’t ‘Real’

Many people assume that they perceive the world as it actually is—as if eyes and ears were windows that allow us to access an objective reality. But perception is not an accurate reflection of an externally existing world. “In fact,” the neuroscientist Anil Seth says, “perception and hallucination have a lot in common. You could […]

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