December 2016



Are these genetically engineered cows the future of medicine?

They look like normal black-and-white Holstein cows, a common sight in Western Iowa. But these cows are special: used not for their milk or meat, but for their blood. They’re plasma donors, and one day, the life they save may be your own. The cows were genetically engineered by biotech…


Hearst is building a team to create voice-activated experiences

Hearst is forming a 10-person team it hopes will bring it closer to the bleeding edge of technology, beginning with voice-controlled applications. Dubbed, the Native and Emerging Technologies (NET) group, the innovation hub is already exploring how the publisher’s brands might exist on voice-activated devices such as the Amazon Echo…



Watch this golden mole hunt termites by sound

The golden mole, the real-life version of a tribble, is not actually a mole. Nor is it always golden. It is, however, the star of a new teaser for the upcoming nature documentary, Planet Earth II. It’s not actually a mole This bug-eating mammal, no larger than a ping-pong ball,…