Alan Yu

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How A Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs To A Middle-School Classroom

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Some compare the democratization of personal computing in the 1970s to the current changes in access to genetic engineering tools, in part thanks to the CRISPR gene editing tool.


Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Digesters convert livestock manure into electricity. Farmers can use it to power their operations or even sell some back to the grid. But some have found the technology too pricey to maintain.


Fishing Rule Aims To Do For All Marine Mammals What It Did For The Dolphin

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Foreign fisheries exporting seafood to the U.S. will now have to meet the same standards for protecting whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals as American fisheries do.


The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

Friday, December 30, 2016

A diet high in saturated fats and sugars can affect the parts of the brain that are important to memory. Diet-linked brain changes can also make people more likely to crave unhealthful food.


The U.S. And China: Two Centuries Of Infatuation And Disappointment

Sunday, December 11, 2016

In a new book, journalist and author John Pomfret tackles a relationship that stretches back to America's earliest years and is now more important — and challenging — than ever.


Behold A Robot Hand With A Soft Touch

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Using light-conductive materials, researchers have built a robot hand that can sense shapes and textures. Soft robotics holds promise for better prosthetics or machines with a more "human" touch.


How Just 8 Flavors Have Defined American Cuisine

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

In her new book, Sarah Lohman says that even though America is culturally and ethnically diverse, its food is united by a handful of tastes that have permeated the nation's cuisine for centuries.


When Food Firms Cut The Salt, What Do They Put In Instead?

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Too much salty goodness isn't great for health. Food companies looking to cut the sodium while keeping the flavor have a promising candidate: potassium chloride. But it's far from perfect.


How A 'Nightmare' Law Could Make Sharing Passwords Illegal

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A recent federal court ruling has advocates, researchers and the dissenting judge worried that sharing passwords, even in seemingly innocuous circumstances, could be considered unlawful.


In 'Ten Years,' A Dystopian Vision Of Hong Kong's Future Under China

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Hong Kong movie industry is best known for martial arts and crime thrillers, but this year's hottest film is a dark meditation on what Hong Kong could be like in 2025.


Researchers Offer Jet Lag Advice In Return For Data About Your Sleep

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Users of an app developed by the University of Michigan to help with jet lag entered information on their time zone and sleep patterns that helped academics with their work. But is the approach valid?


Nurses Say Stress Interferes With Caring For Their Patients

Friday, April 15, 2016

Almost one-quarter of ICU nurses have symptoms of PTSD, studies find, and other nurses are seriously stressed at work, too. Some hospitals are trying to come up with ways to help them cope.


How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

Monday, April 07, 2014

A few weeks ago, January Chang, a student at National Taiwan University, joined her fellow students in protesting a controversial trade agreement, which would bring Taiwan closer to China. The students occupied Taiwan's legislature, and some of them are still there, but they had a problem: With weak or ...


Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

Sunday, March 16, 2014

About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on the ...


Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not know about yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use our form.

If you thought LED headlights were bright enough, automakers are looking ahead to even more powerful beams using ...


A Father Plays Call Of Duty With His Son, Watched By Thousands

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jason Munkel and his father Bill are 39 years apart in age, but since last year, they've been sitting down together to play Call of Duty: Ghosts almost every night.

They also broadcast their gameplay to more than 120,000 followers, who watch the father-son duo pursue and shoot enemies ...


Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable

Friday, February 21, 2014

The way that prescription drugs are advertised on TV could be better, especially when it comes to communicating the risks and side effects of medicines. Now the Food and Drug Administration is calling for research into how the ads could be improved.

The problem, as Michael Wolf, a health ...


How Most Anyone Can Find Photos Of Secret Government Sites

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Last August, Jeffrey Lewis saw a North Korean propaganda video, posted in April 2012, which showed its missile launchers holding intercontinental ballistic missiles, shot from an oddly-shaped building.

He was curious. So with a team of students, he modeled what the building would look like and searched for what North ...


FBI Offers Cash Reward To Catch People Who Point Lasers At Planes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The FBI is making a limited-time offer at 12 of its field offices across the nation from Albuquerque and Los Angeles to New York City and Washington, D.C.: During the next 60 days, if you help them catch someone aiming a laser pointer at a plane, the FBI is ...


What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Applying for a Rhodes Scholarship this year? A new rule means you won't be able to get any help writing or editing your application essay.

The organization that hands out the prestigious scholarship says American students have been sending in too many "formulaic" and "predictable" essays. They usually go ...