https://www.wired.com/story/what-is-crispr-gene-editing/?mbid=nl_120517_daily_list3_p1When people refer to Crispr, they’re probably talking about Crispr-Cas9, a complex of enzymes and genetic guides that together finds and edits DNA. But Crispr on its own just stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats—chunks of regularly recurring bits of DNA that arose as an ancient bacterial defense system against viral invasions.
Larry Page’s Flying Car Project Suddenly Seems Rather Real2018/06/11
https://www.wired.com/story/kitty-hawk-larry-page-flying-car-prototype/Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk has shown a vehicle that looks, well, real. The single-seat Flyer now looks like a glossy, professional, production-ready machine, a major upgrade over the slightly precarious prototype it showed last year. That first version had the pilot perched on what looked like a motorcycle seat, separated from eight spinning fans by […]
How One Strange Rock Made Our World A Bit More Otherworldly2018/03/28
https://www.wired.com/story/one-strange-rock-tv/?CNDID=49046367&mbid=nl_032618_daily_list3_p3In NatGeo’s new docuseries, Darren Aronofsky and a team of nature-doc specialists turn Earth into a miracle experienced from afar. Related
US Border Patrol Hasn’t Validated E-Passport Data For Years2018/02/28
https://www.wired.com/story/us-border-patrol-hasnt-validated-e-passport-data-for-years/For over a decade, US Customs and Border Protection has been unable to verify the cryptographic signatures on e-Passports, because they never installed the right software. A skilled hacker could alter the data on an e-Passport chip—like the name, photo, or expiration date—without fear that signature verification would alert a border agent to the changes. […]