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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop to pay for making unsubstantiated claims about vaginal Jade eggs

Goop, the lifestyle and e-commerce site started by Hollywood darling Gwyneth Paltrow, has settled a $125,000 lawsuit connected to false advertisements of a $66 vaginal Jade egg, which the company sai

Human sequencing pioneer George Church wants to give you the power to sell your DNA on the blockchain

The blockchain is the buzziest thing on the internet these days and now MIT professor and godfather of the Human Genome Project George Church wants to put your genes on it. His new startup Nebula Geno

Watch the sixth annual Breakthrough Prize awards live right here!

As we head into awards season, one of the first shows to lead the pack is all about science. The Breakthrough Prize, a cumulative $22 million in awards that go to superstars in the fields of physics,

Apple launched a study to look for irregular heart rhythms on the Apple Watch

Apple and Stanford have teamed up for a new heart health study. Using a new Apple Watch app and the Apple Watch’s built-in sensor, researchers will work to identify irregular heart rhythms and n

Fractyl Labs raises $44 million in Series D to develop a treatment for type 2 diabetes

Fractyl Labs, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based startup developing treatments for diabetes, has raised $44 million in Series D financing from a slew of VC firms, including GV, True Ventures, the IDO Fu

Crunch Report | This Black Friday could be the biggest ever for mobile and we found a new planet

Today’s Stories  This Black Friday could be the biggest ever for mobile shopping Amazon blames the postal service for Amazon Fresh delivery issues Scientists found a new Earth-sized planet nearby C

A high tech ghost story

The grounds of the Historic Powhatan Resort nearly Williamsburg, Virginia were soaked in blood. Hundreds died along the edge of the woods to the north during the Civil War, it is said, and even more d

MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston

Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab. MIT president Rafael Reif recognized this and decided the city nee

SpaceX successfully launches and recovers third reused Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 today, its 15th rocket launch of this year. The rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying a satellite with a dual-purpose mission for both

Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry

What's the next $300 billion industry to be disrupted by technology? Wood. Specifically, engineered wood. Materialize.X, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, has two new products that it thi

CRISPR’d pigs offer hope for the human organ transplant shortage

Pig organs are the same size as human organs and function pretty much the same way, but pig to human transplantation has long been an elusive goal for researchers due to fear of activating dormant vir

Google’s Tensor2Tensor makes it easier to conduct deep learning experiments

Google’s brain team is open sourcing Tensor2Tensor, a new deep learning library designed to help researchers replicate results from recent papers in the field and push the boundaries of what&#82

Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a bioprosthetic ovary using 3D-printing technology and produced living, breathing mouse offspring from them. Northwestern’s Feinberg school

Facebook’s ParlAI is where researchers will push the boundaries of conversational AI

To most of us, communication is a single task. But in reality, it’s not and if you’re a machine trying to replicate dialog, you need to be good at lots of tasks like answering question

Using wearable technology to detect conflict in couples before it occurs

Several teams of researchers at USC have joined forces for a study aimed at detecting vital signs to help stem conflicts in couples before they occur. Couples were brought into the lab, equipped with

Stellar echoes, Venusian automatons and more gain NASA moonshot funding

NASA has announced the recipients of its most recent round of highly experimental projects it deems promising enough to fund. These NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts aren't guaranteed to go all the wa

Swiss system ups security and reliability of finger-based biometrics

Biometrics may not be the perfect solution for security, but they can be useful — as long as they're robust and well thought out. TouchID is all well and good, but you wouldn't secure a nuclear site

Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers

The science publishing world is a complex one, but the pendulum is currently swinging away from the paywalled mega-journals of the last decade to a more open model — but it can still be hard to find

Behold the robo-fruit

Perhaps you've been watching the BBC's Spy in the Wild, in which meticulously recreated robotic animals cohabitate with their fleshy brethren and record all their secret goings and doings. But haven't

X-ray technique creates nanometer-scale 3D reconstructions of computer chips

The chips in our devices are powered by transistors and circuits so small they can barely be detected by our most advanced imaging techniques. How chip makers manage to do quality control when they ca
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