Perhaps you’re one of the 12 million people who has spit into a tube in recent years to learn the secrets in your genetic code, like your ancestry, your health risks, or your carrier status for certain diseases. If you haven’t participated in direct-to-consumer genetic testing, you may know someone who has.
In order to understand this new neural circuit, the team grew enteroendocrine cells in a lab dish alongside vagal nerve neurons. Not only did these two elements rapidly demonstrate communication, but it was discovered that glutamate, a foundational neurotransmitter, modulated the rate of transmission.
Autonomous weaponry is poised to be thrust into the military market and used by the world’s leading nations. Group Campaign to Stop Killer robots has even warned the murderous machines are on the cusp of “mass production”. But an expert in artificial intelligence believes their introduction will come at a truly devastating cost.
Peter F. Hamilton, one of Britain’s leading science fiction authors, has been hard at work on his massive seven-volume Commonwealth series since 2003. His new novel , about a world where teleportation is cheap and easy, is a major change of pace.