• New CRISPR tool to tackle a plethora of genetic diseases

      New CRISPR tool to tackle a plethora of genetic diseases

      For all the ease with which the wildly popular CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool alters genomes, it’s still somewhat prone to errors and unintended effects. A recently developed alternative, however, claims to offer greater control over genome edits - an advance that could be particularly important for developing gene therapies.

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    • The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

      The era of commercial satellite servicing arrives

      Next year, the long-held dream of repairing satellites already in orbit around Earth will come a little closer to reality. Two new missions - from military contractor Northrop Grumman and a startup called Astroscale - will send spacecraft into orbit to rendezvous with other vehicles zooming around Earth to see if it's possible for two satellites to delicately meet up with each other in space.

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    • 5G, AI dominate GITEX

      5G, AI dominate GITEX

      Artificial intelligence and 5G, the ultra-high-speed mobile network currently being rolled out in the UAE and around the world, were just two of the highlights of GITEX Technology Week, which was held between 6-10 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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    • iTunes pushed to the grave

      iTunes pushed to the grave

      After nearly 20 years, it's time to bid farewell to iTunes - the once-revolutionary programme that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. On iPhones, its functions have long been split into separate apps for music, video and books, but Mac computers followed suit last Monday with a software update called Catalina.

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    • Mercedes-Benz pays tribute to the first modern motor car

      Mercedes-Benz pays tribute to the first modern motor car

      Mercedes-Benz has honored the first truly modern motor car - and the car that gave it the Mercedes name (the 35 PS dating from 1901) - with a new sculptural futuristic design. Reinventing the classic automobile that helped tipped the industry away from rickey carriages symbolises the transition to a new era of design and technology as well as paying homage to the historical legacy and the birth of the brand.

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    • A new Wi-Fi era slowly apporaches

      A new Wi-Fi era slowly apporaches

      The next generation of Wi-Fi has been trickling out over the past year, but since Monday, its official launch is going to accelerate. This comes after the Wi-Fi Alliance, the organisation that oversees implementation of the Wi-Fi standard, informally kicked off the widescale adoption of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

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    • Noise cancelling for quantum computers advances

      Noise cancelling for quantum computers advances

      A team from Dartmouth College and MIT has designed and conducted the first lab test to successfully detect and characterise a class of complex, “non-Gaussian” noise processes that are routinely encountered in superconducting quantum computing systems. The characterisation of non-Gaussian noise in superconducting quantum bits is a critical step toward making these systems more precise and could help accelerate their realisation, as stated by the team.

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