Paul Allen EVAN AGOSTINI/AP PHOTO Immunology is the latest field that will benefit from a hefty sum donated by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The newly launched Allen Institute for Immunology, planned before the philanthropist died in October from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will attempt to better define what’s normal for […]

A report on the culture of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS calls for the firing of Michel Sidibé, its executive director. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS An independent panel that reviewed the culture at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland, has issued a scathing report that calls for the ouster […]

Six days after treatment with IGF-1 carried by dendrimer nanoparticles (blue), the particles have penetrated through the cartilage of the knee joint. Image: Brett Geiger and Jeff Wyckoff Injectable material made of nanoscale particles can deliver arthritis drugs throughout cartilage. Osteoarthritis, a disease that causes severe joint pain, affects more […]

Artist’s illustrations of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner (left) and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules in orbit. Credit: Boeing/SpaceX NASA plans to launch an intensive safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, the two private American companies contracted to fly agency astronauts to and from the International Space Station, The Washington Post reported today […]

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists at Indiana University found high levels of a previously unsuspected pollutant in homes, in an electronic waste recycling facility and in the natural environment. People are likely to be exposed to this pollutant by breathing contaminated dust or through skin contact. The chemical, tri(2,4-di-t-butylphenyl) phosphate or […]

How can we make driverless cars ethical? from What do we want driverless cars to do in unavoidable fatal crashes? Today researchers published a paper The Moral Machine experiment to address this question. To create data for the study, almost 40 million people from 233 countries used a websiteto record decisions about […]