Genetically Engineering Nature Will Be Way More Complicated Than We Thought

For more than half a century, scientists have dreamed of harnessing an odd quirk of nature— “selfish genes,” which bypass the normal 50/50 laws of inheritance and force their way into offspring—to engineer entire species. A few years ago, the advent of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology turned this science fictional concept into a dazzling potential reality, called a gene drive. But after all the hype, and fear of the technology’s misuse, scientists are now questioning whether gene drives will work at all. Read More >>

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The Week’s Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

It's always lovely when a bunch of health maladies hit at the same time. I'm currently tackling a cold, an angsty and swollen wisdom tooth, an oncoming cough, and the fact I want to sleep almost all the time. It's been a fun few days, to say the least. But perseverance is a classic British trait, so I soldier on. Plus it's not easy to find someone capable of covering my day job, so I can't really skive and spent a day in a semi-coma. Read More >>

Eero’s Latest Router Is So Easy I Don’t Care How Much It Costs

Let me make one thing brutally clear: I love Eero’s wi-fi routers. I love how the company brought mesh networking into the mainstream. I love how the hardware’s designed. I love how elegant the software is. But Eero’s promise isn’t new any more. So when it came time to test out the company second-generation tech, I wanted one thing. I wanted Eero to impress me again. Read More >>

Everything That Can Be Gleaned From the New Blade Runner 2049 Trailer

A new Blade Runner 2049 trailer landed yesterday and if you thought Jared Leto was up to no good in the last trailer, he really ups his creepiness in this one. But we also noticed new characters, new locations, and more than a few lines that are subtly different from when we heard them in the first trailer. Read More >>

‘Limited’ Nuclear Strikes Could Still Wreak Climate Havoc

With the Cold War a fading memory, some nuclear powers have adopted strategies allowing for limited nuclear strikes. But a disturbing new study shows that even small batches of nukes can have disastrous environmental consequences on a global scale. Read More >>

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The Week in Geek: Hellboy, The Dark Tower, Cars in Space, and More

We have news on what the new Hellboy could have been, more words on the Dark Tower TV series, another Cars spinoff franchise, and more. Read More >>

Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor, and the First Woman in the Role

Jodie Whittaker — best known for her role as Beth Latimer on ITV drama Broadchurch — has been announced as the new Doctor Who. Whittaker is the first woman ever to be cast as the titular Time Lord, and will be the 13th Doctor to feature in the iconic BBC sci-fi series. Read More >>

Shooting With Sony’s Killer A9 Almost Feels Like Cheating

If you’ve ever wondered how a photographer managed to capture the exact moment of an incredible end zone reception or the instant a bird takes flight, the answer, in part, is that the photographer’s camera also captured the garbage moments directly before and after that golden frame, with a very expensive camera rattling off photos at tommy gun speeds. For these professional sports and nature photographers there are two widely accepted options: The tippy top cameras from Canon and Nikon, with their big bulky bodies, incredible power, and the most advanced image sensors. Well, Sony finally has an answer to the incumbents in its A9. Not only is this full-frame, mirrorless camera smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the Nikon and Canon competition, it absolutely blows their doors off when it comes to speed. Read More >>

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What Would It Take to Kill Daenerys’ Dragons?

When Daenerys hatched three dragons from what seemed to be petrified eggs during the finale of Game of Thrones’ first season, the balance of power between the contenders for the Iron Throne began to shift. Thanks to her ever-growing, ever-more powerful “children,” Daenerys has transformed from one of the show’s underdogs to arguably its most powerful political player. Which raises a question: How could any army in Westeros take on the returning Targaryen and her forces? How could anyone kill one of Daenerys’ dragons? Read More >>

14 Recent Scifi Films That Didn’t Need Big Budgets To Be Amazing

Low-budget scifi movies may have had their heyday during Roger Corman’s rise to B-movie greatness in the 1950s, but they’re still going strong today—proving that you don’t necessarily need lavish special effects to tell a really great story. Here are our favourites from the past few decades. Read More >>

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How to Put Together the Perfect In-Car Setup for Your Phone

When you’re on the road, your phone can be the perfect companion—as long as you’ve got it set up right. Here we’ll explain everything you need to know about the hardware and the apps you can install to get a sweet and safe in-car system up and running, powered by your phone. Read More >>

A Complete Guide to the Religions of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an incredibly dense show, filled with hundreds of characters, families, legends, and everything else under the realm’s sun. With all the information fans have had to absorb over the years, it’s easy for some things to fall on the wayside. That includes the show’s plethora of religions. Read More >>

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The Week’s Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

July! Summer! Another month and a half until we get a government-mandated day off work! Remember the good old days when July was the end of school, and meant you had something to look forward to? What is there now? Expensive holiday costs, stupid weather, and kids finishing school and noising up the local area. At least there are summer blockbusters to enjoy, so it's not all bad, just see them before schools finish lest you find your midday screening of War for the Planet of the Apes filled with toddlers. Read More >>

I Tried the Most Futuristic Car Dashboard You Can Buy

We all know we’re supposed to ignore our smartphones while driving. Yet somehow it’s OK to take our eyes off the road to glance at some kind of GPS unit? Navdy is one of the first GPS devices that claims to be safer for drivers by putting the map and other info front and centre so your eyes stay on the road—it’s also one of the most comprehensive in-car navigation devices on the market. Read More >>

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WATCH: The Grand Tour Season 2 Trailer Shows Richard Hammond Moments Before The Crash

This morning to coincide with Prime Day, Amazon posted the trailer for the second season of The Grand Tour which is due to hit screens later this year. It hasn't officially made its way on to YouTube yet, but one impatient fan has uploaded it. We'll replace this with the official one as soon as it lands: Read More >>