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BE(A)WARE

Will robots become self-aware? Will they have rights? Will they be in charge? Here are five scenarios from our future dominated by AI

Vanessa Brandon

Saving Miss Vanessa

A new treatment that uses the body's own immune system to fight cancer is offering hope to patients with advanced disease

The cell starts rounding up and loses its spikes

A Cancer Vaccine?

Two new studies have promising results

An illustration depicting the life cycle of a cancer cell

A DNA-Based Attack

A newly approved treatment is a milestone in gene therapy for cancer

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Tomorrow Land

The titans of technology tell us what they think is coming soon to a planet near you

FutureOfBeer

Buzzed Lightyear

Strap on your beer goggles and join us on a hops-fueled rocket ride

Mayor Dale Ross

The Future’s So Bright (He’s Gotta Wear Shades)

A high-wattage Republican Mayor of Georgetown, Texas, has become the unlikeliest hero of the green revolution

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Tall Tales

In the mid-19th century, "Big Tree mania" spread across the country and our love for the trees has never abated

Finding Dora

The photographer best remembered as Picasso’s muse steps out of his shadow

In Bitcoin We Trust

The challenges faced by the likes of Ben Franklin have a number of parallels to today’s cryptocurrency boom

The Great Feather Heist

The curious case of a young American’s brazen raid on a British museum’s priceless collection

Dogged Pursuit

A project with the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a new tool in an important battle

Necessary Truths

Next month's opening of the monument in Alabama will be a necessary step in reckoning with America's deadly past

Make It Funky

What was it about the Hammond organ that made the 'Godfather of Soul' say please, please, please?

Tap Dance

With wiretapping in the headlines and smart speakers in millions of homes, historian Brian Hochman takes us back to the early days of eavesdropping

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