Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

World News

Find out what’s happening in Science & Society around the world. Discover changes to science policy and law, new scientific study results, Supreme Court rulings, debates about nature versus nurture, and news about the sharing of genetic information.

Tue, Feb 27

Anne Crabill, Science and the Public, Class of 2023

“I came into Duke with a strong interest in healthcare, biology, and the government and struggled to reconcile my seemingly disparate interests. The Science and the Public cluster helped me broaden my interests and celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of the relationship between science and society…

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Mon, Feb 12

White House Investing $5 billion in Chips: Here’s What To know

Ronnie Chatterji, Duke University distinguished professor and former White House Chips Coordinator, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the Biden administration’s $5 billion investment in chips, how the money is being spent, the impact on the semiconductor industry, news of Sam Altman looking to fund AI chips, and more.

Mon, Feb 05

Elon Musk Says Neuralink Has Implanted Its First Brain Chip In Human

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of the neurotechnology company Neuralink, has said the first human received an implant from the brain-chip startup and is recovering well.

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Tue, Jan 02

The Genes That Made Us Truly Human May Also Make Us Ill

Over the past 15 million years, our ancestors acquired the genetic changes that eventually made us human, and separated us from our closest living relatives – the chimpanzee and other great apes.

Our ancestors’ brains quadrupled in size, allowing greater behavioral flexibility, while modifications to the tongue and vocal cords contributed to the development of human speech and language. Ancient humans acquired skeletal, muscle and joint modifications which allowed them to walk upright, move across large distances, and grasp and throw projectile weapons.

However, although these rapid genetic changes may once have helped us adapt to our environment, scientists now believe they may have increased the risk of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, diabetes, and osteoarthritis.

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Wed, Dec 27

Microsoft-OpenAI: Should Antitrust Regulators Be Worried?

Just after a victory in acquiring game studio Activision Blizzard, Microsoft (MSFT) could have jumped to the front of the line for regulators seeking to stamp out potential antitrust cases. Sam Altman has been reinstated as OpenAI CEO after a brief courting by Microsoft — which owns a 49% stake in the artificial intelligence firm — and now the two companies are chummier than ever.

Duke University Professor and Venture Capitalist Sultan Meghji and Axios Tech and Policy Reporter Ashley Gold comment on how the OpenAI melodrama could change lawmakers’ antitrust frameworks.

“We’re going to be in a situation, I’m positive, where the output of the last five days of chaos at OpenAI will fundamentally shift the regulatory lens back to the Big Tech companies that are writing these checks,” Meghji, former CIO of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC), tells Yahoo Finance. “Previous to this, Microsoft did not have a board seat, they were not even board observers at OpenAI. It’s very clear that they will.”

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