Los Angeles Times – A report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents some alarming new statistics about the opioid epidemic that claims the lives of 115 Americans each day.
Reuters – French President Emmanuel Macron promised 1.5 billion euros ($1.85 billion) of public funding into artificial intelligence by 2022 in a bid to reverse a brain drain and catch up with the dominant U.S. and Chinese tech giants.
Phys.org – Researchers have designed a "fire alarm wallpaper" made of environmentally friendly, nonflammable materials that can detect a fire, prevent the fire from spreading, and give off an alarm when a fire occurs.
Nano Magazine – Researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University have created new nanomaterials able to cross cell membranes, establishing a novel platform for the intracellular delivery of molecular drugs and other cargo.
Forbes – The authors of the paper that found off-target mutations in CRISPR editing (Kellie Schaefer and colleagues) just published their own preprint in bioRxiv, basically contradicting their original result.
The New York Times – "Arguing that no substantial differences among human populations are possible will only invite the racist misuse of genetics that we wish to avoid," says Harvard geneticist David Reich.
Progressive Railroading – Positive train control (PTC) systems are operating on about 56 percent of freight railroads' route miles that are required to be governed by PTC systems, up from 45 percent in third-quarter 2017 and 16 percent on Dec. 31, 2016.