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60,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information fill the world! What does that really mean?  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry - there’s an app for that.

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At first glance the answer to this question seems almost embarrassingly obvious. We read for knowledge, we read for pleasure, we read because someone told us to.

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According to Juan Enriquez, managing director of Excel Venture Management, we are in the midst of a life sciences revolution. Much like the digital revolution of the past thirty years, it has the potential to upend industries like pharma, food, textiles, IT and energy.

At the forefront of this revolution is our growing understanding of genetics and ability to write stretches of genetic information, allowing researchers to reprogram cells to perform new and valuable functions. Could bacteria be reprogrammed to provide clean energy? Or even medicine?

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Developments in electrical stimulation treatment for the brain may offer hope to people suffering from a variety of disorders.

The technique can ease symptoms of depression, epilepsy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, headaches, chronic pain and stroke that have not responded well to other treatments, according to new and increasing research.

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With a health care vote imminent, Congressional leaders should take a few minutes to read this courageous, emotiona

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Protests against smog-shrouded cities, poisoned waterways and the deterioration of the Earth marked the first Earth Day on April 22,1970. Forty years later, eco-conscious Americans work within their communities to take up the environmental challenges such as climate change.

From park clean-ups to educational lectures to a movie screening, Chicago offers a wide array of Earth Day activities this April. Here are our top six picks for putting your green foot forward.

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A total solar eclipse will be sweeping the US mainland on Monday, August 21. Here's our round-up of need to know details:

1. Where will it be?

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More people than ever before are surviving cancer due to modern breakthroughs in medical science. From 1991 to 2004 cancer death rates decreased by more than 13%. Among children, for whom cancer is the second leading cause of death, mortality rates have decreased by nearly 50% since 1975. As these cancer survivors return to the normal course of their lives, many will want to become first-time parents or have additional biological children.

Want to enter a race with a first prize of $10 million?  All you have to do is develop a DNA sequencer that can churn out the complete DNA sequence of 100 people in 10 days – for $10,000 or less per person.

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