The Medgadget blog reports on the world's first X-ray free electron laser, recently announced by Argonne National Laboratory. The laser, hosted by Stanford, will "will emit a beam 'with a brightness that is 10 billion times greater than that of any existing x-ray source on earth,'" according to the post. That should enable it to speed up the elucidation of protein structures, among other things.

 

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

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The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.