This may be how Star Trek's Borg got started — living organisms merged with electronic components to create a living computer of sorts. Because computer components are becoming smaller and smaller, they are becoming increasingly difficult to manufacture, says Popular Science's Clay Dillow.

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Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.