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The race to invent the artificial leaf

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:00
In this excerpt from his new book Taming the Sun, Varun Sivaram follows the research paths of two rival scientists determined to find a way to wring fuel out of thin air.

Quantum computers are finally here. What are we going to do with them?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:00
Hello, quantum world.

A smarter smart city

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:00
An ambitious project by Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs could reshape how we live, work, and play in urban neighborhoods.

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:00
Some of these advances have been in the works for years. Others were happy accidents. Either way, these are the breakthroughs that we think will have a significant effect on the way we work and live for many years to come.

Can’t get new lungs? Try refurbished ones instead.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:00
Spruced up human and animal organs could someday be the solution for people needing transplants.

Terrible people have learned to exploit the internet. Yasmin Green is fighting back.

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00
The Jigsaw team at Alphabet brings people who were radicalized online back from the brink, one video at a time.

How UPS delivers faster using $8 headphones and code that decides when dirty trucks get cleaned

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:19
Inside EDGE: the shipping giant’s ambitious, tech-driven bid to keep Amazon and others at bay.

Why redesigning the humble yeast could kick off the next industrial revolution

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00
In the future we won’t edit genomes—we’ll just print out new ones.

“We’re in a diversity crisis”: Black in AI’s founder on what’s poisoning the algorithms in our lives

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:00
Microsoft researcher Timnit Gehru looks around the AI world and sees almost no one who looks like her. That’s a problem for all of us.

Drones that dodge obstacles without guidance can pursue you like paparazzi

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:00
A skilled autopilot function will make drones far more ubiquitous and useful.

Social networks are broken. This man wants to fix them.

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:00
Ethan Zuckerman on fighting social media’s echo chamber.

How nuclear weapons research revealed new climate threats

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:00
Lawrence Livermore Lab’s increasingly powerful climate models have sounded a stark warning for California.

Facebook’s app for kids should freak parents out

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:53
Messenger Kids, its first grab at the under-13 crowd, is not to be trusted. After all, you’ve seen how the company treats adults.

A new DNA test will look for 190 diseases in your newborn’s genetic code

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:00
But not all parents may want to know.

A search for insomnia genes involving 1.3 million people is the largest genetic study ever

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:00
The quest to understand common diseases takes on unprecedented scope.

What the Coincheck hack means for the future of blockchain security

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:05
Half a billion dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency was stolen—that’s gotten people’s attention.

The doctor responsible for gene therapy’s greatest setback is sounding a new alarm

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:27
Toxic effects seen in animals raise questions about new gene therapies for children.

A fast-evolving new botnet could take gadgets in your home to the dark side

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:00
Satori is built to turn routers, thermostats, and other household devices into zombies.

Faced with failing antibiotics, scientists are using killer viruses to fight superbugs

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:15
Advances in DNA sequencing and AI could make the idea a more practical treatment option.

Algorithms are making American inequality worse

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 16:13
In a new book, political scientist Virginia Eubanks says using computers to decide who gets social services hurts the poor.