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A Massive Carbon Capture Plant in Wyoming Will Pull 5 Million Tons of CO2 From the Air Each Year

Though it’s still a controversial technology, direct air capture—also called carbon capture—is gaining traction. In the last few years, carbon capture plants have sprung...

Scientists Have Long Dreamed of a Memory Prosthesis. The First Human Trials Look Promising

Memories are finicky. I’ve been touring Atlantic Canada for the past three weeks, and already my recollection of the trip—dates, places, foods, adventures—doesn’t match...

Decarbonizing the Energy Sector by 2050 Could Save the World $12 Trillion

One of the main arguments against a rapid transition to renewable energy is the potentially enormous cost. But a new study shows that moving...

Why Household Robots Like Rosie From the ‘Jetsons’ Are Still Out of Reach

With recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics technology, there is growing interest in developing and marketing household robots capable of handling a variety...

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BLOCKCHAIN The Merge Is Here: Ethereum Has Switched to Proof of Stake Rebecca Ackermann | MIT Technology Review "Regardless of what happens next, Ethereum’s much-anticipated shift to...

This Sleek Solar Car Goes 600 Miles on a Charge and Is Gearing Up for Production

Last month, California became the first US state to ban the sale of combustion-engine cars after 2035. But its transition to electric vehicles will...

Humans Destroyed Forests for Thousands of Years. We Can Become the First Generation to Expand Them

For thousands of years humans have destroyed forests. At the end of the last great ice age, an estimated 57 percent of the world’s...

A Swedish Company Wants to Transform Offshore Wind With Vertical-Axis Turbines

Even as more offshore wind projects launch and the turbines they use get bigger, there are questions around offshore wind’s economic viability. Unsurprisingly, hauling...
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Meta Built an AI That Can Guess the Words You’re Hearing by Decoding Your Brainwaves

Being able to decode brainwaves could help patients who have lost the ability to speak to communicate again, and could ultimately provide novel ways...

The World’s First Hydrogen Trains Started Passenger Service in Germany

The push to move away from combustion engines and toward electric vehicles is getting stronger, with US states and multiple countries banning the sale...

Scientists Use CRISPR to Condense a Million Years of Evolution Into Mere Months

With its inquisitive eyes, furry snout, and lush pelt, the mouse—nicknamed Xiao Zhu, or Little Bamboo—nimbly perched on a bamboo stalk, striking a pretty...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 10)

NEUROSCIENCE A Memory Prosthesis Could Restore Memory in People With Damaged Brains Jessica Hamzelou | MIT Technology Review "A unique form of brain stimulation appears to boost...

Frank Drake Has Passed Away, but His Equation for Alien Intelligence Is More Important Than Ever

How many intelligent civilizations should there be in our galaxy right now? In 1961, the US astrophysicist Frank Drake, who passed away on September...

Scientists Just Made Hydrogen Fuel With Nothing But Air and Solar Power

Hydrogen is likely to play a crucial role in our efforts to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, but making it in an environmentally friendly...

Building Future Cities Out of Timber Could Save 100 Billion Tons of CO2 Emissions

Housing the world’s rapidly-growing population will require massive urban expansion and lots of concrete and steel, but these materials have a huge carbon footprint....

NASA Can Now Reliably Produce a Tree’s Worth of Oxygen on Mars

Astronauts on the space station may seem distant, but they're only 248 miles from Earth: a little more than the drive from New York...

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