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New ‘Universal Switch’ Lets Scientists Fine-Tune Gene Therapy

The dose makes the poison. That’s the central tenet of pharmacology. Even salt can kill you if you take too little or too much. The...

Form Energy’s New Low-Cost, Iron-Air Battery Runs for 100 Hours

Finding a way to store large amounts of energy at low cost will be vital if we want to shift our grids to renewable...

DeepMind’s Vibrant New Virtual World Trains Flexible AI With Endless Play

Last year, DeepMind researchers wrote that future AI developers may spend less time programming algorithms and more time generating rich virtual worlds in which...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 31)

ROBOTICS This Robot Made a 100,000-Domino ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Mural in 24 Hours I. Bonifacic | Engadget "Created by YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober, the...

Ancient Brains: Inside the Extraordinary Preservation of a 310-Million-Year-Old Nervous System

Charles Darwin famously discussed the “imperfections” of the geological record in his book On the Origin of Species. He correctly pointed out that unless...

These Foldable Houses Cost $50k and Go Up in a Day

3D printing has become the hottest new construction technology of the past few years, with houses being laid down in California, Texas, New York,...

This Robot Taught Itself to Run, Then Proceeded to Knock Out a 5K

In the last few months, robots have learned some pretty cool new skills, including performing a sweet coordinated dance routine and making pizzas from...

Scientists Bred Healthy Mice Using Artificial Eggs and Ovaries Made From Stem Cells

The baby mice popcorning around their cages looked utterly normal. But in fact, they’re a technological wonder: they were born from bioengineered eggs matured...

Arm’s New Flexible Plastic Chip Could Enable an ‘Internet of Everything’

The ultimate goal of the Internet of Things (IoT) is to build computing capabilities into every object in the world, but that’s a pipe...

Can Consciousness Be Explained by Quantum Physics? New Research

One of the most important open questions in science is how our consciousness is established. In the 1990s, long before winning the 2020 Nobel...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 24)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Ethics of a Deepfake Anthony Bourdain Voice Helen Rosner | The New Yorker "The new documentary 'Roadrunner' uses AI-generated audio without disclosing it to...

‘Next-Generation’ Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted into First US Patient

Late last year, a French company called Carmat received approval in Europe for its total artificial heart. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a...

The First Mobile Phone Call Was 75 Years Ago—How Technologies Go From Breakthrough to...

I have a cellphone built into my watch. People now take this type of technology for granted, but not so long ago it was...

This Tiny Electric Car Is Solar-Powered and Costs $6,800

In December of last year, a California-based startup called Aptera Motors started taking pre-orders for an electric car that’s partly solar powered. The Aptera...

Protein Folding AI Is Making a ‘Once in a Generation’ Advance in Biology

Thanks to AI, we just got stunningly powerful tools to decode life. In two back-to-back papers last week, scientists at DeepMind and the University of...

Google Gets One Step Closer to Error-Corrected Quantum Computing

One of the biggest barriers standing in the way of useful quantum computers is how error-prone today's devices are. Now, Google has provided an...

Japan Sets New Record for Internet Speed at 319 Terabits per Second

Ever wonder why the internet, as a whole, didn’t break when Covid-19 hit? In a matter of weeks, online habits changed dramatically. Kids went to...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 17)

COMPUTING Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak Pam Belluck | The New York Times "He has not been able to speak since 2003,...

Big Bang: How We Are Trying to ‘Listen’ to It—and the New Physics It...

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics; there’s no simple...

Amazon Patented a New Delivery System That Could Have Your Block Crawling With Robots

Amazon’s taking over the world. Or, at least, the US. Even as Jeff Bezos steps down as CEO and hands the reins over to...
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Watch Robots Make Pizzas From Start to Finish at an Automated Pizzeria

Four years ago in Mountain View, California, a team of robots was cranking out pizzas on a production line that was almost fully automated....

Treating the Brain Through the Stomach: Tweaking the Gut Microbiome Slowed ALS in Mice

Ask any neuroscientist 20 years ago if gut bug excrement could slow down an untreatable brain disease, and they’d brush off the idea without...

Delaying Aging Would Bring Trillions of Dollars in Economic Gains, Study Finds

People are living longer than ever, but there’s growing recognition that longer life expectancy is of little use unless we also delay the physical...

A Neuron’s Sense of Timing Encodes Information in the Human Brain

We like to think of brains as computers: A physical system that processes inputs and spits out outputs. But, obviously, what’s between your ears...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Need to Fit Billions of Transistors on Your Chip? Let AI Do It Will Knight | Wired "Google, Nvidia, and others are training algorithms in...

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