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Democracy Is Ailing—Not Because We Broke It, but Because What We’re Trying to Build...

Masks. Vaccines. Immigration. Abortion. Gun control. Taxes. The list of divisive issues in American politics goes on, with liberals and conservatives seeming more polarized...

A One-and-Done CRISPR Gene Therapy Will Aim to Prevent Heart Attacks

In a few months, a daring clinical trial may fundamentally lower heart attack risk in the most vulnerable people. If all goes well, it...

Moon Settlers: Scientists Say Plants Will Grow Best in Lunar ‘Soil’ From Fresh Impact...

What do you need to make your garden grow? As well as plenty of sunshine alternating with gentle showers of rain—and busy bees and...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 14)

COMPUTING IBM’s Target: a 4,000-Qubit Processor by 2025 Edd Gent | IEEE Spectrum "The first iteration of road map topped out with the Condor processor...

A New Space Academy in Colorado Will Train Private-Industry Astronauts

There are still plenty of technical hurdles to cross to achieve a vibrant space economy, but one less-discussed barrier to progress could be space-ready...

The Standard Model of Particle Physics May Be Broken

As a physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is “When are...

This Portable Wind Turbine Is the Size of a Water Bottle and Charges Devices...

Five years ago, a startup called Semtive Energy took the concept of a wind turbine, shrank it down to the size of a garden...

A Virus Just Wiped Out Antibiotic-Resistant Infection in an Immunocompromised Patient

When Dr. Jessica Little laid eyes on the 56-year-old man, Mr. M, she immediately knew he was in bad shape. Striking, painful red welts dotted...

Nanomagnetic Computing Could Drastically Cut AI’s Energy Use

As the Internet of Things expands, engineers want to embed AI into everything, but the amount of energy it requires is a challenge for...

The Ideal Qubit? Future Quantum Computers Could Crunch Data With Single Electrons on Neon...

The digital world—your laptop, the internet it's connected to, and the companies that make it all go—sits on a foundation of bits. These bits...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 7)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—and It’s Giving It Away for Free Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "Meta’s AI lab has...

Scientists Used AI to Create an Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic in a Week...

Earth has a plastics problem, and not many great options to solve it. Plastic is everywhere: food, toiletries, and cleaning products come encased in...

Astronomers Discovered the Brightest Radio Pulsar Outside Our Galaxy

When a star explodes and dies in a supernova, it takes on a new life of sorts. Pulsars are the extremely rapidly rotating objects left...

The US Just Put $3 Billion Towards Securing Its Battery Supply Chain

In the coming years and decades, critical minerals will start to rival oil and gas as the world’s most sought-after commodities, and the US...

The Brain Has a Built-in System to Keep Unwanted Memories Out, Study Finds

We all have memories we’d rather forget. Yet too often they bubble up into our consciousness. That gaffe at work or during an interview?...

Scientists Just Cracked One-Way Superconductivity, Thought Impossible for Over 100 Years

Today's computers guzzle large amounts of electricity, raising concerns about the climate impact of technology. A breakthrough in superconducting electronics could reduce the power...

Blasting Out Earth’s Location in Hopes of Reaching Aliens Is Controversial—Two Teams of Scientists...

If a person is lost in the wilderness, they have two options. They can search for civilization, or they could make themselves easy to...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 30)

COMPUTING This Two-Inch Diamond Disc Could Hold a Staggering Billion Blu-Ray's Worth of Data Andrew Liszewski | Gizmodo "Using quantum memory techniques, it’s estimated that a two-inch...

The UK’s First Autonomous Passenger Bus Started Road Tests This Week

Driverless buses may beat driverless cars in becoming a commonplace mode of transportation. It would make sense; buses run on fixed routes, always stop...

Time Travel Could Be Possible, but Only if Multiple Histories Exist Too

Have you ever made a mistake that you wish you could undo? Correcting past mistakes is one of the reasons we find the concept...

Could Future Skyscrapers Be Made of Wood? Two New Timber Towers Are Going Up

Construction is a major carbon dioxide emitter, with eight percent of global emissions traceable to the cement industry and another eight percent coming from...

Largest Genetic Study to Date Unveils DNA Profiles That Lead to Cancer

Cancers are like malicious snowflakes. Each harbors a unique set of mutations in its genes, gradually turning them to the dark side. Eventually, with...

Neutral Atom Quantum Computers Edge Closer to Reality With Two New Breakthroughs

Neutral atom quantum computers promise solutions to many of the problems that beset today’s devices, but the technology is still nascent. Recent breakthroughs in...

Space Blocs: The Future of International Cooperation in Space Is Splitting Along Lines of...

Even during times of conflict on the ground, space has historically been an arena of collaboration among nations. But trends in the past decade...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE NVIDIA's Next GPUs Will Be Designed Partially by AI Monica J. White | Digital Trends "As the company chooses to prioritize AI and machine learning...

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