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New Evidence Suggests Giant Asteroid Impacts Created Earth’s Continents

Earth is the only planet we know of with continents, the giant landmasses that provide homes to humankind and most of Earth’s biomass. However, we...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 13)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works Anil Ananthaswamy | Quanta "i'I think there's no doubt that 90% of what the brain does...

Scientists Dethrone Google’s Quantum Advantage Claim With a Conventional Computer

When Google announced its quantum computer had solved a problem beyond the capability of the most powerful supercomputer, it was a landmark for the...

The World Is Awful. The World Is Much Better. The World Can Be Much...

The world is awful. The world is much better. The world can be much better. All three statements are true at the same time. Discussions...

Former SpaceX Engineers Are Launching a Startup Where Robots Make Pizzas in 45 Seconds

Who doesn’t love hot, gooey, fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza? If there’s a better food in existence, I for one don’t know about it (though ice cream...

How Scientists Revived Organs in Pigs an Hour After They Died

Oxygen is the elixir of life. Stop its flow—during a stroke, heart attack, or death—and the body’s tissues respond in a biological storm that...
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This Robot Dog Has an AI Brain and Taught Itself to Walk in Just...

Ever seen a baby gazelle learn to walk? A fawn, which is basically a mammalian daddy longlegs, scrambles to its feet, falls, stands, and...

The Length of Earth’s Days Has Been Mysteriously Increasing, and Scientists Don’t Know Why

Atomic clocks, combined with precise astronomical measurements, have revealed that the length of a day is suddenly getting longer, and scientists don’t know why. This...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 6)

NEUROSCIENCE The Age of Brain-Computer Interfaces Is on the Horizon Grace Brown | Wired "The real novelty with Synchron’s device, he says, is that surgeons don’t have...

The First Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Was Just Approved by US Regulators

Nuclear power could play an important role in decarbonizing the energy sector, but reactors are simply too expensive and complicated to roll out quickly....

The Race to Remake the $2.5 Trillion Steel Industry With Green Steel

In the city of Woburn, Massachusetts, a suburb just north of Boston, a cadre of engineers and scientists in white coats inspected an orderly...

This Gates-Backed Startup Builds Modular Homes Out of Energy-Efficient Panels

As you might have heard, we’re in the midst of a housing crisis, not only in the US but in many parts of the...

New DNA ‘Camcorders’ Can Record ‘Movies’ of a Cell’s Development Through Time

Childhood home videos can be heartwarming, hilarious, or downright embarrassing. But the tapes contain an invaluable resource: snippets of a child’s journey as they...

MIT Researchers Create Artificial Synapses 10,000x Faster Than Biological Ones

Researchers have been trying to build artificial synapses for years in the hope of getting close to the unrivaled computational performance of the human...

Scientists Hunt for an Elusive Particle to Unlock the Mystery of Dark Matter

Australian scientists are making strides towards solving one of the greatest mysteries of the universe: the nature of invisible dark matter. The ORGAN Experiment, Australia’s...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DeepMind Has Predicted the Structure of Almost Every Protein Known to Science Melissa Heikkilä | MIT Technology Review "From today, the Alphabet-owned AI lab is...

No Pigs Were Harmed for These Pork Sausages, But They’re Real (Cultured) Meat

For a technology that was largely unheard of a decade ago, cultured meat has taken off quickly in recent years. Not only are there...

Combining Neuroscience, Psychology, and AI Yields a Foundational Model of Human Thought

Progress in artificial intelligence has enabled the creation of AIs that perform tasks previously thought only possible for humans, such as translating languages, driving...

A Startup Is 3D Printing Bionic Arms for Ukrainians Injured in Conflict

Two years ago, prosthetics startup Unlimited Tomorrow launched TrueLimb, its next-generation bionic arm. Six years of research and development went into TrueLimb, and the...

Protein-Designing AI Opens Door to Medicines Humans Couldn’t Dream Up

Designing a protein is a bit like making a cabinet. The first step is building the backbone that holds the protein together. But then...

This ‘Solar Tower’ System Produces Jet Fuel From CO2, Water, and Sunlight

In theory, it's possible to create jet fuel from nothing more than water, CO2, and energy from the sun, but doing so outside of...

Why Can’t You Remember the First Years of Your Life? What Scientists Know About...

Whenever I teach about memory in my child development class at Rutgers University, I open by asking my students to recall their very first...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI Is Ready to Sell DALL-E to its First Million Customers Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "'We've seen much more interest than we...

The World’s Biggest Vertical Farm Just Opened in Dubai

As the climate in many parts of the world gets hotter and drier, it’s becoming increasingly crucial to find innovative ways to grow food....

Scientists Studied the Antarctic Ice Sheet Over 10,000 Years. Their Findings Hold Insight for...

Alarming stories from Antarctica are now more frequent than ever; the ice surface is melting, floating ice shelves are collapsing, and glaciers are flowing...

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