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Why It’s Still a Scientific Mystery How Some Live Past 100—and How to Crack It

A 35-year-old man only has a 1.5 percent chance of dying in the next ten years. But the same man at 75 has a...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 4)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Training Is Outpacing Moore's Law Samuel K. Moore | IEEE Spectrum "The increase in transistor density would account for a little more than doubling...

A Plane Powered by Cooking Oil Just Flew Across the US

The global aviation industry is responsible for two percent of the world’s total carbon emissions. Some countries are having success convincing people to fly...

Up to Half of Earth’s Water May Come From Solar Wind and Space Dust

Water is vital for life on Earth, and some experts say we should all drink around two liters every day as part of a...

Virtual Land in the Metaverse Is Selling for Millions of Dollars

The trading volume of NFTs reached $10.67 billion in the third quarter of this year, with more people apparently willing to shell out huge...

Decades-Old ‘Water Pill’ Opens New Avenues for Alzheimer’s Treatment

The cause of Alzheimer’s was supposedly simple. Mangled proteins aggregate into tangles and clumps. These clumps overwhelm neurons. Neurons lose their function and eventually...

Scientists 3D-Print Programmable Living Structures With New Microbial Ink

Our mastery of biology has improved dramatically in recent decades, but we are still largely restricted to nature's repertoire of forms. That could be...

Scientists Model What Would Happen if a Mini Black Hole Punched Through the Moon

The lunar surface is a record of the solar system's violent origins. But look closely enough and we may find something even more exotic...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 27)

NEUROSCIENCE Can Digital Reality Be Jacked Directly Into Your Brain? Adam Rogers | Wired "The idea of uploading a synthetic experience into a mind has been a...

Your Holiday Gifts Could Be Shipped by Robot Semi, Courtesy of UPS and Waymo

Between a supply chain full of holes, labor shortages across various sectors of the economy, and rising inflation, it’s shaping up to be a...

Humans Didn’t Invent Mathematics, It’s What the World Is Made Of

Many people think that mathematics is a human invention. To this way of thinking, mathematics is like a language: it may describe real things...

Rolls-Royce Says Its Electric Plane Just Smashed the World Record for Speed

The first electric plane took flight in 1973. There was just one person on board and the plane only stayed in the air for...

How AI Is Deepening Our Understanding of the Brain

Artificial neural networks are famously inspired by their biological counterparts. Yet compared to human brains, these algorithms are highly simplified, even “cartoonish.” Can they teach...

IBM’s 127-Qubit Eagle Is the Biggest Quantum Computer Yet

Progress in quantum computing is no longer just about how big your chip is. But IBM has taken a major leap forward with the...

Evolution Tells Us We Might Be the Only Intelligent Life in the Universe

Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable fluke. By...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 20)

COMPUTING This New Startup Has Created a Record-Breaking 256-Qubit Quantum Computer Siobhan Roberts | MIT Technology Review "The QuEra machine is the latest leap in scaling up...

How Antarctic Bacteria Live on Air and Use Hydrogen as Fuel to Make Water

Humans have only recently begun to think about using hydrogen as a source of energy, but bacteria in Antarctica have been doing it for...

A Solar Farm the Size of 1,000 Football Stadiums Is Going Up in Indiana

The transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources is underway, with solar and wind farms popping up everywhere from the UK...

Nvidia’s New Supercomputer Will Create a ‘Digital Twin’ of Earth to Fight Climate Change

It’s crunch time on climate change, and companies, governments, philanthropists, and NGOs around the world are starting to take action, be it through donating...

AI Can Now Model the Molecular Machines That Govern All Life

Thanks to deep learning, the central mysteries of structural biology are falling like dominos. Just last year, DeepMind shocked the biomedical field with AlphaFold, an...

Scientists Say We Need to Look Into Solar Geoengineering Now—Before It’s Too Late

With the pace of emissions reductions looking unlikely to prevent damaging climate change, controversial geoengineering approaches are gaining traction. But aversion to even studying...

The Moon’s Surface Has Enough Oxygen to Sustain 8 Billion People for 100,000 Years

Alongside advances in space exploration, we’ve recently seen much time and money invested into technologies that could allow effective space resource utilization. And at...

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

COMPUTING Two of World's Biggest Quantum Computers Made in China Charles Q. Choi | IEEE Spectrum "...scientists in China have tested two different quantum computers on what...

Beeple’s New NFT Just Sold for $29 Million, and He’ll Update It for the...

Just a few months ago, most of us had never heard of an NFT. Even once we figured out what they were, it seemed...

These Houses Are Affordable, Carbon Neutral, and Assembled Like IKEA Furniture

House prices have soared during the last year and a half, and the implications aren’t great (unless you’re a homeowner looking just to sell...

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