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Walmart Just Invested Big in Vertical Farming

Vertical farming is quickly becoming a popular way to grow organic food close to major urban centers. Indoor “farms” that grow crops in stacked...

A Mystery Object in Space Flashed Brilliantly for 3 Months—Then Disappeared

“Holy sharks, Batman, it’s periodic!” I exclaimed on Slack. It was the first lockdown of 2021 in Perth, and we were all working from home....

Meta Is Making a Monster AI Supercomputer for the Metaverse

Meta is building a new supercomputer to train enormous machine learning algorithms. Though only partially complete, the AI Research Supercluster (RSC) already ranks among...

A UK Startup Is Building 200 Flying Taxi Hubs Around the World

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas two years ago, Hyundai and Uber unveiled an air taxi concept they’d partnered on, claiming people would...

After First Pig-to-Human Heart Transplant, Scientists Aim to Make It Routine

Jan 7, 2022 marked a medical breakthrough. For the first time ever, surgeons transplanted a genetically modified pig heart into a living human. Two...

Habitat for Humanity Is Using 3D Printing to Build Affordable Houses

Over the last year home prices have skyrocketed (along with prices of almost everything else), leaving millions of people unable to afford to move...

The Metaverse Is Money and Crypto Is King—Why You’ll Be on a Blockchain When...

You may think the metaverse will be a bunch of interconnected virtual spaces—the world wide web but accessed through virtual reality. This is largely...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 22)

ROBOTICS Now You Can Rent a Robotic Worker—for Less Than Paying a Human Will Knight | Wired "Last year, to meet rising demand amid a shortage of...

Quantum Computing in Silicon Breaks a Crucial Threshold for the First Time

Quantum computers made from the same raw materials as standard computer chips hold obvious promise, but so far they've struggled with high error rates....

Scientists Are Sequencing the Genome of Every Complex Species on Earth

The Earth Biogenome Project, a global consortium that aims to sequence the genomes of all complex life on Earth (some 1.8 million described species)...

The World’s Biggest Vertical Farm Yet Is Going Up in Pennsylvania

Four and a half years ago I visited a vertical farming research facility in the Netherlands to learn the basics about growing food indoors...

New Virus-Like Particles Can Deliver CRISPR to Any Cell in the Body

Gene therapy is a lot like landing a Mars rover. Hear me out. The cargo—a rover or gene editing tools—is stuffed inside a highly technical...

Sensor-Packed ‘Electronic Skin’ Controls Robots With Haptic Feedback

Being able to beam yourself into a robotic body has all kinds of applications, from the practical to the fanciful. Existing interfaces that could...

How Will the Universe End? Scientists Seek an Answer in the Biggest Galaxy Map...

This week, astrophysicists presented the biggest map of the universe yet. Having nailed down the position of 7.5 million galaxies, the map is larger and...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 15)

BIOTECH In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig Roni Caryn Rabin | The New York Times "A 57-year-old man with life-threatening heart...

This Autonomous Delivery Robot Has External Airbags in Case It Hits a Person

Autonomous delivery was already on multiple companies’ research and development agenda before the pandemic, but when people stopped wanting to leave their homes it...

New Research: Memories May Be Stored in the Connections Between Brain Cells

All memory storage devices, from your brain to the RAM in your computer, store information by changing their physical qualities. Over 130 years ago,...

Watch a Jet Suit Pilot Deliver Supplies in a Mountain Warfare Rescue

In 2020 a jet suit pilot flew up a mountain to test whether it would make sense for emergency responders in wilderness areas to...

Breakthrough Shot of Engineered Immune Cells Helps Heal Heart Damage

It’s now possible to transform immune cells directly into “super soldiers” inside the body. I’m talking about CAR-T, the immunotherapy that revolutionized blood cancer treatment....

These Will Be the Earliest Use Cases for Quantum Computers

Quantum computing is expected to revolutionize a broad swathe of industries. But as the technology edges closer to commercialization, what will the earliest use...

How Could the Big Bang Arise From Nothing?

READER QUESTION: My understanding is that nothing comes from nothing. For something to exist, there must be material or a component available, and for...

How a Handful of Prehistoric Geniuses Launched Humanity’s Technological Revolution

For the first few million years of human evolution, technologies changed slowly. Some three million years ago, our ancestors were making chipped stone flakes...

Next Week You’ll Be Able to Eat ‘Chicken’ Made From Plants at KFC

It’s a new year, and for millions of people that brings resolutions like exercising more and eating healthier. Ice cream? Gone. Potato chips? In...

A Chinese Company Says It Will Be Selling Driverless Cars by 2024

As recently as 2015, auto industry insiders predicted fully self-driving cars would be on the road by 2020. As you know, that didn’t come...

These 2021 Biotech Breakthroughs Will Shape the Future of Health and Medicine

It’s that time of year again! With 2021 behind us, we’re going down memory lane to highlight biotech innovations that shaped the year—with impact...

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