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Evolution: Lab-Grown ‘Mini Brains’ Suggest One Mutation Might Have Rewired the Human Mind

How we humans became what we are today is a question that scientists have been trying to answer for a long time. How did...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Facebook's New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help Will Knight | Wired "Peer inside an AI algorithm and you’ll find something constructed...

NFTs Explained: What They Are and Why They’re Selling for Millions of Dollars

A couple of days ago, the musician Grimes sold some animations she made with her brother Mac on a website called Nifty Gateway. Some...

Applications Are Open For a Free Trip Around the Moon on a SpaceX Rocket

Elon Musk wants to send people to space—lots of them. Besides the 100,000 he envisions sending to Mars each time it’s closely aligned with...

The Game Has Changed: Why We Need New Rules for Space Exploration

The first human expedition to Mars could take place within five to ten years. The crew will be made up mainly of volunteers, with...

This AI Thrashes the Hardest Atari Games by Memorizing Its Best Moves

Learning from rewards seems like the simplest thing. I make coffee, I sip coffee, I’m happy. My brain registers “brewing coffee” as an action...

Graphene ‘Nano-Origami’ Could Take Us Past the End of Moore’s Law

Wonder material graphene is often touted as a potential way around the death of Moore's Law, but harnessing its promising properties has proven tricky....

This Wild Video Maps the Entire Internet and Its Evolution Since 1997

In the early days of digital computing, the machines were monolithic and isolated. They didn’t communicate. In fact, they couldn’t communicate. There was no...

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

GENETICS An Extinct Cave Bear's DNA Was Still Readable After 360,000 Years George Dvorsky | Gizmodo "The bone analyzed in the new study—a petrous bone from the...

The World’s First 3D Printed School Will Be Built in Madagascar

3D printed houses have been popping up all over the map. Some are hive-shaped, some can float, some are up for sale. Now this...

Will Robots Make Good Friends? Scientists Are Already Starting to Find Out

In the 2012 film Robot and Frank, the protagonist, a retired cat burglar named Frank, is suffering the early symptoms of dementia. Concerned and...

Flying Taxis Will Hit LA Skies by 2024, According to a California Startup’s Plan

Air taxis still seem like a far-off concept, especially in a time when a lot of people have stopped flying or using shared transportation...

Facial Recognition Drones Will Use AI to Take the Perfect Picture of You

Facial recognition technology has been banned by multiple US cities, including Portland, Boston, and San Francisco. Besides the very real risk of the tech...

Scientists Communicated With People While They Were Lucid Dreaming

We’ve probed the depths of Earth’s deepest trench, sent rovers to Mars, and observed other worlds billions of light years away. Yet we’ve never...

We Sequenced the Oldest Ever DNA From Million-Year-Old Mammoths

Most people think of mammoths as the iconic woolly species from the last ice age, which ended around 12,000 years ago. But mammoths originated...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE A New Artificial Intelligence Makes Mistakes—on Purpose Will Knight | Wired "It took about 50 years for computers to eviscerate humans in the venerable game of chess....

The First Endangered American Animal Has Been Cloned

Last summer a horse named Kurt was born in Texas. Kurt wasn’t just any horse—he was a clone made from DNA that had been...

‘7 Minutes of Terror’: The Technology Perseverance Will Need to Survive Landing on Mars

This month has been a busy one for Mars exploration. Several countries sent missions to the red planet in June last year, taking advantage...

An Israeli Startup Is 3D Printing Cultured Ribeye Steaks

The market for meat alternatives is booming, but so far most products are only able to replicate the formless ground meat found in burgers,...

Massive National Health Study Looks to Tailor Your Diet to Your Genetic Makeup

Like taxes and death, nutrition is something we can’t escape. Eating should be easy. Yet it’s also massively confusing, prone to misinformation, and utterly...

IBM’s New Software Will Make Quantum Programs Run 100 Times Faster

The companies building quantum computers have made incredible progress in recent years, and the hardware is only half the problem. Now industry leader IBM...

See a Billion-Year Dance of Earth’s Tectonic Plates in 40 Seconds

Modern life can feel dizzying, like everything is motion and change. But there are some constants we set our lives against: the relative position...

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

VIRTUAL REALITY Epic Games' MetaHuman Creator Lets Developers Create Realistic Digital Humans Within Minutes Dean Takahashi | VentureBeat "Epic Games has unveiled its MetaHuman Creator, a new browser-based...

All the Coronavirus in the World Could Fit Inside a Coke Can, With Plenty...

When I was asked to calculate the total volume of SARS-CoV-2 in the world for the BBC Radio 4 show "More or Less," I...

A 3D Printed House Just Went up on Zillow—for Half the Price of Its...

The 3D printed houses just keep coming. Last week we covered a home being built in northern Italy, unique because it’s made entirely of...

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