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After 1.5 Billion Years in Flux, Here’s How a New, Stronger Crust Set the...

Our planet is unique in the solar system. It’s the only one with active plate tectonics, ocean basins, continents and, as far as we...

Breakthrough NASA Study Discovers Surprising Key to Astronauts’ Health in Space

Thanks to SpaceX, traveling beyond Earth now seems pretty tangible for us commoners. True, a ticket to the International Space Station currently runs $55 million...

As Algorithms Take Over More of the Economy, We Should Cede Control (Very) Carefully

Algorithms play an increasingly prominent part in our lives, governing everything from the news we see to the products we buy. As they proliferate,...

Is the Pandemic Spurring a Robot Revolution?

"Are robots really destined to take over restaurant kitchens?" This was the headline of an article published by Eater four years ago. One of...

How Much Do Our Genes Restrict Free Will?

Many of us believe we are masters of our own destiny, but new research is revealing the extent to which our behavior is influenced...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 28)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything? Dennis Overbye | The New York Times "Computer programs like DeepMind’s AlphaGo keep discovering new ways to...

Solar Power Stations in Space Could Be the Answer to Our Energy Needs

It sounds like science fiction: giant solar power stations floating in space that beam down enormous amounts of energy to Earth. And for a...

This Company Wants to Put a Human-Size Hologram Booth in Your Living Room

Over the last several months we’ve gotten very used to communicating via video chat. Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and the like have not only...

Another Win for Senolytics: Fighting Aging at the Cellular Level Just Got Easier

Longevity research always reminds me of the parable of blind men and an elephant. A group of blind men, who’ve never seen an elephant...

MIT Report: Robots Aren’t the Biggest Threat to the Future of Work—Policy Is

Fears of a robot-driven jobs apocalypse are a recurring theme in the media. But a new report from MIT has found that technology is...

The Trillion-Transistor Chip That Just Left a Supercomputer in the Dust

The history of computer chips is a thrilling tale of extreme miniaturization. The smaller, the better is a trend that’s given birth to the digital...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 21)

HEALTH Larry Brilliant Says We'll Beat Covid—After We Go Through Hell Steven Levy | Wired "The epidemiologist calls it 'the best of times and the worst of...

Who Should Get a Covid-19 Vaccine First?

If the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics, as Galileo once declared, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought that truth home...

A 3D Printed Apartment Building Is Going Up in Germany

3D printing is making strides in the construction industry. In just a couple years we’ve seen the tech produce single-family homes in a day,...

McDonald’s Is Making a Plant-Based Burger; You Can Try It in 2021

Fast-food chains have been doing what they can in recent years to health-ify their menus. For better or worse, burgers, fries, fried chicken, roast...

This Is How We’ll Engineer Artificial Touch

Take a Jeopardy! guess: this body part was once referred to as the “consummation of all perfection as an instrument.” Answer: “What is the human...

90% of the Global Power Capacity Added in 2020 Will Be Renewable

There’s been plenty of hand-wringing about the potential for the Covid-19 pandemic to distract from the ongoing fight against climate change. But the latest...

Will the Coronavirus Evolve to Be Less Deadly?

No lethal pandemic lasts forever. The 1918 flu, for example, crisscrossed the globe and claimed tens of millions of lives, yet by 1920, the...

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

COMPUTING Like a Futuristic Phone Booth, PORTL Lets You Communicate Via Full-Body Hologram Luke Dormehl | Digital Trends " wants to reinvent the way we beam people,...

Smart Concrete Could Pave the Way for High-Tech, Cost-Effective Roads

Every day, Americans travel on roads, bridges, and highways without considering the safety or reliability of these structures. Yet much of the transportation infrastructure...
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How the Ownership Economy Could Make Internet Platforms Work for Everyone

The way we transact with each other and conduct business has changed a lot in the last 10 years. For some of us it’s hard...

You Can Buy This Electric Car for $7,999 in California

A tiny electric car that costs just $4,200 has been all the rage in China this year. The Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV generated...

Why We Need a Collective Vision to Design the Future of Health

My mother died of Covid-19 at the age of 91. She was recovering from surgery in an assisted-living facility in Durham, North Carolina. While...

How Do We Remember Places? This Study Used Lasers and VR to Point the...

The curious contraption at University College London bordered between scientific wizardry and a terrifying Black Mirror episode. It might have just proved a decades-long...

The International Space Station Is Ailing. Its Replacement Will Shape the Future of Space...

Humans have now had a continuous presence in space for 20 years thanks to the International Space Station (ISS), but the facility is unlikely...

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