Social needs

How Visas Shape the Geopolitical Architecture of the Planet

Visa-free travel is a luxury allowed only between countries that share excellent relations. Now the first global map of this visa-free travel network reveals the underlying geopolitical landscape.

Practical robots

This Uncrushable Robot Cockroach Just Wants to Rescue You

Inspired by roaches’ ability to squeeze into tiny spaces, this new critter is part of a rising trend of building robots that are soft and malleable.

Biomedicine

Neuroscience’s New Toolbox

With the invention of optogenetics and other technologies, researchers can investigate the source of emotions, memory, and consciousness for the first time.

Computing

From the latest smartphones to advances in quantum computing, the hardware behind today's digital age is rapidly changing.

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