- To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
How one of the inventors of brain-computer interfaces ended up getting one himself.
- New Material Makes It Easier to Store Lots of Natural Gas
Synthetic porous materials that flex to take up and release fuel could lead to cheaper natural-gas cars that don’t need cumbersome storage tanks.
- White House Strikes a Blow for Advanced Nuclear Reactors
The Department of Energy will help startups navigate the testing and licensing process—but some nuclear entrepreneurs doubt it will be enough.
- Get a Virtual-Reality Punch, Feel Real Impact
Researchers in Germany have developed technology for an armband that lets you feel impact from virtual interactions.
- Robot Makes Sure Stores Don’t Run Out of Doritos
A shelf-scanning bot called Tally will help make sure everything is in its place in supermarkets and other retail outlets.
- Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
Biologists have long puzzled over why neurons have thousands of synapses. Now neuroscientists have shown they are crucial not just for recognizing patterns but for learning the sequence in which they appear.
- Using Virtual Reality to Save the White Rhino
There are four northern white rhinoceroses left in the world. Will a 360-degree documentary help us preserve them? <
These weird virtual creatures evolve their bodies to solve problems
They show how intelligence and body plans are closely linked—and could unlock AI for robots.
Surgeons have successfully tested a pig’s kidney in a human patient
The test, in a brain-dead patient, was very short but represents a milestone in the long quest to use animal organs in human transplants.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
The covid tech that is intimately tied to China’s surveillance state
Heat-sensing cameras and face recognition systems may help fight covid-19—but they also make us complicit in the high-tech oppression of Uyghurs.
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