- Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?
A Microsoft Research study uses augmented reality to project a life-size person into a room with you, perched in an empty seat.
- Companies Aim to Make Drugs from Bacteria That Live in the Gut
Relatively new discoveries about of the role of the microbiome in human health have sparked a race to develop new therapies based on microbes.
- The Underwater Robot That Will Repair Fukushima
A robot is being built to venture into the radioactive waters of Fukushima’s worst-hit reactor and remove fuel rods.
- California Gas Leak Exposes Growing Natural-Gas Risks
As America shifts toward natural gas for energy, decaying pipelines and storage facilities are at risk of leaks and explosions.
- Using Patient Fingerprints to Break Down Medical Record Silos
A startup uses encryption and fingerprint authentication to compare medical records across providers—and aims to make them easier to move, too.
- Don’t Blame Watson for IBM’s Slide
IBM might be overhyping the AI engine that beat humans on Jeopardy! But it would take a superhuman effort to overcome the huge challenges facing the company.
- A Scientist’s Contested History of CRISPR
Eric Lander of the Broad Institute writes a history of a gene-editing technique that may be seen as partial to one side of a patent dispute. <
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid
Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
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