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The Post-Antibiotic Era Is Here. Now What?

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 7:00am
The war of resistance might be lost, but computational modeling is helping doctors and scientists predict and contain new bacterial threats.

Live From The Berlin Marathon: You Can't Outrun Bad Weather

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 9:21am
Heat, humidity, and slippery roads dashed the world record dreams at the Berlin Marathon

The Blockbuster Showdown At This Year's Berlin Marathon

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 9:20am
Can three elite runners, with a little help from Nike and Adidas, smash the marathon world record?

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious (And Play Super Mario Bros.)

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:00am
Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.

Baltimore Built an App to Map Opioid Overdoses in Real Time

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 2:58pm
Opioid overdoses proliferate, like a disease. A new app lets health and law-enforcement officials anticipate their spread.

Archaeologists Don't Always Need to Dig—They've Got Drones

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 7:00am
On the morning of the solar eclipse, archaeologists took a drone into the desert to create fantastic 3-D renderings of a Hohokam village.

After Harvey, What Will Happen to Houston’s Oil Industry?

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 2:46pm
Hurricane Harvey pummeled the country’s energy infrastructure, and there are few incentives in place to promote renewables.

The Education of Brett the Robot

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 1:58pm
A UC Berkeley robot named Brett is learning to interact with its world in a fascinating way.

Starting to Study Physics? Watch Out for These Common Mistakes

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:00am
Here are the some of the biggest ideas that cause trouble for the first semester of physics.

The United States Needs an Earthquake Warning System Already

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:54pm
Mexico and Japan warn citizens with sirens and alerts. But not yet in the United States.

The Impossible Burger: Inside the Strange Science of the Fake Meat That 'Bleeds'

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:00am
Join WIRED for the deepest dive yet into the science of the Impossible Burger, the genetically engineered fake meat on a mission to upend the beef industry.

Geneticists Trace an Australian Migration with Aboriginal Artifacts

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 9:00am
Specialists in ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide used an anthropological gold mine to figure out how humans first migrated across Australia.

Bored With Your Fitbit? These Cancer Researchers Aren't

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 1:00pm
Scientists are publishing more studies and enrolling more clinical trials using Fitbit devices than any other wearable fitness tracker out there.

In Physics, Crossing a River Is Just Like Landing a Plane

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:00am
Crosswind landings follow the same concepts as a classic physics problem.

Cities Turn to Other Cities for Help Fighting Climate Change

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:00am
If every city with more than 100,000 people stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the Paris accord's emissions cuts.

Don’t Blame Pigs for Swine Flu—Species Hopping Is How Viruses Evolve

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 9:00am
The discovery that viruses move between species unexpectedly often is rewriting ideas about their evolutionary history—and may have troubling implications for the threat from emerging diseases.

What if America Had a Detective Agency for Disasters?

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 7:00am
A National Disaster Investigation Board could make sure everyone learns the lessons that hurricanes, outbreaks, and explosions can teach.

AI Research Is in Desperate Need of an Ethical Watchdog

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 7:00am
More social scientists are using AI intending to solve society’s ills, but they don’t have clear ethical guidelines to prevent them from accidentally harming people.

Where Do They Put All That Toxic Hurricane Debris?

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 7:00am
After Hurricane Irma, Florida worries about debris contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 7:00am
To tell truth from fiction, start with quantitative thinking, argues the mathematician Rebecca Goldin.