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A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to Humans

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 7:00am
An algorithm tailored to individual brain activity shows it can boost memory with electrical zaps.

Estonia's President Talks AI, Genetic Testing, and Dealing with Russia

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 3:26pm
Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia’s youngest and first female president, lays out her plans for moving the country from a traditional state to a digital society.

Do You Weigh More at the Equator or at the North Pole?

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:00am
In which a physics professor severely overthinks his daughter's science homework.

Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice?

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:00am
Finally, construction is finishing on the delayed barrier to protect the city from high tides. But how well will MOSE actually work?

With Some Structure, Stem Cells Might Still Stop Vision Loss

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:00pm
Poorly regulated stem cell treatments have blinded some macular degeneration patients. But a new technique is showing therapeutic promise.

Too Much Engineering Makes Mississippi River Floods Worse

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 1:00pm
New research confirms that the river's worst floods aren't just the result of bad weather—they're the result of bad engineering.

Meet the Astronomer Who Has Chronicled the Field for 16 Years

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 7:00am
For 16 years, Virginia Trimble read every astronomy paper in 23 journals. Now, her review papers are part of the canon.

2001: A Space Odyssey Predicted the Future—50 Years Ago

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 3:39pm
Stanley Kubrick's iconic film gave us Hal and other sci-fi elements. Here's how they stack up against reality.

Why These Bumblebees Are Wearing Itty-Bitty QR Codes

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:00am
Researchers have been super-gluing little barcodes to bumblebees in order to track their movements in unprecedented detail.

The Physics Behind a Fake Flying Samurai Battle

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:00am
Quality is one sign of a video hoax, but physics gives you indisputable evidence.

Mini Brains Are Now Growing Their Own Veins

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 7:00am
The more like real brains they become, the more useful these organoids are for studying complex behaviors and neurological diseases.

A Flawed Study Shows How Little We Understand Crispr's Effects

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 8:00am
Flaws in a study about unintended gene editing snips have led to its retraction. But that’s not the end of the story.

Watch SpaceX Launch Its Resupply Mission to the ISS

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 7:00am
The most significant thing about Monday's cargo run may be that there is little novelty to it whatsoever

The Hairy Problem With Drug Testing and Chemical Analysis

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:00am
For some African American police officers, a false positive can leave their careers dangling on a thin strand.

Use Science (Not Surgery) to Create Your Best Selfie

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 8:00am
42 percent of plastic surgeons have seen patients specifically looking to up their selfie game. You don't need surgery; you need math.

Whisper From the First Stars Sets Off Loud Dark Matter Debate

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 7:00am
A surprise discovery announced a month ago suggested that the early universe looked very different than previously believed. Initial theories that the discrepancy was due to dark matter have come under fire.

Where China’s Tiangong-1 Won’t Land (And Where It Still Might)

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 1:37pm
Large swaths of Earth are already safe from falling space debris.

Ocean Acidification Could Be a Net Positive for Some Fish

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 8:00am
Baby herring adapt to extra carbon dioxide in the water; cod and clams, not so much.

Crispr’d Food, Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 7:00am
This week the USDA announced it has no plans to regulate gene-editing technologies like Crispr, opening the door to a boom in designer foods.

You Can Model China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station Crash

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:05pm
When and where will the Chinese space station land? We can’t know for sure—but we can examine some variables.