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Watch a Robot 'Hen' Adopt a Flock of Chicks

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 6:00am
The PoulBot is teaching researchers about flocking behavior and about the cues animals need to fall in love with their robot overlords.

Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 6:00am
Researchers are building a case that long before the nervous system works, the brain sends crucial bioelectric signals to guide the growth of embryonic tissues.

The Uneven Gains of Energy Efficiency

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 6:00am
Low-income Americans are more likely to live in housing that wastes energy, which saddles them with disproportionately high energy costs.

To Understand the Universe, Physicists Are Building Their Own

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 6:00am
Silke Weinfurtner isn’t an evil genius hell-bent on creating a new world of her own to rule. She just wants to understand the origins of the one we already have.

Theranos Didn't Nuke the Diagnostics Business

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 8:25pm
Dozens of other companies were working on point-of-care blood testing before Theranos, and dozens still are.

Gas vs. Electric: How Far Can a Car Go With Different Fuel Sources?

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:51pm
A typical car can travel 30 miles on just one gallon of gasoline. How do electric vehicles stack up?

Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 7:00am
A researcher reckons that at most, one out of five residents at top-tier institutions are succeeding at robotic surgery.

Maybe Nobody Wants Your Space Internet

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 6:00am
A growing group of companies believes satellites, balloons, and drones can help bring internet access to everyone on Earth. But what if not everybody wants it?

Researchers Are Restoring Kinesthesia In Prosthetics Patients

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:00pm
It's an awareness of movement and position in space that most people don't even realize they have.

Google's Quantum Computing Party Is as Fancy as Physics Gets

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 6:00am
Physicists aren't known for their fancy shindigs—but quantum computer researchers break the mold.

Stephen Hawking, a Physicist Transcending Space and Time, Dies at 76

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:11am
Stephen Hawking may have been the most famous physicist in the world—not only because he saw the face of the universe, but also because he could describe it to the rest of us.

This Pi Day, Calculate the Value of Pi for Yourself

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00pm
You just have to add up all the rectangles.

What Keeps Egg-Freezing Operations From Failing?

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 8:36pm
This week, cryogenic storage at two fertility clinics malfunctioned, putting their clients' family planning in jeopardy. Will it happen again?

The Controversial Link Between Epic Storms and a Warming Arctic

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00am
A controversial theory argues that weirdly enough, it’s a warming arctic that’s causing extreme winter weather in the eastern US.

Please Stop Building Houses Exactly Where Wildfires Start

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 7:00am
Every fire scientist knows the place where houses meet the wild is dangerous. But people keep putting more houses there.

These Conservationists Are Desperate to Defrost Snake Sperm

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 6:00am
Freezing and defrosting snake sperm could be a key to conserving endangered species—but artificial insemination isn't always easy.

The Physics of the Speeder Chase in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 9:00am
How do you pull off a banking turn if there's no road to bank off?

Carbon Taxes Are Coming, and We Have Colleges to Thank

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 8:00am
It turns out universities provide a fantastic model for how politicians should start thinking about this on a state or even national level.

Can Machine Learning Find Meaning in a Mess of Genes?

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 6:00am
The computer scientist Barbara Engelhardt develops machine-learning models and methods to scour human genomes for the elusive causes and mechanisms of disease.

Juno Captures Jupiter's Wild, Wispy Weather Anomalies

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 8:00am
Juno has documented clusters of cyclones, including eight around the north pole.