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How Wikipedia Chose the Image for the ‘Human’ Entry

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:00am
There is no ideal *Homo sapiens* specimen. But the internet had to decide on something.

How WhatsApp Could Worsen Brazil’s Yellow Fever Outbreak

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:14pm
As Brazil's health authorities scramble to contain the worst yellow fever outbreak in decades, WhatsApp’s misinformation trade threatens to go from destabilizing to deadly.

The Dot Power Platform Could Transform Farming Technology

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:00pm
The multitalented Dot Power Platform could raise crop yields 70 percent by 2050.

The Quest to Make a Robotic Cat Walk With Artificial Neurons

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:00am
Want to create machines that move more naturally? Maybe start by replicating the spinal cord.

How Fast Can Gravitational Wave Detection Get?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:00am
With machine learning and other algorithmic approaches, researchers are increasing the speed at which they detect the undulations of spacetime.

Can Humans Survive on Water Vapor Alone?

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:00am
Technologies like hydropanels could keep us hydrated in a hotter, drier future.

How the Stock Market Could Help Fight Climate Change

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 8:00am
A new working paper considers whether environmental factors can actually increase returns on investment.

Sea Level Rise in the SF Bay Area Just Got a Lot More Dire

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:00pm
Sea levels are rising. But the San Francisco Bay Area has another problem: It's sinking. By 2100, it could lose 165 square miles to the sea.

New Food Preservation Technology Means No Need to Refrigerate

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:00pm
Scientists are experimenting with everything from microwave sterilization to blasts of plasma to ensure food stays appetizing longer.

The CDC Can't Fund Gun Research. What if that Changed?

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 8:00am
Scientists want to know more about risk factors, gun epidemiology, and whether laws work.

What Sea Slugs Can Teach Us About Saving the Environment

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:00pm
It turns out that kleptopredation is an environmentally friendly strategy. Perhaps there really is honor among thieves.

Demonstrations of Bernoulli's Principle You Can Try at Home

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:00am
To understand Bernoulli's principle, it helps to think of air as a bunch of tiny balls.

*The Flavor Matrix* Helps Home Cooks Pair Foods According to their Flavor Molecules

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 8:00am
It teaches readers about the volatile compounds in food, and how to combine them in their cooking.

Wanna See Around Corners? Better Get Yourself a Laser

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:00pm
A clever system uses lasers and algorithms to map out-of-sight objects in 3-D. That could be great news for self-driving cars.

Inside Cryoport, the Company Delivering Next-Gen Cancer Immunotherapies

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 8:00am
When you're sending a $500,000 vial of genetically engineered, cancer-fighting cells, a safe delivery can mean the difference between life and death.

Elusive Higgs-Like State Created in Exotic Materials

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 8:00am
Two teams of physicists have figured out how to create a "mini universe," which could help researchers understand the strange behavior of deeply quantum systems.

Space Photos of the Week: 410 Light-Years Away, a Proto-Saturn Comes to Life

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:00am
After a star forms, a leftover ring of dust and gas eventually forms into planets.

Winter Storm Riley Brings Massive Flooding to New England—Again

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 6:47pm
Add three to five feet of storm surge on top of a very high tide, and you've got a recipe for flooding.

If You Want a Robot to Stop Screwing Up, Hold Its Hand

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:00am
We can't trust robots to learn everything on their own. For one startup, the solution is a very human touch.

GPS Isn't Very Secure. Here's Why We Need A Backup

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 9:00am
The 24 satellites that keep GPS running in the US aren't especially secure. So private and federal groups are working on alternatives.