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You Don't Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:35pm
That in-home DNA test won't tell you much about how to eat or exercise. Fortunately, you don't need it to.

Snakelike Skin Gives a Robot the Power to Crawl

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:00pm
Researchers report today that they’ve designed an inflatable robot with its own scales that automatically pop out to get a grip.

Solve Genomics with the Blockchain? Why the Hell Not

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00am
Start-ups are clamoring to use cryptocurrency software to get and trade genome sequences for research and profit.

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off Boston Dynamics' Door-Opening Robot Dog

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 7:58pm
A human with a hockey stick does everything in his power to stop a robot from opening a door.

Winter Olympics 2018: The Physics of Blazing Fast Bobsled Runs

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 8:00am
Four-person bobsled teams go faster than two-person teams—but why?

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 7:00am
A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops—good news for its future as a force for sustainability.

Crispr Gene Editing Will Transform How We Eradicate Invasive Species

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:00am
A conservationist wants to use Crispr to eliminate island predators. It's not brutal like poison, but it could transform our power over nature.

Could Scientists Use Silver Iodide to Make Snow for the Olympics?

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00pm
You can theoretically "seed" snow in the atmosphere, but it's really hard to tell if it actually works.

Apple’s Move to Bring Health Care Records to the iPhone Is Great News

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 9:00am
Opinion: The company’s decision to include an open API in its mobile phone OS has great promise for electronic health records.

The Ongoing Battle Between Quantum and Classical Computers

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 8:00am
The quest for "quantum supremacy"—unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer—has paradoxically led to a boom in quasi-quantum classical algorithms.

Want to Stop Climate Change? Educate Girls and Give Them Birth Control

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 9:00am
Opinion: When women aren’t educated or empowered to make their own family planning decisions, the effects can lead to higher carbon emissions.

How Long Can a Neutron Live? Depends on Who You Ask

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 8:00am
Two methods of measuring the neutron's longevity give different answers, creating uncertainty in cosmological models. But no one has a clue what the problem is.

Watch SpaceX Launch the First of Its Global Internet Satellites

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 7:00am
They're just two in what will be thousands of orbiting routers.

Space Photos of the Week: Even Geriatric Mars Rovers Know How to Snap Selfies

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 8:00am
The Opportunity rover has been exploring Mars for 14 years. But that doesn't mean it can't put Curiosity's social media skills to shame.

What Is Up With Those Pentagon UFO Videos?

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:00am
The Department of Defense released two videos of so-called UFOs. Or did it?

In the Russian Investigation, Clues Were Lost in Translation

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:28pm
To troll effectively, Colonel Gant, you must think in Russian!

The Big Engineering Behind Olympic Snowboarding's Big Air Event

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:34pm
It takes a well orchestrated team to build the sport's most epic ramp.

Lab-Grown Meat Is Coming, Whether You Like It or Not

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:00am
Soon enough, burgers will grow not just in fields but in vats. If the sound of that bothers you, know that you’re not alone.

Inside the Mind of Amanda Feilding, Countess of Psychedelic Science

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:40pm
If LSD is having its renaissance, 75-year-old English countess Amanda Feilding is its Michelangelo.

Don't Cliff Jump Like a Dummy—Use Physics

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:00am
You can measure the height of a drop with just a rock, a phone, and the gravitational force.