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Peter Diamandis Is the Latest Tech Futurist Betting on Anti-Aging Stem Cells

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:00am
Founder of the X Prize is turning his attention to fighting the onset of old age, one stem cell at a time.

These Perfectly Imperfect Diamonds Are Built for Quantum Physics

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:00am
De Beers diamond company has a whole division to synthesize quantum-grade diamonds.

How You Could Road Race—and Win—From Your Living Room

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:00am
Virtual exercise is more immersive, dynamic, and—mercifully—distracting than a traditional treadmill or stationary bike.

How Bright are LED Flashlights? And What the Heck is a Lumen?

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:00am
Some lights claim they max out at 900 lumens, but you can use a light sensor to make sure for yourself.

China Wants to Make a Mark in Space—But It'll Need a Little Help

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 8:00am
When it comes to space, China has always come in third place. But a new partnership with Luxembourg might launch it into orbit.

Would Delivery Drones Be All That Efficient? Depends Where You Live

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:00pm
Environmental scientists are using their models to pit drones against delivery trucks.

When Modeling the Mississippi River, a Supercomputer Won't Do

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:00am
Figuring out the Mississippi’s hydrodynamics matters so much that Louisiana has dropped $18 million on a 10,800-square-foot model of Big Muddy’s sinuous meanders.

Scientists Know How You’ll Respond to Nuclear War—and They Have a Plan

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:00am
Using data from smartphones, satellites, remote sensors, and census surveys, modelers can create synthetic populations—and watch what they do in a disaster.

Watch Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini Robot Open a Door

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 8:11pm
The SpotMini extends an arm out of its head and turns a handle and opens the door and then props it open for its (armless) SpotMini friend to walk through.

Who's Going to Buy the International Space Station?

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:40pm
While NASA and space enthusiasts have been talking about privatizing the ISS for years, Monday’s announcement is the first time the idea has been officially endorsed by the White House.

Real Scientists Admit When They're Wrong

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:00am
Right now society has an epidemic of the opposite: too many people with a bulldog unwillingness to admit when they’re factually wrong.

How Ice Skaters Turn Physics Into Astonishing Spins

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 9:00am
Conservation of angular momentum is the name of the game.

Space Photos of the Week: New Horizons Breaks a Record for Long-Distance Photography

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 11:00am
The spacecraft was 3.79 billion miles from Earth when it snapped this photo of a Kuiper Belt object.

Job One for Quantum Computers: Boost Artificial Intelligence

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 8:00am
The fusion of quantum computing and machine learning has become a booming research area. Can it possibly live up to its high expectations?

Can Figure Skaters Master the Head-Spinning Physics of a Quintuple Jump?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 1:00pm
As recently as a few years ago, a quintuple jump seemed out of the question. Today? Not so much. Here's what it would take.

Winter Olympics 2018: The Science of Ski Wax

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 9:00am
Athletes rely on secret chemicals and technicians to make skis both glide and grip.

Facing Water Crisis, Cape Town Turns to Desalination

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:00am
Pockets of humanity may have to rely on desalination to survive drought in the very near future.

The Physics of SpaceX's Wicked Double Booster Landing

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:30pm
What can we learn from the video of the simultaneous landings?

How the Government Controls Sensitive Satellite Data

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 1:24pm
It might just buy exclusive rights to image it doesn't want out there.

Norovirus Is a Terrible Gut Bug. The Olympics Could Make It Worse

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 1:10pm
South Korean Olympics officials are dealing with an outbreak of norovirus among security personnel. If it spread to athletes, it could be very, very bad.