First came fugu. Then he took a bite out of sharks. Now a pioneer in genome research helps lead the effort to sequence every lineage of vertebrates.
By Bob Holmes
By decoding brain activity with electrical implants, computers can help disabled people move a robotic arm — or their own
Scientists are developing AI systems called deep neural nets that can read medical images and detect disease — with astonishing efficiency
From romaine to snack crackers, foodborne disease outbreaks have increasingly worried the public. Cold plasma and high-pressure systems might help reduce the risks.
Materials that manipulate light and sound in ways not seen in nature may be ready for prime time, improving imaging and communications
By Ashley Yeager
New technologies to predict spoilage time could slash the massive waste between farm and fork
From spotting leaks to patrolling for pathogens, flying robots are taking up chores on the farm.
Today’s astounding computing power offers great potential for reducing crime, but a criminologist says law enforcement has yet to find ways to fully tap it.
Batteries are the weak link for wearable and implantable devices. But what if you could harvest energy from the heat, sweat or vibrations of the wearer?
By Charles Q. Choi
We can readily manipulate all kinds of objects; for them, versatility is a huge struggle. They need better mechanics — and a lot more of the intelligence that goes into handling things.
Tiny charges inside human cells spur development of an embryo’s form and structure. In a Q&A, Michael Levin talks about using those sparks to fix birth defects, control cancer and regrow tissues.
Automation threatens to replace some workers but can grow overall employment. The one sure thing is that technology will change how we labor.
A few hours here, a few hours there. At home, or somewhere else. Alternative work can be a great deal or it can leave you unprotected, as management scholar Lindsey Cameron explains in a Q&A.
From rocket thrusters to shoe soles, additive technologies expand their sights
Genetic advances may make it possible to grow transplantable tissues in other species. That could solve immunity and availability issues, but raises ethical concerns.
They're a common index of technological creativity, but research finds they can impede rather than encourage it
A “policy physicist” explores practical ways to sniff out uranium processing from afar
Advances in the lab are adding variety, efficiency and precision to age-old brewing traditions
Professor Charlie Bamforth is retiring. But he still fizzes with strong opinions on good beer, solid brewers and – Ptooey! – wine.
Genetically engineered gut bacteria hold promise for safe, targeted therapies
As world food needs rise, so does the need for faster, more efficient plant growth. Bypassing an error-prone enzyme is one way to do it.