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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Professor Charlie Bamforth is retiring. But he still fizzes with strong opinions on good beer, solid brewers and – Ptooey! – wine.
Advances in the lab are adding variety, efficiency and precision to age-old brewing traditions
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.
Turbulence regenerates gust strength between turbines, influencing design of arrays that can pull energy from the sky
Hagfish repel predators with fast-forming super goop. Scientists are attracted to its potential for biomaterials.
Engineers aim to build machines that put people at ease. The effort reveals truths about ourselves.
Next-gen microfluidic sensors could improve health monitoring at home and far afield
Robots are getting geared up for a variety of human health and social uses
From meh to wow: The science of fruit maturation reveals new paths to better flavor