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China’s giant transmission grid could be the key to cutting climate emissions

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 07:00
But are the country’s next-generation power lines a clean-power play or a global power move?

A robot scientist will dream up new materials to advance computing and fight pollution

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 14:00
Kebotix is using AI and robotics to brainstorm—and then test—novel compounds.

Google has enlisted NASA to help it prove quantum supremacy within months

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 09:00
The firm will pit its Bristlecone quantum processor against a classical supercomputer early next year and see which comes out on top.

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin says his creation can’t succeed unless he takes a step back

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:23
At Ethereum’s annual developer conference, its founder tells us why his technology can only be truly decentralized if it stops depending on him.

I hired a video-game coach to give me the edge in Fortnite

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 04:00
With the growth in e-sports, more gamers are investing in some personal tuition to help them progress. We paid a Fortnite coach to teach us his top tips.

The internet is taking over a person’s life for Halloween. And you can be a part of it.

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 11:07
An MIT experiment is handing a single person’s free will to the crowd to test how the digital hive mind works.

Top battery scientists have a plan to electrify flight and slash airline emissions

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 07:00
Could a new battery designed for the demands of aviation solve one of the hardest problems in the climate puzzle?

The US pushes to build unhackable quantum networks

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 10:50
The fiber-optic cables carrying data across the internet are vulnerable to hacking. Two US initiatives aim to fix that by creating super-secure quantum transmissions.

A global ethics study aims to help AI solve the self-driving “trolley problem”

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 17:49
Millions of people in 233 countries weighed in on whose lives self-driving cars should prioritize, revealing how much ethics diverge across cultures.

Two sick children and a $1.5 million bill: One family’s race for a gene therapy cure

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 05:00
One day, gene therapy may help with the rarest of diseases. Some parents aren’t waiting.

Designer babies aren’t futuristic. They’re already here.

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 05:00
Are we designing inequality into our genes?

Video doorbell firm Ring says its devices slash crime—but the evidence looks flimsy

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:30
The Amazon-owned security company says neighborhoods that use its products are safer, but the studies are unclear at best

Want to know when you’re going to die?

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:00
Your life span is written in your DNA, and we’re learning to read the code.

Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:00
Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone.

We can now customize cancer cures, tumor by tumor

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:00
But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical treatments?

Your next doctor’s appointment might be with an AI

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 07:30
A new wave of chatbots are replacing physicians and providing frontline medical advice—but are they as good as the real thing?

The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before you know it yourself

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:00
Analyzing the way you type and scroll can reveal as much as a psychological test.

Why we can’t quit the QWERTY keyboard

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 05:00
We’ve been using it to type for 144 years. Here’s why it works, and what it would take for us to give it up.

The US military wants to teach AI some basic common sense

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 14:30
Even the best AI programs still make stupid mistakes. So DARPA is launching a competition to remedy the field’s most glaring flaw.

Waymo’s cars drive 10 million miles a day in a perilous virtual world

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:00
A simulation lets autonomous cars experience situations that are too dangerous to try in reality.