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Artificial Intelligence
Minecraft’s Urban Planning AI Could Help Design Future Cities
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Artificial Intelligence
Minecraft’s Urban Planning AI Could Help Design Future Cities
AIs design entire settlements in an annual Minecraft competition that could reveal uses for the tech in real-world urban planning.
September 26, 2020

AIs design entire settlements in an annual Minecraft competition that could reveal uses for the tech in real-world urban planning.

Coronavirus
Dogs That Can Smell Coronavirus Screen Travelers at Airport
Dogs That Can Smell Coronavirus
Coronavirus
Dogs That Can Smell Coronavirus Screen Travelers at Airport
Detection dogs that can smell coronavirus in a person’s sweat are now screening travelers for COVID-19 at Helsinki Airport.
September 26, 2020

Detection dogs that can smell coronavirus in a person’s sweat are now screening travelers for COVID-19 at Helsinki Airport.

The Future Explored
Cooling the Planet with a Giant Solar Umbrella
Cooling the Planet with a Giant Solar Umbrella
The Future Explored
Cooling the Planet with a Giant Solar Umbrella
Solar geoengineering would cool global temperatures — is it worth it?
September 26, 2020

Solar geoengineering would cool global temperatures — is it worth it?

Microbiology
Are Microbes Called Protists Our Only Virus Eaters?
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Microbiology
Are Microbes Called Protists Our Only Virus Eaters?
Despite their abundance, nothing we know of eats viruses. But new research suggests microbes called protists might.
September 26, 2020

Despite their abundance, nothing we know of eats viruses. But new research suggests microbes called protists might.

Drones
Delivery Drone Breaks Flight Record for Transporting an Organ
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Drones
Delivery Drone Breaks Flight Record for Transporting an Organ
A MissionGO delivery drone carried a human kidney a record-breaking 10 miles, demonstrating how the devices could facilitate organ transplants.
September 25, 2020

A MissionGO delivery drone carried a human kidney a record-breaking 10 miles, demonstrating how the devices could facilitate organ transplants.

Food
Truffle Pomme Fondue Sound Tasty? Visit This Fine-Dining Drive-Thru.
fine dining drive thru
Food
Truffle Pomme Fondue Sound Tasty? Visit This Fine-Dining Drive-Thru.
The Resy Drive-Thru could help the restaurant industry survive the pandemic by serving as a creative new revenue stream for fine-dining chefs.
September 24, 2020

The Resy Drive-Thru could help the restaurant industry survive the pandemic by serving as a creative new revenue stream for fine-dining chefs.

Coronavirus
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Reaches Final Trial Stage
Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine
Coronavirus
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Reaches Final Trial Stage
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine isn’t the first to reach the final human trial stage, but it may have several advantages over its predecessors.
September 23, 2020

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine isn’t the first to reach the final human trial stage, but it may have several advantages over its predecessors.

Computer Science
Underwater Data Center Could Lead to a More Reliable Internet
Underwater Data Center
Computer Science
Underwater Data Center Could Lead to a More Reliable Internet
After spending two years on the ocean’s floor, Microsoft’s underwater data center had a much lower server failure rate than land-based data centers.
September 22, 2020

After spending two years on the ocean’s floor, Microsoft’s underwater data center had a much lower server failure rate than land-based data centers.

Coronavirus
“Antibody Inhaler” Could Rapidly Treat—and Prevent—COVID-19
antibody inhaler
Coronavirus
“Antibody Inhaler” Could Rapidly Treat—and Prevent—COVID-19
Scientists have discovered a new antibody therapy that can be inhaled to provide treatment and temporary immunity to the coronavirus.
By Sarah Wells
September 21, 2020

Scientists have discovered a new antibody therapy that can be inhaled to provide treatment and temporary immunity to the coronavirus.

CRISPR
CRISPR’d Male “Surrogates” Can Produce Another Animal’s Prized Sperm
CRISPR’d Male “Surrogates” Can Produce Another Animal’s Prized Sperm
CRISPR
CRISPR’d Male “Surrogates” Can Produce Another Animal’s Prized Sperm
High-quality sperm means high-quality animals, but the process can be expensive or inaccessible. CRISPR-edited “surrogate sires” may provide a solution.
September 20, 2020

High-quality sperm means high-quality animals, but the process can be expensive or inaccessible. CRISPR-edited “surrogate sires” may provide a solution.

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Biohackers
Biohackers
Meet the bio-renegades who are modifying their bodies and even hijacking their own genomes in the name of discovery.

Meet the bio-renegades who are modifying their bodies and even hijacking their own genomes in the name of discovery.

Dope Science
Dope Science
Dope Science
Decades of misinformation and bad science has distorted what we think about illicit drugs - but that's changing.

Decades of misinformation and bad science has distorted what we think about illicit drugs - but that's changing.

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Wrong
Wrong
Bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds

Bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds