The Inflation Reduction Act could push climate change tech into the future

If the Senate spending bill becomes law, climate change tech that seems like science fiction could get the tax credits and research dollars needed to develop.

By Pranshu Verma and Evan HalperAugust 12, 2022

Lifeguard drones can save lives. But U.S. beaches might not buy them.

The drones navigate to struggling swimmers quickly, when a delay of seconds could be the difference between life and death. In Spain they're being used on nearly two dozen beaches.

By Pranshu VermaAugust 6, 2022

Fighter pilots will don augmented reality helmets for training

Air Force pilots will soon wear the advanced helmets to fight imaginary enemies.

By Pranshu VermaAugust 4, 2022

Surgeons use virtual reality techniques to separate conjoined twins

Twins Arthur and Bernardo Lima, conjoined at the brain, were separated by surgeons in Britain and Brazil using virtual reality techniques.

By Adela SulimanAugust 3, 2022

Slowly but surely, robots will wind up in our clothes

Researchers across the world are pioneering advances in robotic textiles that will allow the clothes we wear to keep us healthy and improve daily life.

By Pranshu VermaJuly 29, 2022

The fight between authors and librarians tearing book lovers apart

Publishers are suing the Internet Archive over an online book lending program. But the case could limit the ways libraries lend books online.

By Pranshu VermaJuly 25, 2022

Europe is overheating. This climate-friendly AC could help.

Heat pumps are efficient and eco-friendly. So why are they so rarely used?

By Pranshu VermaJuly 21, 2022

These robots were trained on AI. They became racist and sexist.

Researchers trained robots on artificial intelligence exhibited racist and sexist behavior, bringing concerns for the future of automation.

By Pranshu VermaJuly 16, 2022

The never-ending quest to predict crime using AI

AI keeps trying to predict crime. But it comes with predictable problems — like racism.

By Pranshu VermaJuly 15, 2022

The machine behind the ‘God particle’ is on the hunt for dark matter

Researchers at CERN are firing up the Large Hadron Collider for the third time, hoping to discover dark matter.

By Pranshu VermaJuly 8, 2022

They waited years to make the hajj. A web portal could stop them.

Saudi Arabia abruptly introduced a single online portal, Motawif, to book travel for the Hajj. It's botched rollout has likely robbed many pilgrims of making the journey.

By Pranshu VermaJuly 1, 2022

Earthquake tech could limit deaths. Afghanistan shows it’s not easy.

Researchers are building algorithmic tools to better predict earthquakes and give people more time to flee. But structural challenges remain.

By Pranshu VermaJune 24, 2022

There’s a carbon-capture gold rush. Some warn better solutions exist.

Billionaires, politicians and philanthropists say sucking carbon out of the air and storing it underground could stem climate change. Critics fiercely disagree.

By Pranshu VermaJune 23, 2022

This Styrofoam-eating ‘superworm’ could help solve the garbage crisis

As the garbage crisis escalates, scientists across the world are trying to find bacteria and bugs that consume trash. A Styrofoam-eating worm is the latest.

By Pranshu VermaJune 17, 2022

This AI model tries to re-create the mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The model, called Ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is based on 27 years of Ginsburg’s legal writings and speeches on the Supreme Court.

By Pranshu VermaJune 14, 2022

How the 3D-printing community worldwide is aiding Ukraine

Facing shortages on the battlefield, Ukrainian soldiers get supplies they need to survive the war from 3D printers across the world.

By Pranshu VermaJune 12, 2022

Inside the Pentagon’s long debate: Do gamers make good troops?

The military is embracing video gaming culture, but faces internal challenges and outside criticism.

By Pranshu VermaJune 10, 2022

This machine could make many more livers available for transplant

Swiss researchers have created a machine that could store a liver for up to 10 days outside a body, and still keep it viable for transplant, transforming a decades-old process.

By Pranshu VermaJune 3, 2022

Their cryptocurrencies crashed the market. Now they’re back at it.

The company behind TerraUSD and Luna, which sparked a crypto market collapse last month, minted a new coin over the weekend. Critics are furious.

By Pranshu VermaJune 1, 2022

Inside the race to master supersonic air travel

Nearly 20 years after the Concorde jet failed, plane-makers are still trying to master high-speed flights.

By Pranshu VermaMay 28, 2022