Topic: Science & Tech

Minds Without Brains?

AI has not yet lived up to its hype, but there is already cause for concern about its influence.

They spent 28 days under the sea — and found another Earth

On the floor of the Mediterranean, Laurent Ballesta and three other explorers discovered amazing sea life, and signs of our impact on a mysterious landscape.

On a Wing and a Prayer

With punk rocker audacity and aerospace bona fides, Dezső Molnár is out to build a street-legal flying car.

Air Force New Fighter Jet: What the Secret NGAD Plane Looks Like

Here's everything we can see on the mysterious sixth-generation plane.

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story of the SolarWinds Hack

Visualized: Comparing the Titanic to a Modern Cruise Ship

The sheer size of the Titanic was a sight to behold in 1912, but over 100 years later, how does this vessel compare to a modern cruise ship?

With Impressive Accuracy, Dogs Can Sniff Out Coronavirus

In a proof-of-concept study led by the School of Veterinary Medicine, dogs identified positive samples with 96% accuracy.

Brain Chips and Biometrics: The Future of How We’ll Consume Music

Inside music tech's battle for your brain, your ears, and your emotions.

Why Are Airplanes Slower Than They Used to Be?

Time Flies in Google Earth’s Biggest Update in Years

In the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017, you can now see our planet in an entirely new dimension — time.

High Quality Audio Makes You Sound Smarter

People rated a physicist’s talk as 19.3% better when they listened to it in high (vs low) audio quality. They also thought he was smarter and liked him more.

Google Failed to Put Every Country on Street View. Now Video Game Streamers Are Angry at the Volunteers Filling the Gaps

During lockdown, the travel game GeoGuessr has gone viral, inadvertently highlighting inequalities in Google Maps.

Vitamin D for Preventing COVID-19: Hype or Hope? : Shots

Though some researchers are not yet convinced of the evidence for vitamin D and respiratory illness, others, such as Ginde, are. "Based on those mechanisms, prevention [of COVID-19] would be the...

The Genetic Mistakes That Could Shape Our Species

New technologies may have introduced genetic errors to the human gene pool. How long will they last? And how could they affect us?

Watch: Earthrise in 4k UHD

Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords

How warnings of AI doom gave way to primal fear of primates posting

Google Is Poisoning Its Reputation With AI Researchers

Can Google be trusted to evaluate its own AI?

How Austin’s Start-Up Sector Won the Pandemic

The city’s tech industry enjoyed big-time growth despite—or because of?—the nation’s difficult past year.

Creating 'Humanized Pigs' in Ultraclean Lab to Study Human Illnesses and Treatments

Medical research to benefit people is first conducted in animals. Creating a new biomedical model by inserting human immune cells into pigs may lead to new insights and treatments.

MIT Researchers Want to Talk to Spiders

A team of researchers at MIT report that they’ve translated the vibrations of a spider web into musical tones. What’s more, they raise the prospect of someday communicating with spiders, using...

The Evolution of Human Space Flight

Biden Pursues Giant Boost for Science Spending

US president’s first budget proposal emphasizes applied research and public health, and aims to tackle climate change and racial injustice.

Chinese Official Says Local Vaccines 'Don't Have High Protection Rates'

China's top disease control official has said the efficacy of the country's Covid vaccines is low, in a rare admission of weakness.

Yuri Gagarin: The Spaceman Who Came in From the Cold

Yuri Gagarin belied the West's austere impression of the Soviet Union – a charming, easygoing Russian with a ready smile. The first man in space became a powerful propaganda tool.

‘We Could Probably Build Jurassic Park,’ Says Co-Founder of Elon Musk’s Neuralink

Max Hodak says it could try to ‘generate novel diversity’ but the task has puzzled scientists for years

Opinion: The Danger of a Giant Covid Belly Flop

This should be obvious: We don't have a model of "herd immunity" that succeeded without culls, except maybe smallpox. So please stop aiming for some number of vaccinations in order to re-open....

NFTs Were Supposed to Protect Artists. They Don't

When we invented non-fungible tokens, we were trying to protect artists. But tech-world opportunism has struck again.

Timeline of Mathematics

Travel through time and explore the greatest mathematicians and biggest mathematical discoveries in history.

BioNTech’s Humble Billionaire CEO on the Next Era of mRNA Vaccines

Uğur Şahin, cofounder and CEO of BioNTech, became a billionaire thanks to his company’s success in creating one of the first Covid-19 vaccines. Here the scientist talks about what’s next.

Confirmed! We Live in a Simulation

We must never doubt Elon Musk again

Time to Upgrade Your Monitor @ tonsky.me

So I optimize my setup to showing really, really good letters. A good monitor is essential for that. Not nice to have. A MUST. And in “good” I mean, as good as you can get. These are my thoughts,...

A showcase of AR and VR experiments by Google

Since 2009, coders have created thousands of amazing experiments using Chrome, Android, AI, WebVR, AR and more. We're showcasing projects here, along with helpful tools and resources, to inspire...

Scientists Work Toward an Elusive Dream: A Simple Pill to Treat Covid-19

As simple as that sounds, the process of actually developing new antiviral treatments is overwhelmingly complicated.

How Smart Are Pigs?

Explore studies on pig intelligence, social interaction, and individual emotion. Find out how smart pigs are and how they compare to other animals.

Idempotence Now Prevents Pain Later by Eric Lathrop

Idempotence is the property of a software that when run 1 or more times, it only has the effect of being run once. I'll describe a process I'm making at work, and describe the problems that...

CPU Algorithm Trains Deep Neural Nets Up to 15 Times Faster Than Top GPU Trainers

Rice University computer scientists have demonstrated artificial intelligence (AI) software that runs on commodity processors and trains deep neural networks 15 times faster than platforms based...

Mark Zuckerberg's Phone Number Is Among Leaked Facebook User Data

Irony of ironies...

These Mutant Rabbits Walk on Two Legs, and Geneticists Now Know Why

An entire lineage of French rabbits has been doing handstands for nearly a century.

Oldest DNA From a Homo Sapiens Reveals Surprisingly Recent Neanderthal Ancestry

Ancient human lineages interbred commonly in Europe, as well as the Middle East.

GPT-3 Tries Pickup Lines

Once upon a time I decided to train a neural net to generate pickup lines. Once I started collecting the training data I began to regret it when I saw how awful the existing lines were.

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