Topic: Science & Tech

Coronavirus Transmission: SARS-CoV-2 in the Air

One year into the pandemic, a clearer understanding of how Covid-19 infections spread suggest people need to shift efforts away from cleaning surfaces and toward better ventilation and filtration

Neuroprivacy as a Basic Human Right

New braintech can capture a vast amount of personal data. It’s time to think about how yours will be protected.

Why Cats Won’t Punish a Stranger Who Harms You

If a stranger harms you, your dog will not look kindly upon them. But your cat won’t react the same way. Here’s why.

I Made an eInk Newspaper

I took a 32″ eInk display and turned it into a digital newspaper that updates every day. It’s silent, wireless and can run for months without being plugged in. The display is based on the...

Ancient Remains Are Helping Scientists Learn What Happens to a Body Caught in a Volcanic Eruption

Research into the bodies of victims of the Vesuvius eruption show how pyroclastic flows affect the human body.

24 Hour Time-Lapse Shows How Much Plants Like to Move

Debris From SpaceX Rocket Lights Up US Skies

The lights streaking across skies above the Pacific Northwest of the US on Thursday night stunned onlookers. But this wasn't a meteor shower...

The Doomsday Prophecy of Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche

The COVID-19 pandemic has attracted a swarm of vocal contrarians like little else in the recent past. These public commentators, often bedazzled with advanced degrees, have painted themselves as...

NASA Gives All Clear: Earth Safe From Asteroid for 100 Years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Whew, now here's some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid. The space agency announced...

The Rise and Fall of the Jet Pack

Well, mostly the fall.

Physicists Are on the Brink of Redefining Time

Scientists have now made the most accurate measurement to-date of different atomic clocks, potentially getting closer to redefining a second.

The Miraculous Power of the Humble Seaweed

The Massive Remnants of an Alien World Are Hidden Near the Earth's Core

A new study suggests that an alien world that smashed into infant Earth and created the Moon might have left vast remains inside our planet.

The Factories Turning West Africa’s Fish Into Powder

Chinese-run factories are turning huge amounts of The Gambia’s fish stocks into fishmeal for aquaculture. But are they taking too much, too quickly?

The Totalitarians of the Attention Economy

It's become increasingly common for executives of dominant internet services to see their competition as all of human activity. Not just activity spent on competing or adjacent services, no, all...

The Solution of the Zodiac Killer’s 340-Character Cipher

See how Mathematica was used to solve one of the cryptograms sent in a letter by the Zodiac Killer.

Everybody Should Know About Berkson’s Paradox.

The Hidden Fingerprint Inside Your Photos

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Actually, there's a great deal more hidden inside the modern digital image, says researcher Jerone Andrews.

NHS Covid-19 App Update Blocked for Breaking Apple and Google's Rules

Apple and Google's rules state that no location data from app users can be shared.

Scientists Discover How Humans Develop Larger Brains Than Other Apes

A new study is the first to identify how human brains grow much larger, with three times as many neurons, compared with chimpanzee and gorilla brains. The study, led by researchers at the Medical...

Geothermal Energy Could Save the Planet. But Watch for Earthquakes

An underground lab in Switzerland is trying to unlock the potential of deep geothermal energy

Want to Buy a Smartphone, but Can’t Afford It? In India, You Can Pay With Your Privacy

Lenders are turning to coercive “phones on loan” that shut down smartphones if customers fall behind on payments.

The First Self-Sufficient and Sustainable City on Mars Could House One Million Humans

ABIBOO studio has led the architectural design of a self-sufficient and sustainable city on mars that could house one million humans.

Facebook Leak Underscores Strategy to Operate in Repressive Regimes

Exclusive: users are allowed to praise mass killers and ‘violent non-state actors’ in certain situations

The Very First Signs of an Immune Response Have Been Filmed in a Developing Embryo

Even as a hollow ball of embryonic cells, developing fish and mammals are not entirely defenceless.

The Almost-Unbelievable True Story of the Sidewinder Missile

How the first heat-seeking missile went from an unfunded side project to a worldwide military phenomenon.

In 2020, Two Thirds of Google Searches Ended Without a Click

In August of 2019, I published research from now-defunct clickstream data provider, Jumpshot, showing that 50.33% of all Google searches ended without a

What the Science Says About 7 Common COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

No, the vaccine development process didn’t cut corners, even though it happened in record time.

He Sold eBooks and 3D Printers. Then Ukraine Tapped Him to Head Its State Space Agency

Volodymyr Usov made up for his total lack of experience — at least partly — with a boyish zeal for space.

Why a Time Machine Would Instantly Kill You

A short lesson on Earth's movement through space

Where the Internet Was Delivered by a Donkey

When Kyrgyzstan moved all education online during the pandemic, some remote schools were left behind. Connecting them meant delivering them an “internet in a box.”

The Intrepid Ice Farmers of Ouray, Colorado

Cultivating an impressive swath of climbable ice calls for maintaining water pipes and attacking "daggers."

What Happens to NYC’s 3.2 Million Tons of Trash

Why You Can't Compare Covid-19 Vaccines

Even Garbage Is Using Blockchain Now

6 Extreme Creatures That Hint Aliens Are Out There

If they can make it, anybody can.

When Magnus Met AlphaZero

Earth Has Been Hiding a Fifth Layer in Its Inner Core

Bats, Panthers, and the Utterly Plausible Lab-Leak Hypothesis [OP]

Opinion: The idea that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from a lab shouldn’t be dismissed as quackery. A zoo analogy helps illustrate why.

Platforms vs. PhDs: Facebook Seeks Shutdown of NYU Research

A legal standoff between NYU researchers and Facebook sheds light on the increasingly fraught dynamic between tech companies and academics.

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