In September 2016, Elon Musk went before the International Astronautical Congress with a program that outlined an ambitious set of goals: lay out the steps that would help establish a permanent...
The wall spans thousands of miles, a formidable barrier to enemy troops. But it wasn’t always as effective as its builders may have wished.
We may not be only species to domesticate others.
Technology is blurring the lines between consumers and producers, amateurs and professionals, and laypeople and experts. We’re just starting to understand the implications
Compared to the hectic rush of our bipedal world, a plant’s life may appear an oasis of tranquility. But look a little closer. The…
Reading linguistic thought directly from the brain has brought us closer to answering an age-old question — and has opened the door to many more.
A subtle-seeming Google purchase paves the way for a dramatic expansion of Chrome OS's reach — and a dramatic reimagining of what a Chromebook even is.
Experiments on the International Space Station suggest spiders can weave normal-looking webs in space—they just need a surprising resource.
The company's star ethics researcher highlighted the risks of large language models, which are key to Google's business.
Strip clubs, board games, sugar babies, an office coup — and a whole lot of money
For aficionados with serious investment bottles, Unger Weine’s cellar has room for thousands upon thousands of the rarest vintages – all stored in perfect conditions
The building did not stand out. Unremarkable industrial building, which was built in hundreds of Soviet cities. Non-broken glass, burning lights, live plants inside, modern plastic entrance doors....
Nearly 1,800 years before the start of the Industrial Revolution, an ancient engineer by the name of Heron created the world’s first steam engine.
On a remote peninsular in the Arctic circle, enormous wounds are appearing in the permafrost – as something that is worrying scientists bursts out from underground.
Your plants are dancing throughout the day.
The ways that dogs grow and age may provide potentially useful similarities with people.
We're rigged for silent running in the Seawolf, America's newest and fastest attack submarine.
A crude understanding of physics sees determinism at work in the Universe. Luckily, molecular uncertainty ensures this isn’t so
Scientists, farmers, and activists are fighting to save the banana industry from collapsing due to a virulent fungal disease called Tropical Race 4.
The long read: Jake Haendel spent months trapped in his body, silent and unmoving but fully conscious. Most people never emerge from ‘locked-in syndrome’, but as a doctor told him, everything...
If we manage to find intelligent life somewhere in the cosmos, then, strange as it may be, at least it will provide evidence that we are not alone in bearing the burden of consciousness.
Archaeologists believe the bones are as old as 5,000 years and remarkably well preserved.
The game, a phenomenon a decade ago, is shutting down on Thursday. But its legacy — for better and for worse — carries beyond gaming.
Evolution is a wonderful thing to learn about, a terrible thing to learn from.
Requests are rising from law enforcement for information on the devices, which can include internet queries, food orders, and overheard conversations.
During the year ahead, technology will help us emerge from the pandemic in ways big and small, obvious and surprising.
Drawing, singing, writing, knitting… lose yourself in something creative to find inner calm. You might also come up with solutions to problems
In giving voice to the digital ghosts of the deceased, chatbots are trying to succeed where photography and dreams fail.
For a century, critics of all political stripes have challenged the role of science in society. Repairing distrust today requires confronting those arguments head on.
After the turbulent year of 2020, BBC Future takes stock on the state of the climate at the beginning of 2021.
It's making the kinds of world-shaping decisions that used to be in the hands of governments.
The death rate for Nipah virus is up to 75% and it has no vaccine. While the world focuses on Covid-19, scientists are working hard to ensure it doesn't cause the next pandemic.
Stefan Thomas is not the first person to forget a password, but memory lapses are rarely so potentially costly
This mythical looking dagger may have played a symbolic role in prehistoric Iberian society.