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Deer DNA Starts Spilling Its Weird, Cancer-Fighting Secrets

Deer DNA Starts Spilling Its Weird, Cancer-Fighting Secrets

Yunzhi Peter Yang was supposed to be on vacation. It was 2009, and the Stanford bioengineer was celebrating his and his wife’s wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska’s Denali National Park. But when he heard a park guide say that the deer they were […]

Argentina’s Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Argentina’s Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Early Sunday morning, all of mainland Argentina lost power in an “unprecedented” blackout event that left most of the country’s 44 million citizens in the dark until the evening. The blackout also extended to Uruguay, which is connected to Argentina’s power grid, and to limited […]

Let’s Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

Let’s Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

When New York City passed an aggressive set of greenhouse-gas-limiting laws in April, the buzz was, rightly, about the ambition of America’s biggest city putting a lid on its climate-changing ways. New York state has picked up the banner, too, putting into law this week […]

Planet-Saving Robots? Robert Downey Jr. Is on to Something

Planet-Saving Robots? Robert Downey Jr. Is on to Something

Earlier this month, Robert Downey Jr. announced that he was forming a new organization, the Footprint Coalition, to apply technology to “clean up” the planet.  The coalition’s website is still scant on details, just a teaser for news to come. But regardless of how Downey Jr.’s […]

The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving

The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving

Check out this awesome video. Two skydivers are traveling downward and passing a small ball back and forth. Pretty cool, right? But what’s going on here and how can you get something like this to work? Does it have to be a special ball? Let’s […]

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Anyone who tells you the robot apocalypse is upon us—that the machines will not stop stealing our jobs, that they are gearing up to chase us through the streets while doing backflips and fighting off stick-wielding humans—has never tried to program a robot. It’s difficult […]

Physicists Hack the Uncertainty Principle to See an Ion Wiggle

Physicists Hack the Uncertainty Principle to See an Ion Wiggle

In a lab in Boulder, Colorado, physicist Daniel Slichter plays an excruciatingly tiny version of pinball—with an individual atom as the ball. He and his colleagues at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built a chip about the size of a grain of […]

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

Yunzhi Peter Yang was supposed to be on vacation. It was 2009, and the Stanford bioengineer was celebrating his and his wife’s wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska’s Denali National Park. But when he heard a park guide say that the deer they were […]

Hospitals Aren’t Ready for a Mass Casualty Wildfire

Hospitals Aren’t Ready for a Mass Casualty Wildfire

Of all the wildfires that ravaged California in 2018, the Camp Fire was the deadliest. It tore through the mountain town of Paradise and killed at least 85 people, destroying the local Feather River Hospital along the way—so just as emergency services were trying to […]

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This story begins thousands of feet up in the air with migratory birds, and ends with a robotic fish swimming through the water below. To prepare for their journeys, birds fatten up big time, perhaps doubling their weight, essentially turning themselves into feathered batteries. Over […]