In this excerpt from his new book Taming the Sun, Varun Sivaram follows the research paths of two rival scientists determined to find a way to wring fuel out of thin air.
Hello, quantum world.
An ambitious project by Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs could reshape how we live, work, and play in urban neighborhoods.
Some of these advances have been in the works for years. Others were happy accidents. Either way, these are the breakthroughs that we think will have a significant effect on the way we work and live for many years to come.
No matter what anyone tells you, we’re not ready for the massive societal upheavals on the way.
Spruced up human and animal organs could someday be the solution for people needing transplants.
The Jigsaw team at Alphabet brings people who were radicalized online back from the brink, one video at a time.
Inside EDGE: the shipping giant’s ambitious, tech-driven bid to keep Amazon and others at bay.
In the future we won’t edit genomes—we’ll just print out new ones.
Microsoft researcher Timnit Gehru looks around the AI world and sees almost no one who looks like her. That’s a problem for all of us.
A skilled autopilot function will make drones far more ubiquitous and useful.
Ethan Zuckerman on fighting social media’s echo chamber.
Lawrence Livermore Lab’s increasingly powerful climate models have sounded a stark warning for California.
Messenger Kids, its first grab at the under-13 crowd, is not to be trusted. After all, you’ve seen how the company treats adults.
But not all parents may want to know.
The quest to understand common diseases takes on unprecedented scope.
Half a billion dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency was stolen—that’s gotten people’s attention.
Toxic effects seen in animals raise questions about new gene therapies for children.
Satori is built to turn routers, thermostats, and other household devices into zombies.
Advances in DNA sequencing and AI could make the idea a more practical treatment option.