The promises—and pitfalls—of the emerging technology
Before people can colonize the Red Planet, they have to figure out what they'll eat once they get there.
“Air conditioning and outer space have a history that goes back further than ballpoint pens that write upside down.”
The FDA just approved the first pill produced by the technique, but historians say the manufacturing process probably won’t threaten big drug companies.
I spent a weekend at the International Utility Locate Rodeo, where people compete to find hidden cables, water mains, and gas lines.
Intelligent weapons are too easily converted by software engineers into indiscriminate killing machines.
Our telephone habits have changed, but so have the infrastructure and design of the handset.
Hervé This, the father of molecular gastronomy, thinks the meals of the future should be constructed from chemical compounds.
How offices will change—for better and for worse
Scientists have long said that tiny robots would soon be able to conduct surgery and deliver drugs deep inside the body. Here’s why they’re still not a reality.
A huge amount of urban traffic comes from cars circling for available parking. Robot fleets could change all that.
NASA is building drones to mine remote lunar and Martian regions.
Synthetic datasets allow researchers to study social systems without compromising individual identities—but how reliable is the information they’re using?
The tantalizing promise—and practical pitfalls—of eyedrops that let a person see in the dark.
The new version of Apple’s signature media software is a mess. What are people with large MP3 libraries to do?
An Israeli company wants to build molecular spectroscopy into a smartphone so people can count calories, identify pills, and find out more about objects than can be seen by the human eye.
It used to be a person. Now it's a machine. What's next?
Those who speak Toki Pona say linguistic simplicity can enable a more profound form of communication.
How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth
A new study indicates that people are very distracted just by receiving a text message—even if they ignore it.