Technology

I Thought My Kids Were Dying. They Just Had Croup.

The old-fashioned-sounding illness is mostly harmless. So why does it cause so much parental panic?

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

Ethicists and biologists seek to head off challenges raised by tissue “organoids” as they become increasingly similar to human brains.

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan...

The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu...

Scientists Predict Wuhan's Virus Outbreak Will Get Much...

New estimates of how far the virus could spread suggest an explosion of cases will hit the Chinese city and more infected individuals...

Athletic Authorities Must Reckon With Racing Tech Again

As World Athletics debates whether to ban Nike's carbon-fiber running shoe, it should heed lessons from the case of “Bionic Olympian”...

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

One paper advanced a controversial theory about the disease's origin. Other scientists aren't biting.

A Robot Dog With a Job, a Noise-Canceling Car, and More...

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

After Fukushima, the country opted to decommission its nuclear reactors. The US has a lot to learn from what happened next.

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Boston Dynamics' creation is starting to sniff out its role in the workforce: as a helpful canine that still sometimes needs you to...

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

Jumping off a high ledge without a cord … maybe we better run a simulation first.