Technology

Vaccine Makers Turn to Microchip Tech to Beat Glass Shortages

We'll need millions of vials to distribute the vaccine. The US government thinks manufacturing methods from the semiconductor industry...

Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist

With direct brain stimulation, mice learned to recognize an imaginary scent—and helped researchers understand a key piece of the olfactory...

Why Massive Saharan Dust Plumes Are Blowing Into the US

Every summer, an atmospheric event propels desert dust thousands of miles across the Atlantic. This year is particularly bad, and...

Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

In just three months, one British research team identified the first life-saving drug of the pandemic (and helped cancel hydroxychloroquine).

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

Today a Senate committee will hear about a bill that would help farmers adopt practices to release less carbon from the soil, reducing...

My Friend Was Struck by ALS. To Fight Back, He Built a...

At 37, Brian Wallach was diagnosed with the fatal disease. So he tapped a lifetime of connections to give help and hope to fellow...

'Carbon Farming' Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

Today a Senate committee will hear about a bill that would help farmers adopt practices to release less carbon from the soil, reducing...

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

When permafrost thaws, sea ice disappears, and wildfires rage in the north, the consequences extend to the rest of the world.

My Friend Was Struck by ALS. Here’s How He’s Fighting Back

At 37, Brian Wallach was diagnosed with the fatal disease. So he tapped a lifetime of connections to give help and hope to fellow...

5 Weird Concepts to (Theoretically) Supercharge Mask Fabrics

From diamonds to salt, researchers are exploring novel materials for face coverings. But don't expect to see these far-out ideas in...