Technology

A New Type of Supernova Unlocks Old Stellar Mysteries

The discovery of a rare “electron-capture” supernova provides crucial insight for understanding the Crab Nebula.

How Underground Fiber Optics Spy on Humans Moving Above

Vibrations from cars and pedestrians create unique signals in cables. Now scientists have used the trick to show how Covid-19 brought...

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The Race to Put Silk in Nearly Everything

The fiber has been considered a “miracle material” for anything from body parts to food. Has the revolution finally arrived?

24,000 Years in Ice Still Didn’t Kill These Ancient Critters

The hardy rotifer can live through all manner of conditions, but this is a historic feat even for this tiny creature.

The Secret Workings of Smell Receptors, Revealed At Last

Researchers have finally seen how some of them bind to odor molecules—yielding new insights into one of the most mysterious and versatile...

A $26 Billion Plan to Save the Houston Area From Rising...

Lawmakers are poised to decide the fate of a massive project to protect the Texas coast from surging seawater.

What the Pentagon’s New UFO Report Reveals About Humankind

The document says less about the search for life in the universe, and more about our current cultural climate and distrust of expertise.

US Vaccinations Slow, Americans Venture Out, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

What If Doctors Are Always Watching but Never There?

Remote technology could save lives by monitoring health from home or outside the hospital. It could also push patients and health...

Tiny Satellites Could Help Warn of the Next Big Hurricane

A constellation of nanosats could improve our understanding of the world’s most dangerous storms.