Technology

For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to...

The Japanese Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu marks a major milestone this weekend with the return of pristine space rock.

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

A new study tests a device that can efficiently split the resource’s water into pure oxygen and hydrogen in Martian conditions.

Warp Speed, Atomic Structure, and the Future of Vaccines

John Mascola, who worked on the research that led to the Moderna shot, thinks Covid-19 proves we have to prep for the next virus,...

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic...

Researchers loaded containers with trackers and released them in the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, giving new insight into how plastic...

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in...

Reinforcement learning might be the next step in keeping broadband-carrying balloons afloat above remote areas. Could Venus be next?

Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid...

Both teams want to know when—or how often—the virus passed from animals to people. But the trail may have gone cold, and the search...

How a Vibrating Smartwatch Could Be Used to Stop Nightmares

The FDA has given NightWare clearance to market a “digital therapeutic” device that uses an Apple Watch to interrupt PTSD-related...

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Using tricked-out drones, scientists are watching vegetation boom in the far north. Their findings could have big implications for...

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

Millions of EVs will soon hit the road, but the world isn’t ready for their old batteries. A crop of startups wants to crack this...

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

An exercise in pure mathematics has led to a wide-ranging theory that unites Plato with geophysics.