Technology

Where Should Covid-19 Vaccines Be Tested? It's a Moving...

Developers need to test in hotspots, but those keep changing. And they must avoid ethical problems, like testing in low-income areas...

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

Vas Narasimhan talks about drug prices, vaccine development, the rise and fall of hydroxychloroquine, and how Big Pharma might win...

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the...

Triso particles are an alien-looking fuel with built-in safety features that will power a new generation of high-temperature reactors.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From...

Engineers are turning to generative design algorithms to build components for NASA’s next-generation space suit—the first major update...

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New...

A group of scientists argue that the Covid lockdown, what they're calling the “anthropause,” is an unprecedented opportunity to study...

In Lockdown, Mathematicians Crack a Stubborn Geometry Riddle

The rectangular peg problem asks a seemingly simple question: Does a closed loop include the corners of every kind of rectangle?

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

Critics worry about the risks of overcutting and wood smoke. But supporters say the practice will prevent megafires—which release...

Old Drugs Could Reveal a New Way to Attack the Coronavirus

Researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 hijacks tendrils that grow from infected cells and may ride them to infect others. But existing...

Covid-19 Vaccine Makers Turn to Microchip Tech to Beat...

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

The Rocket Motor of the Future Breathes Air Like a Jet...

This theoretical engine could drastically reduce the cost of getting to space. Now two companies are trying to make it real.