Technology

Does a Millipede Have a Penis? Well ... Define 'Penis'

From gonopods to pedipalps, nature has a lot of ways to get gametes where they need to go.

Instagram's Founders Explain Their Covid-Charting Obsession

In their first post-Facebook project, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger built rt.live, which state officials can use to plan their reopening.

How to Watch Tesla’s Battery Day Event—and What to Expect

After months of delays, Tesla’s much-hyped Battery Day is finally upon us. Here’s what the company might reveal.

A New Tool Detects Counterfeit Whiskey—Without Wasting...

Bogus booze has been infiltrating the market, so physicists found a way to test for authenticity while keeping the precious bottles...

Could a Century-Old TB Shot Protect Against Other Respiratory...

A trial in Greece shows a long-used tuberculosis vaccine may cut respiratory infections, raising hopes for similar protection against...

Colds Nearly Vanished Under Lockdown. Now They’re Coming...

The return of non-Covid respiratory illnesses is putting a new strain on testing supplies around the world—and is a preview of what’s...

Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

Renormalization, a technique that helps bridge the big and the small, has become perhaps the single most important advance in theoretical...

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’...

An NYU team thinks it's finally unlocked the secret to how these mysterious landforms get their interesting shape.

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

Thousands of migrating birds have died, perhaps starved by drier conditions related to climate change or by having to fly inland to...

The 943-Dimensional Chess of a Trustworthy Covid-19 Vaccine

Scientists want public confidence. The White House wants an October Surprise. The FDA wants to avoid looking political. Big Pharma...