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It’s a Small World

This year’s very best in microscopic photography

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Banning Killer Robots

That’s a tough sell for national governments

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Designing a Moral Machine

AI is learning right from wrong by studying human stories

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Cultivating Common Sense

Designing artificial intelligence that’s … intelligent

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Life, Engineered

By year’s end, scientists may have synthesized the entire yeast genome

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Weapons of Math Destruction

The science behind your credit score

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Blackout of the Century

Can an unlikely trio help avert the next major power failure?

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Drones Aim to Carry Human Lives

EHang hopes its passenger drone can hit the market starting sometime in 2016

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Stumbling Forward

The dubious future of robotic beasts of burden

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Finding Hidden Graves

Forensic anthropologists use technology to identify human remains

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Robots’ ‘Cambrian Explosion’

A dramatic leap forward in robotics lies ahead

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Robot Assassin

A starfish-killing robot could save the Great Barrier Reef

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Six-Legged Soldiers

How military leaders harnessed the power of insects

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Printing a Bridge

Engineers plan to use robots to 3-D print a bridge in Amsterdam

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Quest for an Artificial Heart

A half century of progress toward a mechanical replacement

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Mad Max‘s Cyborg Heroine

Furiosa has a prosthetic arm but needs no superhuman abilities

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Skyscrapers Made of… Wood?

Future buildings may increasingly turn to an old material

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Touchy Feely Tech

Haptic touchscreens on our devices will bring textures to life

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The Noisy Internet of Things

Astronomers worry that devices could outshout cosmic whispers

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Conquering Color Blindness

How high-tech specs changed one artist’s paintings

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Shooting Drones Down

The evolving battle between privacy and drone operators’ rights

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Pushed to the Limit

The U.S. Air Force is scrambling to improve drone pilots’ morale

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One Small Step for Flying Cars

Regulators approve unmanned hover tests of a miniature flying car

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A New Path to Better Cybersecurity

How can we protect computer systems from hackers?

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Highly Cited

Which sci-fi movies are referenced in scientific research?

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Old-School Science

Five retro science kits that inspired a new age of tinkerers

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Sometimes ‘Good Enough’ Wins

Why U.S. Sherman tanks were successful during WWII

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Building Better Cyborg Horses

New technology could give injured horses a second lease on life


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New Wheels? Just Click Print

The world’s first 3-D printed vehicle takes to the streets

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Get Married in Microgravity

From venues to volcanoes, 11 ideas for a uniquely geeky wedding

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Manufactured By Nature

Rewiring organisms to become precision manufacturers

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Preparing for the Quantum Storm

Quantum computers pose a looming threat to online security

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3 Amazing 3-D Printed Projects

Makers use the technology to solve problems and improve lives

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Protecting the Internet… From Sharks

Undersea fiber-optic cables become targets for hungry fish

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What Facebook Knows About Love

Data scientists examine how romance blossoms on social media

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Origami Robot Folds Into Action

The first self-folding robot is cheap to make and easy to transport


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Data-Crunching Goes High Tech

Virtual reality lets researchers analyze data in whole new ways


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To Feed the World, Try Legos

How the bricks could help solve the world’s food crisis

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World’s Tallest Towers to Rise in China

Designers unveiled plans to construct pollution-scrubbing landmarks

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Reinventing Our Wheels

New vehicles tout high-tech functionality and zero emissions

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Solar Power Takes Off

A plane fueled by sunlight aims to fly around the globe next year

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Flying Car Plans Unveiled

Next iteration of the vehicle will be able to take off vertically

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A Computer Powered By Carbon

The first carbon nanotube computer is unveiled

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Do We Live in the Matrix?

Tests could reveal whether we’re part of a giant computer simulation

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The Rise of the 3-D Selfie

High-tech camera lets you take instant 3-D images


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The 2033 Holiday Gift Guide

What your wish list, inspired by future tech, might look like in 20 years

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Wearable Solar Cells Power Electronics

Recharging a phone could be as simple as plugging it into your clothes

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Saving Venice From Seawater

High-tech floodgates are being installed to protect the city

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World’s First Solar Plane

Solar Impulse 2, newly unveiled, aims to fly around the world

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Q&A with Harper Reed

Obama’s tech guru on data-mining and the end of privacy

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Humans and Rats Virtually Interact

Virtual reality experiment lets people and rodents control interacting avatars

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Solar Takes Flight

Sun-powered plane “Solar Impulse” takes off for cross-country trip

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Take the Scenic Route

New mapping algorithm takes you by way of beautiful places

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3D Printing, the Future of Space Food?

How 3D printers could feed astronauts and mine asteroids

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The Future of Energy

Sustainable energy should rely on the classical elements: earth, wind and water

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Crowds Train Computer Translators

Communities can develop their own computer translator

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Circuits Thinner Than a Hair

New flexible electronics could be used in physiological sensors

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