Cooling the planet is as easy as putting an umbrella on an asteroid and blocking out the sun

The sun is gonna keep boring a hole through our souls, but an ambitious idea to soften the blow is progressing.

Ben Berkley • August 7, 2023

Life on (not actually) Mars

NASA just locked four people in a 3D-printed habitat on a fake Mars for one year.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 6, 2023
Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones inched archaeology forward, but tech is bringing the big leaps

Archaeology may not be like the movies, but it’s getting more advanced by the minute.

Ben Berkley • June 29, 2023
Dr. John B. Goodenough

The legacy of this late Nobel-winning chemist deserves a plug

Dr. John B. Goodenough, humble creator of the lithium-ion battery, dies at 100.

Ben Berkley • June 27, 2023

Is egg freezing ready for a high-tech upgrade?

A startup hopes its delicate automations can improve an error-prone manual industry.

Ben Berkley • April 17, 2023

A woman is suing Jack Daniel’s over whiskey fungus

A black fungus coats everything near distilleries. A woman who runs a wedding venue near a Jack Daniel’s operation has had enough.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 3, 2023

Is it possible to get younger?

Could we de-age and live longer? Maybe with $2m and some veggie gruel.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 25, 2023

The Doomsday Clock, explained

The Doomsday Clock, a metaphor for our destruction, is now set to 90 seconds to midnight. Why?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 25, 2023

Virgin Orbit’s rocket to nowhere

A rocket went down, but not all was lost.

Jacob Cohen • January 11, 2023

Why the nuclear fusion breakthrough matters

For the first time, scientists were able to cause a fusion reaction with a net energy gain.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 14, 2022

Can games protect our brains?

Brain training games that require quick recall may delay or prevent dementia.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 21, 2022

Can machine learning help us talk to pets?

Scientists are using machine learning algorithms to analyze communication patterns in animals.

Rob Litterst • September 14, 2022

Digits: Solar sheep, a PornHub ban, and more

Plus: India’s electric boom, cheap pheromones, and Saudi tourism.

Jacob Cohen • September 6, 2022

Digits: T. rex money, new cars, Mars, and more

Plus: Music royalties and sky-high art prices.

Jacob Cohen • March 28, 2022

Digits: Brain chips, candy sales, Nikes, and more

Plus: Nationwide IQ loss, and ads in our dreams.

Jacob Cohen • March 21, 2022

The lab-grown meats are coming

We’re not that far off from printing steaks for dinner.

Jacob Cohen • January 4, 2022

Google’s newest bet: AI-powered drug discovery

Isomorphic Laboratories is Alphabet’s play for the $110B+ drug discovery market.

Trung T. Phan • November 8, 2021

Jeff Bezos just got something money can’t buy: His own management philosophy

Bezosism is the management philosophy powering Amazon’s warehouses, and making free 2-day shipping possible.

Rob Litterst • September 15, 2021

A company just raised $15m to ‘resurrect’ woolly mammoths

A genetic company wants to bring back the woolly mammoth by editing Asian elephant cells with mammoth DNA.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 15, 2021

Healx is solving a problem for 400m people by repurposing medicine

How an accident that led to Viagra informed the concept behind Healx.

Sara Friedman • September 1, 2021

Meet the startup using flies to fight food waste

Insectta is a startup that uses flies to combat food waste, and create a variety of byproducts.

Rob Litterst • September 1, 2021

Branson’s Virgin Orbit launches to public with $3.7B SPAC deal

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, which launches small satellites, prepares to go public in a $3.7B SPAC deal.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 25, 2021

Jeff Bezos vs. NASA, explained

NASA chose SpaceX -- not Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin -- to build its lunar landing vehicle. Now, Blue Origin is suing NASA.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 19, 2021

Digits: A really skinny house, space pizza, and too much weed

Plus: Online groceries, an asteroid, and kids’ diets.

Jacob Cohen • August 16, 2021

Digits: RV records, mouse brains, and $406m card games

Plus: Olympian tax breaks, remote work is happening from the couch, and Amazon’s record employment.

Jacob Cohen • August 2, 2021

Boeing tries to revive its space program

After a failed December 2019 attempt, Boeing will attempt to send its Starliner to the International Space Station (ISS) again.

Trung T. Phan • July 27, 2021

Google’s AI unit makes a huge biology breakthrough

Google’s DeepMind unit has predicted the shape of 350k+ proteins, which can have huge implications for health and medicine.

Trung T. Phan • July 27, 2021

Australian startup raises $30m to map our brains

Omniscient Technology raised $30m to map our brains, making it easier for doctors to find and treat issues.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 22, 2021

How Jeff Bezos got to space

Blue Origin was founded in 2000 with a mission to “preserve the Earth” by going “to space to tap its unlimited resources and energy.”

Trung T. Phan • July 20, 2021

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