Viruses to Fight Superbugs? Scientists Are Working on ItPhages may help fight drug-resistant infections—but finding the right ones for each bacterium is no mean feat.
A Wheel Made of ‘Odd Matter’ Spontaneously Rolls UphillPhysicists have solved a key problem of robotic locomotion by revising the usual rules of interaction between simple component parts.
Philadelphia’s Diatom Archive Is a Way, Way, Wayback MachineA cache of phytoplankton at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is helping researchers reconstruct historical coastlines.
How to Find Your Vaccine History—and Store It SafelyWorries about polio, monkeypox, and Covid-19 are rising. Here’s how to gather your health information, even if you’ve lost the paper records.
The Physics of Going Fast—but Not Too Fast—on a Giant SlideIf you want to attain high speeds without getting airborne, it helps to know a little something about friction.
The UK Is Rejoining the Space RaceVirgin Orbit will launch satellites from the country for the first time, bringing orbital flight capability to Europe.
The Wild Plan to Export Sun From the Sahara to the UKAn ambitious cable project aims to power thousands of homes with renewable energy by 2030.
There’s New Proof Crispr Can Edit Genes Inside Human BodiesThe technique had largely been limited to editing patients’ cells in the lab. New research shows promise for treating diseases more directly.
Lawns Are Dumb. But Ripping Them Out May Come With a CatchMeticulous turf is environmentally terrible. Yet grass does have one charm: It “sweats,” helping cool the local area.
Europe’s Heat Waves Offer a Grim Vision of the FutureExtreme temperatures are the direct result of climate change, which means more intense heat events, wild fires, and droughts to come.
A Better Birth Is PossibleAs a young Black woman, I saw my pregnancy treated like a problem. So I ditched the doctors for home delivery and found an alternative model for health care.
It’s Time for Cities to Ditch Delivery Trucks—for Cargo BikesA new study shows that cycling packages the final few miles to their recipients isn’t just greener than using a van, but often quicker too.
The Fungus That Killed Frogs—and Led to a Surge in MalariaA global fungal pandemic wiped out amphibians, destroyed biodiversity, and ultimately increased human illness. Now a second similar pathogen is on the way.
The US Is Measuring Extreme Heat WrongRecent studies have revealed flaws in the heat index. With rising temperatures and humidity, maybe it’s time for a more holistic approach.
To Understand Brain Disorders, Consider the AstrocyteNeurons get a lot of attention—but researchers think this star-shaped brain cell type could hold the key to treating some disorders.
Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the US Power GridBy 2035, the batteries in California’s zero-emission cars could power every home in the state for three days.
Epigenetic ‘Clocks’ Predict Animals’ True Biological AgeA statistical analysis of chemical tags on DNA may help unify disparate theories of aging.
The Colorado River Is Dying. Can Its Aquatic Dinosaurs Be Saved?The razorback sucker has survived in the river for more than 3 million years. Climate change could end that.
How to Design the Perfect Queue, According to Crowd ScienceThe line to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state is snaking across central London. Could it have been done better?
The World Has Reached Peak AttenboroughThe British documentarian is a national treasure. But soaring strings and stunning drone shots feel frozen in an earlier era of climate activism.