Technology

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

Images taken from space are providing details to governments and relief efforts about how humanity is handling the Covid-19 crisis.

Death Cuts the Degree of Separation Between You and Covid-19

If knowing someone who has died would make the pandemic concrete for someone in the US—real and actionable—how many have to die? Here's...

The US Hitches Its Final Ride to Space From Russia—for...

Thursday’s launch to the space station will mark the end of America’s dependence on Russia for human spaceflight, but NASA may buy...

iPads Are Crucial Health Care Tools in Combating Covid-19

Hospitals are deploying tablets and smartphones to protect staff, preserve protective equipment, and help patients connect with loved...

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit...

We’re approaching the speed limit for electronic computer chips. If we want to go faster, we’ll need data-carrying photons—and some...

We Need a Covid-19 Vaccine—Let’s Get It Right the First...

The flu shot campaigns of 1976 and 2009 offer key lessons for how (and how not) to distribute, monitor and communicate about vaccines....

To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible...

Using beams of X-rays and electrons, researchers are creating a moving model of the coronavirus in order to discover its weaknesses.

Why Does Covid-19 Make Some People So Sick? Ask Their DNA

Consumer genomics company 23andMe wants to mine its database of millions of customers for clues to why the virus hits some people...

Turns Out, Traffic Spreads Like the Coronavirus

Researchers use models meant for infectious diseases to show how congestion proliferates. That may mean a vaccine for traffic jams...

The Power Plant of the Future Is Right in Your Home

If we want more renewable energy, our grids will have to manage themselves. A small experiment in Colorado is lighting the way.