Technology

What’s in Wildfire Smoke, and How Dangerous Is It?

Blazes on the West Coast are spewing a haze clear across the country. Along the way, the complex chemistry of what we inhale gets...

Rocket Lab Could Beat NASA Back to Venus in the Search...

After years of neglect, Earth’s other neighbor is back in the spotlight following a major discovery. A private rocket company may...

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls

A clever new system called Whale Safe listens for the cetacean chorus to alert vessels to slow down, potentially preventing deadly...

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

It’s a reversal for an administration that’s been loath to prepare for pandemics or cooperate with China, where Covid-19 jumped from...

Hey Students! Here's How to Deal With School in a Pandemic

Obviously this situation sucks for everyone, but I have a few tips to help you make the most of a bad situation. (Also, don't cheat.)

A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech

Blyncsy wants states using Apple and Google technology to pay it $1 per resident. It may not win, but the patent tussle could deter...

Netflix's 'Challenger' Is a Gripping Look at NASA in Crisis

A new four-part documentary about the ill-fated Challenger mission highlights the risk of putting bureaucracy before science in human...

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

The editor of Science has abandoned staid academic-speak to take on falsehoods in the White House—decorum be damned.

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications,...

A growing number of studies are raising concerns about the coronavirus’ long-term effects on the heart. Athletes especially need to...

How to Leave Space and (Safely) Crash Back Down to Earth

A former astronaut explains what it’s like to pilot the Space Shuttle onto the runway … and boink back down to the ground on the Soyuz.