Feb 26, 2021
The Genetics of Relatively Healthy Obesity
In general, obesity is linked with a large range of health problems—for most people, at least. But for a substantial minority of those who are overweight, obesity is...
Feb 25, 2021
D-Wave's Hardware Outperforms Classic Computer
Early on in D-Wave's history, the company made bold claims about its quantum annealer outperforming algorithms run on traditional CPUs. Those claims turned out to be premature, as...
Feb 19, 2021
Deep in the Heart of Texas' Collapsing Power Grid
Texas is now entering its third day of widespread power outages and, although supplies of electricity are improving, they remain well short of demand. For now, the state's power...
Feb 12, 2021
What If You Replace a Human Gene With Neanderthal Version?
What are the key differences between modern humans and our closest relatives, the Neanderthals and Denisovans? For the Neanderthals, there doesn't look to be any sort of obvious...
Jan 25, 2021
The Technology Behind a Five-Minute Charge EV Battery
Building a better battery requires dealing with problems in materials science, chemistry, and manufacturing. We do regular coverage of work going on in the former two categories, but...
Jan 21, 2021
Metamaterial Merges Magnetic Memory and Physical Changes
For applications like robotics, there's usually a clear division of labor between the processors that control the robot's body and the actuators that actually control the physical...
Jan 3, 2021
New Chemistry Results in First Rechargeable Zinc-Air Battery
Most of the disposable batteries you'll come across are technically termed alkaline batteries. They work at high pH and typically use zinc as the charge carrier. Zinc is great...
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