Nature Makes Wood. Could a Lab Make It Better?

Nature Makes Wood. Could a Lab Make It Better?

“The cells are suspended within this gel scaffold, and, over time, they grow and develop to fill out the scaffold volume and also transform into the cell types we’re interested in,” Beckwith says.

How This Teeny-Tiny Sea Critter Punches Like Mike Tyson

How This Teeny-Tiny Sea Critter Punches Like Mike Tyson

But how much energy can the amphipod store in the material that makes up its claw, and how far can it push that material before it fails?“Well, the answer is, the way to get the most energy out of the material is to break it, like to take it all the way to failure,” says Patek.

A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life

A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life

Recent experiments reveal that some proteins spontaneously gather into transient assemblies called condensates, in response to molecular forces that precisely balance transitions between the formation and dissolution of droplets inside the cell.

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

Like the liquid electrolyte that sits between the electrodes in a conventional cell, its main function is to ferry lithium ions from one terminal to the other when the battery charges and discharges.

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

You see, Davies, along with conservation scientist Emily Duncan of the University of Exeter and other researchers, had not long before released the bottle and nine others into the Ganges as part of a clever experiment to show how plastic pollution moves through rivers and eventually out to sea.

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

“The magic of cellular automata is that by aggregating very simple rules in a space, it actually is able to capture what is called an ‘emergent behavior,’ which is a behavior that is extremely complex,” says Imperial College London engineer Guillermo Rein, coauthor of a new paper describing the work in the journal Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

In Embryos, Crispr Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes—That's Bad

In Embryos, Crispr Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes—That's Bad

It meant that early-stage embryos might have unique repair mechanisms other cells don’t that could be harnessed for gene editing.Last year, a Russian scientist made public his plans to use Crispr to help deaf parents have children who won’t inherit a gene mutation that causes hearing impairment.

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

The Wire Inspired a Fake Turtle Egg That Spies on Poachers

Williams-Guillen and Pheasey found that while poachers tended to sell eggs locally door to door, the InvestEGGator was also able to track long-range transport—one trip was 137 kilometers long, from the beach to central Costa Rica.

Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?

Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?

Baglino said that the company had already produced tens of thousands of batteries at its new production facility down the street—but not a single physical cell made an appearance at the event.

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

Although the team is not the first to develop a cobalt-free or high-nickel cathode, Manthiram says it’s the first one that doesn’t also have major performance drawbacks like short battery life and low energy density.

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Despite this important opportunity, most food movement leaders have rejected plant-based meat imitations.Some food movement leaders complain about plant-based imitation meats because they are new and not yet time-tested.

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

A clip featuring a group of inmates explaining how they made a bootleg phone charger has been viewed more than 10 million times on the platform.

Meet ACE2, the Enzyme at the Center of the Covid-19 Mystery

Meet ACE2, the Enzyme at the Center of the Covid-19 Mystery

ACE2, which stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, is a protein that sits on the surface of many types of cells in the human body, including in the heart, gut, lungs, and inside the nose.

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

A smartphone broadcasts all sorts of identifying information; law enforcement can force your mobile carrier to cough up data about what cell towers your phone connected to and when.If you do need a mobile device, consider bringing only a secondary cell phone you don’t use often, or a burner.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information

Screenshot: David Nield via AppleIf you're using Apple devices and apps, the option to use disposable email addresses is already baked in—as long as the app or website you're signing up for offers a Sign in with Apple button.

The First Shot: Inside the Covid Vaccine Fast Track

The First Shot: Inside the Covid Vaccine Fast Track

For your adaptive immune system, the challenge is to find and create enough of the right antibodies before the virus spreads too far—but also before the screaming baby Rambo that is your innate immune system does too much damage.

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

Lock It Out. Each particle of the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, is studded with spikes, which allow it to attach itself to a human cell, poke a hole, and burrow inside.

The Last of Us Part II Is Being Delayed Indefinitely

The Last of Us Part II Is Being Delayed Indefinitely

But, while some game companies are moving forward with major releases in spite of hurdles presented by the coronavirus, The Last of Us Part II's cancellation stands out because of its subject matter, since it takes place in a brutal postapocalypse ravaged by a pandemic.

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

The new Formula E cars will be the first to use extremely fast charging stations that pack enough power to fully charge a Tesla Model S battery in about 10 minutes.For the last 15 years, the company has been perfecting an XFC, or extremely fast charging lithium-ion battery with a pure silicon anode.

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues reported on Monday in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the first known animals that can edit messenger RNA outside the cell nucleus.

Money for iPhone Users, Cell Service From Space, and More News

Money for iPhone Users, Cell Service From Space, and More News

News You Can Use. Here are the best cell phones you can buy for under $600 .This daily roundup is available as a newsletter.

Satellite Cell Towers Will Beam 4G to Your Phone

Satellite Cell Towers Will Beam 4G to Your Phone

Now a handful of companies are working to fix this problem by building satellites that can connect to regular cell phones and provide high-bandwidth mobile data anywhere on earth.

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

Haupt, who works as an astronomy instrumentation engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, detailed how she took the rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone, paired it with a microcontroller and an Adafruit Fona 3G cell transceiver, put it all into a 3D-printed casing, and built something that could replace her daily flip phone.

One Small Fix Would Curb Stingray Surveillance

One Small Fix Would Curb Stingray Surveillance

Stingrays derive their power by pretending to be cell towers, tricking nearby devices into connecting to them instead of the real thing.Without confirming that a cell tower is genuine, devices could wind up connecting to any rogue base station that's set up to broadcast system information messages.

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

What I remember most from those press conferences in 2010 was the assuredness that millions of people somehow actively wanted to have to put glasses on their faces in order to watch television.

Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses

Soon after the procedure, she came to a local hospital with low blood pressure and what turned out to be a dangerous antibiotic-resistant infection from a bacteria called Enterococcus faecalis.

Cells That ‘Taste’ Danger Set Off Immune Responses

Cells That ‘Taste’ Danger Set Off Immune Responses

De’Broski Herbert, an immunology researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, was the first to notice the emergence of tuft cells, which are rich in “taste” receptors, developing in the infected lungs of sick mice.

A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases

A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases

But if you want to replace a faulty gene with a healthy one, things get more complicated .In addition to programming a piece of guide RNA to tell Crispr where to cut, you have to provide a copy of the new DNA and then hope the cell’s repair machinery installs it correctly.

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

It’s unfair,” says Ian Philabaum, a program director at Immigration Law Lab. Of the nearly 1 million asylum cases waiting to be heard, about 74 percent are for people coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.