Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

But neither the eastern nor the western half of the national grid sticks tendrils into Texas in a way that would have let the state borrow large amounts of power when facing a massive, sudden freeze.

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

The company continues to expand its presence in other Bay Area cities, and Zuckerberg told employees that Facebook still saw a use for all of its current and planned space.

Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light

Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light

Energy from the LEDs heats up the Mylar’s specially-coated underbelly, energizing air particles under the plastic and propelling the plates away with a tiny, but mighty, gust.

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

When a group of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi published a paper in Nature Communications last fall suggesting that young women scientists should seek out men as mentors, the backlash was swift and vociferous.

Forget Blood—Your Skin Might Know If You’re Sick

Forget Blood—Your Skin Might Know If You’re Sick

But in a paper published in January in Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis reported catching ISF biomarkers with disposable microneedle patches and measuring them up to about 800 times more sensitively than comparable biomarker tests.

North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

ZecOps’ Avraham says that while the hackers hadn't fooled him in their brief DM chat, he did click on a link in one of the attackers' blog posts that purported to show some research-related code.

Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

By adding heat (350 degrees Celsius, which is 662 degrees Fahrenheit) to citric acid, hydrogen, and a catalyst made of iron, manganese, and potassium to the carbon dioxide, the team was able to produce liquid fuel that would work in a jet engine.

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit

Meanwhile, the spent Centaur rocket continued on its merry way through space and was pretty much forgotten—at least until August of this year, when astronomers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii spotted a mysterious object in a solar orbit that was due to pass close by Earth.

How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private

How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private

The only time the company knows what you're typing on Gboard is when you use the app to submit a Google search or input other data to the company's services that it would see from any keyboard.

When Coffee Machines Demand Ransom, You Know IoT Is Screwed

When Coffee Machines Demand Ransom, You Know IoT Is Screwed

The same researchers found that version 2 of the iKettle and the then-current version of the Smarter coffee maker had additional problems, including no firmware signing and no trusted enclave inside the ESP8266, the chipset that formed the brains of the devices.

Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities

Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities

Geoengineering proposals generally fall into two categories: removing carbon from the atmosphere, or shielding Earth from solar radiation.European and Asian governments support geoengineering in principle, and it now has bipartisan support in the US, which recently approved $4 million for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess solar climate interventions.

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

In what appears to be a massive coordinated strike against Reddit , hackers took over dozens of pages on Friday afternoon, using their access to plaster pro-Donald Trump imagery across subreddits with huge followings.

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

“I see it as kind of a Wright brothers moment on another planet,” says Bob Balaram, the chief engineer for the Mars helicopter project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

The Twitter Hack Could Have Been Much Worse—and Maybe Was

While the internal Twitter tool does not appear to let admins tweet on behalf of users, it does seemingly let them change the associated email account, which would make it relatively easy to take over a handle.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

The company said today it’s releasing what it calls the “most comprehensive medical equipment service database in the world.” The collection of thousands of files is supposed to help biomedical engineering technicians—the techs who update or fix medical equipment on site at health care facilities—repair everything from imaging equipment to EKG monitors to ventilators.

Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone

Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone

The bone of a steppe bison, a large Arctic ungulate that went extinct about 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, rests in the hard peat.

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

In the case of, say, a gasoline-powered car, the fuel is mixed with air, crammed into a piston chamber, and set alight, causing it to jump more than 1,000 degrees in temperature.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

New York governor Andrew Cuomo estimated Tuesday that the state would need 140,000 hospital beds to care for the incoming wave of Covid-19 patients, with an apex coming within 14 to 21 days.Enter the USACE.New York governor Andrew Cuomo toured construction of temporary hospital space at the Javitz Center this week.

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Plane Contrails Have a Surprising Effect on Global Warming

Of the varied conspiracy theories regarding contrails—you know, chemtrails—one stands out for being especially wrong: the belief that the plane-made clouds are chemicals the government is secretly spraying to battle climate change , to the peril of those on the ground.

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

Katherine Johnson’s Math Will Steer NASA Back to the Moon

The retired NASA mathematician, who died Monday at the age of 101, calculated the trajectories of the agency’s first space missions, including John Glenn ’s 1962 spaceflight in which he became the first American to orbit the planet, and the first moon landing in 1969.

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing, driving machines based on Acura street cars, enjoyed a mood lacking in the frantic energy typical of previous decades in racing.

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

The party speakers, subs, and LED spotlights in Ikea and Teenage Engineering's new Frekvens collection already put other speaker systems to shame.

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Electrodes above and below the surface generate plasma —a highly reactive gas made up of positive ions and free electrons—that interacts with the PFAS and breaks the carbon-fluorine bonds.“Our goal is to completely destroy the compound and not just transfer it from one phase to another,” says Michelle Crimi, an environmental engineer at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, who works on emerging technology to remediate PFAS.

A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here's How It Works

A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here's How It Works

But in a scientific first, they’ve now demonstrated that the same invention can also deliver a steady drip of contraceptive hormones in the body of a pig for up to 29 days.“From an engineering aspect, the key novelty is the ability to deliver a drug for a month after a single ingestion event,” says Giovanni Traverso , a gastroenterologist and biomedical engineer at Brigham and Women’s and MIT, who co-authored the new study, published today in Science Translational Medicine.

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird

Zammit says he and other automotive designers teach students to add a little extra something to make the vehicle look stable, to look strong—even if it doesn’t add much to the engineering.

Is Tesla's Cybertruck for Real? The Jury's Out

Is Tesla's Cybertruck for Real? The Jury's Out

By contrast, consider the 2017 introduction of the Tesla Semi , where Musk reveled in the 18-wheeler’s engineering and design details that diverged from the status quo not for the sake of it, but for tangible improvements.

NASA Is Getting Serious About an Interstellar Mission

NASA Is Getting Serious About an Interstellar Mission

Indeed, the group says that if their mission is selected by NASA it could fly as soon as 2030.“This is humanity’s first explicit step into interstellar space,” says Pontus Brandt, a physicist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory who is working on the interstellar probe study.

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

That year, Van Eenennaam secured a half-million-dollar grant from the US Department of Agriculture to see if Buri’s descendants would inherit his genetic alteration as intended, and to study those animals’ health and dairy-producing potential.

The Speculum Finally Gets a Modern Redesign

The Speculum Finally Gets a Modern Redesign

Asiedu tested her prototype in a pilot study with 15 volunteers this year, the results of which were published in the journal PLOS One in May. Every single patient said the smaller device provided a better experience than the speculum.The Duke study looked at patient satisfaction, and Asiedu acknowledges that physicians may offer more criticism of the device.