‘Neurograins’ Could be the Next Brain-Computer Interfaces

‘Neurograins’ Could be the Next Brain-Computer Interfaces

“Typically, the smaller you make something, the less likely it is to be detected by the immune system as a foreign object,” says Solzbacher, who wasn’t involved in the Brown study.

A Third of Shark and Ray Species May Face Extinction

A Third of Shark and Ray Species May Face Extinction

The health of “entire ocean ecosystems” and food security is in jeopardy, said Dulvy, a former co-chair of the shark specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The number of species of sharks, rays, and chimaeras, known together as chondrichthyan fishes, facing “a global extinction crisis” has more than doubled in less than a decade, according to the paper published September 6 in the journal Current Biology.

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

Ray and I reconnected over the summer, and after he told me his story, I wanted to learn more about the Central Air Data Computer and its place in history—and how his life might have branched around mine.

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

Wednesday night, at a brief, hastily arranged press conference at FBI headquarters, four top US national security officials announced solemnly that they had evidence that two foreign adversaries, Iran and Russia, had obtained US voter data and appeared to be trying to spread disinformation about the election.

Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

Last week, a British research team announced that a cheap, safe, widely available drug called dexamethasone makes a huge difference in saving the lives of people severely ill with Covid-19.

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

Jesseca Dupart started as a simple hair salon in this northeastern section of New Orleans, called Little Woods, back in 2012, when she was 30 years old, and by the time I visited her six years later, Kaleidoscope was a rapidly growing brand in the African American beauty market.

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

Despite these obstacles, Frayer has worked to create a moving record of life in Beijing as people deal with the virus, from residents just trying to get through the crisis to the brave volunteers with the humanitarian organization Blue Sky Rescue, who are donning protective suits and disinfection equipment to tackle it head on.

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath, between, and around rows of photovoltaic panels.In the United States, less than 5 megawatts’ worth of solar arrays have crops planted beneath them, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL.

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

If our body clocks are out of sync with our waking—and working—hours, shouldn’t we be tweaking our office hours to help improve our mood?“If our body clock is saying it wants us to wake up at 9:00, because it's a dark winter's day, but we're getting ourselves up at 7:00—then we are missing out on a complete sleep phase,” says Greg Murray, professor of psychology at Swinburne University, Australia.

Radio Tracking a Rare Crayfish

Radio Tracking a Rare Crayfish

Nicole Sadecky, the biologist tracking them, uses the radios to learn more about the endangered Guyandotte crayfish.Sadecky says the radios had previously proven effective for tracking the non-endangered New River crayfish, which is similarly sized and uses similar habitat.

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

The researchers found that they could use their first stingray attack to modify a device's stated category number during the connection process, downgrading it to an older network.

Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops

Cellebrite Now Says It Can Unlock Any iPhone for Cops

Cellebrite, too, has likely possessed the ability to unlock iOS 12.3 devices prior to this announcement, says Dan Guido, the founder of the New York-based security firm Trail of Bits and a longtime iOS-focused security researcher.

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

Simply put, ray tracing is a technique that makes light in video games behave like it does in real life. This newfound excitement around ray tracing comes just as home gaming hardware is on the cusp of being able to process lighting effects in real time.

Telemedicine Makes It Safe to Get Abortion Drugs in the Mail

Telemedicine Makes It Safe to Get Abortion Drugs in the Mail

“We have six clinics providing the service in eight states, and one of them is Georgia. “And these also tend to be the most rural states with the fewest abortion providers.” Raymond’s TelAbortion work helps show that telemedicine is safe, and could provide support in lawsuits against that restriction.

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

Life at Huawei: Trains, European Design, and Lunch Naps

On the surface, it wasn't: Huawei's new $1.4 billion Ox Horn production facility in Dongguan, where workers make smartphones and 5G equipment, looks more like medieval Europe than Silicon Valley. But at its core, the work culture at Huawei seemed the same to Frayer as at any massive tech company.

So Long to Grumpy Cat, Amazon’s Special Warehouses, and More News

So Long to Grumpy Cat, Amazon’s Special Warehouses, and More News

We're pouring one out for Grumpy Cat, Amazon is doing damage control after some bear-spray incidents, and ocean plastics are choking us out. Last year, an incident involving bear spray exploding in a warehouse hospitalized over twenty of Amazon's workers.

These Sea Creatures Are Actually Made of Glass

These Sea Creatures Are Actually Made of Glass

"Modern glass blowers have tried to copy the Blaschkas, and they can't," says French photographer Guido Mocafico, who spent several years traveling to museums across Europe to shoot hundreds of Blaschka models.

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

‘If You Want to Kill Someone, We Are the Right Guys’

He suggested that Amy could be killed at home and agreed that her house could be burned to the ground—for an additional 10 bitcoin, or $4,100.“Not my wife,” Stephen replied, “but I was thinking the same thing.” The next day he scraped together the money.

10 Must-Know Tips for Mastering Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

10 Must-Know Tips for Mastering Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

You'll find a lot of items, from helpful consumables to essentials like new Shinobi tools for your prosthetic arm and Prayer Beads to upgrade your character.

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Using a new method for measuring unplanned edits, a team of American, Chinese, and European scientists has found that the same base editor, widely in use by researchers today, actually messes up the genome at an eyebrow-raising rate. Besides the base editors, Steinmetz’s group also tested good ‘ol Crispr 1.0, the gene-editing workhorse of the biological research world.

Meet the Workers Who Build an Entire City of Ice Every Year

Meet the Workers Who Build an Entire City of Ice Every Year

It takes almost 200,000 cubic meters of ice to construct the festival every year, all of it cut out of the frozen Songhua River in 700-kilogram blocks by a small army of local laborers.

How McLaren Learned to Treat its Formula One Pit Crew Like Athletes

How McLaren Learned to Treat its Formula One Pit Crew Like Athletes

On lap six, Hamilton hit a barrier and punctured a rear tire, forcing him to make a pit stop.Screens at the McLaren Applied Technologies High Performance Centre sourth of London track the position and speed of vehicles.

How the 'Betrayal Legacy' Board Game Tells a Story Over Time

How the 'Betrayal Legacy' Board Game Tells a Story Over Time

When Avalon Hill approached Daviau with the idea to build a legacy game for Betrayal in December 2016, it seemed like an opportunity to tell a longer, richer story about one of his most popular games.Designing the mechanics of a “living” game is a balancing act.