Abilities of technological design
3-D printing: Wave of the future
Layer by layer, 3-D printers fuse tiny particles of plastic or metal, building complex parts from computer instructions — forget hold More
Store more. Much more!
The explosion of data — in meteorology, genetics, spying and physics — requires new storage technology. DNA has been storing data for More
Spears helped our ancestors eat and defend themselves. Spearmaking required ingenuity, experiments and communication. Symmetrical stone More
The science of cheese
Cheesemaking is older than Homer’s Odyssey, but questions remain. Which bacteria make the best cheese? Must low-fat cheese taste like More
Mock meat: Fit for grilling?
Soy protein: It may look like meat. Could meat be grown, cell by cell, in lab dishes. Could in vitro meat solve health and More
Farming, Native American style
Native agriculture could be a sophisticated response to a challenging environment. What were the secrets of permaculture, companion More
Chasing neutrinos at the South Pole
Neutrinos travel through mass with scarcely a trace. A 1-billion ton detector at South Pole “sees” neutrinos from distant galaxies. More
I robot. Aye science!
Ocean technology on the move: 1: a robot sub smart enough to find stuff in the deep ocean 2: a metal fish glides for weeks under the More
Plumbing ancient Mayan plumbing!
Video surveillance: Who is watching you?
Fertilizing the ocean
As Earth warms, should we try huge geoengineering projects to cool the climate? Would adding iron to fertilize ocean plants withdraw More
Happy Thanksgiving! We celebrate eating — and food.
We celebrate eating — and food. Hungry: Is that your “food clock” ringing? Why does a fruitfly need to smell? More
Hungry? History has lessons for improving farm productivity.
After World War II, the “green revolution” sparked an explosion in farm output in developing countries. What can we learn? More
Pilot perfection: Errors plunge!
Pilot errors dropped 40% over 20 years, but on-the-ground accidents are up. Can we further boost airline safety? More