DNA 'Lite-Brite' is a promising way to archive data for decades or longer

DNA has been storing vast amounts of biological information for billions of years. Researchers are working to harness DNA for archiving data. A new method uses light to simplify the process.

Luca Piantanida, Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University • conversation
yesterday ~5 min

US support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patent rights puts pressure on drugmakers – but what would a waiver actually look like?

The process will take months, if it's even approved. But just the threat of waiving intellectual property rights could spur faster action.

Dalindyebo Shabalala, Associate Professor, University of Dayton • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

How much sleep do you really need?

Getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis can help you do well in school or at work. It might even make you better-looking.

Dana McMakin, Associate Professor of Psychology, Florida International University • conversation
yesterday ~5 min

Water wells are at risk of going dry in the US and worldwide

The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.

Scott Jasechko, Assistant Professor of Water Resources, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Why the concept of net zero is a dangerous trap – podcast

The audio version of an in-depth article rounding on governments worldwide for using the concept of net zero emissions to "greenwash" their lack of commitment to solving global warming.

Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University • conversation
yesterday ~2 min

Can federated learning save the world?

Training the artificial intelligence models that underpin web search engines, power smart assistants and enable driverless cars, consumes megawatts of energy

Cambridge University News • cambridge
yesterday ~8 min

A new era of spaceflight? Promising advances in rocket propulsion

Three private companies have recently been commissioned to develop nuclear fission thermal rockets for use in orbit around the Moon.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Smartphones are powerful personal pocket computers – should schools ban them?

Phones have the potential to help children learn, but UK teachers need evidence-based guidance on phone use in schools

Miranda Pallan, Reader in Public Health & Epidemiology, University of Birmingham • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Scientists use ‘Romantic Solution’ to Help Endangered Species

VOA Learning English • voa
May 9, 2021 ~3 min

NASA Expands Mars Helicopter Mission After Successful Test Flights

VOA Learning English • voa
May 9, 2021 ~4 min