Freeze-dried vaccine could one day be used for COVID-19

A new freeze-dried vaccine formula that looks a lot like green cotton candy has potential for use as a COVID-19 vaccine that wouldn't need refrigeration.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
today ~6 min

Voice assistants aren’t great at giving quality health information

Voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant answer health questions, but how reliable is the info? New research reveals room to improve.

Stanford • futurity
today ~9 min

Harvard researchers explore superconductor possibilities

Never-before-seen electron behavior could help scientists create superwires for supercharged technology.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
today ~6 min

Team creates new phase of matter, the ‘time crystal’

"Time-crystals are a striking example of a new type of non-equilibrium quantum phase of matter."

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
today ~11 min

Several Carmakers Push Plans to Offer Hydrogen-powered Vehicles

VOA Learning English • voa
yesterday ~5 min

Humpback whale song is for finding other whales, not courting them

New research is "an arrow through the chest" for the theory that humpback whales sing to attract mates. Instead, their song is much closer to sonar.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Harvard astrophysicist on NASA’s mission to head off Armageddon

Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics explains the science and objectives guiding the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Nov. 30, 2021 ~9 min

100 household task benchmarks are like robotics ‘North Star’

Researchers are working to figure out how to judge success in household tasks like washing dishes and cleaning floors for future home robot assistants.

Andrew Myers-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 30, 2021 ~8 min

Healthy gorilla gut microbiomes don’t all look alike

A "healthy" gut microbiome may differ from one gorilla to another. The discovery could help diagnose potential health challenges for gorillas in human care.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Nov. 30, 2021 ~7 min

New ‘monster’ ichthyosaur had an arsenal of deadly teeth

A new 130-million-year-old fossil "shakes up the evolutionary tree" of ichthyosaurs, which were ancient animals that look eerily like living swordfish.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Nov. 30, 2021 ~5 min