Ostrich eggshells hold clues to our earliest ancestors

The shells of ostrich eggs, left in ancient trash heaps called middens, outperform other methods of dating for studying early Homo sapiens.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 5, 2021 ~13 min

A robot that can help you untangle your hair

Robotic arm equipped with a hairbrush helps with brushing tasks and could be an asset in assistive-care settings.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Sugary brain implant is the softest ever made

Researchers used silicone and sugar to make the softest brain implant ever—with a thickness of sewing thread and the consistency of soft pudding.

Shawn Hayward-McGill • futurity
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Four ways to make sure your passwords are safe and easy to remember

Passwords have been around for decades and we’re still getting it wrong.

Steven Furnell, Professor of Cyber Security, University of Nottingham • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Researchers identify protein ‘signature’ in severe COVID-19 cases

Researchers have identified a protein signature that may help answer the question, “Why do some patients die from COVID-19, while others — who appear to be just as ill — survive?”

Timothy Gower • harvard
May 4, 2021 ~7 min

The world’s data explained: how much we're producing and where it's all stored

The growth in information production appears unstoppable.

Melvin M. Vopson, Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Portsmouth • conversation
May 4, 2021 ~6 min

Young, giant exoplanet chows down on gas as it grows

"This system is so exciting because we can witness the formation of a planet. This is the youngest bona fide planet Hubble has ever directly imaged."

UT Austin • futurity
May 4, 2021 ~6 min

With a zap of light, system switches objects’ colors and patterns

“Programmable matter” technique could enable product designers to churn out prototypes with ease.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2021 ~5 min

East and West Coast mice show evolution can be predictable

Studying mice shows that evolution often works on the same genes in different populations when they're confronted with similar environmental conditions.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
May 3, 2021 ~12 min

Human organ chips enable rapid drug repurposing for COVID-19

A Wyss Institute-led collaboration has used the institute’s organ-on-a-chip technology to identify the antimalarial drug amodiaquine as a potent inhibitor of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
May 3, 2021 ~18 min