Researchers are developing ways to lock captured CO2 into cement. It could help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and deal with climate change at the same time.
Feb. 14, 2021 • ~9 min
The recent arrest of a Chinese-born scientist at MIT raises questions about the value of international science collaboration and its impact on the American innovation system.
Jan. 26, 2021 • ~10 min
The Fourth Industrial Revolution failed to deliver; it's time that we put our faith once again in hard science.
Jan. 19, 2021 • ~8 min
AI algorithms can solve hard problems and learn incredible tasks, but they can't explain how they do these things. If researchers can build explainable AI, it could lead to a flood of new knowledge.
Jan. 13, 2021 • ~7 min
The top scientific breakthrough for 2020 was understanding SARS-CoV-2 and how it causes COVID-19 – and then developing multiple vaccines
The development of multiple vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19 has been hailed as the breakthrough of 2020. But there were many more supporting discoveries that made this possible.
Dec. 17, 2020 • ~11 min
The iconic American inventor is still a white male – and that's an obstacle to race and gender inclusion
The story of the invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.
Dec. 8, 2020 • ~9 min
Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.
Nov. 18, 2020 • ~5 min
What if roads and bridges could signal structural problems that need repair?
Nov. 12, 2020 • ~8 min
Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.
Oct. 29, 2020 • ~5 min
Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19
Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
Oct. 27, 2020 • ~8 min