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Think Climate Change Is Messy? Wait Until Geoengineering

By Matt Simon
Someone's bound to hack the atmosphere to cool the planet. So we urgently need more research on the consequences, says climate scientist Kate Ricke.

An AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

By Max G. Levy
A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

By Robin Andrews
Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it’s hard to place sensors at seaβ€”unless you’ve got a bird with a backpack.

Your Brain Is an Energy-Efficient 'Prediction Machine'

By Anil Ananthaswamy
Results from neural networks support the idea that brains use predictions to create perceptionsβ€”and that they work that way to conserve power.

Sponge Genes Hint at the Origins of Neurons and Other Cells

By Viviane Callier
A new gene expression study reveals broad cellular diversity as well as possibly ancient connections between the nervous, immune, and digestive systems.

Glowing Worms Could Shed Light On the Secrets of Regeneration

By Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica
Cut a panther worm into thirds and each section will grow a new body. Researchers injected some with a fluorescent protein to study how.

Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

By Kylie Mohr
A team tracking the flights of four Tule geese from Alaska to California documented how the birds changed course in response to dense smoke.

E-Cigarettes Could Be the New Nicotine Patch

By Grace Browne
England will allow doctors to prescribe vaping devices to people who want to quit smokingβ€”if manufacturers can develop a product that works.

This Intrepid Robot Is the WALL-E of the Deep Sea

By Matt Simon
Here's how engineers got the car-sized Benthic Rover II to roam the seafloor 13,000 feet deep without immediately breaking down.

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Worksβ€”for Dogs

By Maryn McKenna
People and canines suffer horribly from the disease, caused by a fungus spreading through the increasingly dry US Southwest.

Climate Pledges Fall Dangerously Short of the 1.5 Β°C Target

By Jocelyn Timperley
Countries at COP26 have committed to slashing emissions, in the hope of limiting global warming to 1.5 Β°C. It's not enough.

RE:WIRED 2021: Neal Stephenson on Building and Fixing Worlds

By Max G. Levy
The science fiction author spoke with WIRED senior correspondent Adam Rogers about climate change and big solutions.

Moderna's CEO on the Fight Over the Covid-19 Vaccine's Future

By Brent Rose
The roadblocks to getting the Covid-19 vaccine into poorer countries partially come down to a contentious patent dispute.

NASA Tries to Save Hubble, Again

By Ramin Skibba
The space telescope’s latest hardware problem has kept it offline for two weeks, raising concerns that the decades-old spacecraft is running out of time.

Astronaut Gear of the Future May Fight Bone and Muscle Loss

By Sarah Scoles
New space suits and muscle stimulators could keep spacefarers fit on long voyages.

Mathematicians Finally Prove That Melting Ice Stays Smooth

By Mordechai Rorvig
They now have a complete understanding of the complicated equations that model the motion of free boundaries, like the one between ice and water.

Lidar Uncovers Hundreds of Lost Maya and Olmec Ruins

By Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica
An aerial survey in southern Mexico discovered a host of ceremonial sites that could date as far back as 1100 BC.

Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

By Nicola Jones
The first major report on the world’s reefs presents a grim picture of losses from global warming. But there are signs corals can recover if given a reprieve.

Want to Lie on a Bed of Nails? Physics Has Your Back

By Rhett Allain
This is the science of why you can recline on an array of very sharp things without getting the pointy end of the stick.

It’s Time to Delete Carbon From the Atmosphere. But How?

By Matt Simon
It’s not enough to drastically slash emissions. To stave off the worst of climate change, humanity needs to capture the carbon that's already in the air.
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