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Sponge Cities Can Limit Urban Floods and Droughts
Environment

Sponge Cities Can Limit Urban Floods and Droughts

Restoring natural water flows in cities can lessen the impacts of floods and droughts

By Erica Gies
Artificial Leaf Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel
Energy

Artificial Leaf Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Technology that mimics photosynthesis converts carbon dioxide to fuels in a sustainable way

By Javier Garcia Martinez
How Plant Diseases Travel around the Globe on Highways in the Air
Biology

How Plant Diseases Travel around the Globe on Highways in the Air

Aerial drones and chaos theory help researchers explore the many ways that microorganisms spread havoc around the world

By David Schmale and Shane Ross
Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air
Public Health

Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air

Technologies that pull moisture from the air are now solar-powered

By Donna J. Nelson and Jeffrey Carbeck
Early Warnings of Terrible Earthquakes Appear High in the Sky, a New Theory Says
Natural Disasters

Early Warnings of Terrible Earthquakes Appear High in the Sky, a New Theory Says

The best early warnings of a big disaster may appear 180 miles above the ground, a controversial new theory says

By Erik Vance
Alien Anthropocene: How Would Other Worlds Battle Climate Change?
Space

Alien Anthropocene: How Would Other Worlds Battle Climate Change?

The problem would likely plague every technological civilization throughout the universe, says astrophysicist Adam Frank

By Lee Billings
Threatened Forests Cannot Move, So Scientists Are Relocating Their Genes
Environment

Threatened Forests Cannot Move, So Scientists Are Relocating Their Genes

Trees can't walk to a better place as climate worsens. So scientists are relocating helpful genes instead

By Hillary Rosner
Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive
Environment

Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive

Scientists are urgently transplanting, fertilizing and enhancing corals to help them adapt to warmer oceans, but rebuilding entire reefs will be daunting

By Rebecca Albright
Lab-Grown Meat
Chemistry

Lab-Grown Meat

Beef for dinner—without killing animals or the environment

By G. Owen Schaefer
Could Genetic Engineering Save the Galápagos?
Biology

Could Genetic Engineering Save the Galápagos?

In the Galápagos, invasive species are driving native animals to extinction. Some conservationists are asking whether genetic manipulation is the solution

By Stephen S. Hall
Can We Really Eat Invasive Species into Submission?
Environment

Can We Really Eat Invasive Species into Submission?

The tale of a giant Amazon fish reveals the promise and peril of “invasivorism”

By Michael Snyder
Microbes with Rewired DNA Turn into Patient-Saving Drugs
Medicine

Microbes with Rewired DNA Turn into Patient-Saving Drugs

By reprogramming DNA inside harmful microbes, biologists are turning them into patient-saving drugs

By Michael Waldholz
Bacteria Gang Together in Killer Biofilms, but Scientists Can Disrupt Gang Communications
Biology

Bacteria Gang Together in Killer Biofilms, but Scientists Can Disrupt Gang Communications

Biofilms—3-D mats of bacteria—kill as many people as cancer does and fight off antibiotics. Now scientists are turning biofilms’ own weapons against them

By Karin Sauer
Unnatural Responsibilities
Biotech

Unnatural Responsibilities

Synthetic biology offers unusual rewards and risks

By Kevin M. Esvelt
Electroceuticals
Medical & Biotech

Electroceuticals

Nerve-stimulating therapies could soon replace drugs for many chronic conditions

By Geoffrey Ling and Corinna E. Lathan
The Future of Sexual Reproduction
Biotech

The Future of Sexual Reproduction

Could scientists one day use blood and skin cells to replace sperm and eggs?

By Karen Weintraub
Sewage Shows the Way to a Novel Diabetes Vaccine
Medicine

Sewage Shows the Way to a Novel Diabetes Vaccine

Viruses found in contaminated water may protect against type 1 diabetes

By Kristen M. Drescher and Steven Tracy
Building a Brain in the Lab
Neuroscience

Building a Brain in the Lab

Scientists copy nature’s most complex organ in the hope of solving the mysteries of brain disorders, from autism to Alzheimer’s

By Juergen A. Knoblich
Gene Therapy Tackles a Common Birth Defect: Deafness
Medical & Biotech

Gene Therapy Tackles a Common Birth Defect: Deafness

After false starts, researchers are making progress toward treating deafness with gene therapy

By Dina Fine Maron
You Really Can Learn in Your Sleep
Cognition

You Really Can Learn in Your Sleep

Experimental techniques demonstrate how to strengthen memories when our brains are off-line

By Ken A. Paller and Delphine Oudiette
Neuroscientists Use Rabies to Explore the Brain
Neuroscience

Neuroscientists Use Rabies to Explore the Brain

Using engineered forms of the rabies virus, neuroscientists can map brain circuits with unprecedented precision

By Andrew J. Murray

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