The Startup Meant to Reinvent What Bitcoin Can Do
A company given $21 million by leading Silicon Valley investors aims to extend Bitcoin’s functionality so it can power much more than just payments.
Chemical-Sensing Displays and Other Surprising Uses of Glass
Although a water app isn’t close yet, researchers at Corning and elsewhere recently discovered that they could use Gorilla Glass, the toughened glass made by Corning that’s commonly used on smartphone screens, to make extremely sensitive chemical and biological sensors. It could detect, say, traces of sarin gas in the air or specific pathogens in water.
Desalination out of Desperation
Severe droughts are forcing researchers to rethink how technology can increase the supply of fresh water.
A Step Toward Artificial Cells, Built from Silicon
In a step toward sophisticated artificial cells, scientists have engineered a silicon chip that can produce proteins from DNA, the most basic function of life.
“Nanobuds” Could Turn Almost Any Surface Into a Touch Sensor
Stretchy, conductive films made of novel nanobuds could bring touch sensors to more surfaces.
Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?
There’s a bitter fight over the patents for CRISPR, a breakthrough new form of DNA editing.
Water-Repellent Coating Could Make Power Plants Greener
A startup has created a water-repellent coating that could significantly increase power plants’ efficiency.
Laser-Radio Links Upgrade the Internet
Wireless links formed partly by lasers may offer a faster, cheaper way to improve mobile Internet.
Rise of the Robot Security Guards
Startup Knightscope is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols.
fMRI Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain
The human brain carries out many tasks at the same time, but how many? Now fMRI data has revealed just how parallel gray matter is.