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.
Reality Check for Google’s Nanoparticle Health Tests
Google will face big challenges developing a nanotechnology-based test for cancer and other diseases.
Move Computers Beyond Silicon
After decades of repeated reinvention, the silicon transistor is starting to show its age, and the industry is hunting for alternatives. One option involves a new way of manipulating the properties of a material that the computer industry already uses. If it works, it would lead to computer processors that are not only more energy-efficient but also capable of both computation and memory storage at once.