The plan to mine the world’s research papers
A giant data store quietly being built in India could free vast swathes of science for computer analysis — but is it legal?
Hallucinations implanted in mouse brains using light
Behavioural evidence suggests that targeting just 20 neurons prompted animals to ‘see’ an image.
How fast is the Universe expanding? Cosmologists just got more confused
Hotly anticipated technique fails to resolve disagreement over how fast cosmos is expanding — for now.
No limit: AI poker bot is first to beat professionals at multiplayer game
Triumph over five human opponents at Texas hold’em brings bots closer to solving complicated real-world problems.
Self-destructing mosquitoes and sterilized rodents: the promise of gene drives
Altering the genomes of entire animal populations could help to defeat disease and control pests, but researchers worry about the consequences of unleashing this new technology.
The biologist using insect eggs to overturn evolutionary doctrine
Cassandra Extavour has transformed understanding of animal development — while championing diversity, and nurturing a side career as a soprano.
Strange topological materials are popping up everywhere physicists look
‘Fragile topology’ is the latest addition to a group of quantum phenomena that give materials exotic — and exciting — properties.
The reality behind solar power’s next star material
Companies say they are close to commercializing cheap perovskite films that could disrupt solar power — but are they too optimistic?
NASA drone will soar over Saturn’s largest moon
The Dragonfly mission will explore Titan’s atmosphere and hydrocarbon lakes.
Move over, DNA: ancient proteins are starting to reveal humanity’s history
Proteins dating back more than one million years have been extracted from some fossils, and could help to answer some difficult questions about archaic humans.