Compulsive Behavior Sells
Nir Eyal is showing software designers how to hook users in four easy steps. Welcome to the new era of habit-forming technology.
Genome Study Predicts DNA of the Whole of Iceland
Large genome databases are starting to reveal critical health information—even about people who have not contributed their DNA.
New Display Technology Lets LCDs Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
Startup aims to give mobile devices the power to display full-color holographic images and video.
Old Battery Type Gets an Energy Boost
The chemical company BASF says the basic type of battery used now in hybrids could be improved tenfold, leading to cheaper electric cars.
Deep Learning Squeezed Onto a Phone
Artificial-intelligence software can make phones better at tracking your workouts and emotions.
Quantum Light Beam Solves Mazes, with a Little Help from Classical Noise
The quickest way to solve a maze exploits both quantum and classical processes, say physicists who have demonstrated the effect for the first time.
The Anti-Aging Pill
The problem, Guarente says, is that it’s nearly impossible to prove, in any reasonable time frame, that drugs that extend the lifespan of animals can do the same in people; such an experiment could take decades. That’s why Guarente says he decided to take the unconventional route of packaging cutting-edge lab research as so-called nutraceuticals, which don’t require clinical trials or approval by the FDA.
Why the Time Seems Right for a Space-Based Internet Service
New micro-satellite technology is enabling satellite Internet services that could reach billions of new users.
Drones That Can Suck Up Water Hunt Oil Leaks, Invasive Species
Drones able to take water samples could be the first in a new wave of hands-on aerial robots.