Science and Technology
Breaking news from around the world in science and technology, including new experiments and research findings. Learn about the latest developments in space programs, environmental challenges, the human body, animal behavior, genetics, and the expanding field of artificial intelligence and robotics. Furthermore, discover the new trends of social media and virtual reality, and explore the future of this complex technology! Our writers Alex Zhang and Fei Fei Zhao produce weekly. Our section editor is Kartika Upadhyaya
Accounts of the mysterious weather occurrence known as “ball lightning” have been documented throughout human history, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that scientists began looking deeper into the phenomenon.
Zoonotic diseases are transmitted between animals and humans, and make up 60% of all human diseases. Their impact is devastating: 13 of these infections alone kill 2.2 million people per year.
When CRISPR was discovered less than a decade ago, scientists worldwide rejoiced at the ease with which they could now target and alter DNA. It has become apparent, however, that gene editing isn’t the only trick up CRISPR’s sleeve.
This Friday, Amazon announced the upcoming launch of its delivery service which is called “Shipping with Amazon.” The company hopes to compete against FedEx and UPS in the shipping and handling business.
On February 6th, SpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket at the Kennedy Space Center from the same launch pad that NASA used to send men to the moon half a century ago. The occasion was momentous not only because the Falcon Heavy is currently the most powerful rocket in existence but also because the launch concluded with the successful landing of two boosters.
While U.S. tech companies such as Amazon are still experimenting health care with their own employees' coverage, China has skipped the testing phase, in favor of more advanced offerings.
Alzheimer's is a devastating neurological disease that results in the loss of memory and other mental functions. While the cause is currently unknown, scientists believe that the formation of beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles contribute to neuronal death in the brain.
Each year, the flu returns in a different form and although scientists routinely develop new seasonal vaccines to fight the virus and its secondary infections, the number of flu casualties remains high. Fortunately, new research reveals that we may be a step closer to making a universal vaccine which protects against multiple strains of the flu.
Eight and six weeks ago, two genetically identical long-tailed macaques named Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong were born in Shanghai’s research laboratory, through cloning referred to as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT).
Type II Diabetes, estimated to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US, results from the body’s inability to effectively make or use insulin, and often leads to serious neural and vascular damage in many organs.
After a year of testing, Amazon finally opened its futuristic convenience store to the public this Monday. Located in Seattle, Amazon Go is a new kind of convenience store with no cashiers or checkout lines, creating an interesting and unique shopping experience.
Fresh lobster is one of the most coveted ingredients in the culinary world, but its preparation has long been controversial.
For the last few months, the after effects of Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico’s history, have been keenly felt by the medical community for a surprising reason. The devastation of the small Caribbean island has brought about the mass realization that Puerto Rico is the location of many US drug manufacturing facilities.
Christmas season is here, and video gamers will encounter one of the gaming industry’s most controversial tactics in years: the “loot box,” which is an in-game reward that is also for sale. Loot boxes are featured by many popular games including Activision Blizzard’s “Call of Duty: WWII,” “Overwatch,” and Ubisoft Entertainment’s “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”
Roughly 700,000 people die per year as a result of an ever-evolving bacteria resistant to antibiotics, known as superbugs. Bacteria are expanding faster than people may expect as they increase immunity against antibiotics due to the overuse of the latter.
Model organisms such as mice, fruit flies, and aplysia have been used by scientists for decades to perform studies considered unethical to perform on human patients. Experiments on these organisms have been instrumental in saving the lives of countless people yet there remain limitations to their usage.
On Monday, Facebook introduced Messenger Kids, a messaging application designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12. The app was reportedly released in response to parents’ growing concerns about children’s social media environment.
You have probably heard the names of Ando, Green Tiffin, and Sprig, but you may have never seen any of them on the street. These are three of the most popular virtual restaurants in U.S — restaurants which you can only find online.
Small-scale agricultural production, also known as “vertical farming,” is often expensive and difficult. However, as concerns rise over conventional agriculture, small-scale farming could become a cornerstone in combating global food insecurity.
Magic Leap, an augmented reality (AR) hardware startup, just raised $502 million in its latest funding round, increasing its valuation to $6 billion--despite the fact that it has yet to ship a product. Last year, the firm received $1.3 billion from major investors like Google, Alibaba, and J.P. Morgan Investment Management.
Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is a rare genetic disease which predisposes skin to erosion, extreme blistering, and injuries likened to those of burn victims. However, advancements in stem cell and gene therapy have uncovered an innovative and thus far effective treatment.
The investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election demonstrated the potential of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to disrupt the political atmosphere.
Excessive alertness has been linked to several mental disorders including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and mania. Scientists at Stanford University recently developed a new technique for visualizing neuronal activity to examine the origins of “alertness” in the brain.
CRISPR is a powerful gene-editing technique that functions like a molecular cut-and-paste tool, removing and replacing defective gene segments in our DNA. It seems, now, that the revolutionary biotechnology is getting an upgrade.
Hurricanes aren’t the only natural disaster laying siege to the US. California is currently experiencing one of the worst wildfire outbreaks in the state’s history with the death toll above 40 as of October 18.