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Porsche‘s Cayenne E-Hybrid Checks Your Route to Pick Your Power

Porsche‘s Cayenne E-Hybrid Checks Your Route to Pick Your Power

Porsche’s new Cayenne E-Hybrid sees farther down the road than most cars, and not in the figurative “” sense. It's in the “tap into the navigation system, see where you’re going, and have just the right mix of battery and combustion energy to get you there” sense. Before we do the smart stuff, let’s cover the basics. The 300-pound, 14.1-kWh […]

So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren‘t Science Projects Anymore

So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren‘t Science Projects Anymore

Thad Starner had been wearing a computer for a few years—an LED readout over his left eye, wired to a processor in a shoulder bag and a one-handed keyboard—when he came to for a conference in 1998. His kludgy, cyberpunk rig was fascinating; two young techies walked up to ask him about it. “I said, ‘It’s a wearable computer,’ ” Starner […]

This Robotic Pollinator Is Like a Huge Bee With Wheels and an Arm

This Robotic Pollinator Is Like a Huge Bee With Wheels and an Arm

You like eating, yes? Apples, oranges, berries? For these foods we can thank bees and their extraordinary pollinating powers. Unfortunately, to show our appreciation, humans are killing off bees in —destroying their habitats and poisoning them with . And at the same time, our population is skyrocketing, which means if we can't get our act together, we have to somehow […]

The Truth-Affirming Powers of a Good, Old-Fashioned Netflix Binge

The Truth-Affirming Powers of a Good, Old-Fashioned Netflix Binge

The commercial web steams on as a hopped-up, strung-out system of hyperlinks, engineered to mix Barnumesque humbug with authentic reports, and to overlap ads and news—the better to sucker the eye. But the spirit of mischief that used to define the web has curdled. In place of pranks and profiteering are now exploitation, malice, fraud, racketeering, and warfare. Consider last […]

Scientists Are Using AI to Painstakingly Assemble Single Atoms

Scientists Are Using AI to Painstakingly Assemble Single Atoms

Forget ruby-encrusted swords or diamond-tipped chainsaws. The scanning probe microscope is, quite literally, the sharpest object ever made. Hidden under its bulky silver exterior is a thin metal wire, as fine as a human hair. And at one end, its point tapers to the width of a single atom. Scientists wield the wire not as a weapon, but as an […]

The Laser Battle Against Blood-Sucking Parasites of the Deep

The Laser Battle Against Blood-Sucking Parasites of the Deep

Alf-Helge Aarskog is pacing. Back and forth he walks across the polished hardwood floors of a barge anchored in a fjord off the southwestern coast of Norway. The barge sits alongside one of the world’s largest salmon farms. It’s November and the sky is cloudless, the mountains are snow-capped, the water is a clear sapphire blue. The control room has […]

Congress Is About to Learn Just How Little Science Knows About Tech Addiction

Congress Is About to Learn Just How Little Science Knows About Tech Addiction

After hearing the questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced , you'd be forgiven for thinking some legislators had never so much as heard of the internet. (Pardon the snark, but South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham's "Is Twitter the same as what you do?" still gives us the vapors.) And yet, recent signs suggest America's lawmakers aren't completely clueless about the growing […]