WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More

WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More

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August 7, 2020 9 min
The movement of demonstrators echoes the fluid collective responses of the animal world, as groups respond to threats and signal across large spaces.
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In 2015, Oak Ridge National Laboratory produced the first plutonium fuel in the US in nearly 30 years. Now it’s headed to another planet.
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Researchers collected sediment thousands of feet deep, filtered out bacteria, and revived the cells. But fear not—the destruction of humanity by ancient microbes is not nigh.
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There are hundreds of trials currently in the works. Here’s everything you need to know about the ones edging ahead in the global race.
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Is this your card? A recent study found that participants will select the suit or number they were primed to choose.
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A new experiment on how rapidly atoms can tunnel through a barricade revives a physics debate about how time passes on the quantum scale.
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Seismometers pick up human activity, like driving. When Covid arrived, scientists watched that global seismic noise plummet by 50 percent.
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Even with immediate action, 710 million metric tons of plastic will enter the environment in the next two decades, scientists show. Welcome to Plastic Planet.
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It’s hard enough to get an autonomous vehicle to work on Earth. It’s even harder on another planet.
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Early results from the team in the UK show their approach is safe and provokes an immune response. But that doesn't mean it works.
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Electric vehicle makers hope to roll out super long-lasting batteries. That raises interesting questions about resources, performance—and a battery's second act.
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These creatures have evolved special "nanobodies" that may have an edge over human antibodies when it comes to developing a new treatment.
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When you drive, tiny bits of plastic fly off your tires and brakes. Now scientists have shown how all that road muck is blowing into “pristine” environments like the Arctic.
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It’s not useful to think about coronavirus coming in synchronized surges. This is a long, lingering epidemic that is only just getting started.
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Honestly, you should just be disinfecting your reusable bags—the real issue is airborne virus, not infected shopping totes, experts say.
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Four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis and psychological scientist Julia Shaw explain how to boost your memory skills.
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A massive, intense heat wave is settling over the continental US. The ravages of the Covid pandemic are going to make it all the more deadly.
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Researchers have been looking beyond antibodies to understand how immunity to the new virus might work—and how to design a vaccine.
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A new tracker from Harvard’s GenderSci Lab is the first to consolidate sex-separated data from across the US. It may help researchers solve the mystery.
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If NASA's Perseverance rover finds life on the Red Planet, there's a good chance our first extraterrestrial encounter will be a little ambiguous.
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