• Math2

    Sep 10, 2018

    Mathematician Claims He Solved 160-Year-Old Math Problem

    An unsolved 160-year-old math problem may finally have a solution, but critics are wary.

  • PaymentFacial

    Sep 7, 2018

    Paying with Your Face

    Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow?

  • instagram

    Sep 5, 2018

    Instagram's co-founders exit social network

    Kevin Systrom, Instagram's chief executive, and Mike Krieger, its chief technology officer, have resigned and plan to leave in the coming weeks. In a statement, Systrom said he and Krieger are "grateful" for their time at Instagram...

  • Otto

    Sep 3, 2018

    Self-Driving Trucks

    Tractor-trailers without a human at the wheel will soon barrel onto highways near you. What will this mean for the nation's 1.7 million truck drivers?

  • red-blood-cells

    Aug 29, 2018

    The Cell Atlas

    In 1665, Robert Hooke peered down his microscope at a piece of cork and discovered little boxes that reminded him of rooms in a monastery. Being the first scientist to describe cells, Hooke would be amazed by biology's next mega-project:...

  • Dueling

    Aug 27, 2018

    Dueling Neural Networks

    Artificial intelligence is getting very good at identifying things: show it a million pictures, and it can tell you with uncanny accuracy which ones depict a pedestrian crossing a street.

  • QuantumLeap

    Aug 24, 2018

    Materials' Quantum Leap

    The prospect of powerful new quantum computers comes with a puzzle. They'll be capable of feats of computation inconceivable with today's machines, but we haven't yet figured out what we might do with those powers.

  • Genetics

    Aug 22, 2018

    Genetic Fortune-Telling

    One day, babies will get DNA report cards at birth. These reports will offer predictions about their chances of suffering a heart attack or cancer, of getting hooked on tobacco, and of being smarter than average.