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LK-99 — How Science Sleuths Solved the Mystery

Efforts to replicate the material have pieced together the puzzle of why it displayed superconducting-like behaviours. Researchers seem to have solved the puzzle of LK-99. Scientific detective work has unearthed evidence that the material is […]

Google’s Advancements in Quantum Computers

Progress towards fully capable and practical quantum computers isn’t slowing down, and researchers from Google are the latest to announce a significant step forward in the capabilities of today’s machines. While we call these devices […]

3D Printing Living Cells Inside Human Body Becomes a Reality

Three-dimensional bioprinting technology offers great potential in the treatment of tissue and organ damage. Three-dimensional bioprinting uses bio-inks mixed with living cells to print natural tissue-like structures. Currently, this technology can be applied to various […]

Decades-Long Bet on Consciousness Ends

Christof Koch wagered David Chalmers 25 years ago that researchers would learn how the brain achieves consciousness by now. But the quest continues. Consciousness is everything a person experiences — what they taste, hear, feel […]

Why is Science Slowing Down?

Science is the engine of society, and the decline of truly disruptive research is a warning sign for all of us. There might be more science now, but it feels like it adds up to […]

Next Up for CRISPR: Gene Editing for The Masses?

Last year, Verve Therapeutics started the first human trial of a CRISPR treatment that could benefit most people—a signal that gene editing may be ready to go mainstream. Gene-editing treatments work by directly altering the […]

The Physics Principle That Inspired Modern AI Art

Diffusion models generate incredible images by learning to reverse the process that, among other things, causes ink to spread through water. Ask DALL·E 2, an image generation system created by OpenAI, to paint a picture […]

How Music Casts Its Spell on Us

“Music so readily transports us from the present to the past, or from what is actual to what is possible.” “Music,” the trailblazing composer Julia Perry wrote, “has a unifying effect on the peoples of […]

This British Zoologist Wants to Reinvent Color

Andrew Parker has produced some of the brightest hues in the world. So, what’s his secret? Andrew Parker, an English inventor, artist and zoologist at the University of Oxford, thinks color is not a thing. […]

The Year in Space 2022

With beginnings, endings, and new discoveries, space was a busy place in 2022. New Atlas looks back at the best space stories of the past 12 months. Once in full operation, the James Webb Space […]

A Bold Effort to Cure HIV – Using Crispr

An experiment tests whether the gene-editing technology can stop the virus from replicating, which would ultimately wipe out the infection. In July, an HIV-positive man became the first volunteer in a clinical trial aimed at […]

The Genealogy of Chinese Cybernetics

Proposed by Qian Xuesen in the ‘90s as a new scientific discipline, the “meta-synthetic approach” to study the “open complex giant system” still exerts influence over thinking on high-tech social management, smart cities, and state […]

Eavesdropping on the Brain With 10,000 Electrodes

Thanks to advances in neuroscience and microelectronics engineering, we finally have a tool that will let us begin to reverse engineer the wonders of the brain. People often think of technology as applied science, but […]

How to Make the Universe Think for Us

Physicists are building neural networks out of vibrations, voltages and lasers, arguing that the future of computing lies in exploiting the universe’s complex physical behaviors. When it comes to conventional machine learning, computer scientists have […]

The Incredible Life of Maria Sibylla Merian

In the jungle of Suriname, the German-born Swiss naturalist, entomologist and botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian discovered insect metamorphosis. This animation celebrates her many notable contributions to the natural sciences in an age when such […]