‘Freezing’ our bodies is the key to long-distance space travel — but can we do it?

Long-distance space travel, traveling at sub-light speeds, will require a way to make the journey with a crew of aging humans. While it’s possible to ...

Machine learning for everyone: How to implement pose estimation in a browser using your webcam

The 20th century turned out to be an era of exponential growth in the field of machine learning. The 3000-year-old ancient game of ‘Go’ that computer ...

Scientists explain why we (probs) won’t rebel against totalitarian rulers

Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation was the...

How to stop AI from perpetuating harmful biases

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already re-configuring the world in conspicuous ways. Data drives our global digital ecosystem, and AI technologies re...

Researcher: Here are 5 things that scare me about AI

AI is being increasingly used to make important decisions. Many AI experts (including Jeff Dean, head of AI at Google, and Andrew Ng, founder of Cours...

How to recognize an alien when you see one

What would convince you that aliens existed? The question came up recently at a conference on astrobiology, held at Stanford University in California....

How to train your brain to release more happy chemicals

Do you ever wish you could just turn on the happy chemicals in your brain? Imagine how much easier it would make getting out of bed each morning, gett...

Meet the cobots: the robots who will be your colleagues, not your replacements

The latest industrial robots look like petting zoo versions of the big machines found in many modern factories – small, cute, and you can play with th...

How digital civil registration accelerates UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Technological innovations such as mobile devices and biometrics to capture an entire population’s vital events from birth to death are accelerating pr...

MIT engineers made a cheaper and more efficient device to trap carbon dioxide

Capturing carbon dioxide from smokestacks, and even removing it directly from air, might be the only way to avert the most catastrophic effects of cli...

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