New genomic technologies let us study the thriving populations of microörganisms in our bodies, providing important insights into obesity and other health problems.
As the global picture grows grimmer, states and cities are searching for the fine-scale predictions they need to prepare for emergencies--and to keep the faucets running.
A new generation of DNA-sequencing machines is opening up whole new areas of genomic research. Already, researchers are unraveling how modern humans differ from Neanderthals and devising more precise tests for cancer.
New technologies will make online search more intelligent--and may even lead to a "Web 3.0."
To prevent massive pollution and slow its growing contribution to global warming, China will need to make advanced coal technology work on an unprecedented scale.
Some seemingly unconscious patients have startlingly complex brain activity. What does that mean about their potential for recovery? And what can it tell us about the nature of consciousness?
Its history is marred by failures, false hopes, and even death, but for a number of the most horrendous human diseases, gene therapy still holds the promise of a cure. Now, for the first time, there is reason to believe that it is actually working.
The cofounder of MIT's Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, wants to make $100 laptops available to poor children throughout the world. The next few months will be critical in determining whether the One Laptop per Child project succeeds.
In his lab facing the Pacific Ocean, Daniel Morse is learning new ways to build complex semiconductor devices for cheaper, more efficient solar cells. He has an unlikely teacher: sea sponges.
By investing in energy efficiency, we could vastly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money.