Science & technology

Ice and fire

Glaciers on volcanoes could serve as early-warning systems

They could also skew measurements of climate change

Storming the fortress

Sticking together makes bacteria nearly invincible

New treatments are trying to drive them apart

Bacterial warfare

Colonies of bacteria could save the Pentagon billions

America’s armies hope to make use of beneficial biofilms

It’s grim down south

Antarctic sea ice is at a record low

The continent seems to be following in the Arctic’s footsteps

Godforsaken rocks

Finding aliens means studying new sorts of planet

But the places extraterrestrial life can be looked for are not the places it is most likely to thrive

Creation and destruction

A chunk of asteroid is coming to Earth

It could shed light on the origins of life—and how to protect it


How common infections can spark psychiatric illnesses in children

And why many doctors do not realise it

AI in science

How science will be transformed by AI

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Robot scientists

Could AI transform science itself?

Previous scientific revolutions have been led by academic journals and laboratories. Robots might create the next one

AI Science (1)

How scientists are using artificial intelligence

It is already making research faster, better, and more productive

All that gas

Propane-powered heat pumps are greener

And easier to install in leaky old buildings

Easy fieldwork

Animals can be tracked by simply swabbing leaves

DNA gets everywhere. Now it is possible to harvest it