Avoiding the sound of silence
With Europe’s ageing population, hearing loss will become a major concern for public health. A new generation of technologies can slow the process.
A new genetic revolution
The ability to modify sequences of DNA with pinpoint precision promises new drugs, healthier livestock and better crops.
The double-edged promise of AI
Some people fret that artificial intelligence will end civilization as we know it, others believe it can solve every problem.
The inevitability of free papers
Scientists are making headway in challenging the traditional publishing model for research papers. The big winners may include ordinary citizens.
Medicine: ethical questions
Sharing medical data leads to more targeted treatments, but also bears the risk of abuse. Adam Molyneaux of Sophia Genetics discusses the complexities.
Our weighty new view of the universe
The recent discovery of gravitational waves has given us a completely new tool for observing the sky. Technologist spoke to some of the scientists listening for the miniscule ripples in space-time.
New materials for new records
Aluminium, carbon and even bamboo: sport results today depend highly on the materials.
Going with the flow
The fight against congestion is getting some new tools: mobile phones and complex algorithms.
From selfies to the fifth dimension
Rapidly evolving camera technology is changing our very notion of photography.
A revolution in lighting
Modern illumination is not only much more efficient, but increasingly responsive to the rhythms of human life.
How old are you really?
Age is so much more than years elapsed since your date of birth.
A tank full of sunshine
Solar energy won’t fulfil its potential until the storage problem is solved. Here’s how.
Power from thin air
Mobile devices need energy – lots of it. Instead of focussing only on improving battery performance, some scientists are looking at the ambient energy that is all around us.