A Space Laser Shows How Catastrophic Sea Level Rise Will Be

An actual space laser is cruising 300 miles above your head right now. Launched in 2018, NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite packs a lidar instrument, the same kind of technology that allows…

A New Type of Supernova Unlocks Thousand-Year-Old Stellar Mysteries

Around July 4, 1054, Chinese astronomers recorded a “guest star” that shone so brightly, it was visible in broad daylight for 23 days. The remnants of that long-ago supernova now…

Mario Golf: Super Rush Takes Way Too Big a Swing

Over the years, Mario has tried his hand at many activities, from tennis, enjoyably, to Dance Dance Revolution, much less so. But it’s always been golf where his reinvention has…

The Updated Wandrd Prvke Is the Perfect Camera Bag

The most important part of something that sits on your back for several hours is comfort, and Wandrd nails it. The company updated the padding on the back and shoulders,…

‘Emily Is Away’ Re-Creates Social Media’s Awkward, Early Days

Ask someone who played it what they think of the indie game Emily Is Away, and they might confess to shedding a tear at the end. If they did, they’re…

Lakes Are Losing Oxygen—and Their Inhabitants Are in Danger

Rose identified a second problem too: Deep water is becoming less clear because of a host of factors including erosion, algal growth, and fertilizer runoff from nearby agricultural fields and…

Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just

The pandemic taught us a lesson that we needed to learn again, says Alondra Nelson: Science and technology have everything to do with issues of society, inequality, and social life.…

How to Get Windows 11’s Best New Features Right Now

Microsoft just announced the first new full version of Windows in years, introducing a new Start menu, translucent windows, and Android apps, among many other changes. It’s not due out…

Can the most exciting new solar material live up to its hype?

While perovskites have the potential to reach high efficiencies (the world record for a perovskite-only cell is just over 25%), most of the best-performing perovskite cells today are tiny—less than…

Inside the risky bat-virus engineering that links America to Wuhan

For Baric, that research started in the late 1990s. Coronaviruses were then considered low risk, but Baric’s studies on the genetics that allowed viruses to enter human cells convinced him…