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Hier — 23 février 2020Wired

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

For the first time using this new technique, astronomers have identified an Earth-size planet by observing telltale solar flares.
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Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

A ‘solar sharing’ pilot project in Colorado is testing whether farmers can profit from growing vegetables and harvesting green energy on the same plot.

Wait, Is That Backpack … Floating?

A new pack from HoverGlide looks like magic. But there's a perfectly good physics explanation.

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

With the help of a new kind of drone, marine biologists can sequence DNA found in the ocean to reveal what's living in an ecosystem—and what's missing.

Want to Look Inside a Brain? With Transparent Organs, You Can

Par : Matt Simon
Using clever chemical wizardry, researchers have made human organs see-through. The dazzling 3D maps could one day lead to organs made in the lab.

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

The world’s richest man committed $10 billion to fighting climate change. We’ve got some ideas about how to spend it.

How a Princess Cruise Became a Coronavirus Catastrophe

The 2,666 passengers signed up for a two-week vacation. They ended up at the heart of a global epidemic.

Cities Fighting Climate Woes Hasten 'Green Gentrification'

Seawalls, parks, and elevated buildings can protect against rising tides. But they can also push the price of housing up, and longtime residents out.

Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom

Scientists at CERN found a way to trap hydrogen’s mirror twin, antihydrogen, long enough to study it in greater detail than ever before.

What If ‘Planetary Alignment’ Really Could Make Brooms Balance?

Celestial bodies aren't the reason broomsticks can stand up on end. If they were, it would unleash gravitational chaos.

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

A new way to produce nanoparticles—which convert carbon dioxide emissions into fuel—may help a niche green-energy technology go mainstream.

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Par : Matt Simon
From space and with drones, scientists are watching the Arctic get greener. That's troubling both for the region, and the planet as a whole.

The Atlantic Ocean's 'Conveyor Belt' Stirs Up a Science Fight

Researchers are debating the best way to monitor the ocean currents that sweep through the Labrador Sea—and may foretell the planet's climate future.

Floating Farms Point the Way to Alternative Food Ecosystems

Thirty-four Meuse-Rhine-Issels aboard a stable in Rotterdam harbor show that cow buoys could provide a creative way to boost food security.

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

Measuring how many bugs fly into car windshields might sound silly. But to scientists predicting an “insect apocalypse,” the numbers are deadly serious. 

Psychedelic Fiber Offers a New Twist on the Science of Knots 

A stretchy plastic that changes colors as it deforms lets mathematicians and physicists model the stress points of knots, and test which is the strongest. 

'Baby Talk' Can Help Kids Learn Language (Oh Yes It Can!)

The more ‘parentese’ there is at home, the more likely a child is to have an advanced vocabulary later on. 

Christina Koch and Jessica Meir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

These astronauts are out of this world and breaking new ground for space science.

Darpa Cranks Up Antibody Research to Stall Coronavirus

It's not the same as a vaccine. But a shorter-lived antibody treatment may shield health workers and family members during the early days of an outbreak.

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

An engineering team bored 2 miles into hot rock without causing major earthquakes—a good sign for harnessing the Earth's heat as a power source.

How Doctors on Earth Treated a Blood Clot on the ISS

Par : Matt Simon
A scan revealed a clot in a patient's jugular. The challenge? That patient was an astronaut, 250 miles overhead in the International Space Station.

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

The country's health care system, with its expertise in conducting clinical research, is ready to run new drug tests. But coordinating them all is another matter.

NASA Puts a Price on a 2024 Moon Landing 

Last year, the vice president directed the space agency to put astronauts back on the moon. NASA crunched the numbers—and it won't come cheap.

Can a Database of Animal Viruses Help Predict the Next Pandemic?

A scientist spent years building a tool to identify coronaviruses that can jump species. Then this winter's virus emerged—and put his system to the test.

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

Par : Matt Simon
Antechinus has so much sex over three weeks that males go blind and die, yet it's climate change that threatens the Australian mammal.

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

The virus that causes it is SARS-CoV-2. (We didn't say they were *good* names.)

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

A startup called SpinLaunch wants to do away with costly launch rockets. Let's look at the physics.

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

Par : Matt Simon
As the continent rapidly warms, unique communities of tiny animals like water bears are transforming in profound ways.

The Food We'll Eat on the Journey to Mars (Algae Caviar, Anyone?)

Humans are headed for the cosmos, and we’re taking our appetites with us. What will fill the void when we leave Earth behind?

What Scientists Can Learn From Alien Hunters

The history of the search for extraterrestrial life is a good way to understand the unintended consequences of fence-building and boundary-setting in other disciplines.
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