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Neuron Light Switch Now Goes “On” and “Off”

A new optogenetic protein gives neuroscientists more control over brain circuits.

Energy

Storing Greenhouse Gases by Petrifying Them

Carbon dioxide injected into a geothermal reservoir would be stored permanently by turning into rock.

Biomedicine

Cochlear Implant Also Uses Gene Therapy to Improve Hearing

The electrodes in a cochlear implant can be used to direct gene therapy and regrow neurons.

Computing

Microsoft Wants You to Educate Its Virtual Assistant

Microsoft says the AI systems behind its new personal assistant will allow it to quickly become much smarter as more people use it.

Energy

Nanoparticle Networks Promise Cheaper Batteries for Storing Renewable Energy

A new battery design could lead to a cheap way to address the intermittency of solar and wind power.

Biomedicine

Mapping Autism in the Developing Brain

Researchers will examine the brains of living fetuses to study the origins of mental disorders like autism.

Computing

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Even conventional industrial robots are becoming safer to work around, making them more likely to collaborate with humans.

Energy

Smart Wind and Solar Power

Big data and artificial intelligence are producing ultra-accurate forecasts that will make it feasible to integrate much more renewable energy into the grid.

Computing

Agile Robots

Computer scientists have created machines that have the balance and agility to walk and run across rough and uneven terrain, making them far more useful in navigating human environments.

Computing

Oculus Rift

Thirty years after virtual-reality goggles and immersive virtual worlds made their debut, the technology finally seems poised for widespread use.