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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.

Materials

Microscale 3-D Printing

Inks made from different types of materials, precisely applied, are greatly expanding the kinds of things that can be printed.

Biomedicine

Genome Editing

The ability to create primates with intentional mutations could provide powerful new ways to study complex and genetically baffling brain disorders.

Computing

Neuromorphic Chips

Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.

Biomedicine

Brain Mapping

A new map, a decade in the works, shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before, providing neuroscientists with a guide to its immense complexity.