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Dean Kamen, who invented the Segway almost 20 years ago, is still busy inventing. Now, at the age of 69, he is working on the most ambitious project of his career: manufacturing organs. Photos: Tony Luong

This past January, the umpteenth version of the Segway Personal Transporter whisked attendees around in its white, egg-shaped seat at CES, the huge annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. …

Photo: Xenex Disinfection Services, Inc.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, a technology that has existed for over 100 years is getting renewed attention as a promising disinfection tool. Ultraviolet germicidal radiation, which uses short-wavelength UV rays to kill bacteria and viruses, is already used to disinfect air, water, and surfaces in limited settings. In May…

Illustration: Jaedoo Lee

Training and running A.I. at scale requires server farms filled with thousands of computer servers. It takes a massive amount of electricity — and, in most cases, a lot of carbon emissions — to power these operations.

In June 2019, researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst found that, for…

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It’s been an incredibly busy few months for infectious disease researchers. For many other scientists, however, the pandemic has ground work to a halt. Many who have been locked out of their labs have mourned the Covid-necessitated euthanasia of lab animals and the indefinite cessation of their research.

But others…

Reengineering Life

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Reengineering Life is a series from OneZero about the astonishing ways genetic technology is changing humanity and the world around us.

People with total color blindness see the world in monochrome — black, white, and shades of gray.

The rare disorder also makes people sensitive to light and reduces the…

A health worker takes a blood sample on a mobile coronavirus testing unit in Cologne, Germany. Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images

On April 15, passengers bound to Tunisia from Dubai International Airport were tested for Covid-19 right in the terminal. In doing so, Emirates becomes the first airline to conduct rapid tests for passengers, providing results in 10 minutes.

This is just the beginning of the “new normal.” With a vaccine…

This house was built with straw bale walls, which is more fire resistant than the construction materials used for most modern homes. Photo courtesy of Arkin Tilt Architects

In October 2017, wildfires ravaged much of North Bay, the subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area often referred to as “Wine Country.” Over a three-week period, 250 fires burned at least 245,000 acres of land, killed 44 civilians, and destroyed 8,900 buildings.

But there were a handful of homes…

A new type of test uses a small blood sample to look for the presence of coronavirus antibodies. Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images

In one version of the future, a new type of test that measures antibodies would help restore a sense of normalcy for some people even as the coronavirus pandemic drags on. With the right antibodies, some may be immune to the virus, unable to get sick or spread the virus…


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