The Long Search for a Computer That Speaks Your Mind

The Long Search for a Computer That Speaks Your Mind

Here’s the research setup: A woman speaks Dutch into a microphone, while 11 tiny needles made of platinum and iridium record her brain waves. The 20-year-old volunteer has epilepsy, and her doctors stuck those 2-millimeter-long bits of metal—each studded with up to 18...
Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Is climate change the biggest threat to humanity? Many people would say so. Young people in particular feel hopeless. A recent survey asked 10,000 16- to 25-year-olds in 10 countries about their attitudes about climate change. The results were damning. More than half...
Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

A disease outbreak blossoms in China. Exactly how it emerges, far from the eyes of any surveilling scientist, no one can quite explain. It spreads with incredible speed, killing in wide swaths, freezing transport and trade, and causing vast economic disruption....