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What is more inspiring than young engineers bringing their new generation of ideas to solve societal issues? The Young Pioneer Award, a new category at this year’s E&T Innovation Awards, is highlighting this talent, with entrants aged 15-25. Dr...

Sian Proctor is making history as the first-ever Black female spacecraft pilot. Proctor, a geoscientist, artist and science communicator, has been paving the way in the space sector for decades. Now, years after being a finalist in NASA’s astronaut...

The Godmother of the Digital Image

In the summer of 2010, while preparing for a long research trip to Madagascar, the mathematician Ingrid Daubechies bought a 50-inch flat-screen TV for her husband, so he could invite friends over to watch Premier League soccer games. After...

Sir Clive Sinclair’s contributions to computing and business are well known, and we’ve done our best to celebrate his life in our obituary of the electronics pioneer, who passed last week aged 81. To mark his life we felt...

Connor Albrecht is in the Oil & Gas Engineering Division at Texas Railroad Commission in Austin. Previously he worked on the engineering teams with Halliburton HAL in the Eagle Ford, Parsley Energy in the Permian, and at Ameredev in...

Few people have seen their handiwork influence the world more than Bill Mensch. He helped create the legendary 8-bit 6502 microprocessor, launched in 1975, which was the heart of groundbreaking systems including the Atari 2600, Apple II, and Commodore...

Thesis Proposal: Jaejin Cho

Speaker verification (SV) is a task to verify a claimed identity from the voice signal. A well-performing SV system requires a method to transform a variable-length recording into a fixed-length representation (a.k.a. embedding vector), compacting the speaker biometric information...

Pfizer dominated news headlines and family dinner conversations last December when it became the first company to bring a COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. market. The pharma giant accomplished the feat in record time: less than a year after...

Last summer, my friend Henry Gargan became obsessed with birds. Everywhere I went with him — on a walk in the park, downtown or even driving in the car — became a birding expedition. The bird on the signpost...

Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: September 22, 2021 @ 2:30 pm 2021-09-22T14:30:00-04:00 2021-09-22T14:45:00-04:00 Dissertation Defense Note: This is...

In 2018, Emilie Ringe had a pivotal year in her work with plasmonic nanoparticles. These tiny specks of matter act like antennas for light, gathering and concentrating energy that can be used to trigger chemical reactions or kill cancerous...

The motivation for Jesús Velázquez’s career took root growing up in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes were an annual threat. “Every year there was going to be the chance of not having access to clean water and being at the...

“OpenAI is the company running the text completion engine that makes you possible,” Jason Rohrer, an indie games developer, typed out in a message to Samantha. She was a chatbot he built using OpenAI’s GPT-3 technology. Her software had...

In 1990, an international team of scientists began an ambitious attempt to sequence the human genome. By 2001 the Human Genome Project (HGP) had prepared a rough draft, and in April 2003, the draft sequence was declared finished. But...

After four years, repeated delays and the birth of her baby, Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood testing start-up Theranos, is set to stand trial for fraud, capping a saga of Silicon Valley hubris, ambition and deception. Jury...

Taking out the trash isn’t everyone’s favorite chore, but for Shanique Borteley Alabi, our cellular garbage disposal could be the key to fighting disease. At Monte Rosa Therapeutics in Boston, she’s developing molecules to send cancer-causing proteins to the...

Katalin Karikó’s work on messenger RNA helped enable the development of the Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. But early in her career, the biochemist says, she suffered a setback when her name was taken off a manuscript that was...

What do water filters, wind turbine blades, and semiconductor polishing pads have in common? Polymer chemistry—and big contributions from Alaaeddin Alsbaiee. To get that kind of breadth at 38 years old, you have to start early. “I’ve liked chemistry...

As a Black physicist, Dr Stephon Alexander has been doubted, spoken over and met with intentional silence. The tenured Brown University professor has even faced this treatment from his students. This is par for the course for many Black...

On August 25, 1991, Linus Torvalds, then a student at the University of Helsinki in Finland, sent a message to the comp.os.minix newsgroup soliciting feature suggestions for a free Unix-like operating system he was developing as a hobby. Thirty...

When Patrick Fier finished high school, he didn’t know what he wanted to study, so he started taking classes at community college. Two years later, he transferred to the University of Northern Iowa, where he thought he’d take the...

Linda (Getch) Dawson ’71 grew up during the height of the space race between the US and the USSR. She recalls driving with her family to an observatory to hear the beeping of the Soviet satellite Sputnik as it...

Artificial intelligence was not on Leo Grady’s mind when he was applying for college in the early 1990s. The IEEE member was interested in human interaction, linguistics, and psychology, and he initially chose the unusual double major of anthropology...

Do you know what level of air pollution you’re exposed to at work? Or while cooking dinner, or driving with the windows down? Though the stakes for our health are high, says Cesunica Ivey, most people can’t answer these...

In 1974, Stephen Hawking calculated that black holes’ secrets die with them. Random quantum jitter on the spherical outer boundary, or “event horizon,” of a black hole will cause the hole to radiate particles and slowly shrink to nothing....

Derya Baran began her life in a small village in Turkey and was soon captivated by wanderlust. “When I was younger, I always wanted to go abroad,” she recalls. “Then I got to university and learned that academic life...

On a Friday evening in 2018, just before a 3-day weekend, Brent Cutcliffe got a text from one of his old badminton players. Chern-Hooi Lim wanted to talk about a business idea. The two met in 2010, when Lim...

Why the Metaverse Needs to Be Open

A vast digital mirror world accessible through virtual reality is just around the corner, if you believe the latest pronouncements coming out of Silicon Valley. This so-called metaverse has captured the tech zeitgeist and is attracting billions in investments....

Yesterday, at the end of Tesla’s AI Day, Elon Musk introduced a concept for “Tesla Bot,” a 125 lb, 5’8″ tall electromechanically actuated autonomous bipedal “general purpose” humanoid robot. By “concept,” I mean that Musk showed some illustrations and...

Diego Solis-Ibarra can think pretty quickly on his feet. He can run darn fast on them too. So fast, in fact, that this materials chemist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) aspired to be an Olympic triathlete....

Yesterday’s video from Boston Dynamics showing a pair of Atlas robots doing parkour together is already up to nearly 3 million views, and for good reason. The company continues to push forward the state of the art for dynamic...

Hans Renata is a master of chemoenzymatic synthesis, the science—and one might say, art—of using enzymes during key steps in the synthesis of complex molecules. At 14, Renata left home in Surabaya, Indonesia, to study at a rigorous boarding...

Many scientists are likely to be invited for media appearances in the run up to COP26, the international negotiations on global heating that will take place in Glasgow in November 2021. Journalists will ask climate scientists to help place...

Juliette Hart quit her job last summer as an oceanographer for the United States Geological Survey, where she used climate models to help coastal communities plan for rising seas. She was demoralized after four years of the Trump administration,...

Astronomy and geophysics have a systemic bullying and harassment problem, the effects of which are disproportionately felt by women and individuals belonging to minority groups. That is according to an investigation by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), which has...

Steven Weinberg, who died last week at the age of 88, was not only a Nobel laureate physicist but also one of the most eloquent science writers of the last half century. His most famous (or perhaps infamous) statement...

The world still has a chance of staving off the worst impacts of climate breakdown but only if governments step up in the next few months with stronger commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the US envoy for climate...

Molly Shoichet is the Michael E Charles Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto, specialising in the study of polymers for drug delivery and tissue regeneration. She was the first Chief Scientist of Ontario and last year...

Steven Weinberg, a theoretical physicist who discovered that two of the universe’s forces are really the same, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize, and who helped lay the foundation for the development of the Standard Model, a...

Changing career path can be daunting but there are big rewards for those who are brave enough to switch. M S Zobaer describes his unexpected journey from dusty plasmas to neuroscience. What do our brains have to do with...

After a six-decade wait to launch off the Earth, new space traveler Wally Funk is ecstatic. The 82-year-old aviation pioneer (and now the oldest person ever to fly in space) launched on a suborbital flight Tuesday (July 20) aboard...

Colleagues sometimes called M. Frederick Hawthorne “Mr. Boron,” and it was a nickname he embraced. He often said that boron was his element, but then he’d quickly clarify that it wasn’t that he owned boron—but rather, that boron owned...

The Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach inspired legions of computer scientists in 1979, but few were as inspired as Melanie Mitchell. After reading the 777-page tome, Mitchell, a high school math teacher in New York, decided she “needed...

Elon Musk was in court in Delaware last week defending his role in Tesla’s acquisition of failing solar panel installer SolarCity in 2016. That questionable decision—SolarCity was founded by his cousins; Musk was its biggest shareholder and served on...

TV presenter Dr Shini Somara talks to Esmeralda Ypsilanti, a design engineer at electric vehicle company Arrival who has a Masters in robotics and computing from UCL. Shini Somara: What inspired you to go into engineering? Esmeralda Ypsilanti: I...

Elon Musk’s brain tech company, Neuralink, is subject to rampant speculation and misunderstanding. Just start a Google search with the phrase “can Neuralink…” and you’ll see the questions that are commonly asked, which include “can Neuralink cure depression?” and...

An expert in the human exploration of space has become director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Dava Newman, is professor of astronautics at MIT, took over the post on 1 July, becoming the first woman...

Safe and effective covid-19 vaccines have finally provided an exit to the pandemic. The most innovative of these vaccines use messenger RNA—strings of nucleic acids—to instruct cells to make a protein found in the virus, causing the body to...

Nako Nakatsuka is building tiny sensors that can detect chemical changes in the brain and other parts of the body more precisely than ever before. Scientists can use such information to help them understand and treat conditions like depression...

When Jonathan Frederick was in elementary school, he would often tag along with his father, a software engineer, to the local science museum. As his father helped the programmers there with computerised exhibits after work, Frederick frolicked around the...