The True Story of the Genetically Modified Superfood That Almost Saved Millions
The imperiled birth—and slow decline—of Golden Rice.
China Could Be the Big Winner of Saudi Arabia’s Race to Become a Tech Hub
Beijing is a natural partner to fast and cheap development, but Riyadh should be wary of alienating its allies.
Here’s How the United States Can Keep Its Technological Edge
Washington needs to do more to foster and protect the country’s innovation ecosystem.
China Is Using America’s Own Plan to Dominate the Future of Artificial Intelligence
The Chinese are massively investing in AI research and tech, while the Trump administration is cutting federal programs wholesale.
How the White House Lost Its Brains
Failing to appoint scientific advisors to the president is putting national security at risk.
Innovations: How to Live Like Matt Damon in ‘The Martian’
A super-powered micro-animal, a hacker-proof grid, and more.
Microsoft Wins Closely Watched Email Privacy Case Over Feds
Federal agents can't get access to emails stored overseas, court rules.
Innovations: Why the Future of War Might Look Like Vegas
A naval laser light show, a cactus-inspired hydrogen car, and a new way to keep space clean.
The Exchange: When Do African Problems Need African Solutions?
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Ory Okolloh discuss the continent's brain drain and debate the best ways to keep talent at home.
The Brainbelt Awakening
It’s time to stop championing the "lonely heroes" of innovation like Apple, Google, and Amazon and rally around the ingenuity of the world’s waning industrial communities.
From Gender Biases to Extreme Parenting: The Top Questions Women Working in STEM are Sick of Hearing
2015 Global Thinkers Zainab Ghadiyali, Erin Summers, and Nina Tandon debate the meaning—and reach—of diversity in the sciences.
The Future of Accessibility Innovation
FP Global Demographics Student Essay Contest, presented by AARP: As the global population ages, new technology is helping improve quality of life.
The Age of Infection
Meet the iChip, a plastic block that helped scientists discover a new antibiotic that kills superbugs. Will it be enough to save humankind from the coming bacterial apocalypse?
Beijing’s Test Tube Baby
Zhao Bowen dropped out of high school, shunned state-run academies, and launched a gene-mapping start-up. Why the boy who once broke all the rules could be the man to lead a new generation of Chinese scientists.
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain as a Weapon.
Cutting-edge brain technologies can erase traumatic memories and read people’s thoughts. They could also become the 21st century’s most dangerous weapons.
Solar-Powered Plane Flies Over the Pacific in Potentially Record-Breaking Flight
If Swiss pilot André Borschberg makes it, the trip will be both the longest distance a solar-powered aircraft has ever flown and the longest time a pilot has ever spent in the air on a solo flight.
New Findings Pinpoint Africa’s Elephant Poaching Hotspots
Elephant poaching in Africa, driven by the illegal ivory trade, has reached its highest level in decades, threatening some populations with extinction. But recent findings published in the journal Science suggest a new way forward for conservationists, law enforcement, and policymakers: the use of genetic science to pinpoint the illegal trade at its points of origin.
You Don’t Have to Watch ‘Jurassic World’ to See Bioengineered Animal Weapons
This summer's sci-fi blockbuster imagines a world where scientists genetically engineer animals for war. It's already here.