A microbot alongside a paramecium. These robots are the size of a speck of dust and could be used for a number of tasks, from cleaning smartphone batteries to studying our brains. Photograph:   Kenneth Chang

Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these robots are the size of a speck of dust. Th(...)

Markus Villag, founder of Bolt. Photograph: Maxim Mjödov/The New York Times

Uber used to dominate ride-hailing in Poland and Kenya. Over the past two years, that started to change. In Poland, a small competitor opened a rival (...)

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc, speaks during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2018. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty

A sudden, striking influx of glamorous non-techies at a tech hub in California. Grumbles about NDAs. Excited, surreptitious glances. Gossip about disr(...)

The cockpit of a  Boeing  737 Max 8.  Boeing  has  provided American airlines’ pilots with basic information about MCAS, but it has not updated the official manual with a full explanation about how it works. Photograph: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Weeks after a deadly crash involving a Boeing plane in October, company officials met separately with pilot unions at Southwest Airlines and American (...)

An employee works on the fuselage of a Boeing 737 MAX 9 test plane. Photograph:  Stephen Brashear/Getty

When Boeing’s Dreamliner was grounded in 2013, it took more than $20 million (€18 million) and three months to fix the problem. The crisis over its 73(...)

How many studies do you have to throw at the vaccine hysterics before they quit? How much of a scientific consensus, how many unimpeachable experts an(...)

Kevin Roose: “On the subway, I kept my phone in my pocket and people-watched. It’s an unnerving sensation, being alone with your thoughts in the year 2019.” Photograph: Demetrius Freeman/New York Times

My name is Kevin, and I have a phone problem. And if you’re anything like me – and the statistics suggest you probably are, at least where smartphone(...)

In New York, public polling as recently as last week showed that a majority of New Yorkers supported the state’s deal with Amazon. But Amazon’s opponents among community groups, unions and public officials were fierce, and they held the power to stymie the deal.

In exchange for tens of thousands of tech jobs, cities promised Amazon the moon - and an airport lounge, and naming rights, and a chance to pocket its(...)

Abbas Mohajerani, a civil engineer at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia, holding a brick made with biosolid waste, or treated wastewater sludge. Photograph: RMIT University via The New York Times

It may be unpleasant to contemplate the ultimate fate of all the material from your own body that you flush down the pipes. But it’s time we talk abou(...)

Anita Lo and her cauliflower chaat for one, in her New York apartment. Photograph: Daniel Krieger/The New York Times

Cookbook covers can be like optical illusions. Take Microwave Cooking for One, which features the author, Marie T. Smith, alone with some platters of (...)

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