May 2023

The Innovation Issue

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The Future of Designing Our World

Innovators across technology, architecture, and entertainment are reimagining our world. The challenge? To design a future that is as beautiful and enticing as it is sustainable and adaptable.

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The Future of Earth

Is There a Best Way to Think About the Future of Earth?

ByBecca Caddy

The optimal way to think about the future may not be as long-term as you think.


New High-Tech Alloy Could Enable Nuclear Space Travel

ByJon Kelvey

The new alloy is durable to even extreme heat stress.

The Cusp

Can Ocean Waves Power the Grid? New Technology is Bringing Us Closer Than Ever

ByPaola Rosa-Aquino

Scientists Broke a Major Computer Design Barrier — And It Could Change Tech As We Know It

ByAndrew Moseman

New chip instructions could hasten the arrival of quantum computers and self-driving cars.


Architects Want to Print the Buildings of the Future

ByJames Rose and The Conversation

It’s the biggest shift in the industry since the rise of skyscrapers.


This Surprisingly Basic Technology Might Finally Rid Our Drinking Water of Microplastics

ByJoanna Thompson

The future of water purification sounds great.


European Countries Are Racing Toward the Continent's First Satellite Launch

ByNathaniel Scharping

Norway, Sweden, and Scotland are entering the space race with their own launch pads. But only one will be first.


Scientists Just Found a Way to Make Living on Mars Easier

ByUniverse Today and Andy Tomaswick

Mars is a long way from Earth, making it challenging to communicate with.

Sunday Scaries

One Overlooked Office Design Trick Could Make You Happier at Work

BySarah Sloat

Office spaces can boost mental health — if they’re designed right.


This Robotic Exoskeleton Could Give You Superhuman Balance

ByThe Conversation, Lena Ting, Gregory S. Sawicki, Max Shepherd and Owen Beck

They could help older people or individuals with disabilities avoid dangerous falls.

Space Science

New Nuclear Fission Concept Could Power Future Rockets in Space

ByUniverse Today and Andy Tomaswick

Besides the typical argument between solar sails and chemical propulsion lies a potential third way.


Astronomers Design a Futuristic Telescope Concept To Find Far-Off Earths

ByUniverse Today and Andy Tomaswick

Scientists could finally send more powerful mirrors to space to hunt for exoplanets.


These 5 futuristic tech ideas could help us explore distant worlds

ByJennifer Walter

From the Moon to Pluto, these innovations could solve huge mysteries about our universe.


In a wild first, physicists used lasers to control lightning on a mountaintop

ByMax G. Levy

The car-sized laser can shoot up to 1,000 pulses per second.

Toughen up

A 2,000-year-old Roman engineering secret could make today’s buildings greener

BySarah Wells

This ancient innovation could make help modern concrete last.


Here are the 5 biggest innovations to expect in 2023

ByMolly Glick

Cheap EVs, new mRNA jabs, wind farm wins, and more.