A redesigned metastable phase of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) shows extraordinary performance as a cathode material for magnesium batteries. The graphic compares the conventional (right) and metastable structures of V2O5. Credit: Justin Andrews. Move over, lithium-ion; now, there’s a better battery on the horizon. A multi-institution team of scientists led by […]

FITBIT PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY IS getting a bad rap these days. It keeps getting more addictive: Notifications keep us glued to our phones. Autoplaying episodes lure us into Netflix binges. Social awareness cues—like the “seen-by” list on Instagram Stories—enslave us to obsessive, ouroboric usage patterns. (Blink twice if you’ve ever closed Instagram, only […]

A team of technologists have joined forces with doctors, lawyers, economists and philosophers to make technology ethical. from www.shutterstock.com If kids spend hours a day speaking to digital personal assistant Alexa, how will this affect the way they connect to real people? When a self-driving car runs over a pedestrian, […]

PATRIOT ONE ACTIVATE SATELLITE VIEW in Google Maps and head to the Las Vegas strip, and you’ll see it: a strange smattering of Y-shaped buildings. Mandalay Bay. Monte Carlo. Treasure Island. The Mirage. Their blueprints put gambling at the center of everything, funneling visitors past slot machines and card tables whether they’re en […]