Rampant COVID Poses New Challenges in the Fifth Year of the Pandemic

For four years now, either as a physical virus or as a looming threat, the COVID-causing pathogen SARS-CoV-2 has been the elephant in every room—sometimes confronted and sometimes ignored but always present. While once we dreamed of eradicating COVID, now much of society has resigned itself to SARS-CoV-2’s constant presence—a surrender that would once have … Read more

Giant Structure Found Lurking in Deep Space Challenges Understanding of The Universe : ScienceAlert

A colossal structure in the distant Universe is defying our understanding of how the Universe evolved. In light that has traveled for 6.9 billion years to reach us, astronomers have found a giant, almost perfect ring of galaxies, some 1.3 billion light-years in diameter. It doesn’t match any known structure or formation mechanism. The Big … Read more

AI’s Biggest Challenges Are Still Unsolved

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. 2023 was an inflection point in the evolution of artificial intelligence and its role in society. The year saw the emergence of generative AI, which moved the technology from the shadows to center stage in the public imagination. It … Read more

Artificial intelligence and climate change were 2023’s twin challenges

Screenwriters and Writers Guild Of Great Britain (WGGB) members stage a rally in Leicester Square Vuk Valcic/Alamy WHEN New Scientist editors sat down to discuss the biggest story of 2023, one topic shot straight to the top of the list. It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that artificial intelligence rocketed to prominence this year, with … Read more