Articles by

Amit Katwala

Pop-Up Farming Pods to Help Colonizers Grow Crops on Mars

As a nerdy, nature-loving kid growing up in France, Barbara Belvisi daydreamed about life on other planets:...

Mathieu Flamini Has a Plan to Decarbonize the Chemical Industry

In 2008, the soccer player Mathieu Flamini moved from Arsenal, where he’d spent four years as a...

Why DeepMind Is Sending AI Humanoids to Soccer Camp

“This didn’t really work,” says Nicolas Heess, also a research scientist at DeepMind, and one of the...

How Long Droughts Make Flooding Worse

On Wednesday, August 17, Hannah Cloke—a hydrologist at the University of Reading—was sitting in her home office...

The Origins of Covid-19 Are More Complicated Than Once Thought

In October 2014, virologist Edward Holmes took a tour of the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan,...

The World Can’t Wean Itself Off Chinese Lithium

Lithium projects outside China have been at the mercy of the markets, slowing and expanding as the...

Nuclear Fusion Is Already Facing a Fuel Crisis

In the south of France, ITER is inching towards completion. When it’s finally fully switched on in...

For mRNA, Covid Vaccines Are Just the Beginning

One of mRNA’s strengths is its “remarkable agility,” as Hatchett puts it. Its only raw ingredients are...