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WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More

Narrators read our favorite written stories. You can listen to them anywhere, including on your smart speaker. Play for audio versions of WIRED's latest Science stories on genetic engineering, robotics, space, climate change, and more.

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Researchers Grew Tiny Plants in Moon Dirt Collected Decades Ago

The seedlings sprouted in the regolith scooped up in the 1960s and ’70s, but astronauts won’t be harvesting lunar spuds anytime soon.

8mins

20 May 2022

Rank #1

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An Elusive Gravity Signal Could Mean Faster Earthquake Warnings

Tiny wobbles in Earth’s gravitational field could help detect big tremors faster, but they’re hard to tease out from the planet’s seismic noise.

7mins

19 May 2022

Rank #2

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These Nanobots Can Swim Around a Wound and Kill Bacteria

Researchers have created autonomous particles covered with patches of protein “motors.” They hope these bots will tote lifesaving drugs through bodily fluids.

9mins

18 May 2022

Rank #3

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Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

The vast majority of tick-borne disease goes unrecorded, meaning life-threatening pathogens are traveling under the radar to new locations.

10mins

17 May 2022

Rank #4

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Delegates at the United Nations Have Begun Forging New Rules for Space

International experts are using earthly policies as models to hash out regulations for orbiting spacecraft, from preventing conflict to limiting trash.

7mins

16 May 2022

Rank #5

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Burning Crops to Capture Carbon? Good Luck Finding Water

The technique uses plants as fuel and sequesters the emitted CO2, removing it from the atmosphere. But scaling up would use gobs of water and land.

9mins

13 May 2022

Rank #6

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The Desert’s Fragile Skin Can’t Take Much More Heat

Climate change and human activity are destroying the layers of fungi, lichen, and bacteria that protect deserts from erosion.

9mins

12 May 2022

Rank #7

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A Vast Underground Water System Helps Drive Antarctica’s Glaciers

Scientists have finally found Antarctica’s missing groundwater, which will help them predict ice flows on the continent.

7mins

11 May 2022

Rank #8

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You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

If everyone ate just 20 percent less beef, deforestation rates by 2050 could be half as bad.

4mins

10 May 2022

Rank #9

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Australia Moves Ahead Cautiously With '3-Parent IVF'

The nation follows the UK in permitting mitochondrial donation, which aims to prevent the transmission of rare but often fatal conditions.

8mins

9 May 2022

Rank #10