In this special report New Scientist finds out what’s next, from printed robots to plans to bring the technology to the masses










A man with a fog net

Nanofibre net draws drinking water from the air for drought-hit people

A new material made from nanofibres can capture hundreds of litres of ...
People wearing protective clothing

Nanobots can eat nerve agents and then spit out an antidote

Proteins that break down nerve agents while simultaneously pumping ou...
A pile of batteries

Paper batteries use electron-harvesting bacteria to make electricity

Many small devices require batteries, but they can be expensive and en...
A 4D-printed model of the Sydney Opera House

Watch 4D-printed ceramics form elaborate, shape-shifting structures

A new technique for printing ceramics in 4D could be used to make stro...
Six pictures drawn by AI.

This AI will draw whatever you want – but it’s utterly terrible

Just type in a few words, and this AI will try to draw them. It’s go...

Yuval Noah Harari: Why the reluctant guru is upsetting scientists

What could possibly go wrong when a world famous public intellectual g...
The Genoa bridge collapse

Genoa bridge collapse – what went wrong and are other bridges at risk?

A large portion of motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy has collapsed killi...
When tunnelling some ants do none of the work - turns out that's a good strategy

Future robot swarms should copy lazy ants who let others do the work

The optimum strategy for tunnelling ants is to leave all of the diggin...

North Korea nukes the US in a Trump-bashing new thriller

This is the way the world ends in Jeffrey Lewis's satirical portrayal ...