NME’s weekly science dose (June 7-13)

Let’s face it: asexual reproduction is not exactly “fun”. In flowering plants, where some species commonly transition from cross-fertilization to self-fertilization, the effect can come with a loss in genetic variety and ability to eliminate harmful mutations.  Read more

NME’s weekly science dose (May 3-9)

Alice and Bob communicate without actually communicating this week — or something like that. Physicists dig into the weirdness of the quantum world to uncover the possibility of information exchange without any particles being exchanged, senseless as that sounds. It’s called counterfactual communication.  Read more

NME’s weekly science dose (April 25 – May 2)

Sci-fi movie scenes of future cities with impossibly tall skyscrapers and hover cars rarely delve into just who actually built these architectural utopias. The presumption is often that robots did it. In the case of modern-day Doha, which continues to transform its skyline into a seemingly sci-fi-inspired backdrop, we ask about the 1.7 million foreign workers making this feat possible — and specifically, we ask about their health and safety conditions.  Read more

NME’s weekly science dose (April 19-25)

We’ve gone nuclear this week and decided it was time someone tried to make sense out of the never ending obscurity and procrastination plaguing nuclear energy plans in the Arab world. Egypt has been huffing and puffing about it since the 1950s, and now Saudi Arabia seems to be on track to spend US$80 billion to build 16 reactors by 2030.  Read more