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Microchips are in pretty much all of our electronic devices—if it’s got a plug or a battery, it’s probably got a chip. For the past 60 years, most of these have been made of silicon. But new devices demand faster, better, and more efficient processors, and engineers are hitting silicon’s physical limits. In this episode of the Future of Everything, WSJ’s Alex Ossola digs into the future of chips—how scientists are boosting silicon’s capabilities and looking for other materials that could take its place. Further reading:  Graphene and Beyond: The Wonder Materials That Could Replace Silicon in Future Tech  The Microchip Era Is Giving Way to the Megachip Age  Chips Act Will Create More Than One Million Jobs, Biden Says Timeline of silicon’s development (Computer History Museum)  Christopher Mims’ tech column for the Wall Street Journal  Deji Akinwande's research page at the University of Texas at Austin  Stephen Forrest's profile page at the University of Michigan  Deep Jariwala's lab page the the University of Pennsylvania Wolfspeed's website  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From “save the whales” to “protect the bumblebee,” animal conservationists rally advocates and officials to put resources toward ensuring the survival of a threatened species. But can we really save them all? Or are we overlooking the trade-offs as we decide which animals are protected to the detriment of others? WSJ’s Danny Lewis speaks to Dr. Rebecca Nesbit, ecologist and author of the book “Tickets for The Ark: From Wasps to Whales – How Do We Choose What to Save?” about the tricky ethical questions behind conservation.   Further Reading: A Belgian City Opens a Hotel for an Unusual Clientele: Insects | WSJ  Are Shark Attacks a Sign of Conservation Success? | WSJ  Bird Populations Plummet in North America | WSJ  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With climate change warming the oceans, coral reefs remain some of the most vulnerable ecosystems. Keeping an eye on them can be time-consuming and expensive, since it requires divers to do spot-checks to see if the reefs are bustling, lively environments or if they are degrading into abandoned neighborhoods. But some researchers are increasingly tuning in to how reefs sound to monitor the corals’ health and maybe even make them more resilient. In this episode of The Future of Everything, WSJ’s Danny Lewis explores how listening to reefs may be the next frontier in trying to save them.   Further reading: Financing a Healthy Future for Coral Reefs  Listen: Scientists Are Recording Ocean Sounds to Spot New Species  Divers Discover Coral Reef in Pristine Condition  Google AI Tries to Save the Whales  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Three controversial paintings by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt were lost to a fire in WWII. All that remained were black and white photos - and art historians have discussed what the paintings’ motifs and colors actually looked like for decades. Recently, the Google Arts and Culture Lab gave it a try ... by tapping into artificial intelligence. In this episode of the Future of Everything, WSJ's Ariana Aspuru explores how researchers are using AI to better understand art, artists and the creative process.   Further reading: The Klimt Color Enigma — Google Arts & Culture  ‘Klimt vs. Klimt: The Man of Contradictions’ Review: Exploring an Art-Nouveau Master Online - WSJ   Using AI to recreate how artists painted their masterpieces | MIT CSAIL  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the decade since CRISPR gene-editing technology was first developed, it has been used to address a host of issues, such as developing new cancer treatments, designing faster rapid COVID-19 tests and to make biofuel-producing algae. Proponents say CRISPR could also help solve some of the world’s biggest food-related problems: salad greens could be more nutritious, fruits could taste better, and crops of all kinds could be altered to grow using fewer resources. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently gave the go-ahead to bring gene-edited beef to market, and CRISPR-modified purple tomatoes could be coming later this year. But agricultural technology companies still have to figure out how to overcome consumer skepticism. In this session from the WSJ Global Food Forum, leaders from two firms working to scale-up gene-edited foods discuss what it takes to get the new technology out of the lab and into supermarkets. Further reading:   Get Ready for Gene-Edited Food  GMO Tomatoes Could Be Returning After 25 Years. Will People Eat Them?  Crispr’s Next Frontier: Treating Common Conditions  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Neri Oxman spends her time thinking about the future of materials science and how it should influence architecture and design. In this session from the Future of Everything Festival, the architect and former tenured professor at MIT’s Media Lab speaks with WSJ Health and Science coverage chief Stefanie Ilgenfritz about her vision of a future where science, technology and organic design work together to create products and buildings that may counteract climate change in urban areas.  Further reading: A Science of Buildings That Can Grow—and Melt Away | WSJ  JPMorgan’s New Manhattan Headquarters to Be All Electric Powered | WSJ  Biophilic Design Is Helping Big-City Apartment Towers Get Back to Nature | WSJ  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcoming a child into your family can be life changing, but for those struggling to get pregnant the process can be emotionally taxing and expensive. Reproductive science is quickly changing, as is society’s approach to the issues around fertility. In this episode, we bring you a conversation from the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, where a handful of medical practitioners and reproductive entrepreneurs discussed the future of fertility with WSJ’s Amy Dockser Marcus. Guests include: sociologist Rene Almeling, Stephen Krawetz, the Associate Director of the CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Daisy Robinton, the CEO of Oviva Therapeutics and Angela Stepancic, the founder of Reproductive Village Cryobank. This conversation was recorded before the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Useful Links: See more videos from The WSJ Future of Everything Festival   GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health  Krawetz Lab at the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development Oviva Therapeutics  Reproductive Village Cryobank  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Also: GM shares rise 1.4% after automaker says profits won’t be affected by computer-chip supply shortages. Kohl’s shares fall 19.6% after calling off its sale to Franchise Group. J.R. Whalen reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For decades, a virtual reality version of the internet has been a staple of science fiction. The metaverse is the latest iteration and it has the potential to become something more than a new gaming platform. But years before Facebook changed its name to Meta and launched huge investments into the space, Philip Rosedale was experiment ing with many of these same ideas in the virtual world he helped create: Second Life. In a conversation with Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher Mims during the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, Rosedale shared his vision for a metaverse where data privacy is more important than advertising, and our online and offline lives intersect in a healthier way. Further reading:   From the Wall Street Journal: Meta-morphosis or More Pain? Possible Futures for Facebook’s Parent Company | Christopher Mims Second Life Founder Returns to Take On the Metaverse | Meghan Bobrowsky The Facebook Files | WSJ Investigations How TikTok's Algorithm Figures Out Your Deepest Desires | WSJ Investigations Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Every year, even as millions struggle with food insecurity, about a third of all the food produced for humans in the world is thrown away, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. That not only means wasting water and energy resources. The food, rotting in landfills, also emits methane gas linked to climate change. Attorney Emily Broad Leib, the director and founder of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, has dedicated her career to researching ways to end food waste. In this episode, she explains why food waste is such an issue around the world, how laws and regulations inadvertently lead to more food being wasted, and the simple changes to food labeling she says will make for a less wasteful future. Further Reading:  The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic  Recent WSJ Food Coverage:  Sustainable Chocolate Made Without Cacao | Mary Holland  How to Read a Food Label: A Healthy Skeptic’s Guide to the Buzzwords | Elizabeth G. Dunn  Emily Broad Leib’s recommended reading:  Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food | Dana Gunders  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The pandemic has changed the way we work and where we work. Now, as companies try to coax their employees back to the office, they are encountering new demands and shifting expectations. In this episode, we bring you a conversation from WSJ’s CEO Council Summit between world-renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick, who has spearheaded huge office complexes including Google’s new Charleston East headquarters in California, and London Business School professor Lynda Gratton, who studies how people and organizations interact. They detail why office spaces must be flexible, but also encourage “serendipity” to facilitate vibrant and productive work. 2022 WSJ CEO Council  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. Sometimes it’s even true in science. Nearly 20 years ago, researchers said they had completed a groundbreaking project, sequencing the human genome. But they were missing about 8%. Some researchers at the time called the missing pieces “junk.” Still, a team of about 100 researchers kept going and has now finished a truly complete sequence. It’s a genomic “Rosetta Stone,” a reference guide capable of revealing what makes humans, human. One of the lead authors, Dr. Evan Eichler, tells us how filling in the gaps will improve the way we understand disease and advance personalized medicine. Full research article from the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) Consortium: The complete sequence of a human genome Read more from the Wall Street Journal: First ‘Gapless’ Human Genome Map Is Unveiled, Years After Prior Effort  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“As We Work” is a new podcast from the Wall Street Journal about the changing workplace and what you need to know to navigate it. Every week, we’ll speak with experts, Journal reporters, and you about how our jobs intersect with everything else. In season one, we break down how our relationship to work has evolved in the wake of the pandemic and other social phenomena. Hosted by Tess Vigeland. For further reading on pay transparency, check out WSJ reporter Chip Cutter's January article "You'll Soon Get to See Pay on NYC Job Postings," as well as Dr. Jake Rosenfeld's book "You're Paid What You're Worth – and Other Myths of the Modern Economy." Questions? Story ideas? Want to tell us how much you make? Email us at AsWeWork@wsj.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s been more than a decade since the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known as CERN) discovered the Higgs Boson, using their gigantic particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider. After three years of upgrades, they’re turning the world’s largest machine back on. What secrets of the universe are they hoping to discover? Will there be another “God Particle” moment? And are these expensive, high-energy colliders the best way forward in physics? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Physicist Stephon Alexander was born in Trinidad and grew up in a working class household in the Bronx. Now he’s a professor at Brown University and president of the National Society of Black Physicists. Speaking with host Janet Babin, Alexander discusses how his latest book, "Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider's Guide to the Future of Physics" was inspired by cultural icons like the hip hop group Public Enemy and artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and why being an "outsider" could help the world answer some of the most pressing questions for the future of physics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Long-time naturalist and writer Scott Weidensaul has spent decades tracking migratory birds and studying their habits. But there's still a lot science doesn't know. In this episode of The Future of Everything, we talk to Weidensaul about the findings of his latest book, "A World On The Wing”, including the risks facing migrators and why unraveling their mysteries might have implications for the future of mankind. To read Weidensaul's "A World On The Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds" visit: https://bit.ly/3rtvUJq Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A group of researchers reconstructed historical soundscapes using bird data to hear the impact of dramatic declines in birds throughout the world. Host Janet Babin and former WSJ science writer Robert Lee Hotz explore how these declines in our natural soundscapes could have negative impacts on avian evolution, as well as humans in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's been more than two years since the global pandemic started, and the search for the origin of the virus continues. Scientists, government agencies and the World Health Organization-as well as our own Wall Street Journal reporters-have tried to nail down whether the pandemic began when an animal transferred the virus to humans, or if it came out of a laboratory accident. But the hunt has been marred by secrecy and confusion. In this episode: why it's so important to find answers, and what new monitoring systems are being developed to ease identification of future viral outbreaks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The hallucinogenic compound psilocybin is undergoing a renaissance-not as a recreational drug but as a potential treatment for mental health conditions. We follow the journey of one participant of a scientific study into the psychedelic drug's effect on depression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Superconductivity means zero wasted electricity; perfectly conducted energy. Typically it's been made using either super high pressure or extremely low temperatures. This makes it inefficient and expensive for practical use. But in an incremental first, researchers have managed to create a superconducting material that works at room temperature and with less pressure. If we could create this technology large-scale, it would completely revolutionize our energy grid and the way we travel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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far mina

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Sep 9th
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Reba

I appreciate the points made here about the loan system that is creating this debt but I feel we are missing the root cause....the price of college. Until universities are held accountable for their fees, finding ways to give them more money (aka the government taking on more debt to fund college tuition) isn't solving the problem. We should be examining the details of why colleges feel they can charge what they do? Has our loan system caused it? How about their ballooning administration's and campus build outs?

Sep 17th
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km

A bit short-sighted re:AI. 😔

Aug 1st
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negin shayesteh

what is the song played at the end called?

Jun 3rd
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Old man

one of these women sounds like she's on a treadmill while she's talking. Out of breath and all hyped up

Dec 12th
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Old man

Angie is a horrible and narrow minded person. Why would I do that? To avoid cruelty and murder of a sentient creature, and to help combat climate change Maybe?

Dec 7th
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Abdullah ÖZDEMİR

good

Aug 5th
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ForexTraderNYC

informative easy 2 understand cast..

Aug 3rd
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C Mi

Can these technologies be implemented into police uniforms ? To protect law enforcement from making mistakes?

Jun 5th
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Meditative Potato

Unsubscribing. Ridiculously shallow and biased, no moral concerns at all about using sentient beings as vessels for human spare parts. They are not your slaves, they are individuals! What makes you think your life is worth more than theirs? At least some debate could have been carried around the bioethical side of the matter. Instead, they presented it as a marvel, above any questions. I couldn't expect more from WSJ, which gladly cheers behind ruthless and exploitative capitalism, what's left for "inferior beings", right? Long live the all Christian and compassionate american way of life!

Oct 23rd
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boson96

Nothing works. This channel is broken.

Jul 22nd
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Cam

I usually enjoy this podcast, but haven't found this episode or the last few very engaging.

Jun 11th
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Matt Meshbane

not able to play anything on your channel, WSJ. Fix your shit.

Jun 7th
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Dagad Miner

where has this episode gone?

Jun 2nd
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CJ

Just use QR codes and problem is solved for retailers. No need to POS devices. The US needs to get with it

Apr 20th
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Sam Carroll

NONE of these episodes are downloading. I've been trying for several weeks. I'm on Android, using the Castbox app. No problems with any other podcasts -- just this one.

Apr 10th
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Yunjing Luo

Repeat episode. Love the channel, but the new episodes have been released way too SLOW.

Mar 30th
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Cam

Repeat episode.

Mar 29th
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Tin Mann

i dont like these kind of stories! No injuries 4 u.s. solders! we have the CAP. to wipeout all of bad people without losing troops!

Mar 15th
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Michael Parke

So SJP wants diversity in the workplace but only hires women?

Feb 15th
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