William Herkewitz

William Herkewitz

Science & Technology Reporter

William Herkewitz is a science and technology journalist based in Berlin, Germany. He writes about theoretical physics, AI, astronomy, board games, brewing and everything in between.

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The 50 Best New Board Games

Order a pizza, invite over one to three friends, and try out the best new board games.

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So You Want To Play Dungeons & Dragons...

Learn a roleplaying game that lasts a lifetime.

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The 15 Best Board Game Apps

Time to get strategic on your smartphone.

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50 iPad and iPhone Games You Should Be Playing Right Now
Delete 'Words With Friends.' Forget 'Flappy Bird.' And for goodness' sake, get rid of 'Candy Crush' if you haven't already. These are t…
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The Supernova You Were Never Supposed to See

A neat trick of physics shows us four different views of a supernova we shouldn't be able to see.

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This Species of Ants Rescues Wounded Warriors on the Battlefield

When these ants fall in raids on other insects, their fellow colony members carry them back to safety.

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One More Big Reason We Should Be Worried About Bringing Back Coal

People living near new coal plants could see troubling health effects.

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A Chunk of Earth's Original Crust Has Been Discovered

The potentially 4.3-billion-year-old rock was just discovered in Canada.

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There Are Organic Molecules on the Dwarf Planet Ceres

That could tell us something really interesting about Earth.

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Behold Bat Bot, the First Flying Robot Bat

It mimics the flying mammal and doesn't even need to be remotely controlled.

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Break This Battery in Half and It Heals Itself

Self-healing electronics, thanks to the power of magnetism.

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This Plant Owes Its Blue Leaves to Quantum Mechanics

There's a very good reason for this plant's iridescent color.

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Two Dangerous Fault Lines Under San Francisco Are Connected, Study Finds

A hidden fault zone just upped the (already big) earthquake risk in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Southwest Will Probably Suffer a Crippling Megadrought This Century

There's a 70 to 99 percent chance of it happening by 2100.

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This Sonic Tractor Beam Costs Less Than $10
Scientists have made "acoustic tweezers" that move objects using nothing but sound. But they've never made them this cheap or effective…
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Scientists Read Ancient Hebrew Scroll Without Opening It

The charred manuscript is too delicate and damaged to unfurl. So researchers figured out how to read it from the outside.

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Bats Have a Genius Way for Dealing With All the Noise Humans Make

Stalking prey by sound is a problem for creatures that live near a lot of manmade noise. But these bats have got it figured out.

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Here It Is, the Genetic Family Tree of Beer

The genetic history of all the yeasts that make delicious suds.

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Breakthrough T-Shirt Supermaterial Is Like Wearing Nothing at All

The fashion solution for the scorching summers of the future.

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The Oldest Fossils Ever Discovered

The traces of microbes date back 3.7 billion years, much further than the former record-holder.

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What Are "Weather Bombs," And Why Can They Help Us Peek Inside Our Planet?

Little-heard S-waves are the key to seeing inside our planet.

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Scientists Create Life That Reads a New Language in the Letters of DNA

Redefining what cells understand when they interpret the genetic code.

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The Biggest Barrier to Asteroid Mining Isn't Technical, It's Legal

It may still sound like science fiction, but we'll be mining outer space much sooner than you think.

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There Is a Shark That Can Live for 400 Years

The Greenland shark is the world's new champion of vertebrate longevity.

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The Gaming Touchpad You Can Wear on Your Wrist

It can stretch and stretch and still work.

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Scientists Confirm China's Legendary Ancient Flood Was Real

Scientists have found evidence that the cataclysmic event did indeed happen.

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New "Flexible" Quantum Computer Can Be Reprogrammed with Lasers

It's a huge step forward in programming the computers of tomorrow.

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Deep Space Exploration May Be Bad For Your Heart
The 24 astronauts on the Apollo missions are dying of heart disease at an unusually high rate. Scientists are trying to figure out why.…
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