A patient "walks the plank" while wearing a virtual reality set that simulates being high above the ground

Can Virtual Reality Help You Get Over Your Fear?

Scared of spiders? Fear of heights? New research is finding that Virtual Reality could help patients overcome these fears. It works by stimulating part of the brain and exposing patients to the fear in a safe setting.

Dozens of large, yellow lithium-ion batteries are bolted together. They are being charged by solar power.

Daylight On Demand: Why batteries may fuel the future of solar power in Nevada

While the COVID-19 pandemic is proving problematic for the solar industry, there’s a more fundamental challenge: the sun doesn’t always shine. Read how one power plant in Nevada was able to find an unusual way around that issue, and why others may be taking a different approach in the near future: batteries.

Researchers wearing all-white protective gear pose on a green hillside in Sierra Leone.

The Virus Hunters: Finding animal diseases before they infect humans

More than 60 percent human viruses originally come from animals.

For the past decade, these researchers around the globe have been working to identify risky viruses before they infect humans.

The team found a new Ebola virus in bats in Sierra Leone, and has worked with various communities to reduce exposure.