The Gray Lady treats Ma Bell to a largely laudatory article. Though slow to commercialize its bright ideas, says the New York Times, Bell Labs succeeds by supporting fundamental scientific research while its competitors slash basic R&D spending.
Such Exquisite Taste
The novel industry of consumer genetics is sequencing our sense of smell, writes the Washington Post.
CNET pulls out all the stops in its coverage of Microsoft’s latest release: Office XP. Though short on surprises (aside from “Clippy lives!”), the package features some interesting analysis.
Get Ben Affleck on the Phone
The U.S. is girding for space warfare, reports New Scientist. It’s easy to kill satellites, says the article, but no one’s figured out how to defend them, so expect the first battle to look like Pearl Harbor in space.
The Bread Also Rises
Is that lovin’ in the oven? Nope. It’s gluten, whose secret recipe is now known, researchers tell the Times.
They Said I Was Mad
In this month’s Scientific American a scientist explains why his giant robot fly is a good idea and not just nightmare fodder. Short answer: bugs still fly better than we do.
Last Week: The Best of the Rest
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it
The narrative around cheating students doesn’t tell the whole story. Meet the teachers who think generative AI could actually make learning better.
Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives
The workplace tool’s appeal extends far beyond organizing work projects. Many users find it’s just as useful for managing their free time.
Learning to code isn’t enough
Historically, learn-to-code efforts have provided opportunities for the few, but new efforts are aiming to be inclusive.
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