Object of Interest: Pepper Spray
A short New Yorker piece about the history of pepper spray, including a good breakdown of the science behind it.
—Rachel Metz, IT editor
What’s Wrong with Technological Fixes?
Catching up with provocateur Evgeny Morozov and the reaction to his much-discussed book about technological “solutionism.”
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
How Microsoft Handed the NSA Access to Encrypted Messages
Microsoft worked closely with the FBI to reëngineer its systems to help NSA surveillance, leaked documents say.
Drone, Drone on the Range
Drone aircraft could have many uses on farms, if U.S. regulators allow them to take off.
—Tom Simonite, senior IT editor
Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Research Finds
One of the several news summaries of an important PNAS paper quantifying the impact of deadly air pollution in China.
—David Rotman, editor
What I Learned from Researching Almost Every Single Smart Watch That Has Been Rumored or Announced
Christopher Mims reviews all the players competing in the smart watch market.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Climate Change Will Cause More Energy Breakdowns, U.S. Warns
New about how climate change is likely already causing problems for the power grid.
—Kevin Bulllis, senior energy editor
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Stem cells and gene therapy work together to cure disease in clinical trials.
—Susan Young, biomedicine editor
DeepMind’s cofounder: Generative AI is just a phase. What’s next is interactive AI.
“This is a profound moment in the history of technology,” says Mustafa Suleyman.
What to know about this autumn’s covid vaccines
New variants will pose a challenge, but early signs suggest the shots will still boost antibody responses.
Human-plus-AI solutions mitigate security threats
With the right human oversight, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence can help keep business and customer data secure
Next slide, please: A brief history of the corporate presentation
From million-dollar slide shows to Steve Jobs’s introduction of the iPhone, a bit of show business never hurt plain old business.
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