Video: The NSA’s Evolution
The New York Times offers a brief history of the NSA and sheds light on how the agency acquired its wide-ranging powers of surveillance.
-Kyanna Sutton, senior web producer
That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind
A timely reflection on Twitter’s addictive properties.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
When Privacy Is Theft
Margaret Atwood reviews Dave Eggers’s new book, which examines a troubled, technology-mediated vision of the future.
Where Cats Glow Green: Weird Feline Science in New Orleans
A great video about scientists trying to save endangered cat species with cloning leaves us with an important question: What’s the point of helping these species reproduce if they have no habitat to call home?
—Susan Young, biomedicine editor
A Mind-Boggling Sculpture That Crawls with a Mind of Its Own
Project by Malta-based architect William Bondin will bring walking sculptures to a public park near you.
-J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
Google Is Ordered to Block Images in Privacy Case
Quelle horreur for Google in Europe. A French judge delivers a lesson in how an alleged privacy invasion against one individual can become a legal or regulatory tipping point for huge Internet businesses.
—David Talbot, chief correspondent
Researchers Give Urine-Powered Robot New “Heart”
Good to see that “fully autonomous robots that collect human urine to power themselves” are no longer a dream.
The 50-year-old problem that eludes theoretical computer science
A solution to P vs NP could unlock countless computational problems—or keep them forever out of reach.
The moon didn’t die as early as we thought
Samples from China’s lunar lander could change everything we know about the moon’s volcanic record.
Forget dating apps: Here’s how the net’s newest matchmakers help you find love
Fed up with apps, people looking for romance are finding inspiration on Twitter, TikTok—and even email newsletters.
Inside the machine that saved Moore’s Law
The Dutch firm ASML spent $9 billion and 17 years developing a way to keep making denser computer chips.
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