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.
Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid
Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
It will soon be easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. We shouldn’t let them.
If they ever hit our roads for real, other drivers need to know exactly what they are.
Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some still hold on for dear life.
When a cryptocurrency’s value is theoretical, what happens if people quit believing?
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