The Brain’s Inner Language
A profile of a neuroscientist who studies the anatomy and function of the visual cortex in mice explains what large collaborative research efforts are doing to understand how neurons process information.
—Susan Young, biomedicine editor
3D Model of a Boy’s Heart Speeds Up Life-Saving Operation
With help from 3-D printing, a surgeon saves a life.
—Colby Wheeler, manager of information technology
How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations
Western intelligence services are distorting and influencing Internet discourse.
—Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher
Artist Uses Google Glass to Interact with Museum Visitors
Through the lens of Google Glass, art goes meta.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
Why “Big Data” Is a Big Deal
Harvard Magazine’s deep dive into the myriad reasons big data matters.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
The Science of Solitary Confinement
A quick take on the “troubling neurological implications of long-term isolation” in U.S. prisons.
Publishers Withdraw More than 120 Gibberish Papers
Apparently, it’s surprisingly easy to get computer-generated nonsense published in conference proceedings.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
Big Data, Big Business, Big Brother?
A good explainer on the implications of big data.
—Rob Finley, West Coast advertising sales executive
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
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.
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