The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt: Defending the Drama
Great take on why we should worry about uncertainty in climate models.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy
New York Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture
An interesting look behind the scenes at the New York Times, which like many outlets has had its struggles adapting to the fast-changing digital journalism landscape.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Russia Is Kicking NASA Out of the International Space Station in 2020
Vox explains how a strained geopolitical relationship is spilling over into space.
Yes, Your Internet Is Getting Slower
And, according to Slate, that’s just how your ISP likes it.
U.S. Mines Personal Health Data to Find the Vulnerable in Emergencies
The New York Times reports on an experiment by New Orleans’ city government to use electronic health records to identify people who will need special care, such as extra oxygen tanks or back-up batteries for medical equipment, during an emergency. Some worry the program breaches patient privacy.
—Susan Young Rojahn, biomedicine editor
Object of Interest: The Twice-Forbidden Fruit
What kind of doctor will this apple keep away?
—J. Juniper Friedman
Immediacy vs. Importance: The Tension Underlying How the NYTimes.com Homepage Gets Made
An excerpt from Nikki Usher’s new book, Making News at The New York Times, “documents how some of digital news’ most important real estate gets allocated.”
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Poetic Nanotech Poster Eats Air Pollution
Clean lines for clean air in England.
—Colby Wheeler, manager of information technology
The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it
Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.
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.
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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