On Taxis and Rainbows
A fantastic post about de-anonymizing a vast trove of New York taxi data. With growing quantities of public data being collected and released, it’s an important issue to consider.
Four Ways Cities Can Invest Now in Climate Resilience
A sketch of how cities can accommodate rising sea levels: let the water in.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy
This Internet Millionaire Has a New Deal For You
This story from D Magazine is really interesting—it tells the tale of Matt Rutledge, who created the one-product-per-day online retailer Woot.com, and what happened after he sold Woot to Amazon. Should note: spotted via Valleywag. I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise, most likely.
—Rachel Metz, IT editor
Vertex’s 2-Drug Cystic Fibrosis Pill Shows Promise
A nice explanation of why recent clinical results of Vertex’s new drug are a big deal. It’s the next step after Vertex’s initital breakthrough CF drug profiled in our November/December 2013 cover story.
—David Rotman, editor
Secrets of the Creative Brain
This is a fascinating account of research on creativity in the human brain, the manifestation of so-called creative genius, and why it often intersects with mental illness.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior web producer
The Supreme Court’s Huge New Cellphone Privacy Ruling, Explained
Vox has a helpful explainer of the details surrounding this week’s “moderately” surprising Supreme Court ruling on whether police can legally search a suspect’s cell phone without a warrant.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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