Fitbit Data Now Being Used in the Courtroom
People making personal injury claims are starting to use their Fitbit data to illustrate the effects of an accident. Data from activity trackers is likely to become a favorite target of prosecutors, too.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
The FBI vs. Martin Luther King: Inside J. Edgar Hoover’s “Suicide Letter” to Civil Rights Leader
Fifty years later, how a corrupt FBI threatened MLK’s privacy rights.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Why No One Can Design a Better Speculum
Every lady’s favorite medical implement is even yuckier than you thought.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
Virtual Reality Is Journalism’s Next Frontier
The Columbia Journalism Review argues that more newsrooms should be thinking about how to use virtual reality to tell stories.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Nighttime Satellite Maps Show Increasing Flood Risks
It’s not perfect, but by mapping night lights against flood-prone areas, a new study helps illuminate a growing problem.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
The Secret Life of Passwords
Flawed and annoying, these codes nevertheless say a lot about us.
The Cartoon Lounge: Technophilia
A funny visual take on the allure of gadget collecting.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Going bald? Lab-grown hair cells could be on the way
These biotech companies are reprogramming cells to treat baldness, but it’s still early days.
Tonga’s volcano blast cut it off from the world. Here’s what it will take to get it reconnected.
The world is anxiously awaiting news from the island—but on top of the physical destruction, the eruption has disconnected it from the internet.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
Our brains exist in a state of “controlled hallucination”
Three new books lay bare the weirdness of how our brains process the world around us.
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