This Article Was Written with the Help of a ‘Cyber’ Machine
The prefix “cyber” is sorely overused, but what’s the alternative?
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
My Prescribed Life
A young woman’s story explores the way prolonged use of antidepressants affect one’s personality and sense of self.
Topher White: Repurposing Cellphones to Defend the Rain Forest
Take old cell phones, outfit them with solar power, and voilà: you have a network that can detect illegal activity in a forest.
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
How Many Slaves Work for You?
Beautiful UXD on this quiz and interactive feature, which projects individual consumer culpability in human slavery, or “trafficked” labor. I learned, dispiritingly, that I probably have dozens of slaves working for me.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web Producer
The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human Rights
Robots are built to help prevent young children from being forced to race camels, but what about the camels’ rights?
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
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.
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.
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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