FBI Admits Flaws in Hair Analysis Over Decades
For three decades, an FBI forensic lab used flawed scientific analysis of hair samples to help prosecutors. Roughly 2,500 cases are now being reviewed.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013
How the electric car company faced bankruptcy in 2013 and started negotiating a sale to Google.
Seth Stevenson evaluates how likely four compact motorized vehicle-like thingamajigs are to kill you or make you look like a dork.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
How One Man Crashed the Stock Market
Navinder Singh Sarao found a loophole that he used to manipulate the market for years.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die
We don’t know who we are killing with drones.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine
Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos
In a world first, Chinese modify human embryos with gene editing.
What’s That On Beyoncé’s Wrist? Let Me Guess … an Apple Watch
What Apple’s marketing strategy says about its latest gadget.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
Why the Flash Crash Really Matters
An interesting piece suggesting that the emergent nature of financial market phenomena may make catastrophic crashes hard to foresee.
Bitcoin’s Problem with Women
Mother Jones takes on the “crypto-patriarchy” of the great Bitcoin experiment and why homogeneity will be its downfall.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters Reveal a 3D View of the Human Brain
This is your brain… on coasters.
Forget dating apps: Here’s how the net’s newest matchmakers help you find love
Fed up with apps, people looking for romance are finding inspiration on Twitter, TikTok—and even email newsletters.
How AI is reinventing what computers are
Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.
These weird virtual creatures evolve their bodies to solve problems
They show how intelligence and body plans are closely linked—and could unlock AI for robots.
We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.
Over-the-counter coronavirus tests are finally available in the US. Some are more accurate and easier to use than others.
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