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.
A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?
Robot vacuum companies say your images are safe, but a sprawling global supply chain for data from our devices creates risk.
A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate
Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023
These exclusive satellite images show that Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway
Weirdly, any recent work on The Line doesn’t show up on Google Maps. But we got the images anyway.
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