Why Bitcoin’s Male Domination Will Be Its Downfall
Fusion’s Felix Salmon examines an issue that could be problematic for Bitcoin but doesn’t get very much attention: an estimated 96 percent of the Bitcoin community is male.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Can Bitcoin Conquer Argentina?
A long read in the New York Times Magazine reveals how Bitcoin has emerged as a viable alternative to the volatile Argentinian peso.
Three Days in Beijing with Three of the World’s Most Famous Dissidents
A meeting between Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Edward Snowden collaborator Laura Poitras, and Wikileaks contributor Jacob Appelbaum reveals the complexities, paranoia and contradictions of digital dissident life.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
‘Cut-Through’ Traffic Caused by Waze App Must Stop, L.A. Councilman Says
Residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood are angered as Google’s Waze navigation app directs drivers to take its streets as a shortcut.
Re-Engineering Human Embryos
Tom Ashbrook leads a discussion on “the implications, and the global moral debate.”
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
In the Basement with Transhumanism’s DIY Cyberpunks
Notes on the dream for a super humanity.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind
A nifty and dynamic visualization of how U.S. attitudes have changed on six big sociopolitical issues.
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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