A Way to Brew Morphine Raises Concern over Regulation
Federal drug regulatory authorities may have a new challenge on their hands: yeast genetically modified to make morphine.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
New Patent Lawsuits Are Down for the First Time in Five Years. Here’s Why That’s a Huge Deal.
Patent lawsuits remain at astronomical levels. But they might be getting a bit rarer.
—Brian Bergstein, executive editor
This Is What Happens After You Die
An entomologically oriented and slightly morbid breakdown of how the human body decomposes after death.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
What You Need to Know About Twitter
This podcast offers an amusing two-man take on the evolution of Twitter.
Physicist Mara Prentiss thinks a shift away from fossil fuels is “not only possible, but probable.”
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance
“A cloud of personal ‘data insecurity’ looms over many Americans’ daily decisions and activities,” says a new report that surveyed people’s trust in the corporations and government agencies holding their personal data.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
A Giant, Fake City in the Middle of the Desert
Pegasus Global Holdings is spending a billion dollars on a ghostly uninhabited town—perhaps complete with public art—to test technologies and products for the cities of the future.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
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.
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.
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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