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
This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI
The tool, called Nightshade, messes up training data in ways that could cause serious damage to image-generating AI models.
The Biggest Questions: What is death?
New neuroscience is challenging our understanding of the dying process—bringing opportunities for the living.
Rogue superintelligence and merging with machines: Inside the mind of OpenAI’s chief scientist
An exclusive conversation with Ilya Sutskever on his fears for the future of AI and why they’ve made him change the focus of his life’s work.
How to fix the internet
If we want online discourse to improve, we need to move beyond the big platforms.
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