I Handed Over My Facebook Password to an Indonesian Hacker. Now We’re Friends.
What happens when you strike up a conversation with your hacker a half a world away.
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor
The Myth of a Borderless Internet
Why the Internet isn’t the global playing field you thought it was: Twitter, Google Maps, and other services carefully censor what they show to people in different places around the world.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
The Long Life of a Quick ‘Fix’
A Washington Post story about how to take down the Internet.
What’s a Ghost Moose? How Ticks Are Killing an Iconic Animal.
Is there anything positive about these blood-sucking insects?
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
I Made an Untraceable AR-15 ‘Ghost Gun’ in My Office—And It Was Easy
An interesting story about how a reporter built a functional, untraceable AR-15 by buying most of the parts and then using a $1,500 CNC desktop-sized mill to make the gun’s lower receiver (the part on which the serial number is typically etched).
—Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile
The Billion-Dollar Biotech
Nature News tries to figure out what’s going on at the mysterious—and very rich—biotech startup Moderna, which is promising to make drugs based on messenger RNA.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
Inside Charm Industrial’s big bet on corn stalks for carbon removal
The startup used plant matter and bio-oil to sequester thousands of tons of carbon. The question now is how reliable, scalable, and economical this approach will prove.
The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it
Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.
How Charm Industrial hopes to use crops to cut steel emissions
The startup believes its bio-oil, once converted into syngas, could help clean up the dirtiest industrial sector.
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