The race to map the world for autonomous cars is on—and messy
Automakers and tech firms want high-definition maps to help robo-cars drive, but the best way to build them remains unclear. So says a new report from Bloomberg.
Two approaches: “One aims to create complete high-definition maps that will let the driverless… Read more
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DNA-tuned diets don’t seem to work
Attempts to lose weight more effectively by choosing food tailored to your genes may be a fruitless endeavor. So says an $8 million study into the concept.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s a reasonable question—some of our picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the...Read the full story →
Facebook has been sharing user data with Stanford to study US inequality
The social network is working with economists to throw light on America’s widening income gap.
North Korea’s hacking abilities are even stronger than we thought
Pyongyang has a surprisingly powerful cyber-espionage team at its disposal, according to a new report.
Our love of batteries is powering a boom in exploitative cobalt mines
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, some mines known to use child labor are benefiting from the electrification of our economy.
Backstory: The world wants lithium-ion batteries. But one of their key ingredients, cobalt, is in short supply. That makes… Read more
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This video game wants to be a fake-news vaccine
By building up pretend propaganda empires, can we learn how news is weaponized against us?
The game: Players of the new video game Bad News, which has been built by a team of academics and journalists, must win social-media fans, bend the truth, and… Read more
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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket could help humans mine more asteroids
The world’s most powerful rocket may be good for more commercial missions than Mars supply trips. One astronomer says it could open access to lots of asteroids on which humans could strike it rich mining metals.
Backstory: Earlier this month, SpaceX… Read more
Elon Musk’s Boring Company will start digging a tunnel in Washington, DC
Permission to excavate in the city could be a first step to building an East Coast Hyperloop—or just an expensive folly.
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