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Facebook’s ‘pivot’ is less about privacy and more about profits

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest promise is that his social media conglomerate will become a “privacy-focused” one. By turns lauded and lambasted,...

Robots guarded Buddha’s relics in a legend of ancient India

As early as Homer, more than 2,500 years ago, Greek mythology explored the idea of automatons and self-moving devices. By the third century B.C.,...

Escalator etiquette: Should I stand or walk for an efficient ride?

Love them or hate them, traffic laws exist to keep people safe and to help vehicles flow smoothly. And while they aren’t legally enforceable,...

US military steps up cyberwarfare effort

The U.S. military has the capability, the willingness and, perhaps for the first time, the official permission to preemptively engage in active cyberwarfare against...

Old stone walls record the changing location of magnetic north

When I was a kid living in southern New Hampshire, my family home was on the site of an abandoned farmstead consisting of massive...

Ancient DNA is a powerful tool for studying the past – when archaeologists and geneticists work together

DNA has moved beyond esoteric science and into the center of everyday conversations about identity, culture and politics. It’s also reshaping stories about the...

Humans and machines can improve accuracy when they work together

Whether artificial intelligence systems steal humans’ jobs or create new work opportunities, people will need to work together with them. In my research I...

Mass-market electric pickup trucks and SUVs are on the way

Electric vehicles – specifically, the Tesla Model 3 – are dominating the U.S. market for premium sedans, but are barely even on the radar...

University of California’s break with the biggest academic publisher could shake up scholarly publishing for good

The University of California recently made international headlines when it canceled its subscription with scientific journal publisher Elsevier. The twittersphere lit up. And Elsevier’s...

Artificial intelligence must know when to ask for human help

Artificial intelligence systems are powerful tools for businesses and governments to process data and respond to changing situations, whether on the stock market or...

A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realized

This week a team of scientists and physicians from the U.K. published news of a second HIV positive man, in London, who is in...

Opioid crisis shows partnering with industry can be bad for public health

“Show me the bodies!” someone demanded at the end of my lecture a few years ago. As a scholar of public health ethics, law...

Autonomous drones can help search and rescue after disasters

When disasters happen – whether a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake, or a human-caused one like a mass shooting or bombing –...

Mining the Moon

If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. That’s because there’s no atmosphere, the surface temperature...

Lightweight of periodic table plays big role in life on Earth

Although hydrogen is the lightweight of the chemical elements, it packs a real punch when it comes to its role in life and its...

How SpaceX lowered costs and reduced barriers to space

On March 2, SpaceX plans to launch its first test of an unmanned Dragon vehicle which is designed to carry humans into low Earth...