By amassing a huge library of leaf images, scientists are training computers to diagnose the diseases that threaten our food supply.
Last week, I wrote a piece about nanopore sequencing, a revolutionary technique that could one day allow anyone to sequence…
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The PBS-aired educational program 3-2-1 Contact was one of the best things on TV in the 1980s.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act was intended to protect privacy, but its provisions have not kept pace with the radical changes wrought by the information age.
“A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.
The group’s cyberwarriors are underfunded and poorly organized, but a recent shakeup could signal a change.
Talking about social-network service changes as mysterious changes to algorithms turns software companies into false idols.
A biotech company is building devices that will allow people to decipher genes in remote jungles, at sea, or even in space—and they say they’re just getting started.
A new study finds that users don’t ignore a status message just because it expresses a negative emotion.
The agency’s list is growing as foreign hackers continue to attack the U.S.
The Zika virus could open the door for a new era of gene-tweaking for pest control and disease prevention.
As a growing population ages, could computerized assistants provide medical support and companionship?
The bug at the center of the Zika outbreak, Aedes aegypti, loves humans, hides under beds, and can breed practically anywhere.
What rickety, rural suspension bridges can teach us about modern infrastructure. An Object Lesson
Law enforcement can access privately-collected location information about cars—and some low-income neighborhoods have faced extra scrutiny.
Researchers say the online encyclopedia should have a source-o-meter on each page, reflecting the quality of citations.
They were enormous, tech-savvy, and invasive in their methods—and they enlisted Abraham Lincoln into their ranks.
Contrary to predictions, the salesperson hasn't gone away. In fact, it’s the most common occupation in the U.S. and shows no signs of disappearing.
A roundtable discussion on women, people of color, and the country’s newest currency
The chat platform has long been a media darling, but it’s getting so popular that people are starting to complain about it.