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Benjamin Franklin Meets the Blockchain

Hi, everyone. Another grim week. The plain truth is that we have got to stop selling weapons of war to random civilians. In 1727, 21-year-old Benjamin Franklin invited, as he put it, “my most ingenious acquaintance[s] into a club of mutual…


How to Make a Microphone … From a Face Mask

The results won’t be high fidelity, but you can definitely turn sound into electric signals using an N95 and some physics knowledge.


Quashing Racist Pseudoscience Is Science’s Responsibility

The recent act of racist terrorism in Buffalo has raised the stakes on how science is communicated and sold.


What Do Those Pesky 'Cookie Preferences' Pop-Ups Really Mean?

You are not the only person irritated by those pesky cookie permissions boxes. If you click “Accept” by rote, you have no idea what you’re agreeing to. Or perhaps you don’t care? Many users think they have to accept all cookies to access the…


The ‘Form’ Element Created the Modern Web. Was It a Big Mistake?

A little HTML widget gave us all-powerful Amazon and Facebook. There's no closing Pandora's text box now.


Why Was the Tonga Eruption So Massive? Scientists Have New Clues

Early theories suggested an underwater landslide caused a catastrophic mix of magma and seawater. Recent evidence reveals an explosion unlike anything studied before.


Microsoft’s Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

Today, AI can take control of characters in Minecraft. Soon, it could help you control your whole computer.


Researchers Made Ultracold Quantum Bubbles on the Space Station

NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory runs super-low-temperature experiments in near-zero gravity that would be impossible to accomplish on Earth.


Proton Is Trying to Become Google—Without Your Data

Since its founding in 2014, ProtonMail has become synonymous with user-friendly encrypted email. Now the company is trying to be synonymous with a whole lot more.


Undersea Cables Are the Latest Tools for Earthquake Detection

Rumbles and tides create tiny, detectable disturbances in fiber optics. The world’s cables could form a vast network for detecting earthquakes and tsunamis.


Tech Leaders Can Do More to Avoid Unintended Consequences

It's difficult to predict the negative impacts of an idea or invention, but certain frameworks can help entrepreneurs  see a little bit further.


These Nanobots Can Swim Around a Wound and Kill Bacteria

Researchers have created autonomous particles covered with patches of protein “motors.” They hope these bots will tote lifesaving drugs through bodily fluids.


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