Topic: Science & Tech

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Chinese Scientists Created COVID-19 in a Lab and Then Tried to Cover Their Tracks, New Study Claims

The 22-page paper on the origins of COVID-19, exclusively obtained by and slated for publication in the coming days, is set to make waves among the scientific community.

Status Anxiety as a Service

The toxic social dynamics of Twitter

The Plan to Turn Coal Country Into a Rare Earth Powerhouse

The Biden administration is ramping up efforts to extract crucial clean-energy metals from coal waste.

The Cosmic Grapevine

Why the World Is Running Out of Computers

Russia Appears to Carry Out Hack Through System Used by U.S. Aid Agency

Microsoft reported that it had detected the intrusion and that the same hackers behind the earlier SolarWinds attack were responsible.

Twitter Confirms Plans for 'Twitter Blue' $2.99 Monthly Subscription Service

Twitter appears to have mistakenly confirmed its plans to launch a new subscription tier called "Twitter Blue," with the new purchase option...

Facebook’s Empty Promise of Hiding “Likes”

Users will make the final choice on seeing "Likes" in their feeds.

Microsoft President: Orwell’s 1984 Could Happen in 2024

Tech executives warned that democracy has to win the AI arms race, in a new BBC Panorama.

You Can Now Hide Like Counts on Instagram and Facebook

You can now stop seeing like counts on all posts.

Scientists Drove Mice to Bond by Zapping Their Brains With Light

The study, a tour de force in bioengineering, comes after two decades of research on brain-to-brain synchrony in people.

Fast Computers, 5G Networks and Radar That Passes Through Walls Are Bringing 'X-Ray Vision' Closer to Reality

The murky blobs visible with today's wall-penetrating radar could soon give way to detailed images of people and things on the other side of a wall – and even measure people's breathing and heart...

The Startups Reinventing the Web Browser

The web browser is a crucial part of modern life, and yet it hasn't really been revised since the '90s. That may be about to change.

The Mystery of the Watermelon's Origins May Have Been Solved

Researchers have identified a Sudanese melon as the progenitor of the domesticated watermelon.

We’re Not Alone in the Universe

Aliens are almost certainly out there. Let’s hope they’re not like us.

I Mailed an AirTag and Tracked Its Progress; Here's What Happened

I sent an AirTag by mail to a friend and tracked it across the UK.

Facebook Still ‘Secretly’ Tracks Your iPhone

If you think Facebook can no longer track your iPhone, then you're wrong...

The Space Shuttle Console Archive: The Joy of a Beautiful Button

What do you call someone who loves dials and push buttons? Is there a Latin term, like technophile or retrophile, but more specific? The materiality of control panels has been replaced by the...

The Elon Musk-Jeff Bezos Rivalry Extends to the Moon

The world™s two wealthiest men have sparred on and off for years in their quest to privatize human space exploration. Now they are in a bitter fight over landing on the lunar surface.

Scientists Zero in on Long-Sought Marker of COVID-vaccine Efficacy

Data from seven vaccination trials help to identify a blood marker for protection against the disease.

Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords

How warnings of AI doom gave way to primal fear of primates posting

Why Is Ice Slippery? It's Not a Simple Question

Could Humans Really Destroy All Life on Earth?

The seemingly insatiable human tendency to consume is changing our planet and the life on it, but can we change our behaviour?

The Electric Ford F-150 Lightning Will Be the Most Important Car Ever

The American pickup truck is one of the most iconic vehicles in the world. And that makes the new F-150 Lightning a transformational moment for electric cars.

A New Coronavirus May Be Making People Sick. And It's Coming From Dogs

How Many Birds Are There in the World?

New research estimates there are between 50 billion and 430 billion birds on Earth.

The Hidden Reason Processed Pet Foods Are So Addictive

From potently smelly additives to offal concentrates, pet food companies turn to some surprising ingredients in the quest to make kibble delicious.

Chocolate With a Hint of Yuck

Could a new chemical test that quantifies off flavors transform the chocolate industry?

The 7 Climate Tipping Points That Could Change the World Forever

As the world warms, these Earth systems are changing. Could further warming make them spiral out of control?

World's Largest Iceberg Has Just Broken Off an Antarctic Ice Shelf

An iceberg bigger than Majorca that broke off an Antarctic ice shelf has been spotted by satellites, and declared the world’s largest iceberg

Here’s How Much Your Stolen Personal Data Is Worth on the Dark Web

The black market for stolen personal information motivates most data breaches. Here's what your data goes for on the dark web these days.

'Subnautica: Below Zero' Director on Making the Ocean Feel Even More Alien

The goal of 'Subnautica: Below Zero' is to enable players to explore the world. We spoke to game director David Kalina on the recent game and the series' future.

First Nuclear Detonation Created ‘Impossible’ Quasicrystals

Their structures were once controversial. Now researchers have discovered quasicrystals in the aftermath of a 1945 bomb test.

Mexico City Could Sink Up to 65 Feet

Due to a phenomenon called subsidence, the metropolis's landscape is compacting—and parts of the city are now dropping a foot and a half each year.

US Government Says UFOs Are “Real”

Antarctica Is Headed for a Climate Tipping Point by 2060, With Catastrophic Melting if Carbon Emissions Aren't Cut...

If emissions continue at their current pace, Antarctica will cross a threshold into runaway sea rise when today’s kids are raising families. Pulling CO2 out of the air later won't stop the ice loss.

Plastic Waste Can Now Be Turned Into Jet Fuel in One Hour

Some Mammals Can Breathe Through Their Butt, Scientists Discover

Scientists reveal some types of mammals, such as pigs and rodents, can breathe through their intestines like aquatic animals.

Deep-Sea Fish With Lightbulb on Its Head Mysteriously Washes Ashore in California

The nightmarish fish is rarely seen outside of the deep ocean.

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