There’s Something Super Weird About Netflix Anime

It’s heavy on action and sci-fi. It’s extremely international. A lot of it is CGI. Is this the future of the Japanese art form? | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

The Japanese Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu marks a major milestone this weekend with the return of pristine space rock. | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

'Among Us' and a Resurgence of Narrative-Free Games

In the midst of a pandemic, we're all suffering from narrative exhaustion right now. | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

Google trumpeted its quantum computer that outperformed a conventional supercomputer. A Chinese group says it's done the same, with different technology. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Hackers Are Targeting the Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Cold Chain’

As vaccines await US approval, a sophisticated global phishing campaign has tried to harvest credentials from companies involved in their distribution. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus

Both teams want to know when—or how often—the virus passed from animals to people. But the trail may have gone cold, and the search has gotten political. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Covid-19 Vaccines Could End Up with Bias Built Right In

Some of the leading candidates might work better for the richest people in the world, simply on account of how they're made. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

The Ethics of Rebooting the Dead

The notion of resurrecting people as digital entities is becoming less hypothetical. But just because something can be done, doesn’t always mean it should. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

The Race to Crack Lithium Ion Recycling Before It's Too Late

Millions of EVs will soon hit the road, but the world isn’t ready for their old batteries. A crop of startups wants to crack this billion-dollar problem. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

What Is the Signal Encryption Protocol?

As the Signal protocol becomes the industry standard, it's worth understanding what sets it apart from other forms of end-to-end encrypted messaging. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

You Are Cyborg (1997)

For Donna Haraway, we are already assimilated. The monster opens the curtains of Victor Frankenstein's bed. Schwarzenegger tears back the skin of his forearm to display a gleaming skeleton of chrome and steel. Tetsuo's skin bubbles as wire and cable burst to the surface. These sc … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

The Quest to Unearth One of America’s Oldest Black Churches

First Baptist Church was founded in secret in 1776. It’s been hidden under a parking lot in Colonial Williamsburg for decades—a metaphor for the failures of archaeology and American history. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

The Ethics of Rebooting the Dead

The notion of resurrecting people as digital entities is becoming less hypothetical. But just because something can be done, doesn’t always mean it should. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

A new study about color tries to decode ‘the brain’s pantone’

How do humans perceive color? An NIH experiment finds a way to measure what happens after light hits the eye—using brain scans. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing

A clever technique allows scientists to scan a heart and reconstruct it in a soup of gelatin. It's like making jello, only way more useful for surgeons. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes

The company is rolling out a patch for the vulnerabilities, which allowed one researcher to break into one in 90 seconds and drive away. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Machine Learning Can Use Tweets to Automatically Spot Critical Security Flaws

Researchers built an AI engine that uses tweets to predict the severity of software vulnerabilities with 86 percent accuracy. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

For now, the security measure will be available only to people using the beta version of the app. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'

A new paper renews concerns about bias in image recognition services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Robots Invade the Construction Site

Boosted by advances in sensors and artificial intelligence, a new generation of machines is automating a tech-averse industry. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

What the EU Gets Right–and the US Gets Wrong–About Antitrust

European regulators focus on how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google use—and abuse–their vast stores of data to maintain advantages over rivals. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online

Want to become invisible online? Start with your emails. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

The company wants to shut down an academic study of political ad targeting, just as it prepares to reinstate targeted political ads. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

The US could soon ban the selling of carrier-locked phones

Carrier lock-in was recently prohibited in the UK. If it finally happens here next year too, consumer advocates say the move would give users more flexibility and choice. | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Ling Ma Talks to Xiaowei Wang, the Author of Blockchain Chicken Farm

Ling Ma talks to Xiaowei Wang, the author of Blockchain Chicken Farm—a mind-boggling survey of how technology is shaping economies across China. | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ as They Die?

An ER nurse’s anecdote of deranged denialism went viral. But when the media caught wind of the story, reporters didn’t do their jobs. | Continue reading | 14 days ago

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal–But I Do

Stop trying to duct-tape a ring light to your laptop, and get yourself a dedicated videophone. | Continue reading | 14 days ago

The Extra Second That Crashed the Web (2012)

The "leap second" crash -- which hit several web operations on Saturday evening -- can be traced to a single glitch in the Linux operating system. Here's the inside story on what happened. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

ILM Used 'Fortnite' Tech to Make Virtual Sets for 'The Mandalorian'

Those beautiful landscapes Baby Yoda played in? They were created on a virtual production platform called StageCraft. Now any director can use it. | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line-Even for Trump

The president dismissed the widely respected cybersecurity agency director Tuesday night for pushing back against election disinformation. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Microsoft Is Making a Secure PC Chip–With Intel and AMD's Help

The Pluton security processor will give the software giant an even more prominent role in locking down Windows hardware. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

What Happened to the Deepfake Threat to the Election?

Lawmakers and researchers had warned that videos altered using AI could disrupt the 2020 vote. But they didn't turn out to be a problem. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

The iOS Covid App Ecosystem Has Become a Privacy Minefield

An analysis of nearly 500 Covid-related apps worldwide shows major differences in how much data they expect you to give up. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise

How an obscure Turkish scientist’s obscure theoretical breakthrough helped the Chinese tech giant gain control of the future. US telecoms never had a chance. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

That Pre-Thanksgiving Covid Test Won't Keep You Safe

It seems like a simple way to justify holiday gatherings. But the everyone-has-gotten-tested method is utterly absurd. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

For years, a master tool called indistinguishability obfuscation seemed too good to be true. Three researchers have figured out that it can work. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Fireball is Werner Herzog’s ode to space rocks

A new documentary from the German auteur examines the influence of meteorites on cultures around the world. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Desperate Gamers Camp Out in the Pandemic for $700 GPUs

Months after the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080's launch, the lines at brick-and-mortar stores across the country can still wrap around the block. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

We’ll Need More Than One Vaccine to Beat the Pandemic

All the Covid vaccine candidates work in different ways, and none will be perfect for everyone. It’ll take a slate of options to help cover us all. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

The US Government Will Pay Doctors to Use These AI Algorithms

The artificial intelligence programs can diagnose eye disease in diabetics and complications in stroke patients. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

The Scammer Who Wanted to Save His Country

Last fall, a hacker gave Glenn Greenwald a trove of damning messages between Brazil’s leaders. Some suspected the Russians. The truth was far less boring. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms - For those on the ramparts of the world's sole superpower, the digital winds are blowing an icy chill through the triumphant glow of the post-Cold War. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

As of June 1, 2021, all uploads to the cloud-based storage service will count against your 15-GB data cap. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

An Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients

A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

The Most Famous Paradox in Physics Nears Its End

In a landmark series of calculations, physicists have proved that black holes can shed information, which seems impossible by definition. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

The Plan to Turn Scrapped Rockets into Space Stations Is Back from the Dead

Spent rockets are dangerous space trash, but they could be the future of living and working in orbit. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

If approved by the FDA, Pfizer and BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine would be the first of its kind, setting a record for speed—but raising questions about distribution. | Continue reading | 24 days ago