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How heat waves harm pregnant women and newborns

Days of extreme heat raise the odds of hospitalizations for infants and expecting mothers, especially among black women.These findings from a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper highlight additional...

Facebook should at least label lying political ads

Yesterday, Facebook revealed its plan for fighting disinformation ahead of the 2020 US election. It includes spending $2 million on a media literacy project, making it easier to research political...

Blue Origin will lead a four-company team to build NASA’s lunar lander

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Blue Origin, announced today that his company is teaming up with three other major aerospace firms to design and develop a lunar lander that...

Sorry—organic farming is actually worse for climate change

Organic practices can reduce climate pollution produced directly from farming. Which would be fantastic if they didn’t also require more land to produce the same amount of food.But clearing additional...

The Marines are testing drone medicine deliveries

The news: The US Marine Corps has successfully tested autonomous medical drone deliveries during four exercises in Australia, working with the Australian military and drone logistics company Zipline. The tests...

Life in the most drone-bombed country in the world

Khalid still remembers the first time he heard about drones. He was 10 years old, sitting in his school classroom in Khogyani, a district near the Durand Line in eastern...

Quantum supremacy from Google? Not so fast, says IBM

Sign up for The Download — your daily dose of what's up in emerging technologyA month ago, news broke that Google had reportedly achieved “quantum supremacy”: it had...

NASA’s Van Allen probes are no more, and we owe them a lot

The seven-year mission, which ended Friday, was one of the most consequential investigations into how space weather affects the environment just outside our planet’s atmosphere. The background: The Van Allen...

Smart speakers can be hijacked by apps that spy on users

Third-party apps hosted on Google and Amazon smart speakers could be secretly eavesdropping on users or phishing for their passwords, according to Security Research Labs, a hacking consultancy based in...

The newest gene editor radically improves on CRISPR

For all its well-earned fame, the gene-editing tool CRISPR is, in reality, pretty hard on the genome. It’s a pair of DNA scissors that cuts the double helix, and what’s...

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