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A medical app uses your smartphone’s camera to carry out lab tests at home

Sign up for The Download — your daily dose of what's up in emerging technologyMillions of laboratory urine tests are carried out each year for pregnant women, patients...

Activists are suing Canada over plans to build a smart city in Toronto

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has filed a legal challenge against all three levels of the country’s government in a bid to put a stop to the scheme led by...

The scientist who created CRISPR babies is on Time’s most-influential list—but not in a...

He Jiankui wanted to become famous, but probably not like this. The editors of Time have put the creator of the first gene-edited children on its list of “100 Most Influential People” in...

The first Marsquake has been detected

The Mars InSight lander has sensed the a quake within the planet.The news: On its 128th day on the red planet, the lander picked up the first definitive sign of...

Facebook is working on a voice assistant to embed within its products

It’s been developing the software since early 2018 but is yet to announce a release date, according to CNBC.The team: The group developing the new voice assistant works within the...

West Virginia will allow “blockchain voting” in the 2020 election. That’s a risky idea.

Military voters stationed overseas will be able to cast their votes for the 2020 presidential election via a mobile app that uses a private blockchain. Election security experts, avert your...

SpaceX’s test of its Crew Dragon Capsule has ended in smoke

The failure of the uncrewed test likely means that astronauts won’t be heading back to space from US soil for a while yet.The news: During a static fire test of...

Should a self-driving car protect a passenger or a pedestrian? Ideally, both.

Much self-driving-car research focuses on pedestrian safety, but it is important to consider passenger safety and comfort, too. When braking to avoid a collision, for example, a vehicle should ideally...

How to hide from the AI surveillance state with a color printout

AI-powered video technology is becoming ubiquitous, tracking our faces and bodies through stores, offices, and public spaces. In some countries the technology constitutes a powerful new layer of policing and...

Sri Lanka has blocked access to social media to stop the spread of misinformation

In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 300 people, its government has blocked access to most of the main social networks and chat apps.What’s happened: Facebook, WhatsApp,...

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