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This inflatable space home could give future astronauts room to stretch out

American aerospace company Sierra Nevada Corporation has unveiled a full-scale prototype for a brand new inflatable space habitat that could be home to future astronauts living and working in deep...

Waymo is going to share its self-driving data—but it’s still not enough

Waymo, the self-driving spinoff of Alphabet, is the latest firm to offer up some of the information gleaned from its vehicles to the wider research community.The news: Waymo says it...

The next trick for CRISPR is gene-editing pain away

The street performer was only 10 years old. He put knives through his arms and walked on hot embers. By 14 he was dead. Someone dared him to jump from...

A super-secure quantum internet just took another step closer to reality

Scientists have managed to send a record-breaking amount of data in quantum form, using a strange unit of quantum information called a qutrit.The news: Quantum tech promises to allow data...

Here’s how social media firms should tackle online hate, according to physics

Policing online hate groups is like a never-ending game of whack-a-mole: moderators remove one neo-Nazi page on Facebook, only for another to appear hours later. It’s an approach that isn’t...

The Brazilian Amazon is on fire—here’s why that’s bad news for the planet

Forest fires have soared in the Brazilian Amazon this year, sharpening concerns about rising deforestation and climate emissions under the nation’s new far-right president.The news: More than 70,000 forest fires...

The topic of longevity takes after its name

This story is part of our September/October 2019 issueSee the rest of the issueSubscribe November 1929From “Forestalling Death”: Is it possible to extend life? If it is possible,...

A doctor and medical ethicist argues life after 75 is not worth living

In October 2014, Ezekiel Emanuel published an essay in the Atlantic called “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” Because Emanuel is a medical doctor and chair of the University...

Younger people want to better the world. Older people wish they did more.

We asked young people to tell us their hopes for the future of technology. And we asked older people with long careers behind them to tell us what might have...

Longer, healthier lives will spark a new generational conflict

Last year, Greta Thunberg shot to fame as the poster girl for climate-change activism at the age of just 15. By 16 she had a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Inspired,...

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Google Proposes ‘Privacy Sandbox’ to Develop Privacy-Focused Ads

Google today announced a new initiative—called Privacy Sandbox—in an attempt to develop a set of open standards that fundamentally enhances privacy on the...