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Web scraping is a tool, not a crime

My worry is not unfounded. A vaguely written US law called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes accessing this kind of information in programmatic ways a potential crime....

This super energy dense battery could nearly double the range of electric vehicles

Scientists have long seen lithium-metal batteries as an ideal technology for energy storage, leveraging the lightest metal on the periodic table to deliver cells jam-packed with energy. But researchers...

“You can’t just give people more data and expect them to act differently”

Digital contact tracing apps first emerged early in the pandemic. They’d let you know if you’d been around anyone who had tested positive, and they worked on a regular...

A capsule carrying asteroid rocks collected by Hayabusa-2 has successfully landed on Earth

The news: A capsule containing the first rock samples from the asteroid Ryugu returned to Earth on Sunday December 6 in “perfect” condition, according to researchers. ...

Making the workplace safer with innovative covid-19-fighting solutions

As businesses of all sizes welcome a fearful and anxious workforce back to the office, they are simultaneously challenged with ensuring a safe work environment. The stark reality facing business...

Fair value? Fixing the data economy

Each innovation challenges the norms, codes, and values of the society in which it is embedded. The industrial revolution unleashed new forces of productivity but at the cost of inhumane...

The way we express grief for strangers is changing

In late March, Claire Rezba heard about the tragic death of Diedre Wilkes. Wilkes, a 42-year-old mammogram technician, had died alone of covid-19 in her home, her four-year-old child near...

We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it...

Many details of the exact sequence of events that led up to Gebru’s departure are not yet clear; both she and Google have declined to comment beyond their posts...

How the US, UK, and China are planning to roll out vaccines

The vaccines are coming. The UK became the first country in the West to approve a covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on December 2, specifically the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine,...

The fragmentation of everything | MIT Technology Review

The rise of technonationalism. Diverging regulatory regimes. The spread of “walled gardens.” Polarization like nothing we’ve seen before. The confluence of several trends is poised to completely fragment our real...
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