Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai

On a sultry summer night in July 2018, the MV Manukai was arriving at the port of Shanghai, near the mouth of the Huangpu River. This busy tributary of the...

Apple just released an app that tracks your heart, hearing, and menstrual cycles

Apple’s new standalone app, called Research, is an effort to collect information on three common aspects of people’s health. We’re gonna science this: As the name suggests, the app is meant...

The landing site for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover might be home to fossilized life

NASA’s mission to Mars launches next year, and it could be our best opportunity yet to discover signs of extraterrestrial life. A pair of new studies have unearthed evidence that...

Help us pick the next great young innovators

Sign up for The Download — your daily dose of what's up in emerging technologyOur 35 Innovators Under 35 competition for 2020 is now open for nominations. You can...

Facebook says it’s getting better at weeding out child sex abuse images

The news: Facebook has revealed a huge jump in child sex abuse images uploaded to the website: 11.6 million pieces of content from April to September this year, versus 6.9...

Where do humans live? A new map offers more detail than ever before.

One of the important goals of geography is to assess the human presence and its impact across the planet. A good starting point is to understand where humans live.That’s easier...

China says its digital currency will have “controllable anonymity”—but who will control it?

The digital currency that the People’s Bank of China says it is close to issuing will give the government unprecedented visibility into how its citizens spend money. But authorities seem...

Now Google wants to get into banking too

Google will soon let users open checking accounts, joining a number of other tech firms which want to get further into financial services.The news: The project, code-named Cache, is slated to...

5G has security flaws that could let hackers track your location

The news: Security researchers have identified 11 design vulnerabilities with 5G protocols which could expose a user’s location, spoof emergency alerts, track their phone activity (calls, texts, or web browsing),...

Health websites are sharing sensitive medical data with Google, Facebook, and Amazon

The news: Popular health websites are sharing private, personal medical data with big tech companies, according to an investigation by the Financial Times. The data, including medical diagnoses, symptoms, prescriptions,...

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