Follow the story of Facebook’s evolving News Feed on the fifth episode of Land of the Giants: The Facebook / Meta Disruption

Facebook was once, believe it or not, cool. But a lot has changed since the early days of the News Feed, when it was full of status updates and photos…

This De-Extinction Company Wants to Resurrect the Thylacine

Of all the species that humanity has wiped off the face of the earth, the thylacine is possibly the most tragic loss. A wolf-sized marsupial sometimes called the Tasmanian tiger,…

Mini caps can measure activity in lab-grown minibrains

Until now, scientists haven’t been able to study brain organoids beyond just a few cells. While the organoids are spherical, the conventional tools to study them—microelectrode array plates, which contain…

WeWork’s Adam Neumann raised money for a new real estate startup, Flow

Housing in the United States has a problem. And Adam Neumann, the charismatic founder known for successfully rebranding shared office space as WeWork, and unsuccessfully running it, thinks he has…

Echoing the Concorde, American is buying supersonic planes from aviation startup Boom

American Airlines on Tuesday announced that it would purchase a fleet of 20 planes from Boom Supersonic, a startup building aircraft that can travel faster than the speed of sound.…

The Android 13 Privacy Settings You Should Update Now

It’s late summer in the northern hemisphere, which means new phone operating systems are coming. In a few weeks, Apple will release iOS 16 to millions of iPhones and iPads…

Watch Duty, the Crowdsourced Wildfire App, Tracks All of California’s Blazes

The app launched in August 2021, at the height of the 2021 fire season, which in California typically falls between June and October. At launch, the app covered only California’s…

Bright LEDs could spell the end of dark skies

A global view of Earth assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite.NASA Specifications in the current proposal provide a starting point for planning, including a…

Is Oxygen the Answer to Long Covid?

She was dead tired but couldn’t sleep, couldn’t think straight, and could barely walk. The muscle pain in her arms and legs was so bad that she spent days in…

The Future Could Be Blissful—If Humans Don’t Go Extinct First

Or we might want to have strong regulation around which AI systems are deployed, such that you can only use it if you really understand what’s going on under the…