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2021 has broken the record for zero-day hacking attacks

A zero-day exploit—a way to launch a cyberattack via a previously unknown vulnerability—is just about the most valuable thing a hacker can possess. These exploits can carry price tags north of $1 million on the open market. And this year,… Continue Reading →

Companies hoping to grow carbon-sucking kelp may be rushing ahead of the science

In late January, Elon Musk tweeted that he planned to give $100 million to promising carbon removal technologies, stirring the hopes of researchers and entrepreneurs. A few weeks later, Arin Crumley, a filmmaker who went on to develop electric skateboards,… Continue Reading →

Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election, internal report shows

In the run up to the 2020 election, the most highly contested in US history, Facebook’s most popular pages for Christian and Black American content were being run by Eastern European troll farms. These pages were part of a larger… Continue Reading →

There’s a gig-worker-sized hole in Biden’s vaccine mandate plan

The news: President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that will require millions of American workers to get vaccinated against covid-19. The order mandates all companies with more than 100 workers to require employees to be vaccinated or get… Continue Reading →

A customer-centric approach is key in a post-pandemic world

Quoting Vladimir Lenin, Bill Kanarick describes the tectonic industry shifts brought on by the pandemic: “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” After months of hunkering down at home, consumers got used to online… Continue Reading →

Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever

Last October, a large group of scientists made their way to Yuri Milner’s super-mansion in the Los Altos Hills above Palo Alto. They were tested for covid-19 and wore masks as they assembled in a theater on the property for… Continue Reading →

NASA’s Perseverance rover finally scooped up a piece of Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully gathered a bit of rock and soil from Mars on Wednesday, which marks the first time a sample has ever been recovered on the Red Planet. What happened: The rover drilled into a boulder called Rochette… Continue Reading →

Can you spot the fake receptor? The coronavirus can’t either.

As covid-19 continues to evolve in the US, researchers are now developing the next generation of therapeutics, including a new approach that could help reduce the time it takes to recover from the disease. While existing treatments include antivirals, antibodies,… Continue Reading →

Hackers are trying to topple Belarus’s dictator, with help from the inside

Since becoming president of Belarus in 1994, Alexander Lukashenko has built Europe’s most repressive police state and ruthlessly used his power to stay in office as a dictator.  Now hackers are trying to turn the extensive surveillance state against Lukashenko… Continue Reading →

From health care to infrastructure, how AI is changing the world for the better

Over the past several years, our world has been confronted with a range of unprecedented and, at times, deadly challenges—from the covid-19 pandemic to severe weather conditions, and a concurrent rise of societal issues including aging population, urban congestion, and… Continue Reading →

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