If it sounds right, it must be human: Google’s language AI exposes us as shallow listeners
A 'sentient' machine explores the difference between fluent language and fluent thought—and the consequences of confusing the two.
Ancient wolf DNA is being used to sniff out where our love story with dogs began
The wolf genomes could help settle the long-standing mystery of dog domestication.
Why DARPA wants its robots to think like kids
If machines can learn as adeptly as children do, the military thinks they might be able to help out in useful ways.
Single-use plastic is on its way out of national parks. But why is the pace so glacial?
Eliminating waste is crucial, but experts argue this timeline is too long.
How US cities are preparing for more life-threatening heatwaves
Officials from Portland, New York, Miami and Phoenix discuss plans to keep residents safe in extreme heat.
The land of lost fireflies is probably a humble New Jersey bog
Ecologist Kitt Heckscher discovered four new firefly species in coastal wetlands. He swears there are many more.
Google Hangouts is dead. Long live Google’s mess of chat apps.
Google's history with messaging apps is chaotic. With Hangouts gone, here's a look at what's left.
Gas appliances could be leaking up to 21 hazardous pollutants in your home
The human health hazards of gas leaks are still relatively unknown.
Macro portraits reveal the glamor and peril of endangered insects
Photographer Levon Biss captures the exquisite majesty of bugs—and the pressures that threaten them.
How computer-aided engineering shaped Cadillac’s first EV to a tee
A look at what went into creating the Cadillac Lyriq—and what it's like to drive this important new electric vehicle.