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The first ‘robots’ were made of flesh and bone
A century ago, a Czech playwright coined the word to refer to oppression of the working class.
Everything big tech knows about a baby by the time it’s born
Today’s generation is the first to be completely tracked online. The social and political consequences of this transformation could hit families hard.
Old text messages are letting people chat with the dead
In giving voice to the digital ghosts of the deceased, chatbots are trying to succeed where memories and mementos fail.
Before we knew how bird migration worked, scientists had some truly wild theories
One idea is that birds did winter vacation on the moon.
Here’s what forgetting simple words says about your brain
‘Tip-of the tongue syndrome’ doesn’t necessarily reflect an aging memory.
How the objects we hold become extensions of our bodies
Use a smart phone enough and your brain will imagine it as part of you.
Landing on the moon only made us love it more
When space entered the realm of scientific inquiry, many wondered if the eternal mystique of the moon would survive.
Drone surveillance can help hold governments accountable—but it can also oppress us
Recent actions against protesters and activists shows there are two sides to the powerful technology.
Infographics have helped keep us alive for centuries
A wave of statistical enthusiasm, coupled with new technologies, paved the way for education and public health reform in the 1800s.