Biometrics on the Rise
What your doormat, body odor, or wandering gaze can tell us that we don’t already know.
Lab Leak, Revisited
A controversial new book compiles the evidence on the origin of COVID-19 and demands more investigation.
The Real Danger of a Biological Cold War with China
Can we thwart Beijing’s drive for U.S. secrets without stifling science or harming American innovation?
6 Things to Think About When Designing Your Child
Designing your child is designing the future. Do it wisely.
Neuromarketing: The Booming Business of Pushing People’s Buttons
Major corporations are applying the lessons of cognitive neuroscience to get the American public buying.
The Promise of Pills that Do Nothing
Open-label placebos may defy logic, but scientists explore promising new treatment possibilities.
5 Ways to Save Humanity from a Malicious AI
Russian transhumanist Alexey Turchin plans to outsmart a future artificial intelligence and save humanity.
Future Food Needs Some Historical Context
A new book considers how past innovations transformed our food systems.
Employee Work Tracking is on the Rise
New research reveals how people feel about being judged by algorithms—and why employees should have first dibs on their data.
21st Century Olympic Doping
Gene editing for performance enhancement may not be the Tokyo cheat, but we asked the experts how far off it might be.
Portrait of a Professional Baby Maker
With 27 biological children and three surrogate pregnancies under her belt, it’s all business as usual for Tyra Reeder.
Artificial Intelligence Is Learning to Manipulate You
While AI may not end the world the way sci-fi writers imagine, it may very well pull your strings in the near future.
How Did HIV/AIDS Prepare Us for COVID-19?
Forty years after a 1981 report hinted at the coming HIV/AIDS pandemic, we look at how the response to global public health threats has changed.
Misinformation is a Public Health Crisis—So Let’s Treat it That Way
The fast transmission of bad information is dangerous. A new approach employs “infodemiologists” to fight outbreaks.