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There's No One Way to Explain How Flying Works

You can use Bernoulli's principle to explain how planes fly—but that isn't the only way.

Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses

In a chilly basement room sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment and part like that chamber Darth Vader kicks back in.

Bring Sanity Back to Your Life With These Four Affirmation Apps

These positive affirmation apps help you build a positive mindset simply by opening a push alert.

Permafrost Experiments Mimic Alaska’s Climate-Changed Future

In the permafrost zone near Denali, an expanse of tundra bristles with so many sensors and cables that it resembles an outdoor ICU ward.

Airlines Won’t Dare Use the Fastest Way to Board Planes

United's latest experiment with the boarding procedure could make things better—but it's no revolution.

As Protection Ends, Here’s One Way to Test for Net Neutrality

Some states plan to uphold net neutrality principles. How will they know if telecom companies are obeying their own promises?

How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Director Ava DuVernay Became a Creator of Worlds

With "A Wrinkle in Time," director Ava DuVernay merges sci-fi’s embrace of the Other with her own vision for a better, more inclusive future.

Dockless Electric Bike-Share Companies Take on Uber

Jump Bikes, Spin, Limebike, Nere: Startups line up to transform urban mobility. It just might work

Ex-Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing For Criticizing James Damore’s Memo

Former Google engineer Tim Chevalier sued the company, claiming he was fired for sharing politically liberal posts on Google's internal message boards.

YouTube and Facebook Trending Tools Highlighted Parkland Conspiracy Theories

An algorithm change apparently designed to keep fake news out is precisely what put a Parkland conspiracy video at the top of YouTube's Trending section.

This Startup’s Test Shows How Harassment Targets Women Online

Kapwing changed the avatar on its customer-service chat widget from a woman to a man, and then a cat. The harassment stopped.

You Don't Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

That in-home DNA test won't tell you much about how to eat or exercise. Fortunately, you don't need it to.

Snakelike Skin Gives a Robot the Power to Crawl

Researchers report today that they’ve designed an inflatable robot with its own scales that automatically pop out to get a grip.

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Injects $50 Million in Newly Formed Signal Foundation

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has taken on the leadership of the non-profit behind that popular encryption app—and given it a serious injection of cash.

'The Last Jedi''s User Interfaces Aren't Just Cool-Looking

Every display in the latest Star Wars film exists to help tell the story.

'All Our Asias' Is a Vital Reminder That Creators Matter

The beautiful, surreal indie game about Asian heritage is made all the stronger by the self-conscious inclusion of its own maker.

Ajit Pai’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People

Opinion: Gutting the FCC’s Lifeline program undermines the most vulnerable Americans.

xView Detection Challenge: Help the Pentagon Analyze Satellite Images

The Defense Department is offering $100,000 for artificial-intelligence algorithms that can identify items such buildings and trucks in satellite images.

Solve Genomics with the Blockchain? Why the Hell Not

Start-ups are clamoring to use cryptocurrency software to get and trade genome sequences for research and profit.

Uber Launches Express Pool to Conquer the Commute

The company's bid to see more of its occasional users could threaten public transit.