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The Abortion Pill Legal Standoff Endangers Access to All Drugs

The abortion pill mifepristone will remain available in the US for now—but its long-term fate is uncertain as a bitter legal battle unfolds. A federal appeals...

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Ukraine’s Digital Battle With Russia Isn’t Going as Expected

When Russian president Vladimir Putin launched his full invasion of Ukraine in February, the world expected Moscow’s cyber and information operations to pummel the...

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When AI Makes Art, Humans Supply the Creative Spark

New products often come with disclaimers, but in April the artificial intelligence company OpenAI issued an unusual warning when it announced a new service...

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An Ancient Battle Is Playing Out in the DNA of Every Embryo

For nearly three days after a sperm meets an egg, the human embryo (a tiny, eight-cell blob) is managed by the egg’s genes. On...

A Widespread Logic Controller Flaw Raises the Specter of Stuxnet

In 2009, the computer worm Stuxnet crippled hundreds of centrifuges inside Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant by targeting the software running on the facility’s...

To Watermark AI, It Needs Its Own Alphabet

Only a few months ago, AI content was easy to spot: unnatural inflections in speech, weird earlobes in photos, bland language in writing. This...

Norton Put a Cryptominer in Its Antivirus Software

This week, we reported that Signal has gone forward with its controversial cryptocurrency integration. All of the encrypted messaging app's users now have access...

Astronomers Want to Save Dark Skies from Satellite Swarms

Last Thursday, on the same day that SpaceX launched 49 Starlink internet relay satellites—joining more than 2,000 others in what is by far the...


M.T. Anderson’s 'Feed' Remains Frustratingly Prescient

When M.T. Anderson published the young adult novel Feed in 2002, there were no social media feeds to scroll in real life. Debuting two...

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