Google Can’t Forget You, But It Should Make You Hard to Find

“The Right to Be Forgotten” sounds catchy. And, yes, the language of “erasure” laws and “disappearing” messages is captivating. Unfortunately, these popular words are fatally inaccurate in the privacy context. As a... Read more »

Will We Still Have Fruit if Bees Die Off?

They have to hand pollinate fruit in some regions of China. But that has more to do with economics than bees. more Read more »

Develop Code to Study the Higgs Boson and Win Cash Prizes

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider would like your help in studying the Higgs Boson. It's true that they found the Higgs boson—which is responsible for giving all particles their mass—nearly two... Read more »

A Slick Product That Makes Digital Music Feel Human

In trading our record collections for so many files and folders, we'd lost the simple, almost soothing joy that comes with handling physical stuff. more Read more »

Google’s Robots Are Solving the Biggest Problem in Modern Photography

Google thinks, correctly, that the worst thing about modern photography is the part where you actually have to do something with all the pictures you take. Now, it's doing something for you... Read more »

The Age of Quantum Computing Has (Almost) Arrived

Google owns a lot of computers—perhaps a million servers stitched together into the fastest, most powerful artificial intelligence on the planet. But last August, Google teamed up with NASA to acquire what... Read more »

The Future of Quantum Computing Could Depend on This Tricky Qubit

Peering into his cabinet of curiosities on a recent spring day, Bob Willett, a scientist at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., nimbly plucked a tiny black crystal from the shelves and... Read more »

The Next Big Thing You Missed: Airbnb’s Human Brains Crunch Data Better Than Computers

In 2011, Airbnb had a problem. The room-sharing site was growing fast, but so were customer complaints. People just couldn't figure out how to use the service. The issue was so severe,... Read more »

What’s Up With That: Metal in the Microwave Explodes—Or Does It?

Your microwave: It heats up your leftovers, pops your popcorn, and makes your old coffee slightly less awful. Chances are, you're not using it as much as you used to. But if... Read more »

A Fearmongering Anti-RPG Comic Gets the Film Adaptation It Deserves

In the 30 years since its publication, a tiny 22-panel tract by evangelical cartoonist Jack Chick has become a cult classic among gamers. And now, it's getting an official, licensed film adaptation.... Read more »