The worst technology of 2021

The drug, sold by Biogen, is an antibody that attaches to brain plaques. Aduhelm flopped in a large human trial, which showed no concrete benefit to patients with the brain disease. Yet the company and the US Food and Drug Administration decided to move forward in June, over the objections of the agency’s expert advisors. […]

130-year-old time capsule found in base of statue of Confederate general

  The box will be opened on Tuesday, said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Twitter WASHINGTON: Workers dismantling a Confederate general’s statue pedestal discovered a copper box believed to be buried 130 years ago, the second apparent time capsule unearthed at the site. site.  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tweeted along with pictures of the box.  “This is probably […]

After 375 years, scientists discover eighth continent

Geologists made headlines in 2017 after their announcement of the discovery of Zealandia. It is a vast continent of 1.89 million sq miles (4.9 million sq km) and is around six times the size of Madagascar. Zealandia is a continent because of the kinds of rocks found there, despite that it is thin and is […]

Elon Musk criticised on Chinese social media over risk of ‘collision’ between Starlink satellites and space station

  Elon Musk been criticized on social media after China complains that its space station was forced to avoid collisions with satellites launched by its Starlink Internet Services project. China submitted a document earlier this month to the UN’s space agency saying that satellites from the Starlink division of Mr Musk’s SpaceX  company had two “close encounters” with the […]

The hacker-for-hire industry is now too big to fail

NSO Group has been besieged by criticism and charges of abuse for years. In 2016, the United Arab Emirates was caught targeting human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor using NSO Group’s Pegasus, a tool that leverages software flaws to hack iPhones and turn control over to NSO Group’s customers. In that case, the UAE government was […]

A desert robot depicts AI’s vast opportunities

When Hongzhi Gao was young, he lived with his family in Gansu, a province located in the center of northern China by the Tengger Desert. Thinking back to his childhood, he recalls the constant, steady wind of dirt outside their house, and that during most months of the year it didn’t take more than a […]

This is one reason why being online felt so bad in 2021

New data shows that the polarization of political discourse online has remained largely unchanged since the end of 2020. That’s probably not surprising if you’ve looked at the internet at all in the past year. But the data also shows an underlying pattern in which individual topics—like abortion and immigration—took turns driving divisiveness. While people […]

Our favorite stories of 2021

The end of the year is always a good time for a bit of introspection and self-reflection. It also seems right to pause to celebrate some of the high points from a challenging year. We asked our writers and editors to look back over all the stories we published in 2021 and tell us which […]