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Afraid your toaster is spying on you? Call on this digital gatekeeper.

A new kind of advocate AI could protect our privacy against smart devices' cameras and microphones.

By Glenn McDonald

Society

Soon we’ll be in crowds again. Are we ready?

Gathering again will be a joyous step in collective healing — and it may come more naturally than we think.

By Schuyler Velasco

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Culture

It looks like a saxophone but plays 512 notes — many you’ve never heard before

How a jazz musician created the Infinitone to challenge Western musical ideas.

By Tony Rehagen

Stories in Culture

Culture

These scientists want to make your brain enjoy broccoli

Neurogastronomy aims to help junk food addicts, cancer survivors, and COVID-19 patients.

By Stav Dimitropoulos

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Cities+Nature

As sea levels rise, a Dutch neighborhood floats up

Schoonschip, a real-life ‘Waterworld,’ is built for a climate-adaptive future. But is it a realistic solution?

By Stav Dimitropoulos

Photos by Isabel Nabuurs

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Humans+Robots

Your brain vs. artificial intelligence

To understand how AI works, you have to understand human cognition, and recognize the processes we take for granted.

Cities+Nature

See how your choices add up for the climate

When planning a wedding, taking a trip, or hosting a dinner party, which trade-offs are you willing to make to reduce your carbon footprint?

Society

What would you do? Take an immigrant’s journey.

Here are eight immigrant stories, told through composite characters but based on real laws and historically documented scenarios. Follow their paths, and see how you would respond to the choices they faced.