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King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius. © 2017 – Disney/Marvel Studios

‘Black Panther’ and its science role models inspire more than just movie awards

The film wowed critics and fans. But its hidden power may be black lead characters who are accomplished scientists – just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Nope, not a real news report from Hurricane Irma. Snopes

Don’t be fooled by fake images and videos online

It's easier than ever to create a fake image and spread it far and wide online. But there are steps that you can take to protect yourself from fishy photos.
True love could be hiding inside mounds of data. xtock/Shutterstock.com

Can you life-hack your way to love?

Trying to optimize the search for love can be naive. Using statistics and measurements isn't necessarily the best way to find a human partner.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media outside of the White House. AP/Evan Vucci

Lies, damn lies and post-truth

Any amateur politician can engage in lying. President Donald Trump is going further than that. He's engaging in 'post-truth'.
It might sound scary, but the ‘dark web’ is not much different from the rest of the internet. Willequet Manuel/Shutterstock.com

Illuminating the ‘dark web’

Begun as part of efforts to preserve online anonymity and privacy, Freenet, Tor and the Invisible Internet Project are, like the rest of the web, home to both crime and free expression.
People of color, women and the LGBTQ community are just some of the groups who often get slighted with tax reforms. Andrey_Popov/shutterstock.com

How American tax laws encourage inequality

Real tax reform is about more than cutting taxes to woo voters. It's about making the system fairer.
People plus machines will surpass the capabilities of either element alone. metamorworks/Shutterstock.com

Artificial intelligence will make you smarter

Artificial intelligence techniques like deep learning and reinforcement learning are getting increasingly advanced and capable of helping people with a wide range of complex tasks.
Without rapid and dramatic changes, the world will face a higher risk of extreme weather and other effects of climate change. AP Photo/Mike Groll

Why we can’t reverse climate change with ‘negative emissions’ technologies

The UN's panel on climate change said that technologies to remove CO2 will be necessary to limit global temperature rise to only 1.5 degrees Celsius. But these techniques are largely unproven.
Civic groups like the Boy Scouts are likely under attack by Russian agents – and likely don’t know it. Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com

Why the Russians might hack the Boy Scouts next

Russia is trying to create social tension in the US to boost its own strength on the world stage. That includes targeting society itself.
Telomeres, a part of DNA that hold the key to biological aging. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

Want to live longer? Consider the ethics

Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
Finding the optimal route to benefiting from AI is like navigating a maze for most governments. Shutterstock

Navigating the AI maze is a challenge for governments

Most businesses are only just starting to figure out how to put artificial intelligence to work. But governments are also increasing their focus on this prediction enabling technology.

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