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Putting privacy right in the code. Keyhole image via shutterstock.com

Building privacy right into software code

Most of today's computer languages make it hard for programmers to protect users' privacy and security. The fix is to take those tasks out of human hands entirely.
Too sick to attend school in person, but perfectly able to participate with a robot’s help. AP Photo/David Duprey

How robots could help chronically ill kids attend school

Students with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fully in classroom and school activities.
Digital information should be private and secure. Digital communications via shutterstock.com

Should cybersecurity be a human right?

Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
Bestie + Lover = Relationship Nirvana? Aspa

Why you should date your best friend

Looking for a lifelong Valentine? Psychologists suggest taking a closer look at your best friend. The things we want in a good friend are many of the same things we expect from a romantic partner.
Facebook Live streaming after the police shooting death of Philando Castile. Tony Webster

What Facebook Live means for journalism

Facebook Live – and other live-video streaming services – change how we bear witness to events, and challenge how we think about visual information.
When scientists stand up, do they lose standing? Liz Lemon

Should scientists engage in activism?

In the wake of the Flint water crisis and with a new notably anti-science president, U.S. scientists are reevaluating how to navigate the tension between speaking out and a fear of losing research funding.
A source of frustration. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Why Bill Belichick cast down his tablet

The problems that cause us to be so frustrated we contemplate throwing a computer can be much more serious than a multimillionaire football coach having a minor tantrum on a Sunday afternoon.
Gotcha, five times faster than the blink of an eye. Candler Hobbs/Georgia Tech

The frog tongue is a high-speed adhesive

How do a frog's tongue and saliva work together to be sticky enough to lift 1.4 times the animal's body weight? Painstaking lab work found their spit switches between two distinct phases to nab prey.