Fighting pregnancy misinformation, and the ethics of organ donations

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 A suspected Chinese ‘spy balloon’ is flying over the USOfficials are hesitant to shoot it down in case it injures someone. (BBC)+ The balloon doesn’t pose a threat to people on the ground. (WSJ $)+ How China built a … Read more

Tackling huge challenges together | MIT Technology Review

About the speakers Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Lead Scientist, COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Development; Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was the scientific lead of the Vaccine Research Center’s coronavirus team at the U.S. National Institutes of Health where she studied coronavirus biology and vaccine development. Those 6 years of research … Read more

Yes, we have enough materials to power the world with renewable energy

This study only focused on technologies that generate electricity. It didn’t include all the materials that would be needed to store and use that electricity, like the batteries in electric vehicles or grid storage. Demand for battery materials is expected to explode between now and 2050. Annual production of graphite, lithium, and cobalt will all … Read more

Watermarking AI text, and freezing eggs

That’s why the team behind a new decision-making tool hope it will help to clear up some of the misconceptions around the procedure—and give would-be parents a much-needed insight into its real costs, benefits, and potential pitfalls. Read the full story. —Jessica Hamzelou This story is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly newsletter giving … Read more

How do I know if egg freezing is for me?

The tool is currently being trialed in a group of research volunteers and is not yet widely available. But I’m hoping it represents a move toward more transparency and openness about the real costs and benefits of egg freezing. Yes, it is a remarkable technology that can help people become parents. But it might not … Read more