My search for the mysterious missing secretary that shaped chatbot history

The Distinctive Collections Archives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is silent as the snowstorm blows outside. The silence seems to pile up with the falling snow. I am the only researcher in the archive, but there is a voice that I struggle to hear. I’m looking for someone – let’s call her the … Read more

Could a giant parasol in space help solve the climate crisis?

It has come to this. With the Earth at its hottest point in history and humans still not doing nearly enough to stop its overheating, a small but growing number of astronomers and physicists are proposing a possible solution that could have jumped off the pages of science fiction: the equivalent of a gigantic parasol, … Read more

Could a giant parasol in space help solve the climate crisis?

A group of Israeli scientists want to send a giant sail into space to block out some of the sun’s radiation. The shading in this artist’s rendering has been enhanced to illustrate the concept. (Technion Israel Institute of Technology and Asher Space Research Institute) It has come to this. With the Earth at its hottest … Read more

The billionaires are spending a fortune to lure scientists away from universities

In an unmarked laboratory stationed between the campuses of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a splinter group of scientists is on the hunt for the next billion-dollar drug. The group, funded with $500 million from some of the wealthiest families in corporate America, has caused a stir in academia by dangling seven-figure paydays … Read more

The billionaires are spending a fortune to lure scientists away from universities

Michael Saul Dell, the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, in New York on January 11, 2024. (Guerin Blask/The New York Times) In an unmarked laboratory stationed between the campuses of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a splinter group of scientists is on the hunt for the next billion-dollar drug. The group, funded … Read more