MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson on why the Westworld dystopia is (hopefully) far off and why you should never use a telepresence robot to tell someone they’re dying. Source: Science News

A decades-long fire in Pennsylvania revealed some unexpected twists in how microbes survive in harsh environments. Source: Science News

Opinion: Researchers are studying how artificial intelligence could predict risks of premature death. But the health care industry needs to consider another risk: unconscious bias in AI. Source: Science News

A slavery-themed ad for Ancestry.com exposes the awkward relationship between America’s darkest history and the current boom in family-tree building. Source: Science News

Mac and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. Asparagus and … cannabis oil with a citrusy terpene profile? Welcome to the heady world of cannabis cuisine. Source: Science News

At TED 2019, neuroscientist Matthew Walker argued that sleep deprivation is having a catastrophic effect on our health and safety—here are all the ways. Source: Science News

The city’s new rules compel the owners of big buildings to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions as part of a broad package of climate reforms. Source: Science News

Part scientific instrument and part vacation destination, China’s FAST radio telescope welcomed visitors with their radio wave-emitting gadgets—until it didn’t. Source: Science News

An emerging fault system along the Nevada border is shaking up the tech industry’s latest frontier—and only a small group of scientists is paying attention. Source: Science News

In a new video, a team of robo-puppers pulls a truck as if it were a sled. Here’s how to estimate these SpotMinis’ pulling force and the friction involved. Source:…

When an unborn baby is diagnosed with a life-threatening defect, it can be devastating. So some scientists hope to treat the fetus in the uterus, using gene editing. Source: Science…

Bigger turbines, taller towers, and longer cables are making offshore wind farms more attractive than ever before. Source: Science News

The trailer for *Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker* didn’t disappoint: The universe’s physics remain as quirky as ever. Source: Science News

The state legislature used a method that’s designed to capture the intensity of a voter’s preference as a way to fix some of traditional voting’s big problems. Source: Science News

The fire turned the thousand-year-old roof to ash. But a digital replica of the cathedral could help make its restoration all the more complete. Source: Science News

A massive effort to catalog the number of male-female births shows that 23 million women were never born who should have been, according to the natural sex ratio. Source: Science…

In the remote French Pyrenees, scientists are finding tiny bits of plastic—likely blown from big cities like Barcelona, 100 miles to the south. Source: Science News

Your phone charger and USB cables look like they’re single cords, but don’t be fooled: Unwrap any cable and you’ll find multiple wires inside. Source: Science News

To show climate change’s devastating effects, the Weather Channel used its immersive mixed-reality studio to span centuries. Source: Science News

The tiny price point could launch the robot into research stardom, forging a path to a future in which machines can do just about anything. Source: Science News