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Your smart speakers are listening to you. Here's how to delete their recordings.

Keep your data to yourself.<p>Your friendly neighborhood smart speaker can do everything from dictate recipes to control door locks. On the less positive side, it's also capable of eavesdropping on your conversations and activities. What's a privacy-concerned citizen to do?<p>To better predict your …

Google Home

New molecule may stop Alzheimer's from spreading

A compound called cambinol shows great promise as a future Alzheimer's drug. The molecule has halted the spread of the toxic brain protein tau in …

Algorithmic wilderness

Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world?<i>By Henry Mance</i>Read at Aeon

This Is What Record-Low Unemployment Looks Like in America

What will happen when the U.S. unemployment rate falls below 4 percent, which is expected to occur by this summer? One way to tell is to look at …

Employment

The flu vaccine isn't perfect — but that doesn't mean you should skip the shot

What science says about flu shots.<p>Dear Julia: How well do flu shots actually work?<p>Just about every influential public health figure urges people to get their flu shots each fall as a necessary precaution during influenza season.<p>So over dinner, I asked a couple of respected evidence-based medicine …

Public Health

New 3D-Printed Ovaries Have Allowed Infertile Mice to Give Birth

Human trials are on the cards.<p>Infertile mice have been given the ability to birth healthy offspring, thanks to new 3D-printed ovaries that connected …

New Hydrogel That Mimics Cartilage Could Make Knee Repairs Easier

The knees are always the first to go.<p>A new cartilage-like hydrogel material could make the job of repairing knees much easier, say scientists, as …

Guardians of The Galaxy, Volume 2: A Scientist's Review

How awesome is it?<p>Star-Lord Peter Quill and the gang are back as <i>Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2</i> opens in cinemas from today in another outing of …