Why Google Made Results About You to Scrub Your Personal Info

Google released a new tool to help you scrub its search results of certain sensitive information, like your phone number and email address.Photo: Evan Lorne (Shutterstock) As our lives become more digital, they’ve also become more searchable. Today, lots of people can find out personal information about you—phone number, physical address—with a simple Google search. … Read more

The Water-Lakes-on-Mars Debate Just Got More Interesting

This image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows ice sheets at Mars’ south pole. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/JHU Scientists have been arguing for years about ambiguous radar scans of Mars’ south pole. Do they reveal underground lakes of liquid water? Or something else? Two new papers out this week have added even more intrigue … Read more

Our Cancers Are Filled With Fungi

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) People’s cancers are apparently playing host to their very own fungi. A pair of studies this week have documented the unique neighborhoods of fungal species that can live inside our tumors. It’s possible that these microbes may even influence how cancers grow or manage to fend off certain treatments. Dating back to … Read more

The CIA Wants to Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth

Mammoth skeletons at auction in 2017.Photo: Rob Stothard (Getty Images) A venture capital firm funded by the CIA has officially placed its bets on bringing back extinct species like the woolly mammoth and the thylacine, according to a public portfolio released this month and spotted by The Intercept. Luke Macfarlane | First Fandoms The company … Read more

Scifi Debut by Emery Robin

Image: Orbit The Stars Undying, the upcoming sci-fi debut from Emery Robin, introduces an interstellar princess forced into circumstances that’ll require every bit of royal strength she can muster to overcome. It’ll be released in November, but io9 is thrilled to share a generous excerpt from the book today. Here’s a description of the book, … Read more

New York to Ban New Gas-Powered Vehicles, Following California’s Lead

New York is following in California’s tire treads, making drastic moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Empire State will entirely ban the purchase of new petroleum-powered cars by 2035. “With sustained state and federal investments, our actions are incentivizing New Yorkers, local governments, and businesses to make the transition to electric vehicles. We’re driving … Read more

Astronomers May Have Spotted the Remnants of One of the Earliest Stars

A team of astronomers studying the gas surrounding a distant quasar believe it may carry remnants of one of the universe’s first stars. The first stars are known as Population III stars (the three star populations were named in the order they were observed, so the Population III stars are counterintuitively the earliest). These oldest … Read more

The Oura Smart Ring Is Finally Perfectly Round

Image: Oura For optimal functionality, the sleep and fitness tracking Oura ring has until now relied on a design with a raised plateau that makes it obvious to users how it should be positioned on a finger. For those wanting something sleeker, the company today introduced a new version of its Oura Gen3 smart ring … Read more

Study Links Coffee—Even Decaf and Instant—to Longer Life

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Coffee: still tasty, and still apparently good for us. A study out this week suggests that light to moderate consumption of decaffeinated, ground, and instant coffee can be linked to a lower risk of dying early and developing cardiovascular disease. As is often the case, though, these findings alone can’t confirm a … Read more