data privacy

Health Apps Can Share Your Data Everywhere, New Study Shows

A study tested two dozen medicine apps to find out how and where they're sharing your personal data.
Samantha Cole

The Dirtiest Place in an Airport Is Not in the Bathroom

A study showed which surfaces in an airport have the highest concentration of viruses, so make sure to wash your hands.
Kaleigh Rogers

Why Florida Just Banned Indoor Vaping and Offshore Drilling With a Single Vote

The state of Florida voted in favor of Amendment 9 that lumps the two issues together for environmental reasons.
Sarah Emerson

The FDA Is Launching An Anti-Juul Campaign That’s Like D.A.R.E. for Vaping

The agency will be sending out posters to high schools and running digital ads to raise awareness.
Kaleigh Rogers

5G Wireless Rekindles Decades-Old Fight Over Cellular Health Risks

A California city has recently banned 5G cellular towers over health risks. But many say the science is shaky and the threat overhyped.
Karl Bode

Parasitic Worms Are Weed Edibles for Mice

These worms may be the key to targeted, natural treatments for inflammatory bowel diseases.
Mirjam Guesgen
nuclear fallout

America Is Not Prepared for Nuclear War, Public Health Experts Warn

A gathering of experts organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said the US isn’t ready for the public health crisis that would follow a nuclear blast.
Matthew Gault
The Plug

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Black women experience worse maternal mortality rates than their white counterparts. Will machine learning make it worse or better?
Omotayo Banjo
Design Bias

Mammogram Machines Can Make You ‘Feel Like You’re from Another Planet’ When You’re Disabled

Physical structures and clinic access are only a piece of the cancer screening problem for people with disabilities.
Rose Eveleth
X-Ray Vision

MIT Device Uses Wi-Fi to ‘See’ Through Walls and Track Your Movements

Researchers have been working on this technology since the 70s, and it’s getting more precise.
Kaleigh Rogers
Design Bias

Pregnant Researchers Often Get No Lab Safety Guidance

I spoke with eight women who had to lean on their own scientific expertise to guide them through one or more pregnancies while working in a laboratory.
Rose Eveleth
Don't Fear The​ ​​Reaper

A Carolina Reaper Pepper Sent a Man to the Hospital With ‘Thunderclap’ Headaches

It’s the first report of this kind of thing happening.
Kate Lunau