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The Download: A baby formula crisis, and the hunt to improve solar panels

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The baby formula shortage has birthed a shady online marketplace Across the United States, parents are scrambling to find baby formula amid a nationwide shortage. To non-parents, the shortage may seem sudden, but […]

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I tried to buy an Olive Garden NFT. All I got was heartburn.

Money is weird now. When we were settling in on the theme for our May/June issue, I decided to buy an NFT of an Olive Garden for my friend Katie, who really loves Olive Garden. It was also an attempt to try to better understand NFTs. Each of the “Non-Fungible Olive Gardens,” really just a […]

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These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?

Solar panels are basically synonymous with silicon. The material is used in about 95% of the panels in today’s market. But silicon solar cells are limited in how much energy they can harness from the sun, and they are still relatively expensive to make.  For many, compounds called perovskites have long held promise as potentially […]

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The baby formula shortage has birthed a shady online marketplace

After Ashley Diaz had her baby in early April, she faced a setback. She wasn’t producing enough breast milk. Her newborn son needed formula to supplement his nutrition. So she sent her mother to Target to stock up. She came back with only two boxes—the maximum allowed. Now, many of those store shelves are empty, […]

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Apple Showcases Upcoming Machine Learning-Powered Accessibility Features

To commemorate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple showcased some new accessibility features which will be available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac later this year. The company says the features will make it easier for people with disabilities to “navigate, connect, and get the most out of Apple products.” Live Captions for the Deaf […]

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The Download: Potential new covid treatments, and the crypto crash

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid Covid-19 is far more likely to kill you if you’re old. One reason is that aged immune systems struggle to cope with […]

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Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid

Covid-19 is far more likely to kill you if you’re old. One reason is that aged immune systems struggle to cope with infections and recover from them. So why not try drugs that make bodies young again? That’s the bold idea now being explored in clinical trials around the world, which are testing drugs that […]