Neural Implants Let Paralyzed Man Take a Drink

DOWNEY, Calif.— Erik Sorto was shot in the back 13 years ago and paralyzed from the neck down. Yet recently the father of two lifted a bottle of beer to his lips and gave himself a drink, even though he can’t move his arms or legs.

Technology Isn’t a Job Killer

The issues at the heart of “Learning by Doing” come into sharp relief when James Bessenvisits a retail distribution center near Boston that was featured on “60 Minutes” two years ago. The TV segment, titled “Are Robots Hurting Job Growth?,” combined gotcha reporting with vintage movie clips—scary-looking Hollywood robots—to tell a chilling tale of human displacement and runaway job loss.

At Zappos, Banishing the Bosses Brings Confusion

Brironni Alex was so good at answering telephone calls and emails from customers at Zappos.com Inc. that the company promoted her to customer-service manager.

New Computer Bug Exposes Broad Security Flaws

A dilemma this spring for engineers at big tech companies, including Google Inc., Apple

The Life of the Mind

Albert Einstein announced his theory of general relativity 100 years ago.

Ancient DNA Tells a New Human Story

Imagine what it must have been like to look through the first telescopes or the first microscopes, or to see the bottom of the sea as clearly as if the water were gin. This is how students of human prehistory are starting to feel, thanks to a new ability to study ancient DNA extracted from bodies and bones in archaeological sites.

Adolescents’ Drinking Takes Lasting Toll on Memory

New research indicates that even moderate drinking by adolescents on a regular basis can cause potentially lasting changes to the part of the brain that affects memory.

The Joy of Sex, Updated

When I was 10 years old, my friend Sarah and I found a newly minted copy of “The Joy of Sex” under her parents’ bed. Like many other young people at the time, we pored through the pages. We were luckier than Sarah’s parents, who like mine had grown up making do with National Geographic magazine.

Goodbye Field Hand, Hello Fruit-Picking Robot

OXNARD, Calif.—A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands.

Renaissance and Reflection

In 1947, Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings led to American art joining the international avant-garde. In India, 1947 also marked a beginning for artists of international ambitions, and it came amid transformations of Indian society that are still shaping our world.

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