Was there a major scandal in how the World Health Organization (WHO) handled the H1N1 flu pandemic, as some investigations claim? Absolutely not, reports Nature News.
A Japanese spacecraft unfurled the first ever solar sail, which looks like a giant sheet of aluminum foil (it’s made of super thin aluminized plastic) and “uses the pressure from photons striking its surface” to propel the craft forward. Wired Science reports.
Wired Science also reports that the U.S. is leading the charge on synthetic biology funding.
Is technology changing our ability to focus and multitask? Read Matt Richtel’s New York Times story about the effects of technology on our brains, and take these interactive tests to measure your focus and task-switching abilities.
Is most wildlife photography faked? Audubon has the story.
The Awl explains how The New York Times decided to ban the word “Tweet.”
Up to 96 customers of personal genomics company 23andMe may have received the wrong test results.