When is a body part not a body part? (Scientific American)
by Gary Stix
Makers of prosthetic limbs work hard to mirror the experience of an organic body part. But a new study finds users’ visual cortexes don’t experience them as part of their body. Instead, expert users develop new ways to use their brains, which could make many different types of tools just as useful.
Fighting censorship with ancient Arabic (Hyperallergic)
by Hakim Bishara
Social media networks’ AI systems appear to be blocking Arabic posts on certain topics. Some users are foiling them by adopting a 1,000-year-old version of the written language.
Should humans give climate-threatened species new homes? (Yale E360)
by Zach St. George
Climate change is making it impossible for many species to survive in their current habitats. Some ecologists hope that humans can help them find new homes. That risks the harms that invasive species often bring, but in a world disrupted by human activity it might still be the least-bad choice.
A cop’s-eye view of policing (Vox)
by Sean Illing
Police departments are notorious for keeping quiet with outsiders. So a law professor became a cop to study policing from the inside.
The crisis after the pandemic (The Atlantic)
by Ed Yong
As the most extreme suffering of the pandemic wanes, some people feel they’re finally getting the chance to stop and breathe. And that’s when unexpected emotions may hit hardest—especially in communities and professions that experience the most trauma.
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