Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos’ Lunar Lander, and More News

Air pollution is worse for us than we thought, the world's richest man unveiled his moon craft, and Mother's Day is around the corner. Here's what you should know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines Evidence suggests air pollution might cause dementia The health conscious among us can eat well, exercise plenty, and abstain vices, like smoking. But the worsening air quality in American cities is increasingly difficult to avoid. Now, a wave of studies suggests air pollution is more harmful to us than previously thought, especially when it comes to dementia. How overwhelming is the evidence? "I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia,” says the head of USC's Air Pollution and Brain Disease …

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

By now, you’ve probably been taught to gird your sun-starved skin for battle with cancer-causing cosmic rays every time you go outside. Choose a spray, choose a lotion, but by heavens, choose something! Legions of doctors, parents, and YouTube beauty influencers are unanimous on this point. But with sunscreen application evolving from a week or two at the beach every year to a constant daily slather, US health regulators want to know more about how all those photoprotective chemicals interact with people’s skin. If they sink into tissues and get absorbed into the bloodstream, that could be a problem. Then, like other over-the-counter drugs the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure they don’t mess …

Apple’s AirPower Gets the Ax, Rickshaws Get a Boost, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: Pour one out for Apple's AirPower project Apple's AirPower, the company's infamous promise of a wireless charging option, is officially dead. Apple unveiled the project in 2017 to much applause, but balked when it came to giving an actual release date. Finally they've killed the project after concluding that it would "not achieve our high standards." Guess this one didn't "Just Work." India's rickshaws are going electric When most people think of electric cars, they think of Tesla and the Prius. But in India, where rickshaws (or tuk tuks) reign, they're trading in gas for swappable batteries. This move isn't just to hold up their end of the Paris climate …

The Mueller Report Is Here, Apple’s Big Event, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: The Mueller Report, Finally After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller has turned in his final report to the nation's attorney general, William Barr. But what happens next is anyone's guess. For now the report will be for Barr's eyes only, who at some point will submit his own report to Congress with as much, or as little, information as he chooses to share. So for now, we wait. Again. What to Expect from Apple's Upcoming Event Just because Apple released new iPads, new iMacs, and new AirPods this week, that doesn't mean the party's over. The company has an event scheduled for 10 am Pacific Monday, …

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

Boot up the options for your digital voice assistant of choice and you’re likely to find two options for the gender you prefer interacting with: male or female. The problem is, that binary choice isn’t an accurate representation of the complexities of gender. Some folks don’t identify as either male or female, and they may want their voice assistant to mirror that identity. As of now, they’re out of luck. But a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers—led by Copenhagen Pride and Vice's creative agency Virtue—are on a quest to change that with a new, genderless digital voice, made from real voices, called Q. Q isn’t going to show up in your smartphone tomorrow, but the idea is to …