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Mar 02, 2021

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You
Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.

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Mar 02, 2021

Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue
The decade-old streaming platform has for the first time detailed its efforts to safeguard its user base in one place.

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Mar 02, 2021

Strap on a HoloLens and Step Into the AR Conference Room
Microsoft's new Mesh software platform helps faraway coworkers meet up and interact in mixed reality. The results are, well, still mixed.

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Mar 02, 2021

Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them
People once folded their correspondence in intricate ways, known as "letterlocking," to keep out snoops. A fancy new imaging technique sees right through it.

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Mar 02, 2021

The ‘Girl Games' of the '90s Were Fun and Feminist
Here's a look back at some of the earliest games for girls—and the role women played in the game industry's early days.

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Mar 02, 2021

Microsoft's Dream of Decentralized IDs Enters the Real World
The company will launch a public preview of its identification platform this spring—and has already tested it at the UK's National Health Service.

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Mar 02, 2021

How #BringBackOurGirls Became an International Rallying Cry
In 2014, more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped. It hardly made global headlines—until a Twitter hashtag took off.

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Mar 02, 2021

What Do TV's Race Fantasies Actually Want to Say?
Shows like Bridgerton and Hollywood alter the past in the name of inclusion. It would benefit us more to write the world as it was, as it is.

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Mar 02, 2021

Vaccine Passports Can Help the US Reopen—or Further Divide Us
Overly restrictive "yellow cards" could end up disproportionately excluding Black and Latinx citizens from jobs, schools, or even the neighborhood market.

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Mar 02, 2021

Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games
The CEO behind the viral success discusses how it became the top-selling game on Steam—and the game's biggest weakness moving forward.

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Mar 02, 2021

While Jack Dorsey Mans the Monastery
The small but boisterous slice of Twitter that's preoccupied with politics imagines @jack, the author of our collective Twitter being, as all-powerful. He's not.

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Mar 02, 2021

Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox
From PCs to smartphones, office tech has always promised to make us more productive. But time and again, it's come with unexpected side effects.

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Mar 02, 2021

How Elon Musk Convinced Gwynne Shotwell to Join SpaceX
Ultimately, their management styles were similar: Don't talk about doing things, just do things.

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Mar 02, 2021

The Best Podcasts for Your Smart, Bored Kid
These child-friendly stories will keep your little ones entertained and ease the stress of being stuck indoors.

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Mar 02, 2021

Maquette Goes Big on Metaphor but Light on Real Emotion
The game follows the arc of a romance—and only when it ends can the puzzles go free.

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Mar 02, 2021

Can Technology Open Spaceflight to Disabled Astronauts?
The European Space Agency wants to make sure its new astronaut class is more diverse. But it will take redesigned gear to make space accessible to everybody.

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Mar 02, 2021

2034, Part VI: Crossing the Red Line
"Eventually, the Americans would find them. But by then it would be too late."

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Mar 02, 2021

As China Rises, the US Builds Toward a Bigger Role in AI
After decades of staying out of industrial policy, a Pentagon-appointed commission recommends more spending on research and support for US chip makers.

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Mar 02, 2021

What Did I Just Read? A Conversation With the Authors of '2034'
Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis discuss their inspirations, personal experiences, and what keeps them up at night.

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Mar 01, 2021

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms'
Instagram is finally giving creators their most requested feature—which the company hopes will make it a more dynamic destination for viewers.

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Mar 01, 2021

The Best Fitness Trackers and Watches for Everyone
Whether you're backcountry skiing or running around the backyard, we have an activity tracker for you.

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Mar 01, 2021

One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack - March 2021
Female journalists around the world are telling important stories, in spite of the danger of harassment or attack. This month focuses on their cases.

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Mar 01, 2021

What Life Is Like Under Myanmar's Internet Shutdown
One couple living in Yangon explain the impact of the military coup's terrifying censorship measures.

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Mar 01, 2021

Facebook's Oversight Board Must Uphold the Ban on Trump
It's not just about penalizing the former president. It's about protecting democracy—in the US and around the world.

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Mar 01, 2021

Sherry Turkle Talks Going Remote, Loneliness, and Her Memoir
In The Empathy Diaries, the pioneering computer researcher finally studies her own life. She tells WIRED why now was the right time.

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Mar 01, 2021

Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech
AI programs that analyze language have difficulty gauging context. Words such as "black," "white," and "attack" can have different meanings.

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Mar 01, 2021

The Raging Evolutionary War Between Humans and Covid-19
Fighting the pandemic isn't only about vaccines and drugs. It's about understanding how viruses mutate and change inside us, and among us.

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Feb 28, 2021

Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data
The transparency group DDoSecrets says it will make the 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more available to researchers, journalists, and social scientists.

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Feb 28, 2021

The Best Nintendo Switch Games for Every Kind of Player
From Hyrule to Hallownest, these are our absolute favorite video game escapes for the Switch and Switch Lite.

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Feb 28, 2021

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband
Connecting to cell networks is an increasingly viable option—here's how it works.

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Feb 28, 2021

A Decades-Long Quest Reveals New Details of Antimatter
Twenty years ago, physicists began investigating a mysterious asymmetry inside the proton. Their results show how antimatter helps stabilize every atom's core.

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Feb 28, 2021

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation
Section 230 faces countless reform efforts. But a look back reminds us that categorical content bans often come at the expense of marginalized groups.

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Feb 28, 2021

Period Underwear Changed My Life—and I'm Never Going Back
Wearing underwear designed to absorb my menstrual flow—with no additional protection—has made my period more comfortable. It's kinder to the planet too.

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Feb 27, 2021

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA
Plus: Firefox blocks more tracking, how to fight a robodog, and more of the week's top security news.

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Feb 27, 2021

NFTs Boom as Collectors Shell Out to ‘Own' Digital Art
Non-fungible tokens provide a way to invest in and own digital imagery. But is it just another crypto fad—or the future of intangible art?

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Feb 27, 2021

Clubhouse Cured My Imposter Syndrome
The scammers turned savants and the whimsical nerds who abound on the audio platform have freed me of personal doubt.

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Feb 27, 2021

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas
Cross-border teams of scientists need to collaborate on climate models, even as their countries' militaries clash.

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Feb 27, 2021

Ultimate Ears' Fits Are the Comfiest Earbuds I've Ever Tried
The company's custom-molding headphones fit perfectly, even if you have oddly shaped earholes.

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Feb 27, 2021

Alexa Skills That Are Actually Fun and Useful
Sure, you can add items to your shopping list, check the weather, and get random trivia. Now let's take your Echo to the next level.

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Feb 27, 2021

How Blizzard Transforms Its Fans Into Employees
The game developer has a reputation for pulling some of its most avid fans into its ranks, but whether that relationship will persevere isn't so clear.

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Feb 27, 2021

The 20 Best Weekend Deals If You Work From Home
Standing desks, computer monitors, and chairs are all on sale if you're looking to kit out your new home office.

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Feb 26, 2021

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart
The tech giant hired 150 game developers for Stadia Games and Entertainment, only to lay them all off. Sources say it never gave the studios a chance.

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Feb 26, 2021

A Shot Nears Approval, Experts Study Transmission, and More
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Feb 26, 2021

Clubhouse's Security and Privacy Lag Behind Its Huge Growth
The platform has promised to do better after a string of incidents. But the hardest part might be managing user expectations.

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Feb 26, 2021

Blood of Zeus Combines Myth With Saturday Morning Cartoons
The new Netflix animated series puts a new spin on old tales.

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Feb 26, 2021

Now Is a Great Time to Try These 5 Menstrual Products
Spending more time at home? Here is some budget- and eco-friendly gear—like a cup, period underwear, or reusable pads—to explore.

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Feb 26, 2021

OK, The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reveal Was a Good Troll
After several fake-outs, the cast of the movie finally (finally!) revealed the next installment's title on Wednesday.

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Feb 26, 2021

The Rumored Apple Car Is Bad News for Elon
Plus: The Ford heir, presidential briefings, and a sad day for gadget lovers.

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Feb 26, 2021

To Quash Disinfo, Researchers Must Work With Journalists
Exposing and fighting the problem requires drawing from reporters' resources and reach.

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Feb 26, 2021

This Is What It's Like to Live Without Smell
Losing any sense can be devastating, even if you never appreciated it before it was gone.

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Feb 26, 2021

A Very Technical—and Emotional—Journey to Mars
The Perseverance rover is positively packed with tech. We talk about the cameras, mics, and sensors bringing the sights and sounds of Mars back to us.

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Feb 26, 2021

Coding Blackness: A History of Black Video Game Characters
From nameless grayscale sprites in the '70s to Spider-Man's Miles Morales now, Black characters in games have come far. But is it enough?

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Feb 26, 2021

Could Fruit Flies Help Match Patients With Cancer Treatments?
A British company is seeding genetically modified flies with human tumors, giving patients their own personal drug trials.

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Feb 26, 2021

Billie Eilish and the Future of the Pop Star Documentary
The Grammy-winner's Apple TV film The World's a Little Blurry is radical in its transparency.

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Feb 26, 2021

I Found My Niche on TikTok—You Can Too
You have one minute to make a statement, but trust me, it's enough time to do something amazing.

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Feb 25, 2021

The 19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales This Week
The best time to buy is when the season is winding down. It's not just cold-weather picks, but backpacks, headlamps, sporks, and more.

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Feb 25, 2021

We Still Don't Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission
Two new studies are being hailed as proof that vaccinated people can doff masks and pod-hop worry-free. But not so fast.

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Feb 25, 2021

Texas' Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid
The national grid is split into sections that can't share much power. Connecting them won't be cheap or easy, but it will help usher in the future of energy.

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Feb 25, 2021

Clubhouse Is Booming. So Is the Ecosystem Around It
A wave of startups, features, and tools has sprung up around the popular audio app. And some are looking to cash in.

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Feb 25, 2021

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law
A judge ruled earlier this week on the law, which has faced challenges from lobbyists representing internet providers as well as the Trump administration.

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Feb 25, 2021

Lora DiCarlo's Baci Has Plenty of Suction Power to Satisfy
This space-age solo suction sex toy is a great way to add some self-care to your day.

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Feb 25, 2021

How This Old-School Road Runner Learned to Love Virtual Races
Virtual racing means cool swag, inventive race-day encouragement, and a pre-race bathroom to call your own. Here's how you can get to the starting line.

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Feb 25, 2021

The 5 Best Apps to Get Live TV Without Cable
You don't have to give up sports or talk shows when you cut the cord. These apps let you stream the same TV channels over the internet.

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Feb 25, 2021

The Terrible T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Must Be Undone
It should have never been allowed, and it's led to anticompetitive behavior. The Antitrust Division needs to roll it back.

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Feb 25, 2021

This Smart Panel Knows Your Electrical System's Cheat Code
Span's electrical panel uses a mobile app to control a home's circuits. It's an essential upgrade for those with a solar battery backup system.

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Feb 25, 2021

'Lapsis' and the Rise of Gig-Economy Sci-Fi
Like 'Sorry to Bother You,' Noah Hutton's feature debut uses genre to prod the callous excesses of capitalism

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Feb 25, 2021

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood's Economy of Secrets
Meet Kevin Blatt, the celebrity fixer who's a master at shepherding compromising material off the internet—or into the hands of the highest bidder.

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Feb 25, 2021

Teaching Classic Lit Helps Game Designers Make Better Stories
Are you game? See How Homer, Faulkner, and Ibsen can help.

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Feb 24, 2021

So Long, Fry's. I Learned Everything About Gadgets From You
Now that the consumer electronics big-box store has shuttered, future generations need a place to go to touch and discover the next great piece of tech.

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Feb 24, 2021

Jim Ryan: There Will Be ‘a Completely New VR Format for PS5'
PlayStation's head honcho shares news on PS5 stock, Sony's 2021 release schedule, and a new PlayStation VR headset.

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Feb 24, 2021

Need Trail Running Shoes? These Are Our 8 Favorite Pairs
It's one of the most affordable outdoor activities, but you still need a pair of lightweight, nimble shoes.

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Feb 24, 2021

Biden Faces a Steep Challenge to Unite Democracies on Tech
With tech policy, sorting the world into democratic and authoritarian buckets is far trickier than it sounds.

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Feb 24, 2021

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?
Personal experience says yes, but here's what science says on the matter.

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Feb 24, 2021

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom
Welcome to Megan's weekly advice column for surviving our work-from-home existence.

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Feb 24, 2021

Twinkling Black Holes Reveal an Invisible Cloud in Our Galaxy
Cosmic radio backlights are helping scientists size up "missing" forms of matter and might offer clues about what makes up the universe.

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Feb 24, 2021

8 Great Chess Apps for Beginners and Grand Masters
Sharpen your chess skills—or learn the game from scratch—with these digital options.

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Feb 24, 2021

I Woke Up to Australia's Newsless News Feed
For now, Facebook has walked back its clumsy surprise ban on news content. But the social media giant has made clear: It can take news away again.

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Feb 24, 2021

Hackers Tied to Russia's GRU Targeted the US Grid for Years
A Sandworm-adjacent group has successfully breached US critical infrastructure a handful of times, according to new findings from the security firm Dragos.

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Feb 24, 2021

Gig Workers Gather Data to Check the Algorithm's Math
Drivers for Uber, Lyft, and other firms are building apps to compare their mileage with pay slips. One group is selling the data to government agencies.

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Feb 24, 2021

Lectric's Ebike Is Heavy but Foldable and Affordable
At $899, this folding electric bike's tremendous value makes it easy to look past its faults.

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Feb 24, 2021

Twitch's DMCA Takedowns Threaten to Drive Musicians Away
Twitch once looked like a lifeline for DJs and singers during the pandemic. The platform's copyright issues tarnish that promise.

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Feb 24, 2021

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?
In a power crisis, maybe the solution is a network of smaller energy sources distributed across multiple places—like your garage.

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Feb 23, 2021

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World
My partner and I spent 12 hours in a cornucopia of cooperative courtship, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

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Feb 23, 2021

A Guide to HDMI Cables for Next-Gen Gaming
New standards and new consoles mean new terms to understand before you open your wallet.

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Feb 23, 2021

Facebook's Petty Unfriending of Australia
There are real flaws in the country's proposed law to make platforms pay for news, but the social media giant's protest doesn't address them.

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Feb 23, 2021

Think a Temporary Cardboard Desk Is a Good Idea? Think Again
Stykka's StayTheF***Home workspace just wouldn't stay the f*** put.

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Feb 23, 2021

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change
A century ago, a biologist counted California's desert animals. Now researchers are retracing his steps—and the results are surprising.

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Feb 23, 2021

2034, Part V: Sailing Into Darkness
"Somewhere in that black hole was the Chinese fleet. She would be expected to find and destroy it."

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Feb 23, 2021

How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It
Maragaret McKinnon survived a mid-air catastrophe, then became a major researcher of memory and trauma. Now she's studying how the pandemic will haunt us.

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Feb 23, 2021

Perseverance's Eyes See a Different Mars
The Red Planet's red looks different to an Earthling than it would to a Martian—or to a robot with hyperspectral cameras for eyes.

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Feb 22, 2021

The Woman Bulldozing Video Games' Toughest DRM
For Empress, cracking titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Immortals Fenyx Rising is more than a pastime. It's a mission.

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Feb 22, 2021

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire
A Boeing 777 shed huge chunks of metal over a Denver suburb over the weekend—but wasn't in danger of going down itself.

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Feb 22, 2021

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather
Energy plants, like those in Texas, don't guard against events that are perceived to be exceedingly rare. That's no longer an option.

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Feb 22, 2021

Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art
A group of meme-spinning pranksters attached a paintball gun to the dynamic robot to make a point about the automated future.

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Feb 22, 2021

The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria
By 3D-printing scaffolds and dipping them in microbe juice, scientists make robust structures that could one day lead to self-growing roads.

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Feb 22, 2021

Lenovo's X1 Carbon Shows Why Linux Is Great on ThinkPads
It's not flawless, but the excellent hardware and software support make this a great laptop for Linux users.

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Feb 22, 2021

Alexa Has No Place on Your Face. The Echo Frames Prove it
The tech giant's new smart glasses are an innovative way to accomplish very little.

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Feb 22, 2021

Cheese Actually Isn't Bad for You
Don't feel sheepish reaching for that manchego. Cheese doesn't deserve its unhealthy reputation.

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Feb 22, 2021

The Pandemic Will End—but Covid-19 May Be Here to Stay
Some viruses became endemic over time, circulating constantly, perhaps in a less lethal form. We'll need a new game plan if this one sticks around.

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Feb 22, 2021

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool—and Used It for Years
The hackers used the agency's EpMe exploit to attack Windows devices years before the Shadow Brokers leaked the agency's zero-day arsenal online.

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