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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Gaming Giant Unity Wants to Digitally Clone the World

The company is leveraging its technology to help clients make “digital twins”—virtual copies of real-life objects, environments, and even people.

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Now You Can Rent a Robot Worker—for Less Than Paying a Human

Automation is reaching more companies, imperiling some jobs and changing the nature of others.

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Your Medical History Might Someday Include ‘Climate Change’

Last summer, a doctor wrote “climate change” in his patient’s chart. But is medicine really ready to address systemic health impacts?

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Global Ship Traffic Could Imperil the Antarctic's Biosecurity

Vessels from more than 1,500 ports have visited the region since 2014. Each one is a threat to introduce invasive species.

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Tabletop RPG Rule Books Can Be Beautiful and Accessible

Role-playing rule books are being designed to be more experimental and unique. Here’s how they can be designed for accessibility, too.

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China’s ‘People’s Courts’ Resolve Online Disputes at Tech Firms

No garlic on the oysters? Soup stained a blanket? Panels of users hear the complaints and can order refunds or removal of critical reviews.

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Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

The USDA is making it easier for farmers to market their meat as “low-carbon.” Not everyone is happy about it.

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Gig Workers Were Promised a Better Deal. Then They Were Outsourced

A new subcontractor industry in Europe is benefiting from platforms’ efforts to clean up their image and comply with stricter employment rules.

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Inside the Student-Led Covid Walkouts

US high school students are demanding safer classrooms, and they’re mobilizing through group chats, Google Docs, and homespun social media campaigns.

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

An Injection of Chaos Solves a Decades-Old Fluid Mystery

In the 1960s, drillers noticed that certain fluids would firm up if they flowed too fast. Researchers have finally explained why.

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The Mega-Guide to Fixing Your Own iPhone

Battery not holding a charge? Wi-Fi woes? We break down ways to solve almost any issue you can think of.

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Meet Our New Favorite Travel Mug

The Oxo Good Grips Thermal Mug keeps your coffee nice and hot—and it's dishwasher-safe!

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Home Cooks, You Should Be Pre-Salting Your Vegetables

Brining veggies or tossing them with salt before cooking is a simple and foolproof way to unleash more flavor.

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When It Comes to Health Care, AI Has a Long Way to Go

Medical information is more complex and less available than the web data that many algorithms were trained on, so results can be misleading.

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Games Bring Space Exploration Home. But They Omit the Full Risks

There’s something trickier than teaching players to design rockets and navigate radiation.

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

A Teen Took Control of Teslas by Hacking a Third-Party App

Plus: Open source sabotage, Ukrainian website hacks, and more of the week's top security news.

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Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Historians are reexamining eras of social turmoil and linking them to volcanic eruptions, prolonged droughts, and other disturbances in the natural world.

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Our Favorite Period Products

Try a subscription service—or opt for budget- and eco-friendly gear like a menstrual cup, period underwear, or reusable pads.

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16 Great Deals on Laptops, Cameras, and Video Games

Whether you're headed out in the cold this long weekend or curling up on the couch at home, we've rounded up the web's best sales for you.

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Galloping Ghost Gives Arcade Gaming an Extra Life

One of the world's largest arcades is still making history, preserving video games for posterity and inviting anyone who wants to play to the table.

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15 Great Chinese Dramas to Binge

There's really no excuse to miss out on C-dramas' epic fight scenes and time travel romances—especially since you can find a lot on YouTube or for free.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

The Matrix Resurrections Is a Movie for Grown-Ups

The subtle beauty of Lana Wachowski's long-awaited sequel is that it doesn't care what people think.

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How to Reboot Your Gadgets and How Often to Do It

Your IT department is right. Turning your electronics off and on again is so helpful that you might want to schedule regular reboots.

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Apple Booted the Wordle Copycat Apps, But More Will Come

The simple premise of the wildly popular word guessing game is difficult to protect under US law.

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Put In a Dollar, Get $100 Back: A True Bitcoin Story

Plus: Early digital cash, the Corbevax vaccine, and adventures in Cryptoland.

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Maybe the Internet Shouldn’t Pick an Oscars Host

Though having Elmo run the show would be fun.

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A Pandemic Historian Warns Us All to Stop Looking at the Past

Being trapped in my own quarantine reminded me of how little we’ve learned.

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The Science Behind Dry January’s Zero-Alcohol Hooch

This week, we discuss the techniques used to create alcohol-free liquor, beer, and wine.

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The Gritty, Underground Network Bringing Japan’s Arcades to the US

After falling in love with an obscure anime rhythm game, I became obsessed with obtaining a machine of my own—or finding the people who could.

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Ultra-Long Battery Life Is Coming … Eventually

Consumer electronics companies are boasting about unprecedented leaps in battery tech. How legit are the claims?

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Cities Want Ebikes to Stay in Their Lane—but Which One?

From New York to Moab, Utah, bicyclists and municipal officials are divided over whether ebikes should be permitted on bicycle trails.

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Pregnant People Are Still Not Getting Vaccinated Against Covid

Misinformation and muddled public health messaging have failed expectant parents. Now Omicron's surge is putting both carriers and babies at risk.

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The Mercedes EQS Might Just Have Too Much Tech

Can the top-end, tech-heavy electric Merc rival the likes of the Audi e-tron GT, Tesla Model S, and Porsche Taycan?

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