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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

How to Game on a Tight Budget

You don't need to be rich to be knee-deep in great games to play. Here's how to get more for way less.

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Specialized's Turbo Como SL Is a Comfy, Lightweight Cruiser

The best way to make an electric bike easier to ride is to drop the weight by about 20 pounds.

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Physicists Learn to Superfreeze Antimatter (Hint: Pew Pew!)

Antimatter, the mysterious mirror-stuff of the universe, is hard to make and harder to study. A laser that literally chills it out could change all that.

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How to Design the Perfect Yoga Space at Home

Got a tiny apartment? You don't need to give up yoga—you just have to be a little flexible.

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Monster Hunter Rise Blends the Best of Feudal Japan's Culture

The game’s director, Yasunori Ichinose, gives us a breakdown of its Japanese folklore influences.

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5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?

A lot’s happened since Facebook’s first headset brought virtual reality to the masses. Facebook might have been a first mover, but it also wants to be the last one.

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How Cargo Ships Could Help Detect Tsunamis

By using GPS data to monitor slight changes in elevation, the world’s fleet of commercial vessels could aid in forecasting incoming waves.

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This Countertop Composter Turns Table Scraps Into Plant Food

If your city doesn’t have a food-waste recycling program, consider Vitamix’s gadget for composting your leftovers.

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How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

Vaccination rollout has been a challenge across the US. These tips should help you figure out when you’re eligible, where to go, and what to expect.

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The Foundations of AI Are Riddled With Errors

The labels attached to images used to train machine-vision systems are often wrong. That could mean bad decisions by self-driving cars and medical algorithms.

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Women Street Photographers Captures the Beauty of Normalcy

The photography book, released during Women’s Futures Month and on the heels of a worldwide vaccine rollout, couldn’t come at a better time.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Our Favorite Photography Backpack is $50 Off

At $120, the Moment MTW Backpack is a great bag at a good price—but the discount ends March 31.

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The Best Wireless Earbuds for Every Mood

Ready to cut the cord? These are the best completely wireless buds we’ve tested.

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The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Social isolation as been linked to poorer physical and mental health, but scientists are finally starting to understand its neurological impact.

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The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

Blizzard's free-to-play collectible card game is easy to learn but difficult to master, and every play involves calculations you may not even know you're doing.

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Advanced Degrees: 4 Smart Weather Stations Reviewed

Baby, it's cold outside! But exactly how cold? Know for sure with these connected weather stations.

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Bed Tricks, Cod, and the Hidden History of Catfishing

Intriguing, maddening deception can shake up our existence and sometimes—sometimes—set us free.

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This Robot Could Help Fulfill Your Online Shopping Sprees

Ambi Robotics is using years of research in robot manipulation to teach machines how to get a grip. The secret? Giving them suction cups for fingers.

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One Startup’s Solution for Zoom Fatigue? The Walk and Talk

Spot is a new platform dedicated entirely to walking meetings, launched by a longtime remote work evangelist.

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YouTube Has a Disturbingly Creepy Minecraft Problem

A WIRED investigation has found dozens of kid-focused videos with disturbing thumbnails that the platform serves up on the "Topic" pages of popular games.

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How to Make the Most of a Tiny, Cramped Laptop Screen

Small screens don’t mean small accomplishments. Here’s how to get big things done.

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Does It Matter That I Let My Car Park Itself?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on automation, productivity, and what it means to be human.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Your TV Sounds Terrible. A Soundbar Can Fix That

Every television deserves a dedicated row of speakers to call its own. These are our favorites.

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How to Get a Battery Replacement For Your Aging Smartphone

Most manufacturers want you to believe you can't replace your battery, but that's not true. Doing so can add years of life to your device.

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A Sexy Theory of Consciousness Gets All Up in Your Feelings

Neuroscience is bad at explaining what it’s like to be alive. Mark Solms thinks he can change that—with help from, of all people, Freud.

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It’s Finally Time to Take Out the Space Trash

Junk satellites can pose risks to other objects in Earth’s orbit. Startups are testing out ways to tidy up, from magnets to robotic tentacles.

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Amazon’s Union Vote Ends Today. What Happens Next?

Both sides are preparing for a potentially protracted battle over ballots and labor practices.

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The Developers Keeping Hong Kong’s Spirit Alive Through Games

After coming under attack, some of the city’s pro-democracy protesters have taken the fight for freedom from the street to video games.

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This AI Can Generate Convincing Text—and Anyone Can Use It

The makers of Eleuther hope it will be an open source alternative to GPT-3, the well-known language program from OpenAI.

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Boston Dynamics’ Newest Robot Doesn’t Dance—It Works

Called Stretch, the machine may look wildly different than its famous cousins Spot and Atlas, but it shares a ton of their DNA.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Physics of That Spinning Hug in Dua Lipa’s Music Video

The dance move seems to defy gravity—but it actually involves Newton’s second law, equilibrium, and a fake force.

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Our 8 Favorite Gaming Headsets for Every System

No matter which console or device you play on, these corded headsets will lend depth and drama to your gameplay.

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If You Liked Simple, Try These Online Banks Instead

Now that the pioneering online bank is merging with BBVA, you might be in the market for something new. These are the closest, easiest alternatives.

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Get Moving With Our Favorite Fitness Apps and Services

Whether you're looking for live classes, guided walks, or want to run through a field of screaming zombies, we have workout inspiration for you.

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Ancient Rocks Reveal When Earth's Plate Tectonics Began

New data indicating that the planet's surface broke up about 3.2 billion years ago helps clarify how shifting plates drove the evolution of complex life.

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What If Clippy Was Your Life Coach?

Immersive theater group Future Proof's new dating sim PSweet is set inside a Microsoft Office-esque world, and it's every bit as odd and amazing as you'd imagine.

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12 of the Greatest Mini-Games We’ve Ever Played

In these games-within-a-game, you can take a break to go fishing, play a few hands of combat dice, or administer a Voight-Kampff test.

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How to Keep Nearby Strangers from Sending You Files

Sharing is caring—except when it's an unwelcome photo from a rando on the subway. Here's how to lock down your phone and computer.

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones to Escape Reality

These over-ears and earbuds will add some serenity to your day.

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Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation

Plus: Fox News gets sued for its election coverage (again), a record ransomware attack, and more of the week’s top security news.

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This App-Connected Jump Rope Workout Feels Just Like Recess

This app-guided jump rope system gives you a killer full-body exercise routine that's also loads of fun. Your downstairs neighbors just might not be as amused.

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The Feds Want You to Destroy This Sneaky Mussel’s Hiding Spot

Moss balls sold for aquariums can hide Zebra mussels, invasive mollusks that quickly overtake waterways. The US government would like you to kill them, please.

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5 Useful Terminal Tricks for Mac Users

Turns out you can do a lot of things faster, easier, and with more room for customization—all by peeking under the hood.

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Review: Loop Hero Is an Infinitely Addictive RPG Mashup

Sure, the 8-bit style game is repetitive—but in the most addictive way.

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The Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me

If quarantine quashed my social anxiety, looming reemergence is sending it into overdrive. Coping means taking pressure off ourselves and everyone else.

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The 16 Best Weekend Deals on Earbuds, an OLED TV, and More

Spruce up for spring with great discounts on headphones and home theater gear.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

A New Vaccine Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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It's Never Been Easier to Make an Adventure Game

The story-driven genre is enjoying an indie renaissance, thanks to new tools that are making the coding process simpler than ever.

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The Physics of That Spinning Hug in Dua Lipa’s Music Video

The dance move seems to defy gravity—but it actually involves Newton’s second law, equilibrium, and a fake force.

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Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy a Laptop

Shopping for a notebook can be an infuriating experience. Here’s how to sift through the acronyms, storage options, and extra features to find the best one for you.

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Actually, Covid Optimists and Pessimists Were Both Right

Mild and dire forecasting models serve different purposes, and can be tricky to interpret. But when they appear similar, it may signal the end of the pandemic.

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A New Snapshot of a Black Hole Reveals Its Mysterious Physics

The Event Horizon Telescope’s groundbreaking image provides clues into how the cosmic phenomena gobble up matter.

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Here's What the Tech CEOs Wish They Could Say to Congress

Plus: The optimism of the early internet, the failure of Vine, and a cargo crisis.

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We Are All This Boat Now

“How is it that I'm identifying with a container ship?” a weary world wonders.

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The Eerie Landscapes in AC: Valhalla are Haunted by History

From ghostly English moors to crumbling ruins, people are drawn to dark places and fascinated with how they reflect the past.

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How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

It's never been easier for mistruths to go viral, and content moderation is inadequate. What social media needs is some old-fashioned friction.

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The Return to 'Normal' Is Going to Be So Awkward

This week, we discuss how our bodies and minds will deal with the anxiety of reentering society after a year in lockdown.

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How to Free the Ever Given—Using Buoyancy Force!

Sure, you could dig the massive ship out of the Suez Canal. Or you could calculate how many containers you’d have to remove to make it light enough to float again.

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Samsung's Galaxy Chromebook 2 Is Leaner and Cheaper

It's not really a successor, but the company's latest Chrome OS laptop has better battery life and won't break the bank.

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Vaccine FOMO Is Real. Here's How to Deal With It

These last few months of waiting can feel agonizing. But there are steps you can take to manage the anxiety.

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The Ionizer in Your School May Not Do Much to Fight Covid

Manufacturers say the devices remove 99 percent of viruses. Researchers say such claims are unproven, and cheaper air filters are more effective.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Here's all the WIRED coverage in one place, from how to keep your children entertained to how this outbreak is affecting the economy.

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Social Media CEOs Can’t Defend Their Business Model

Everyone knows Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube make money by keeping users engaged. Why won’t their executives admit it to Congress?

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Scientists Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

Thousands of eagles and other fowl have died from a mysterious condition that attacks their nervous systems. Now, after decades of investigation, we know why.

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Genera+ion Doesn't Give Its Characters the Depth They Deserve

The cut-and-paste portrayals of queer identity in HBO Max's new series provide visibility—but not substance.

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A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

No one could deny that Timothy was sick. But when doctors can’t agree on the cause of an illness, what happens to the patients trapped in limbo?

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The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

Vendors are cashing in on people desperate to leapfrog the line—or falsely certify that they got the shot.

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The Gear You Need for a Home Tool Kit

You can handle more DIY projects than you think—just make sure you get quality hardware.

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Groups Call for Ethical Guidelines on Location-Tracking Tech

The Locus Charter asks companies to commit to 10 principles, including minimizing data collection and actively seeking consent from users.

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Away's Suitcases and Carry-On Bags Are on Sale Now

This marks the second time the company has slashed prices on its luggage.

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Howard Scott Warshaw Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Video Games

Better known as HSW, the legendary Atari developer talks about the infamous E.T. game, his new book, and why Steven Spielberg still hasn’t called him back.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

What Will It Take to Get a Cargo Ship Unstuck From the Suez?

The task won’t be easy: Tugboats, excavators, and cranes all may be enlisted to help the Ever Given, while at least 34 other ships wait around the blockage.

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Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking. It Has to Catch Up First

The semiconductor giant announced plans to open its factories to others, but will send some of its most advanced designs to be made in Taiwan.

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Slack Now Lets You DM Anyone. So Long, Work-Life Balance

Now people you don’t work with can send you direct messages in Slack. It’s not necessarily an “email killer,” but it’s also not great for chats.

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Facebook Moves Against ‘Evil Eye’ Hackers Targeting Uyghurs

The company’s investigation into a Chinese espionage campaign took researchers beyond Facebook’s own platforms.

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The New Story of Seasons Is Animal Crossing for Post-Lockdown Life

Animal Crossing provided a respite for people overwhelmed in quarantine. Pioneers of Olive Town offers similar consolation, but with a bit more challenge.

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The DOJ Must Crack Down on the Scourge of Online Scams

A new FBI report proves that the Justice Department is failing to combat internet fraud. Here’s how the government should address that.

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Help! What if My New Job Sucks Too?

Is a job offer a way out, or a pathway to soul-crushing disappointment? Megan weighs in.

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This Smart Electric Kettle Levels Up Your Morning Cup

Warming up water never looked so good with the Stagg EKG+ from Fellow. The smooth pouring gooseneck and temperature control are chef's kiss.

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Why You Stay Up So Late, Even When You Know You Shouldn’t

There are certain traits that lend themselves to “revenge bedtime procrastination.” There’s also a way out.

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How to Kill a Zombie Fire

Underground peat fires refuse to die, even when flooded with water. So scientists developed a new weapon to put them down for good.

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After a Remote Year, Tech’s Shadow Workforce Barely Hangs On

As tech campuses became ghost towns, the people who kept them running—cooks, custodians, drivers—faced an existential threat to their livelihoods.

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In Brazil’s Favelas, Esports Is an Unlikely Source of Hope

The country’s poorer communities often lack access to tech equipment. Teams that recruit low-income players are providing another path to economic mobility.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Review: Monster Hunter Rise Definitely Rises to the Occasion

The latest entry in the long-running series offers a familiar experience, but separates itself enough to keep the game fresh and exciting.

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A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

This week's Big Tech hearing will surely be a waste of Congress's time, again. But the DOJ and SEC could buy time by raising the stakes.

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Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency

We’re looking for new voices to provide an insider perspective on rapidly changing industries.

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OnePlus Finally Brings Its Phone Cameras up to Speed

It’s still missing that special something, but the OnePlus 9 Pro can at least capture photos that match and sometimes surpass its peers.

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Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

A crop of new, weird, and expressive photography games get players to look around, create digital mementos, and say “I was here.”

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‘Browser Isolation’ Takes On Entrenched Web Threats

Cloudflare says it’s possible to build a version of the notoriously slow and buggy tool without compromising on speed.

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Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia Years Later

A new study shows that concussions and other head traumas can have long-lasting effects on our health.

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How Audio Pros ‘Upmix’ Vintage Tracks and Give Them New Life

Experts are using AI to pick apart classic recordings from the 50s and 60s, isolate the instruments, and stitch them back together in crisp, bold ways.

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How to Ease Back Into Sports Without Hurting Yourself

A post-pandemic rush back onto the field could lead to a spike in injuries. Here's how to prevent them.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

This Is the Right Way to Watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League

It’s 4 hours and 2 minutes long—that’s a lot of movie. Here's exactly how to time your bathroom breaks, snack refills, and drinking games.

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Lululemon Has a Cool New 3D Printed Yoga Mat Namaste

The mat's soft bumps and ripples are meant to guide at-home yogis who don't have a watchful instructor to correct their alignment.

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This Group Wants to ‘Ban Surveillance Advertising’

A new front is opening in the fight to reform Facebook and Google—right at the heart of their business model.

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Sea of Solitude Captures the Loneliness and Anxiety of the Pandemic

The newly revamped game is the latest in a slew of indie titles normalizing conversations around mental health.

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17 Phone Games to Help You Survive Social Distancing

Close that newsfeed for a while. These Android and iPhone video games are a great distraction.

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Roli's Lumi Keys Taught Me How to Play Piano ... Sort Of

The portable Bluetooth keyboard is the modern-day Lite-Brite of musical instruments. Just don't expect to master Chopin.

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AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.

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How Sea Chanteys Made Me Love Video Games Again

I really thought I'd given up playing PC games, but then centuries-old songs got me swashbuckling my way through Sea of Thieves.

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Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

Bats likely gave it to a mystery animal that then gave it to people. We passed it on to minks. Where does it go from there—and could it come back to us?

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

How to Use Apple Music, TV, and iCloud on Non-Apple Devices

Using Windows or Android no longer shuts you out from Apple services—here's how to access them.

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Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

Researchers found that social media users are generally adept at identifying fake news. But that doesn’t always affect their decision to repost it.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

The new Marvel series on Disney+ feels like a bloated blockbuster masquerading as a television show.

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How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Financial know-how can set your little one up for lifelong well-being. These child-friendly apps can help manage allowances and even create savings goals.

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Quantum Mischief Rewrites the Laws of Cause and Effect

Spurred on by experiments that scramble the ordering of causes and their effects, some physicists are figuring out how to abandon causality altogether.

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How to Un-Setup Your Smart Home When Someone Moves Out

It's easy enough to connect most smart gadgets, but what about disconnecting? Here's how to untangle shared devices and accounts securely.

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The Peculiar Ransomware Piggybacking Off of China’s Big Hack

DearCry is the first attack to use the same Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities, but its lack of sophistication lessens the threat.

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Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

There’s a psychology behind our affection for retro gaming, and it’s only partly to do with nostalgia for the past.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

A Homecoming Queen Was Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

Plus: A mysterious zero-day spree, a high-profile hacker indictment, and more of the week’s top security news.

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You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps

Install these tools to supercharge the capabilities of your Apple wearable.

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Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

More containers have fallen off ships in the past four months than are typically lost in a year. Blame heavy traffic and rolling waves.

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The Best Music Streaming Apps to Get Your Groove On

These services share similar music libraries, but some offer up a much better experience than others.

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Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past

A secret Cold War project led to signs of ancient life—and a new warning about the future of the climate.

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How Fantasy Soccer Keeps My Kids Connected and Happy

When soccer practice was practically grounded by the pandemic, my kids turned an analog pastime into a fresh way to keep up with friends around the world.

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The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Robot Vacuums, Legos, and More

Distract yourself from thinking about your upcoming vaccine appointment (if you have one!) with discounts on Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and more.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

A SpaceX Engineer's Dark Web Insider Trading Sparks SEC First

“MillionaireMike” allegedly ran a stock tip scam that earned him $27,000 in bitcoin payments.

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The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

My unarticulated suspicions about Asian women being objectified, dehumanized targets have been confirmed.

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100 Million Vaccines, New School Guidelines, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Starting a Podcast Is Harder Than It Looks

But Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You) author Griffin McElroy can help.

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It’s Just a Movie

The storied version of Justice League is finally here. Was it worth it?

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You Can Take My Copyright Out Of My Cold, Dead Hands

Plus: The birth of the Kindle, the afterlife of Hotmail, and the immortality of the cruise industry.

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Gazelle's New Ebike Is One of the Best Rides I've Ever Tried

The company's step-through electric bike has wide tires, a Bosch motor, and a variable shifter to take you anywhere without hassle.

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How Food Waste Could Be Turned Into Climate-Friendly Jet Fuel

Humans dump an estimated 10 billion gallons of potential biofuel into landfills every year. Researchers found a way to capitalize on it.

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Video Game Anxiety Is Real. Here's How to Manage It

Even games that used to be soothing can trigger negative feelings when you fail to level up, or when you feel like you've let down your team.

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Facebook’s New Wearable Gestures Toward Computing’s Future

This week, we discuss Facebook’s wrist-worn concept, and what it says about the company’s plan for new human-computer interactions.

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Some Amazon Drivers Have Had Enough. Can They Unionize?

AI surveillance cameras. Punishing workloads. Low pay. Worker complaints are piling up, and so are the roadblocks.

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The 7 Best Gaming Controllers for Every Kind of Player

A great gamepad instantly levels up your play. These are our top picks for Switch, Xbox, PS4, PS5, and PC.

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Want to Make Energy and Save Water? Slap Panels on Canals

Covering waterways would, in a sense, make solar panels water-cooled, boosting their efficiency.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Outside the Social Network

The internal hacking team has spent the last year looking for vulnerabilities in the products the company uses, which could in turn make the whole internet safer.

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Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

The demise of surveillance capitalism has been greatly exaggerated.

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Facebook Finally Explains Its Mysterious Wrist Wearable

The company wants to develop new human-computer interactions. Will we be able to trust it with a new form of personal data?

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Soothe Yourself With a Picture Book About the Internet Dying

“Let us bake a pie, though we know not which recipe is rated highest.”

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Satellites Can Help Detect When a Volcano's About to Blow

Researchers used thermal radiation data to find patterns in recent eruptions—providing another metric to help get ahead of a potentially deadly blast.

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The Best Wireless Earbuds for Working Out

Rock your inner jock with a pair of sturdy and sweatproof wireless headphones. Here are our favorites.

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A New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Police Use of Armed Robots

Officers’ use of Boston Robotics’ Digidog intensifies concerns about militarization of the police.

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Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics

The technologist and philanthropist goes beyond his recent book to talk about climate denial, vaccines, and David Foster Wallace.

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City of Ghosts Is a Better Way to See LA—and Everywhere Else

Animator Elizabeth Ito’s series is a snuggly, funny fighter for telling the diverse stories that shape a city.

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What's the Best Way to Play Retro Games?

Should you buy a virtual console, find old-school hardware from your childhood, or dip your toes into emulators? We can help.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Uber Says Its UK Drivers Are ‘Workers,’ but Not Employees

The ride-hail giant shifts its stand following a court ruling, part of a global push for a “third category” of workers.

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Netflix’s Marriage or Mortgage Is Maddening

The streaming service's latest glossy reality show is so ill-suited to the present moment, you might find yourself yelling at the TV.

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People Who Text While Walking Actually Do Ruin Everything

Clever experiments demonstrate how having your face in your phone disrupts the flow of pedestrian traffic and makes life difficult for everyone.

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Apple Bent the Rules for Russia. Other Nations Will Take Note

Russian iPhone buyers will soon be prompted to install software developed in that country, setting a precedent that other authoritarian governments may follow.

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A New WeWork Documentary Relives Its Roller Coaster Story

WeWork: Or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn is a good crash course while you wait for the adaptation starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway.

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Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

The company’s first report on its carbon footprint provides important data that could help it cut its emissions.

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The 6 Best Sunrise Alarms to Help You Rise and Shine

No bedroom window? No problem. These sun simulators just might make it easier to wake up and catch z's.

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Help! How Do I Find a Work Wife?

Also: What to do with clients who want to meet in person? Megan offers her advice.

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Russia’s Failure to Throttle Twitter Isn’t a Sign of Weakness

Widely cast as an indication of frailty, the Kremlin’s bungled crackdown shows the lengths it will go to to control the Russian internet.

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An Ultracold Plasma Models the Universe’s Most Extreme Places

The super cool, dense particle swarm gives physicists a way to study the insides of stars and gas giants—without ever leaving the lab.

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Want Carbon-Neutral Cows? Algae Isn’t the Answer

Recent headlines suggest that feeding seaweed to cattle could help reduce the methane in their burps. But the claims don’t hold up under scrutiny.

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The Backward-Looking Futurism of Stewart Brand

In a new documentary about his life, We Are As Gods, the famous tech prophet looks to his—and Earth’s—past.

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Amazon Has Made Rich Cities Richer—and Also More Dystopian

In a new book, Alec MacGillis explores the growing divide between winner-take-all cities and everywhere else, and the ecommerce giant at the heart of it.

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How to Pay Your Respects During a Virtual Funeral

The pandemic has forced many of our mourning rituals online. Here are some basic rules to make sure you’re not unintentionally causing offense.

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The Struggle to Vaccinate People in Jails and Prisons

One year later, Covid-19 is still impacting incarcerated people at a disproportionate rate. But efforts are under way to prioritize getting them vaccines.

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How to Host a Remote Board Game Night

If you and your friends can’t hang out at the same table, these tools can help bridge the gap.

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The Buzzy, Chatty, Out-of-Control Rise of Clubhouse

Paul Davison and Rohan Seth’s audio-only app is the tech crush of the pandemic. Now comes the hard part: hosting a global gabfest, without the toxicity.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not Hackers

A new ODNI report shows how extensive Russian and Iranian influence operations were, but it doesn’t mention a single hack-and-leak incident.

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This Startup Wants to Take Your Blood Pressure With an iPhone

“Hey Siri, help me treat my hypertension."

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HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

From headsets to a great mouse, take advantage of these deals if you're shopping for new hardware.

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Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

The Big Four all lean on the encyclopedia at no cost. With the launch of Wikimedia Enterprise, the volunteer project will change that—and possibly itself, too.

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The Best Security Cameras for Inside Your Home

Cameras can offer peace of mind, but choose carefully when you’re inviting one into your home.

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Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

A year without live music has been a disaster. So has corporate power in streaming, recording, and ticketing. Antitrust may be the only solution.

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The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

Two academics changed plans to attend an invite-only conference this week; a third says he’ll no longer accept funding from the company.

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Covid Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News

The 2019–20 flu season basically didn’t happen. Same for a couple other respiratory viruses. But that could make future seasons worse.

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Fans Rally Around Blaseball, America’s Favorite Splort

You may not have heard of the Chicago Firefighters or the Breckenridge Jazz Hands. But on Discord, fans from around the world are building real city pride.

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As Digital Currency’s Popularity Rises, So Do Privacy Fears

Backers see a way to reach the unbanked. But any system could give the government a record of every dollar you spend.

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The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy

How the shape of deep learning—and the fate of the tech industry—went up for sale in Harrah's Room 731, on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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This Fitness Band Is for Hardcore Athletes Only

The Whoop Strap 3.0 was developed by and for college-level athletes. For most casual exercise, it misses the mark.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Meet DyRET, a doglike machine that can lengthen its four legs on the fly. That’s not to creep out humans, but to help ramblin’ robots of all stripes.

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The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The country passed its Investigatory Powers Act in 2016. Now, it's building what could be the most powerful data collection system used by any democratic nation.

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This Asus Phone Got Me to Finally Enjoy Mobile Gaming

A lot of phones have tried, but the latest from Asus successfully levels up mobile gaming.

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NASA Gets a Quick Peek at a Mysterious Layer of the Sun

A new map of the chromosphere’s magnetic field could help us predict solar weather patterns—and anticipate flares that wreak havoc on the power grid.

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What You Need to Know About Roblox—and Why Kids Are Obsessed

The video game was just valued at a staggering $45 billion. It's also been a lifeline for my children since the start of lockdown.

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Researchers Blur Faces That Launched a Thousand Algorithms

Managers of the ImageNet data set paved the way for advances in deep learning. Now they’ve taken a big step to protect people’s privacy.

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How to Write a Living Will

When my dad passed away without a will, my family had so many unanswered questions. These resources can help make it easier for those you leave behind.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

How Pi Keeps Train Wheels on Track

Happy 3/14! Here's how this mathematical constant keeps train cars from flying off their tracks during turns.

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The 9 Best TVs (and Helpful Buying Tips)

From LCDs to fancy OLED models, these are our favorite televisions at every price point.

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The Best Veterinary Telemedicine Services for Your Pet

These days, your pet can get medical help without leaving home. These are our favorites televet services.

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A New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole

A supernova-like explosion dubbed the Camel appears to be the result of a newborn black hole eating a star from the inside out.

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How You Can Use Google Maps Like a Social Network

The mapping app is about much more than simply getting from A to B. Here's how to get tailored updates, reviews, and local perspectives.

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Video Games Are Helping More People Process Death

Many are seeking solace and connection in-game during the pandemic, and learning to deal with loss at the same time.

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My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

The first day, I logged 8 miles. I haven't looked back.

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Video Games Are Helping More People Process Death

Many are seeking solace and connection in-game during the pandemic, and learning to deal with loss at the same time.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Most legal marijuana is grown in a controlled environment. A study just quantified how much damage that's doing to the planet.

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Hackers Accessed Security Cameras Inside Tesla and Beyond

Plus: A Molson-Coors hack, Github controversy, and more of the week's top security news.

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How to Export Your Passwords From LastPass

The popular security service is severely limiting its free tier starting March 16. If you’d like to move your passwords to another manager, here’s how.

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How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?

A project to teach threatened marsupials to avoid feral cats is among a host of "assisted evolution" efforts to help animals in the face of climate change.

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Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

After approving a $7 billion fund to help students get internet access, lawmakers on the left proposed a $94 billion package to deploy high-speed broadband nationwide.

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The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

Curl up with Netflix or gear up for spring with deals on rain jackets, televisions, Roku devices, barefoot trail shoes, and more.

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Smartphone Camera Tricks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Selfies are great—but have you ever tapped into the powers of AR, PDF scanning, and reverse image search?

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Netflix's Password-Sharing Crackdown Has a Silver Lining

The streaming service is making account owners enter two-factor codes in a limited test. That's … actually not so bad.

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The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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A Bird-Feed Seller Beat a Chess Master. Then It Got Ugly

Twitch and YouTube chess star Levy Rozman has faced over a week of sustained harassment after calling out an alleged cheater.

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Social Media Reminds Us of the Year That Wasn’t

Technology is designed to conjure up warm, fond memories. But the anniversary of lockdown has brought on a period of mourning.

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Tim Wu and Lina Khan Can Now Put Antitrust Theories to Work

Plus: Facebook’s lobbying efforts, tech's information overload, and a bear of a story.

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What If the Afterlife Had In-App Purchases?

The Amazon series Upload shows a comedic—and probably more realistic—version of what would happen if humans could live online after they die.

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With Spectre Still Lurking, Google Looks to Protect the Web

To show how browsers can guard against the speculative execution bug, Google security researchers have shown how an attack would work.

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How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

Using your phone (old or new) as a camera for your Zoom meetings is an easy and affordable way to be visibly present if you don't have a webcam on your laptop or PC.

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WTF Is an NFT?

This week we talk about non-fungible tokens, digital art collectors, and what it's like to sell one of your tweets.

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Ocean Acidification Could Make Tiny Fish Lose Their Hearing

Their inner ears turn wonky when they grow up in carbon-rich water, which could keep juveniles from finding their way to the reefs. That could mean trouble.

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The Science of Why Your Friends Shot You From an Airlock

The human brain is fallible. Which is exactly what gives social deduction games their voltage.

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You Need a Password Manager. Here Are the Best Ones

Keep your logins locked down with our favorite apps for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and web browsers.

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The Perplexing Psychology of Returning to ‘Normal’

For a year now, we’ve been living in constant fear of Covid-19. But when you get that vaccine in your arm, it’s not like your stress will magically melt away.

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So You Want to Prepare for Doomsday

There’s no cool gear with my method, but it has other advantages.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

A Genetic Curse, a Scared Mom, and the Quest to ‘Fix’ Embryos

Danielle Messer carried a mitochondrial mutation that left her son severely disabled. Before even daring another pregnancy, she tracked down an “egg specialist.”

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Raptor Boyfriend Proves Absurd Dating Sims Are Here to Stay

Following in the footsteps of visual novels like Hatoful Boyfriend and Dream Daddy, this cryptid romance subverts expectations for the genre.

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Meet the Climate Change Activists of TikTok

A crop of eco-creators is bent on educating their followers about the looming global disaster. Can their message translate into action?

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We Need More Covid-19 Data on the LGBTQ+ Community

The lack of sexual orientation and gender identity data captured in the health care system makes it difficult to develop treatments tailored to different needs.

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The 25 Best Deals From Outdoor Winter Clearance Sales

The right time to buy is when the season is winding down. It’s not just cold-weather picks but also backpacks, headlamps, sporks, and more.

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Offshore Energy Gets a Second Wind Under Biden

New turbines proposed for a development off Cape Cod could provide green energy, but the science of how they might affect the environment is a bit murky.

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How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

Vaccination rollout has been a challenge across the US. These tips should help you figure out when you’re eligible, where to go, and what to expect.

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The US Has 3 Covid Vaccines—Testing New Ones Is Complicated

Now that authorized versions are available, it’s tough to recruit volunteers for trials that might give them a placebo. But there are other options.

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The Pandemic Prompts Cities to Rethink the Parking Spot

Some urban designers have long wanted to reduce the area set aside for cars. Covid is giving them a chance.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Could 'The Simpsons' Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

Deepfake technology can make convincing replicas from a limited amount of data, and the show has thirty years worth of audio to work from.

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Sometimes It’s OK to Give Up

Just because you devoted 100 hours of your life to it, doesn't mean you have to finish a video game that now bores you.

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Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

In this week’s Out of Office column, Megan explains how to stand up for yourself when you’re mired in extra work.

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The 15 Best Wireless Headphones for Everyone

Even if you’re on a budget, these wireless headphones sound like a million bucks.

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SpaceX Is Going All In on Its South Texas Starport

New documents show the company has grand plans for its Boca Chica launch site, providing more evidence that Elon Musk is bullish on SpaceX's future there.

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Could Time Loops Be the New Big Thing for Next-Gen Consoles?

New SSD technology helps developers bend space and time—and creativity.

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The Dire Possibility of Cyberattacks on Weapons Systems

Just because you don't hear about them doesn't mean no one's trying.

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This Fingertip for Robots Uses Magnets to ‘Feel’ Things

By sensing the subtle changes in the finger’s own magnetic field, this new technology could one day make for ultra-sensitive prosthetic hands.

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The Next Frontier of the NFT Gold Rush: Your Tweets

Crypto art is huge right now—and it’s moving far beyond digital images.

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It’s Open Season for Microsoft Exchange Hacks

A patch for the vulnerabilities China exploited has been released. Now, criminal groups are going to reverse engineer it—if they haven’t already.

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This Chip for AI Works Using Light, Not Electrons

Lightmatter says the computing and power demands of complex neural networks need new technologies like these to keep up.

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Good-bye Zoom. Hello Low-Key Ambient Snooping

If you are missing out on serendipity in your remote work, try ramping up your 2-D audio copresence.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Biden Is Assembling a Big Tech Antitrust All-Star Team

Appointing Lina Khan to the FTC would add an anti-monopoly crusader to a crucial position—as does Tim Wu’s installment at the National Economic Council.

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All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

If you've been looking for a better TV setup, our favorite streaming devices are discounted.

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Sonos Wants Roam to Be Your Post-Pandemic Party Speaker

Sonos has stood out in the crowded speaker market by selling high-end WiFi speakers. Now it’s fully aboard the portable Bluetooth train.

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Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat

The cryptocurrency depends on the integrity of the blockchain. But China’s censors, the FBI, or powerful corporations could fragment it into oblivion.

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The Best Coffee Grinders to Amp Up Your Morning Brew

Get more joy from your java. These picks let you enjoy freshly ground whole beans in every cup.

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My Kids Struggle With Remote Learning. Here's What Could Help

Like many parents, I've had to constantly advocate for my children's education this year. These are the structural changes that parents actually want to see.

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The Shaky Ground Truths of Wikipedia

Now that it’s warping my portals to the outside world, Wikipedia has me more worried than ever.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla: A Trip to the Land of Ice and Fire

I was surprised at how readily a game could transport me back to my youth—and to a place I always wanted to return.

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'The Code Breaker' Is the Crispr Chronicle You Need to Read

Walter Isaacson’s account, out Tuesday, is a thrilling tale of scientific discovery. He talks about gene-editing tech—and the future of the human race.

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The Pandemic Can’t End While Wealthy Nations Hoard Shots

Eliminating Covid globally means navigating a minefield of competition, limited supply, and suspicion that some vaccines aren’t as good.

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Sci-Fi Writer or Prophet? The Hyperreal Life of Chen Qiufan

As China’s science fiction authors are elevated to the status of oracles, Qiufan’s career—and his genre’s place in society—have gone through the looking glass.

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5 Strategies for Coping With Grief During a Pandemic

There’s no “right” way to deal with loss, whether it’s the loss of a job or a loved one. Here are some resources and practices for managing the pain from home.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

It will be hard pointing to a specific line the Kremlin crossed that the US hasn't crossed as well.

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Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven By AI

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro talks to WIRED about AI, CRISPR, and his hopes for humanity.

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Microsoft-Led Team Retracts Disputed Quantum-Computing Paper

The 2018 report in Nature claimed to have found evidence of an elusive subatomic particle. A review found that the group had omitted key data.

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These Sea Slugs Decapitate Themselves and Grow New Bodies

Showing off their best impressions of Deadpool, the animals survived for weeks without organs, only to regrow everything and go about their business.

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Watch Us Sing Sea Chanteys on Twitch With The Longest Johns

The WIRED crew will be playing a little Sea of Thieves too, matey.

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How to Figure Out the Mass of the Earth—With Balls and String

It involves calculating some very, very tiny numbers in order to find some super huge big ones.

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Climate Change Will Reshape Silicon Valley As We Know It

The next entrepreneurial revolution will arise to combat the crisis of our lifetime.

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The Political Advertising Black Box Must Be Destroyed

Federal law allowed Both the Trump and Biden campaigns to hide where their ad spending went. Either Congress or the FEC needs to close the loophole.

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The Game of Chess Had Patch Notes, Too

The fundamentals haven't changed much. But the rules have evolved over the centuries—from timer usage to the ways that pieces are moved.

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Ubisoft's Valhalla Is Too Long, Too Big, and Too Repetitive

In the latest Assassin's Creed installment, I'm playing a Viking during the Dark Ages. Why am I bored?

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Big Tech Targets DC With a Digital Charm Offensive

Facebook, Amazon, and Google ads are blanketing inside-the-Beltway newsletters in a bid to rehab their tarnished reputations.

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Black Tech Employees Rebel Against ‘Diversity Theater’

Companies pledged money and support for people of color. But some say they still face a hostile work environment for speaking out or simply doing their jobs.

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The Tide Is High–and Getting Higher

A trove of historic records show that dredging and sea level rise are making nuisance high tides worse along the US coasts.

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The Accellion Breach Keeps Getting Worse—and More Expensive

What started as a few vulnerabilities in firewall equipment has snowballed into a global extortion spree.

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Welcome to Amazon's Future of Automatic Shopping. It's Weird

Amazon's internet-connected scale automatically re-purchases whatever you stack on it when supplies get low. This is both neat and problematic.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Take Your Tunes Anywhere With Our Fave Bluetooth Speakers

These are our favorite portable speakers of all shapes and sizes, from clip-ons to a massive boom box.

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Microdosing's Feel-Good Benefits Might Just Be Placebo Effect

A study found no significant difference in the well-being of participants who thought they were taking mini hits of psychedelics and those who actually were.

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Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

A new thought experiment indicates that quantum mechanics doesn’t work without strange numbers that turn negative when squared.

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The 55-Inch Q80T Is The Cheapest Samsung TV Worth Buying

This is a good mid-tier model, but it's still more expensive than the competition.

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Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Unlike Google, Brave Search won’t track or profile people who use it.

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There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Volvo, Porsche, and Polestar have each introduced new battery-powered models. So we hit the road with each of them.

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How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

Your emails know more about you than you might think, like when you open them or when you forward them to others. But you can reclaim your privacy.

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An Old Book Filled With New Ways to Heat Meaty Treats

Our food writer found a cure for this never-ending winter in a 17-year-old cookbook that elevates the art of the slow braise.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

Plus: An iOS 14 jailbreak is out, Solarwinds details emerge, and more of the week's top security news.

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The ‘Lamborghini’ of Chariots Was Just Unearthed Near Pompeii

Most of the vehicles uncovered so far have been akin to modern-day station wagons. This one's a straight-up sports car.

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The Biden Administration Weighs the Social Cost of Carbon

A new White House policy tries to put a dollar value on the future harm of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Trick Out Your iPhone 12 With These Cases and Accessories

Whichever new model you get, we’ve rounded up the cases, chargers, and other extras you’ll want to snag.

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The Best Gmail Settings You Might Not Have Used Yet

Almost all of us have an account. Most of us use it every day. But if you peel back the curtain a little, you'll find some powerful tools buried underneath.

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The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Phones, Smartwatches, and More

Time to upgrade your gadgets? This is a good time to spend on last year’s gear, as newer models are about to hit the market.

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NFTs Are Hot. So Is Their Effect on the Earth’s Climate

The sale of a piece of crypto art consumed as much energy as the studio uses in two years. Now the artist is campaigning to reduce the medium’s carbon emissions.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

A single group appears to have infiltrated tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange servers in an ongoing onslaught.

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McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

The 75-year-old antivirus entrepreneur faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

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The US Has a Covid 'Scariants' Problem. Here's How to Fix It

Researchers are racing to understand new versions of the coronavirus. But without scientific standards, too many mutants are getting the monster treatment.

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J&J Shots Administered, States Reopen Too Soon, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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All of the Covid-19 Vaccines Are Equally Worthy of Your Arm

Headlines about the Johnson & Johnson trial results cite an efficacy rate lower than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s. But one figure doesn’t tell the whole story.

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Yes, Chainmail Is Really Hard to Draw

Ultima artist Denis Loubet knows this for a fact.

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Our Favorite Cold-Weather Gear for $100 or Less

These coats, gloves, and other winter essentials will keep you bundled up and under budget.

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NFTs Are a Collective Hallucination—So What?

Plus: The man behind digital money, how to disseminate facts, and a union in the most unlikely of places.

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These Smart Insoles Fixed My Running Form—and My Aching Hip

These pressure-sensing insoles are a great diagnostic tool for leveling up training or addressing painful running woes.

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The Magical Mystery of WandaVision’s Kathryn Hahn

As the ancient witch Agatha Harkness, she’s pulling off her best trick yet.

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Gig Companies Fear a Worker Shortage, Despite a Recession

The pandemic sapped demand for rides from Uber and Lyft, and government aid has cushioned the blow for workers. Execs are feeling the strain.

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Augmented Reality Isn’t Quite There Yet

Even with breakthroughs like HoloLens and Pokemon Go, we are still a few years away from fulfilling AR’s biggest promises.

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The Game Walden Shows Us That Some Things Can’t Be Digitized

It invites players to "live deliberately" in the woods, as Thoreau did—but it's not an experience you can easily replicate.

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Who Are the Biggest Influencers on Clubhouse?

It's harder to figure out than you might expect.

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How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

Growing up making friends on AIM and in chatrooms, I know the internet can foster human connection. Here are some tips that translate to teaching online classes.

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You're Vaccinated and People Want to Visit. Now What?

After getting fully inoculated against Covid-19, here are some scenarios that prove the New Normal isn’t normal at all.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

China and Russia's Spying Sprees Will Take Years to Unpack

The full extent of the Solarwinds hack and Hafnium's attack on Microsoft Exchange Server may never be known.

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Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

It's the digital equivalent of leaving your windows or doors open when you leave the house—and in some cases, leaving them open all the time.

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Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Most image recognition algorithms require lots of labeled pictures. This new approach eliminates the need for most of the labeling.

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All Our Favorite Accessories for the Nintendo Switch

Did you pick up a Switch or Switch Lite recently? Here are some screen protectors, chargers, and other accoutrements for your new best friend.

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Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

WIRED's spiritual advice columnist on narcissism, Nabokov, and what it means to exist—really exist—for other people.

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Can Alien Smog Lead Us to Extraterrestrial Civilizations?

A new study modeled whether we could find intelligent life on another planet—by looking for its pollution.

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The Rise of Unapologetically Erotic LGBTQ+ Games

Video games have long struggled to handle sexuality, but a growing number of indie developers are changing that.

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Shark's Stick Vacuum Is No Dyson-Killer

The company's cordless vacs are touted as affordable Dyson alternatives. I'm not so sure about that.

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Adoption Moved to Facebook and a War Began

As the adoption industry migrates to social media, regretful adoptees and birth mothers are confronting prospective parents with their personal pain—and anger.

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The Murder Hornets Nature Doc Disguised as a True-Crime Show

Attack of the Murder Hornets plays out like a spooky murder mystery. But the insects are scary enough; they don't need horror movie tropes.

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The Secret Behind North Dakota’s Speedy Vaccine Rollout

The state’s independent rural drugstores are showing the power of small.

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