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Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Problem With Mental Health Bots

With human therapists in short supply, AI chatbots are trying to plug the gap—but it’s not clear how well they work.

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10 Great Deals on TVs, Headphones, and Gaming Accessories

Upgrade your home theater and score some sweet discounts on peripherals this weekend.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Facebook Freeloads Off Newspapers. This Plan Might Stop It

The Journalism Competition and Protection Act would allow publishers to finally bargain with Meta and Google.

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Skullcandy's Jib True 2 Earbuds Are Cute and Affordable

These cool-looking in-ears pull on the heartstrings of 90s nostalgia, with added environmental efforts.

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Hugh Jackman, Liar, to Return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3

The announcement came in the most fun way possible, but seriously—maybe it’s time the actor hung up the claws.

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The Apple Watch Ultra Can Weather Your Rugged Weekend Adventures

This tough new smartwatch has awesome safety and workout features. It’s also a great way to stay connected in the wilderness—for better and for worse.

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Why Jann Wenner Let WIRED Start the Rolling Stone of Tech

Plus: Hackers in paradise, Metaverse fashion victims, and street sharks.

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How to Get the Old Lock Screen Notification View in iOS 16

Don’t like Apple’s new Stack View at the bottom of your iPhone? Don’t worry, you have a few options.

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Sofia, the Airplane-Borne Telescope, Lands for the Last Time

Astronomers mourn the end of an infrared observatory that flew aboard a jumbo jet. It was expensive, but it saw what Earth-based telescopes can’t.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

How Bots Corrupted Advertising

Botmasters have created a Kafkaesque system where companies are paying huge sums to show their ads to bots. And everyone is fine with this.

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How to Make Better Coffee at Home

Stuck indoors with no espresso machine? Not to worry, these tips and tools will help you brew café-quality joe.

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Mystery Hackers Are ‘Hyperjacking’ Targets for Insidious Spying

For decades, security researchers warned about techniques for hijacking virtualization software. Now one group has put them into practice.

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How to Pick the Right Roku for Your TV

The company has a dizzying array of streaming sticks, boxes, and soundbars to choose from, but don’t worry—these are the ones to buy.

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12 Best National Coffee Day Deals on Beans and Espresso Machines

Celebrate your favorite drink with discounts on home barista essentials.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Climate Justice Is Possible—Just Look Beyond Technology

At RE:WIRED Green, technologists, hackers, and activists explained how green tech must be combined with bold policy and bring people together.

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The Quest to Find Twitter’s Elusive Bot Team

The social media platform’s process for moderating spam, including bots, has been mired in secrecy—until now.

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The Best Kindles to Take Your Library Anywhere

Here’s how Amazon’s ebook readers stack up—and which one might be right for you.

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Cloudflare Takes a Stab at a Captcha That Doesn’t Suck

The internet infrastructure company has an alternative tool to check whether you’re human—and it doesn’t force you to pick out buses in tiny boxes.

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The Best Bike Computers for Every Type of Cyclist

Track your mileage, keep tabs on your heart rate, or map a ride from here to eternity with these handlebar-mounted cycling companions.

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Tech Companies Are Reconsidering an Old Enemy

Nobody likes being asked to wait, but recent political history has shown that a completely frictionless internet has its own dangers.

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I Love Twitter Bots and I Cannot Lie

Don’t judge a bot by the troll farms—some make the internet a weirder and more wonderful place.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

This Chatbot Aims to Steer People Away From Child Abuse Material

Pornhub is trialing a new automated tool that pushes CSAM-searchers to seek help for their online behavior. Will it work?

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You'll Need a Magnifying Glass to Find the iPhone 14's Upgrades

It's a great handset, but the improvements are so iterative that most of you will hardly notice what's new.

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The Best Smart Speakers With Voice Assistants

Chatty assistants from Amazon, Apple, and Google are popular. But which one is right for you?

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The Best Period Products

Aunt Flo doesn’t have to suck (that much). These menstrual cups, absorbent underwear, and reusable pads are ecofriendly and comfortable.

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The Best Portable Coffee Makers

Whether you prefer an AeroPress or a French press, we’ve found the best ways to make a great cup of joe anywhere.

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How to Advocate for Data Privacy and Users' Rights

Want to speak up against Big Tech, unjust data collection, and surveillance? Here's how to be an activist in your community and beyond.

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Brazil's Far Right Plots Its Own January 6

Extreme content is spreading rapidly on social networks in Brazil, sparking fears of a violent uprising.

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The Secret Microscope That Sparked a Scientific Revolution

How a Dutch fabric seller made the most powerful magnifying lens of his time—and of the next 150 years—and became the first person ever to see a microorganism.

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Monday, September 26, 2022

A Sprawling Bot Network Used Fake Porn to Fool Facebook

An orchestrated attack went after an independent news website and harvested swathes of Facebook user data. And nobody can stop it.

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Which Amazon Echo or Alexa Speaker Is Best for You?

We’ve rounded up our favorites, including third-party devices like the Sonos Roam and a voice-enabled Yamaha soundbar.

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I Like This Cordless Vacuum More Than Most Stick Vacs

Cleaning sucks. The Lupe Pure makes it a little easier and has replaceable parts in case they ever break.

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Viruses to Fight Superbugs? Scientists Are Working on It

Phages may help fight drug-resistant infections—but finding the right ones for each bacterium is no mean feat.

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This Vote Could Change the Course of Internet History

UN countries are preparing to pick a new head of the International Telecommunications Union. Who wins could shape the open web's future.

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This Company Says It’s One Step Closer to an Invisibility Cloak

Vollebak believes its thermal camouflage jacket with graphene proves that invisibility could happen in the future.

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Not All Bots Are Bad, and Twitter Knows It

Automated accounts are the target of ire and the linchpin of Elon Musk’s attempt to break his deal with the platform. But some are benign—or even helpful.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Growing Old Online

Millennials, the first generation to be online as kids, are starting to feel like we’ve aged out.  Is there a way to age gracefully on the internet?

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How to Switch iPhones Without Losing a Thing

Everything you need to know to successfully transfer your contacts, music, photos, and apps from one iOS device to another.

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VPN Providers Flee India as a New Data Law Takes Hold

Many companies have pulled physical servers from the country as a mandate to collect customer data goes into effect.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Our Favorite Outdoor Security Cams for Your Home or Business

These weatherproof devices can keep a watchful eye on your property and let you get on with life.

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The Latest Kitty Litter Robot Is Smarter, Quieter—and Pricier

You might not be scooping poop anymore, but Whisker's app can still give you vital information on your cat's health.

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Why Adam Levine's Cringe DMs Are Perfect for the Meme Machine

The Maroon 5 frontman’s alleged Instagram messages are taking on a life of their own.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Twitch's Crypto Casino Ban Ignores the Bigger Play

The company is going after cryptocurrency gambling—but will that be enough to satisfy concerned streamers?

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Iran’s Internet Shutdown Hides a Deadly Crackdown

Amid protests against the killing of Mahsa Amini, authorities have cut off mobile internet, WhatsApp, and Instagram. The death toll continues to rise.

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These Are the Best Portable Storage Drives

Need an ultrafast drive for video editing or a rugged option to back up your photos in the field? We’ve got a solution for every situation.

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Bogus Fears of Censorship Could Spell the End of Content Moderation

Plus: The Supreme Court in cyberspace, what’s up with Web3, and ghost town resurrections.

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The Elk Live Bridge Lets You Jam Together Online

Plug in this bright yellow audio interface, and you can play live music with anyone within 620 miles.

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32 of the Best Shows on Disney+ Right Now

Looking for something to watch? Here are the best shows on Disney’s streaming service.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Next Silicon Valley Will Be in the US Heartland

Steve Case, founder of AOL, predicts the dominance of tech companies on the coasts will give way to a flourishing of startups from smaller cities.

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Power Up Anywhere With Our Favorite Portable Chargers

Keep your phone, tablet, laptop, and other electronics running with these handheld power banks.

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Apple Made the Right Upgrades in the New AirPods Pro

This is a good example of how you make already-great wireless earbuds even better.

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There’s New Proof Crispr Can Edit Genes Inside Human Bodies

The technique had largely been limited to editing patients’ cells in the lab. New research shows promise for treating diseases more directly.

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The US and EU are Teaming Up to Contain Big Tech

The EU’s chief antitrust enforcer Margrethe Vestager says that US tech companies are changing their behavior as global regulators question their dominance.

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The Best Video Game Deals This September

Games for every console, plus DLC and freebies—all in one spot.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

California Voted for Cheaper Uber Rides. It May Have Hurt Drivers

Uber and Lyft spent millions promoting a controversial ballot measure. A new study suggests it has lowered driver wages.

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The Best Car Phone Mounts and Accessories

These mobile accessories will make your smartphone a better—and safer—road trip companion.

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A Steam Deck Reignited My Love for Homebrew PCs

Yes, I got Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PlayStation Remote Play working on my Steam Deck.

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Splatoon 3 Takes Shooting Games a Little Less Seriously

Nintendo’s latest in its paint-powered “squid game" franchise is just as fun and colorful as before, and is also a refreshing breath of fresh air.

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This Dangerous Meme in US Politics Is Over a Century Old

Many associate the ‘America First’ movement with Trump, but its origins—and rebirth—are more complicated.

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Shadowy Russian Cell Phone Companies Are Cropping Up in Ukraine

But as Ukrainians retake ground, some of the firms are erasing their online presence.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Fungus That Killed Frogs—and Led to a Surge in Malaria

A global fungal pandemic wiped out amphibians, destroyed biodiversity, and ultimately increased human illness. Now a second similar pathogen is on the way.

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Telegram Has a Serious Doxing Problem

The encrypted messaging app is a haven for politically motivated vitriol, but users are increasingly bringing threats to targets’ doorsteps.

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25 Great Wireless Chargers to Refuel Your Phone (or Watch)

Stop fumbling for cables in the dark. These WIRED-tested stands and pads will take the hassle out of recharging your iPhone or Android phone.

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Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon

What do puzzles, video games, and conspiracy theories have in common?

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What Happens to Everything With Queen Elizabeth II’s Image?

From stamps and cash to passports and postboxes, the minting of the United Kingdom’s new royal iconography will take years.

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YouTube’s ‘Dislike’ Button Doesn’t Do What You Think

Users try to control the video platform’s algorithm by giving content a thumbs-down, but Mozilla researchers say it’s not so simple.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Our Favorite Xero Barefoot Shoes Are on Sale Right Now

Snag a pair of zero-drop, minimalist shoes and rediscover the ground beneath your feet.

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The Best Budget Phone Plans to Ditch the Big Carriers

Don’t overpay for Verizon, T-Mobile, or AT&T. It might make sense for you to go with one of these smaller providers instead.

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Feel the Magic Touch With Our Favorite Touchscreen Laptops

These 2-in-1 computers ditch the clamshell style for 360-degree hinges and detachable keyboards.

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To Understand Brain Disorders, Consider the Astrocyte

Neurons get a lot of attention—but researchers think this star-shaped brain cell type could hold the key to treating some disorders.

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Acer Nitro 5 Is Our Top Pick for Laptop Gamers on a Budget

Finding a portable PC with enough gaming power at a reasonable price can be tough. This low-cost machine fits the bill.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Best MagSafe Accessories for Your New iPhone

Load up your iPhone 14, iPhone 13, or iPhone 12 with a magnetic bike mount, tripod, wallet, or power bank.

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The Best Sex Toys for Every Body

These are our favorite gender-inclusive vibrators, wand massagers, and sleeves to give you and your partner(s) a helping hand.

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Epigenetic ‘Clocks’ Predict Animals’ True Biological Age

A statistical analysis of chemical tags on DNA may help unify disparate theories of aging.

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Android’s New Notification Feature Is a Decade Overdue

In Android 13, apps have to ask permission before they send any kind of alerts. Finally.

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

US Border Agents May Have a Copy of Your Text Messages

Plus: An AI artist exposes surveillance of Instagram users, the US charges Iranians over a ransomware campaign, and more.

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The Colorado River Is Dying. Can Its Aquatic Dinosaurs Be Saved?

The razorback sucker has survived in the river for more than 3 million years. Climate change could end that.

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The Haikubox Brings High-Tech Birding to the Masses

This AI-enabled device can identify the species around your home by their songs and alert you when new ones arrive.

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The Best iPhone 14 Cases and Accessories

Slap on some protection and grab a charger for your very expensive investment.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

The Uber Hack’s Devastation Is Just Starting to Reveal Itself

An alleged teen hacker claims to have gained deep access to the company’s systems, but the full picture of the breach is still coming into focus.

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Neal Stephenson Named the Metaverse. Now, He’s Building It

Plus: Depicting the nerd mindset; the best lettuce; and the future is flooding.

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Which iPhone Should You Buy (or Avoid) Right Now?

Apple has several models in its lineup, from the iPhone SE to the iPhone 14. We break them all down.

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The World Has Reached Peak Attenborough

The British documentarian is a national treasure. But soaring strings and stunning drone shots feel frozen in an earlier era of climate activism.

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Banning Gas Cars Is Good, but It’ll Take More to Save the Planet

People must both drive less and switch to electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

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How a ‘Living Drug’ Could Treat Autoimmune Disease

CAR-T therapy has been successful at treating cancer. Now, it’s driven lupus into remission in a handful of patients.

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Death Cab for Cutie's Geotagged Single Is a Trip Down Memory Lane

“Rand McNally” can only be accessed digitally at the more than 800 venues where the band has played.

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The Best iPhone 14 Deals—and Which Model Is Best for You

Apple has four new handsets, from the iPhone 14 Plus to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. We break them down.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Digs Up Organic Molecules on Mars

These are tantalizing hints that microbes might have lived on Mars billions of years ago, but scientists need to study the rocks back on Earth to be sure.

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Satellite Data Shows How Russia Has Destroyed Ukrainian Grain

The Russian blockade and bombardments are cutting off thousands of tons of grain, threatening the food supply in countries that rely on wheat exports.

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Monkeypox Cases in the US Are Falling. No One Knows Why

Are the vaccines working, are people changing their social behavior, is the virus burning itself out—and how will we know?

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What Modern Humans Can Learn From Ancient Software

Retrocomputing is about more than nostalgic nerdery. It’s also a way to keep your tech in perspective.

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The Best Wired Gaming Headsets for Every System

Lend depth and drama to your gameplay, no matter what device you have.

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Teaching ‘Selfish’ Wind Turbines to Share Can Boost Productivity

A software update can help turbines become less disruptive to their neighbors and distribute the wind more efficiently.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Twitter Whistleblower's Testimony Has Senators Out for Blood

Peiter "Mudge" Zatko's allegations about the social media platform renewed a sense of urgency for lawmakers to rein in Big Tech.

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9 Great Headphone Deals to Find Your Autumn Groove

Your old earbuds might not be cutting it for school or work. Here are some nice discounts on WIRED-tested favorites.

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The iPhone 14 Pro Isn't as Big of an Upgrade as Apple Thinks

Dynamic Island is fun, and the Always-on Display is a nice perk. But the cameras aren’t a huge leap over predecessors.

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The End of Roe Will Spark a Digital Civil War

New privacy and expression laws that vary state to state will be a nightmare for platforms, and for users’ rights.

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Ukraine’s Cyberwar Chief Sounds Like He’s Winning

Yurii Shchyhol gives WIRED a rare interview about running the country’s Derzhspetszviazok and the state of the online conflict with Russia.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Vast Wasteland of Internet Television

When TV came online in the aughts, it was exciting. Then Facebook took over.

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What Do We Really Know About Mental Illness?

Rachel Aviv’s unflinching and personal new book, Strangers to Ourselves, rejects pat answers in favor of penetrating questions.

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The Best Music Streaming Apps to Get Your Groove On

March to the beat of your own drum machine with the best service for new music discovery, sharing with friends, and more.

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Randall Munroe Is Back to Answer Your Impossible Questions

The xkcd author and former NASA engineer tackles our questions about science education, solvable climate issues, and his latest What If? book.

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Kate Beaton on Creating the Best Graphic Novel of 2022

The cartoonist’s Ducks is a devastating memoir about life in the oil sands of northern Alberta, Canada.

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When the Big One Hits Portland, Cargo Bikers Will Save You

The Pacific Northwest is due for a massive quake. I trained to help rescue efforts in the aftermath—by racing around the city on an electric kid hauler.

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Undocumented Workers Protest Uber Eats Crackdown

In France, the gig economy platform welcomed thousands of immigrants during the pandemic, unions say. Now it’s deactivating them en masse.

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16 Face Masks We Actually Like to Wear

Our tips and picks can up your mask game—whether you're heading back to the office or just want to stay safe and stylish.

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The Mystery of Why Some People Don’t Get Covid

A small number of people appear naturally immune to the coronavirus. Scientists think they might hold the key to helping protect us all.

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New Reservoirs Could Help Battle Droughts, but at What Cost?

Storing more water to deal with climate change seems like a no-brainer, but such reservoirs are complex undertakings with environmental issues of their own.

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iOS 16 Has Two New Security Features for Worst-Case Scenarios

Safety Check and Lockdown Mode give people in vulnerable situations ways to quarantine themselves from acute risks.

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The FTC Is Closing In on Runaway AI

The US regulator is eager to end unfair use of artificial intelligence and commercial surveillance, but experts remain skeptical.

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Forget Silicon. This Computer Is Made of Fabric

The jacket can raise and lower its own hood—without chips or batteries—and might one day help disabled wearers move.

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Best Video Doorbell Cameras

Never miss a delivery. These WIRED-tested picks will help you keep tabs on your front porch from anywhere.

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The Webb Space Telescope Snaps Its First Photo of an Exoplanet

The grainy image of a “super Jupiter” is a sign of what’s to come as the telescope’s observations ramp up.

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This Tiny, Portable Dishwasher Is Built for the Truly Lazy

Bob the Mini Dishwasher is a (maybe too) tiny countertop machine made for small families living in small spaces.

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Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy a Laptop

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

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7 Keyboard Tips for Your Phone

From editing to dictation, you can do more with your smartphone's keyboard than you might have realized.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Apple Messages Won’t Play Nice With Android Anytime Soon

Plus: Brazil and Apple face off, Google expands its eco-friendly Maps directions, and social sites start prepping for the US midterm elections.

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The Sonos Ray Is a Perfect Starter Soundbar

This is a small but fierce soundbar option for smaller spaces, or those looking to slowly build their sound system up with quality pieces.

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12 Weekend Deals on Headphones, Camp Stoves, and More

Treat your ears with our favorite picks to make music and listen to music, or just sit outside and enjoy the music of nature.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

A Spotlight on the Art of Video Games

From books to the Museum of Modern Art, gaming is getting new kinds of recognition.

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Why Watching Decluttering Videos Feels So Good

Turns out there’s a neurological reason you can’t stop clicking on YouTube closet purges.

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California’s Heat Wave Is a Big Moment for Batteries

Scorching temperatures in the Golden State are a test case for a more flexible energy grid.

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Our 7 Favorite Deals on Apple Products We Love

If you don’t need the very latest MacBook or Watch, some of the best gear is discounted right now.

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Am I Wrong to Judge People for Talking to Me in Emoji?

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist reassures a literary reader that it’s OK to communicate with images.

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How to Preorder the iPhone 14—and Which Model Should You Buy?

Apple has four new handsets, from the iPhone 14 Plus to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. We break them down.

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Google and Amazon Seek Defense Contracts, Despite Worker Protests

The tech giants' corporate offices across the US  drew demonstrations over an Israeli government cloud contract that opponents say could have military uses.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Juul Will Pay $438.5M for Its Role in Underage Vaping

The once dominant ecigarette company faces more legal challenges and FDA scrutiny after a probe into whether it deceptively marketed to children and teens.

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Queen Elizabeth II Has Died. Her Internet Legacy Will Live On

The UK's tech-savvy head of state was queen of a thousand memes.

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The End of Kiwi Farms, the Web’s Most Notorious Stalker Site

Users harassed people for a decade. Then they messed with the wrong woman.

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The Woman Who Became a Company Has Lessons for a Post-Roe World

Jennifer Lyn Morone became a corporation in hopes of protecting her data privacy. Her experience shows the downfalls of treating data like property.

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Welcome to Apple’s Dynamic Island

This week, we round up all the biggest announcements from Apple’s iPhone (and Watch) launch event.

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This Clever Anti-Censorship Tool Lets Russians Read Blocked News

Samizdat Online syndicates banned news sites by hosting them on uncensored domains—allowing people to access independent reporting.

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How Does a Variant-Specific Covid Booster Work?

The latest vaccines are designed to target the currently circulating Omicron variants—and head off a winter surge.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Apple’s New ‘Ultra’ Watch Goes Toe-to-Toe With Garmin

Saddled by still-mediocre battery life, the Apple Watch Ultra isn’t a true competitor to the reigning king of premium wearables. But it’s getting much closer.

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Everything Apple Announced: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Ultra, and More

Wednesday's iPhone launch event saw the release of four new iPhone models, plus an Apple Watch built to take a beating.

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Apple’s Killing the Password. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

With iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple is introducing passkeys—a more convenient and secure alternative to passwords.

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Why Pain Feels Worse at Night

Many people report that their aches and pains intensify when they’re trying to sleep, but new research into the circadian clock helps explain this mystery.

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A Steam Deck Helped Me Endure Artemis 1’s Failure to Launch

It was indeed a long, long time, and I was decidedly not a Rocketman.

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Octopus Energy Is the Answer to a Broken, Inefficient Market

The British utility company is environmentally friendly and has great customer service. Why can’t they all be like this?

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How Drought and War Are Really Affecting the Global Food Supply

Blistering temperatures and the invasion of Ukraine have fed fears of global shortages—but some regions are suffering much more than others.

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Banning Phones in Class? Not So Fast

Tech dependence is following many students back to school—but waging a war against devices helps no one.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

The Tricky Ethics of Being a Teacher on TikTok

Some educators believe social media can help them engage with students, but it also raises questions around classroom privacy.

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So, You Want Twitter to Stop Destroying Democracy

Telling people to quit the platform is less effective than stopping influential elites from using the site in harmful ways.

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Humanity Is Doing Its Best Impression of a Black Hole

Daniel Holz studies the universe’s ultimate catastrophes. And he knows a thing or two about existential threats on Earth, since he helps set the Doomsday Clock.

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How to Watch Apple’s iPhone 14 Launch, and What to Expect

A new iPhone is coming on Wednesday. Here’s what to know ahead of time, and how to tune in to watch.

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Would You Ditch All This Chaos for a Country in the Cloud?

Balaji Srinivasan—technologist, investor, prophet, troll—says let the old world sink. Find your tribe and build your bespoke society, or get left behind.

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Monday, September 5, 2022

The Best Wireless Earbuds for Every Need

Ready to cut the cord? These are our favorite buds that will never, ever get tangled.

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How to Set Up and Get the Most Out of Your Apple Watch

We’ve got advice on everything from customizing your watch face to setting up fall detection.

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The Nighthawk M5 Router Brings Wi-Fi Wherever You Go

This mobile broadband router offers 5G support, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

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Voyager 1 and 2, Humanity’s Interstellar Envoys, Soldier On at 45

The two probes made flybys of Jupiter and Saturn in the 1970s. Today they’re still doing science way out beyond our solar system.

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An Old Casio Keyboard Changed Everything for Julia Jacklin

For her new album, Pre Pleasure, the singer-songwriter dropped her guitar and picked up a new instrument.

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Our Favorite Gear for Everyday Sun Protection

The sun is a giver of life—but get too much of it and you’re toast. These are the best hats, arm coverings, and shirts to shield yourself.

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Our Favorite Smartwatches Do Much More Than Just Tell Time

These little wearables reduce your reliance on a phone while keeping you connected.

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YouTube Premium Has Its Perks. Here Are Some to Consider

Yeah, it’s yet another paid subscription. But this one might actually be worth it.

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A Bouncer's Take on the Best Street Brawler Games

Street fighting is never as well-choreographed as games make it out to be. And you certainly don't eat food off the ground.

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

NASA Orders a Second Delay for the Artemis Moon-bound Rocket

The uncrewed mission, the first major launch of the Artemis program, suffered a setback after a liquid hydrogen leak.

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The Best Wi-Fi Routers

Don’t suffer the buffer. These WIRED-tested systems will deliver reliable internet across your home whatever your needs or budget.

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Police Across US Bypass Warrants With Mass Location-Tracking Tool

Plus: An unsecured database exposed face recognition data in China, ‘Cuba’ ransomware knocks out Montenegro, and more.

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Your TV Sounds Awful. These Soundbars Can Fix That

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

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The Weird and Wonderful Dual-Purpose Devices at IFA 2022

We went to Europe's big tech showcase, where party fridges and supercharged water bottles ruled the floor.

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Which Apple Watch Is Best Right Now?

The Apple Watch is the most popular wearable in the world. Now you just have to figure out which version to get.

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Put Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in Theaters, Dammit

OK, this probably won’t happen. But hear me out.

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Anyone Can Be a VTuber. Here's How to Get Started

Virtual YouTubers, or streamers who use digital avatars, are part of a growing creative community. And it's not too hard (or costly) as you might think.

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Sony's New Flagship TV Is a Pleasure to Watch—and Listen to

There's a new panel technology in town: QD-OLED, a brighter version of OLED. This Sony, the first TV to use it, matches it with an excellent audio system.

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‘Date Me’ Google Docs and the Hyper-Optimized Quest for Love

Some people have ditched dating apps—and opted to bare their souls via a public, view-only link instead.

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Our Favorite Mattresses Are on Sale for Labor Day

Don’t dream of labor—dream of sound nights, supported backs, and a little money saved.

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Last of Us Part One Is a Good Time to Reconsider Remakes

The Naughty Dog epic definitely got a graphics boost, but is that enough to sell a whole new game at full price, only a few years after its original release?

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Cameras Aside, Motorola’s New Phone Has a Competitive Edge

The Edge 2022 feels like the first good Moto smartphone in a while—if you don’t mind the lackluster photos it takes.

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How YouTube's Tumultuous Past Will Shape Its Future

This week, we examine YouTube's history and its role in shaping internet culture. Mark Bergen, author of a new book about the platform, joins us.

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The Russian Spy in My Econ Class

Johns Hopkins' long history with student-spies suggests this most recent incident will not lead to much change—but maybe that's OK.

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Greenland’s Melting Glaciers Spew a Complicated Treasure: Sand

Meltwater from the island’s ice sheet is loaded with the right kind of sand for concrete production—which further warms the planet.

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To Fight Severe Drought, China Is Turning to Technology

The country is exploring cloud seeding, GM crops, and a multibillion-dollar water-transfer system to address its worst water shortages on record.

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Careless Errors in Hundreds of Apps Could Expose Troves of Data

Researchers found that mobile applications contain keys that could provide access to both user information and private files from unconnected apps.

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My 4 Days in Fake Gay-Conversion Therapy

In Scandinavia, role-playing weekends get immersive and extreme. This Larp seemed like fun—until my queer American brain snapped.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Behind Google Worker Protests of an Israeli Government Cloud Deal

Ariel Koren and fellow Googlers feared the company’s technology could be used against Palestinians. She says pressure from managers forced her to resign.

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Is the Psychedelic Therapy Bubble About to Burst?

A new paper argues that excitement has veered into misinformation—and scientists should be the ones to set things straight.

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You’re Not Stringer Bell, but You May Still Need a Burner Phone

Prepaid phones are looking good as privacy worries peak.

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The FTC May (Finally) Protect Americans From Data Brokers

The agency’s lawsuit against Kochava should squash the industry’s core defense—and help keep sensitive info off the open market.

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Apple Fixed a Serious iOS Security Flaw—Have You Updated Yet?

Plus: Chrome patches another zero-day flaw, Microsoft closes up 100 vulnerabilities, Android gets a significant patch, and more.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Long, Leguminous Quest to Give Crops Nitrogen Superpowers

Farmers have to apply heaps of emissions-heavy fertilizer to provide crops with enough nitrogen. Scientists are looking to legumes for help.

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Who Pays for an Act of Cyberwar?

Cyberinsurance doesn't cover acts of war. But even as cyberattacks mount, the definition of "warlike" actions remains blurry.

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Rivian's R1T and R1S Are Our New Favorite Off-Road EVs

We put Rivian’s all-electric siblings through a 1,300-mile stress test. From comfort to range and versatility, they passed with flying colors.

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Swarms of Satellites Are Tracking Illegal Fishing and Logging

In some of the world’s most inaccessible places, tiny satellites are watching—and listening—for signs of destruction.

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A US Freight Rail Crisis Threatens More Supply-Chain Chaos

Federal regulators and the White House have been scrambling to prevent poor service and a possible strike from jamming up a vital but often overlooked network.

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Inside the Shadow Evacuation of Kabul

In the last two weeks of the war, an ad hoc team armed with group chats, QR codes, and satellite maps launched a mad dash to save imperiled Afghan allies.

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Monday, August 29, 2022

How New CGI Made House of the Dragon’s Beasts More Real

There are 17 dragons in HBO's new Game of Thrones prequel, each with its own quirks and intricacies.

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A New Approach to Car Batteries Is About to Transform EVs

Auto companies are designing ways to build a car’s fuel cells into its frame, making electric rides cheaper, roomier, and able to hit ranges of 620 miles.

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Driving Toward the Automobile’s Electric, Autonomous Future

GM president Mark Reuss talks with WIRED about how to sell EVs, his optimism for robot cars, and why the company shifted more of its supply chain back to the US.

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Can a Particle Accelerator Trace the Origins of Printing?

Movable metal type is often traced back to Gutenberg’s workshop, but its history is far older in Asia. Researchers are using atomic-scale tools to rewrite the narrative.

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The Telegram-Powered News Outlet Waging Guerrilla War on Russia

Anti-Putin media network February Morning has become a central player in the underground fight against the Kremlin.

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

How to Use the Emergency SOS Feature on Your Smartphone

Let’s hope you never need it—but it's important to know how it works.

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How the Physics of Nothing Underlies Everything

The key to understanding the origin and fate of the universe may be a more complete understanding of the vacuum.

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This Gorgeous Wireless Speaker System Offers Hassle-Free Hi-Fi

KEF’s new LSX II’s have all the sound you’d expect from luxury bookshelf speakers, and they’re heinously easy to use.

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The Three-City Problem of Modern Life

What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem—and what do either have to do with Silicon Valley?

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How to Use YouTube Music’s Offline Mixtape

One of the platform’s best features keeps an automatic playlist downloaded with all your top bops.

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Apple’s Self-Repair Program Has a Long Way to Go

The company added support for MacBooks this week, but critics say that the repair manuals and processes are unnecessarily complicated.

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A US Propaganda Operation Hit Russia and China With Memes

Plus: An Iranian hacking tool steals inboxes, LastPass gets hacked, and a deepfake scammer targets the crypto world.

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How Scientists Are Cleaning Up Rivers Using Grasses and Oysters

In the Delaware River and other waterways across the US, conservationists are restoring aquatic vegetation and beds of bivalves to fight pollution.

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The Best Time to Upgrade Your Graphics Card Is Right Now

In a huge change from the past two years, prices are low and high-end PC graphics boards are readily available.

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18 Great Deals on Coffee Gear, Grills, Fire Pits, and Sex Toys

Prepare for Labor Day weekend by loading up on everything you need for some targeted me time.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

With the Watch5 Series, Samsung's Wear OS Gamble Is Paying Off

These new smartwatches are finally starting to rival the Apple Watch in utility.

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George Miller Knows the Power of a Great Story

The ‘Mad Max’ director spoke with WIRED about the allegorical grace of his new movie, ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing.’

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Their Photos Were Posted Online. Then They Were Bombed

An attack on Russian mercenaries shows how militaries are increasingly using open source data—with sometimes deadly consequences.

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Curious About 3D Printing? Here Are Some Tips Before You Dive In

What was once a hobbyist toy is now a more accessible home-improvement and productivity machine.

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Europe Set Itself Up for This Energy Crisis

The region’s unified approach to energy predates Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but countries suffering from shortages may now have to watch gas flow past.

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Director Owen Kline Calls ‘Funny Pages’ His ‘Self-Critical’ Debut

The coming-of-age comedy has divided critics. But it’s undeniably true to the vision of its creator.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Get Used to Startups Trying to Reinvent Housing

WeWork’s controversial cofounder Adam Neumann is not the only entrepreneur to see opportunity in the generation of Americans unable to buy homes.

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Satellites Keep the World’s Clocks on Time. What if They Fail?

Standardized time is broadcast by satellite networks around the world, but their signals are vulnerable to interference—so the UK is building a more resilient system.

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Humans Are Revisiting the Moon—and the Rules of Spacefaring

The US-led Artemis Accords attempt to update regulations for space exploration—but they raise questions about equity and resource use.

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Samsung’s New Folding Phones Are Finally Ready for Prime Time

A high price is just about the only barrier to folding fun.

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Sayaka Murata Inhabits a Planet of Her Own

The novelist makes the Earthly rituals of sex, marriage, childbirth—and all of human life—appear delightfully outlandish.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Fitbit Drops 3 New Fitness Trackers—and None Have Wear OS 3

The slim, attractive updates to the Inspire, Versa, and Sense trackers do not run Google’s latest wearable operating system. Honestly, that’s fine.

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Boycotting Russian Scientists Is a Hollow Victory

Science agencies around the world halted partnerships with Russia after it invaded Ukraine. But such actions are shortsighted and do more harm than good.

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The Biggest Threat to Humanity? Black Goo

Seen most recently in sci-fi shows like Westworld and Severance, the sinister substance also exists in the real world—where it may control us all.

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Email Doesn't Suck. It's Email Clients That Need Improving

Don't hate the technology, hate the implementation.

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This Giant Sprinkler System Can Protect Cities from Wildfires

Two Spanish towns have built a network of towers that douse surrounding trees with recycled water—stopping fire in its tracks.

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The Privacy Flaw Threatening US Democracy

Without robust federal protections, the country's widespread mass surveillance systems could be used against citizens like never before.

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Polio Is Back in the US and UK. Here’s How That Happened

For every person paralyzed, hundreds or thousands could be infected. It’s a setback for the long-overdue plan to eradicate the virus from the world.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

At Some Colleges, the Fall of Roe Will Weaken Student Health Care

As students return to school, many will find restricted campus access to abortion services and information—and perhaps reproductive care in general.

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Babylon Disrupted the UK’s Health System. Then It Left

The AI-powered online doctor app is ditching its controversial NHS contracts as it focuses on the US market.

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Raising Startup Funding Used to Be Easy—Not Anymore

In recent years investors greeted founders with generous checks and warm smiles, but now CEOs seeking cash encounter cold shoulders.

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What If You Tried to Swallow a Whole Cloud?

Ask an absurd question, and xkcd’s Randall Munroe will give you a (somewhat) serious answer. An exclusive excerpt from his upcoming What If? 2.

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Monday, August 22, 2022

The Best Espresso Machines for the Home Barista

Turning your kitchen into a café is a great way to learn (or hone) the art of making the perfect shot.

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How to Spot Fake Reviews on Amazon

With fierce competition between third-party sellers, it can be tough to find genuinely good products. These tips can help.

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These Trees Are Spreading North in Alaska. That’s Not Good

White spruce trees are expanding into the Arctic tundra with stunning speed, with potentially serious consequences both for the region and the world.

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Inside That Gory House of the Dragon Premiere Episode

Never let it be said that a Game of Thrones property isn’t going to deliver big, brutal events.

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Inside the World’s Biggest Hacker Rickroll

As a graduation prank, four high school students hijacked 500 screens across six school buildings to troll their classmates and teachers.

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The Sandman Is Almost Too Faithful to Its Source Material

Netflix’s series treats Neil Gaiman’s comic like gospel. It needed to treat it like inspiration.

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

At Long Last, Mathematical Proof That Black Holes Are Stable

The solutions to Einstein’s equations that describe a spinning black hole won’t blow up, even when poked or prodded.

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How to Cowork Remotely With Friends—or Strangers

Working from home alone can get lonely and distracting. Social accountability (and better productivity) are just a few clicks away.

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How to Use Snapchat’s Family Center With Your Kids

The social media platform just made it easier to find out who your children are interacting with online.

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The Low Threshold for Face Recognition in New Delhi

Police in India's capital say they only require an 80 percent accuracy rate for matches, raising new alarm bells for civil liberty advocates.

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What Adults Don't Get About Teens and Digital Life

Well-meaning messages meant to keep teens safe can backfire. The key is to focus on judgment and agency, not rigid rules for screen time.

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act Affects Food and Agriculture

The new US law contains wins for land conservation and Black farmers but misses opportunities for school lunch programs and soil erosion prevention.

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The Wyze Video Doorbell Pro Is Both Cheap and Smart

Even if it’s chunky and a little laggy, this is still the smartest and most reliable video doorbell for under $100.

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The 7 Best Sunrise Alarms to Help You Rise and Shine

Here comes the sun! With these artificial light simulators, you’ll never have a hard day’s night.

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15 Great Deals on Phones, Tablets, and Hair Tools

Feeling the end-of-summer blues? A killer discount on Google's Pixel 6 might help ease your woes.

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Space Nerds at the Beach: A Dispatch From the Aerospace Games

The annual competition is more than just a field day. For workers from NASA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and more, trophies and glory are on the table.

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Sony’s Xperia 1 IV Is a Nice Android Phone With an Absurd Price

It’s still one of the few flagships with a headphone jack and microSD card slot.

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The Fate of Video Game Preservation Is in Your Hands

Today's digitally distributed landscape makes it easier for games to get lost to time. Archivists need developers, studios, and players to help.

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How Long Droughts Make Flooding Worse

Parched ground is less likely to absorb water and increases the risk of dangerous flash floods. But there are ways to mitigate these conditions.

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Ads Are Taking Over Streaming, and I Can’t Afford to Look Away

I just want to enjoy my games and movies in peace. But who can afford 15 different “ad-free” tiers?

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Algorithms Can Now Mimic Any Artist. Some Artists Hate It

A new generation of AI image tools can reproduce an artist’s signature style. Some creatives fear for their livelihoods.

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

How to Use Signal Encrypted Messaging

The best end-to-end encrypted messaging app has a host of security features. Here are the ones you should care about.

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After She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Read These 5 Comics

Marvel’s latest show on Disney+ introduces Bruce Banner’s cousin (and comedy) to the MCU. Here’s what to read after you’ve turned green with laughter.

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The Best Fitness Trackers and Watches for Everyone

Whether you’re skiing in the backcountry or trampolining in the backyard, we have an activity tracker for you.

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Europe’s Plan to Wean Itself off Russian Gas Just Might Work

Russia has made good on threats to reduce supply—leaving the EU to navigate several tough winters of energy squeezes.

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The Family That Mined the Pentagon's Data for Profit

The Freedom of Information Act helps Americans learn what the government is up to. The Poseys exploited it—and became unlikely defenders of transparency.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

This Man Set the Record for Wearing a Brain-Computer Interface

Implanted devices let people control computers and prosthetic limbs with their minds. But nobody knows how long they’ll last—and when they’ll need upgrades.

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Is Oxygen the Answer to Long Covid?

Treatment options for lasting Covid symptoms are limited, but initial studies suggest hyperbaric oxygen could help.

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A Crowdsourced Wildfire App Tracks All of California’s Blazes

Watch Duty is already a lifeline for the state’s residents. Its reach could soon extend to more disasters and regions.

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The Future Could Be Blissful—If Humans Don’t Go Extinct First

WIRED talked with long-termist philosopher William MacAskill about human extinction, Elon Musk, and his new book, What We Owe the Future.

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New Evidence Points to the Moon Once Being Part of Earth

Gases trapped in lunar meteorites hint that the moon was formed out of material displaced from Earth after a planetary collision.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Google’s New Robot Learned to Take Orders by Scraping the Web

The machine learning technique that taught notorious text generator GPT-3 to write can also help robots make sense of spoken commands.

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How to Put a Vaccine Card on Your Phone

Is that proof of vaccination card too big to fit in your pocket? Stick it on your phone instead.

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As Wildfires Get More Extreme, Observatories Are at Greater Risk

Climate change is making fire season worse. Now astronomers are feeling the heat.

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The GTR 3 Pro Is the First Amazfit Watch I Kinda Like

The company’s latest fitness tracker has onboard GPS and is surprisingly … not as crappy as before.

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Doctors Are Pioneering a Better Way to Perform Autopsies on Kids

Hi-res imaging can help determine cause of death in very young babies—giving parents answers without the distress of an invasive autopsy.

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Google Search Is Quietly Damaging Democracy

A series of incremental changes over the years has transformed the tool from an explorative search function to one that is ripe for deception.

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The Curious Afterlife of a Brain Trauma Survivor

Sophia Papp emerged from an accident with her personality transformed. She tried to continue on as before—until she realized she could reinvent herself.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

The New Climate Bill Demands All-American EV Batteries

The legislation adds fuel to a major push for a US battery supply chain. But inconvenient geography is the least of the challenges ahead.

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Here’s Where to Get Discounts With a Student Email Address

That .edu email is your ticket to exclusive savings on laptops, streaming services, software, and more.

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The Best Dorm Gear for Heading Back to College

Deck out your room and make class a cinch with these WIRED-tested favorites.

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Police Used a Baby’s DNA to Investigate Its Father for a Crime

Small pinpricks of blood are used to screen newborns for serious health conditions—but this genetic data can have legal uses too.

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Spyware Scandals Are Ripping Through Europe

The latest crisis that rocked the Greek government shows the bloc’s surveillance problem goes beyond the notorious NSO Group.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

6 Great WIRED-Tested Monitors Under $500

The Gear team spends countless hours in front of displays while reviewing gadgets galore. So we reviewed those too (including a portable screen).

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Particle Physicists Puzzle Over a New Duality

A hidden link between two seemingly unrelated particle collision outcomes shows a mysterious web of mathematical connections between disparate theories.

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15 Good N95, KF94, and KN95 Face Masks to Buy Right Now

Here are the best disposable coverings we’ve tested and researched—and where you can find them.

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To Fix Tech, Democracy Needs to Grow Up

Calls to “democratize technology” ring hollow when both systems seem to be failing. The key is realizing that democracy is not yet in its final form.

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How to Create a Secure Folder on Your Phone

Keep private photos, videos, and documents away from prying eyes.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

10 Laptops We’ve Tested and Love

These are our favorite Windows notebooks, MacBooks, and Chromebooks.

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Our Favorite Paper Planners for Crossing Tasks Off Your List

Digital tools are not always superior. Here are the good old-fashioned notebooks our team uses to keep on track.

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The Feds Gear Up for a Privacy Crackdown

Plus: Cisco gets hit by ransomware, Twilio gets phished, a new way to fight email spammers, and much more.

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Is Coal Mining Increasing East Kentucky’s Flood Risk?

Mountaintop removal destroyed Appalachia's land. Then came the floodwaters.

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How to Pick the Right MacBook for You

Apple’s laptops are expensive, and you’ll have to make some hard choices to pick the right one. Let us help.

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30 Best Back-to-School Deals on Laptops, Headphones, and More

Gearing up for the new school year? We’ve found plenty of savings on all the essential gadgets and supplies.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

The Soft Return, and Other Slack and Zoom Hacks You Need

These software shortcuts will make your workday more productive. Your coworkers will appreciate them too.

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How to Get the Old Gmail Design Back

Google is rolling out a redesign of its email service. If you don't care for the new look, you can switch back—for now.

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Tech's Offshore Hiring Has Gone Into Overdrive

Companies that once battled to hire employees close to home are now turning to Latin America and other markets for talent.

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Why NASA Wants to Go Back to the Moon

The space agency’s upcoming lunar mission will launch the ambitious Artemis program, building on the landings 50 years ago.

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Colleges Are Already Ditching Income-Share Agreements

The financial aid model more closely associated with coding boot camps has made its way to traditional universities. Now it's coming under scrutiny.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

How Can Society Prepare for the Moral Norms of Tomorrow?

The moral framework of future generations may be a radical departure from the past—and the present. Axiological open-mindedness could help bridge that gap.

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Welcome to the Weird Phone Future

This week, we look at Samsung’s latest folding phones and discuss what their release means for the mobile industry—and for Android.

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Meta Just Happens to Expand Messenger's End-to-End Encryption

The company says an expansion of privacy features in Messenger is unrelated to a high-profile Nebraska abortion case.

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Swarms of Mini Robots Could Dig the Tunnels of the Future

The underground excavation industry is exploring mini robots, plasma torches, and superheated gas to replace the massive boring machines now in use.

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This Anti-Tracking Tool Checks If You’re Being Followed

The Raspberry Pi-powered device can scan for phones around you. If it keeps spotting the same one, it’ll send you an alert.

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Smiling Dogs? Horses Made of Clouds? Captcha Has Gone Too Far

Users face increasingly impossible challenges to prove they are not bots.

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Google’s New Pixel Buds Pro Are Great Everyday Earbuds

These ergonomic earbuds are like AirPods Pro for Android, but with better battery life.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Everything Samsung Announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2022

Say hello to two new foldable phones, new smartwatches, and a new pair of wireless earbuds.

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How to Stay Cool Without Air-Conditioning

Be the coolest person on your block with these tips on how to hydrate, what to wear, and ways to turn your home into a refuge from the heat.

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In Humanity's Collective Unconscious, the Body Is a Bad Dream

When DALL-E presented a powerful new canvas, people's imaginations drifted in a clinical direction. Why?

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The Psychology of Inspiring Everyday Climate Action

Individual choices and habits help the climate. Understanding how people think can make it happen.

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Sloppy Use of Machine Learning is Causing a ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ in Science

AI hype has researchers in fields from medicine to political science rushing to use techniques that they don’t always understand—causing a wave of spurious results.

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Three Possible Futures of the Monkeypox Epidemic

Following a White House declaration of emergency, the US is at a crossroads in how it responds to the virus. Each scenario has wildly varying results.

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