• May 16, 2022

Amazon Prime Day: 54 Best Deals if You Work From Home (Day 2)

Our final update: Prime Day has ended. If you’re sale hunting, we’ve collected the best Prime Day deals still available (as of June 23). As always, we hope we helped you sift through the sales madness and find great products. Check our Buying Guides for the latest recommendations. You may be going back to the…

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The Science and Spirituality of Looking for Life on Mars

In the prolonged struggle between science and religion in the West, there has been something of a role reversal. At the start, religious leaders were the ones professing certainty, condemning (often to death) those who questioned the Bible’s story about how the Earth was made and how it fit within the heavenly panoply. Scientists were…

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How to Work Out More—Using Your Phone’s Default Apps

When it comes to walking and running, Google Fit should automatically log your movements—if this doesn’t seem to be happening, go to the Android Settings screen then tap Apps and notifications, See all apps, Fit, and Permissions to make sure the app is allowed to keep track of your physical activity through movements detected by…

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14 Best Weekend Deals: Headphones, Cameras, Switch Games

Indoor enthusiasts, it’s apparently your summer (again), because the outside world is turning into a scorching desert before our very eyes. To help you escape the summer heat, we found the best weekend deals on gadgets like wireless earbuds to tune out the world, Switch games to enjoy on your couch, and mesh Wi-Fi routers…

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The SolarWinds Hackers Used an iOS Flaw to Compromise iPhones

The Russian state hackers who orchestrated the SolarWinds supply chain attack last year exploited an iOS zero-day as part of a separate malicious email campaign aimed at stealing Web authentication credentials from Western European governments, according to Google and Microsoft. In a post Google published on Wednesday, researchers Maddie Stone and Clement Lecigne said a…

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A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part II

Reign: There were over a thousand tweets about Mike Brown and his murder before any national news outlet picked it up. Cochrane: As much as three days before national news outlets were in Ferguson, people from Black Twitter were in Ferguson. Jackson: We knew Michael Brown was a teenager, and we knew that he wasn’t…

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How Much Will It Cost to Prevent Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat?

For the past few years, climate economists have employed a concept called the “social cost of carbon” to measure the dollar value of the damage inflicted by adding each ton of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. In February, the White House announced that government officials will consider the social cost of carbon in crafting new…

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What Rat Empathy May Reveal About Human Compassion

Bartal expected to see this activity in the rescuer rats, because human empathy appears in these areas. But she was surprised that even the ones that didn’t rescue their cage mates showed the neural traces. “The rats actually process the fact that there’s a rat in distress—that he’s trapped, that he’s unhappy,” she says. “And…

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If You Want to Tackle Climate Change, Start With Methane

On Monday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dropped a landmark report on the state of the planet which—spoiler alert—ain’t looking great. The archvillain of the assessment is carbon dioxide, but it also called out CO2’s less-famous sibling: methane. Atmospheric concentrations of this greenhouse gas, which is 80 times more potent than CO2,…

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Virtual Reality Lets You Travel Anywhere—New or Old

When I returned to Chicago, I longed for a way to hold onto the motherland beyond the clattering of my waist beads. After all your vacation days or travel money are exhausted, virtual reality may be the next best way to visit the destinations that have been lighting up your social timeline, or are on…

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