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Sunday March 17, 2019. 03:00 PM
Enlarge / An artist's representation of a Cas9 protein immediately interrupting and changing a living creature's genes. (credit: Wonder Collaborative) Here's a poorly kept secret: the internal chatter at a given research and scientific institution is typically more...
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Breathe in that calm Convention Center floor on Day 1 of registration—the chaos will be coming soon. [credit: Nathan Mattise ] AUSTIN, Texas—While sitting in the auditorium waiting to hear Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren talk further about her views on Silicon ...
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Enlarge / Indonesia's Paluweh volcano sits in a region of colliding tectonic plates—perhaps the formula for glacial periods in geologic history. (credit: Robert Simmon/NASA Earth Observatory) Generally speaking, it’s easy enough to make sense of the last few million...
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Enlarge (credit: Buyenlarge | Getty Images) In January 2018 a group of hackers, now thought to be working for the North Korean state-sponsored group Lazarus, attempted to steal $110 million from the Mexican commercial bank Bancomext. That effort failed. But just a few...
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Saturday March 16, 2019. 09:50 PM
Enlarge / WATERLOO, IOWA - MARCH 16: Democratic presidential candidate and former Cult of the Dead Cow member Beto O'Rourke greets voters during a canvassing kickoff event with state senate candidate Eric Giddens March 16, 2019, in Waterloo, Iowa. (credit: Chip...
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Enlarge / Graphite rods ready to be encased in wood to make pencils. MIT scientists have shown that heat behaves like sound when moving through graphite. (credit: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AFP/Getty Images) A boiling tea kettle diffuses its heat to gradually warm...
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Enlarge (credit: Fujitsu) There’s a critical vulnerability in a model of Fujitsu wireless keyboard that makes it easy for hackers to take full control of connected computers, security researchers warned on Friday. Anyone using the keyboard model should strongly consider...
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2D films are so SXSW 2012. Sam Machkovech's pick for SXSW 2019's best VR film, Metro Veinte, asked viewers to sit in wheelchairs while they watched the 18-minute film. [credit: Sam Machkovech ] AUSTIN, Texas—You may love, hate, or shrug at the idea of virtual reality,...
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Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. “Wingspan is a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game from Stonemaier Games.” Call me odd, but...
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Enlarge / The Android Q logo. It's also a '10,' for 'Android 10.' The Android Q beta is now live, and after playing 'spot the differences,' we're here to report our findings. For this first preview release, Android Q is mostly a lot of small tweaks for users and new APIs...
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Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai. A few days after last year’s midterm election, a Google policy manager and lobbyist sent an email to a congressional staffer with a link to a blog post on the right-wing news site Red State, written under the name The Real DC. In the...
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Friday March 15, 2019. 09:28 PM
Enlarge / Modern-day bog butter, made by Benjamin Reade of the Nordic Food Lab and sampled by participants at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery in 2012. It's something of an acquired taste. (credit: Navaro/Wikimedia Commons) Ancient denizens of what is now Ireland...
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Enlarge / Peter Quill/Starlord, Groot, Draxx, and Gamora: dusted Guardians of the Galaxy. (credit: YouTube/Marvel Studios) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is back in production after an unofficial hiatus, according to reports from Deadline and Hollywood Reporter. If you're...
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Enlarge (credit: massmatt) Valve is opening up its latency-reducing, DoS-protecting network relay infrastructure to every developer using its Steamworks platform. A few years ago, large-scale denial-of-service attacks against game servers were making the news and becoming a ...
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Enlarge / The shooter had a collection of guns in his car before he entered the mosque. A white nationalist who murdered an estimated 49 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday livestreamed a portion of his gruesome crime on Facebook, sending social media companies ...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Baris-Ozer) The state of Vermont has agreed to suspend enforcement of its net neutrality law pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. In October, the nation's largest broadband industry lobby groups sued ...
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Enlarge / Despite what you may have read, Epic says this is not spyware. This week, certain corners of the gaming Internet have been abuzz with a bit of self-described 'amateur analysis' suggesting some 'pretty sketchy,' spyware-like activity on the part of the Epic Game...
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Enlarge / If approved, Purdue's new drug would compete with opioid overdose antidote, naloxone. (credit: Getty | Steve Russell) Notorious OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma—which has been widely criticized for deceptively marketing its highly addictive painkiller and for its...
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Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.40 of the Rocket Report! There were some Earth-shaking developments in heavy lift this week, with the announcement by NASA that it will consider using...
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Enlarge / The Steve Jobs auditorium on Apple's new campus. On March 25, Apple executives and partners will take to the stage in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's Cupertino campus to talk about subscriptions, software, services, entertainment, and media. These are all...
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