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Canadian Startup North Made Alexa Smart Glasses That Actually Look Like Glasses
North think its $999 Focals are the anti-Google Glass. But can it convince people to wear them?
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Science Isn't About 'the Truth'—It's About Building Models
These are the three key things that any person should know about the nature of science.
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Global Internet Access Is Even Worse Than Dire Reports Suggest
Getting the rest of the world online turns out to be harder than the UN anticipated, despite advances like mobile internet. Blame the patriarchy.
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The AI Cold War With China That Could Doom Us All
Artificial intelligence could be the ultimate authoritarian tool. But one thing's for sure: Charging into an AI arms race against China is a huge mistake.
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It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly
A $1.50 wager on a "Call of Duty" match led to a fake 911 call reporting a violent hostage situation in Wichita. Here’s how it all went horribly awry.
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Get Yourself the Right Cookware to Maximize a Small Space
Renting a tiny room in Nob Hill for too many dollars a month? This gear can help you make space for cooking.
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Forging a Relationship With Tyler Barriss, the Internet’s Most Hated Swatter
Journalist Brendan Koerner strikes up a jail-cell correspondence with a man charged with instigating a fatal shooting. “Only by peering into the abyss of human malice can we divine how we can muster the strength to forgive the truly lost," he writes.
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What a Mouse Teaches Us About the Future of 3D Color X-Rays
The MARS scanner, armed with particle-detecting tech used in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, lets us see so much more beyond the bone.
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The *Tetris* Effect and Our Boundaryless Digital Future
The upcoming PlayStation 4 game builds on Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s past work to get you as far out of your head—and as absorbed into the experience—as possible.
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How Hyperinflation Destroys Much More Than Just Currencies
To call hyperinflation strictly an economic problem is to overlook its wrenching cultural implications and a general collapse in a system of values.
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Why China Can Do AI More Quickly and Effectively Than the US
The US may be leading the discoveries in AI—but Chinese entrepreneurs are better at implementing them.
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The Best Sous Vide Wands: Your Turkey Deserves a Warm Bath
After using an app-powered sous vide wand to cook your Thanksgiving turkey in a temperature-controlled bath, you’ll never go back to roasting.
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3 Smart Things About Animal-Inspired Robotics
From the energy-efficient way turkeys walk to the "invincibility" of a cockroach, critters serve as models for tech.
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The Case for Giving Robots an Identity
What AI might be missing is a history. Do robots need to know who they are and where they come from?
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The Risks and Rewards of Tech's Guerrilla Franchising
From Amazon to e-scooter startup Goat, more tech companies are figuring out how to provide the tools if you supply the services.
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How Teflon Went From Wartime to Dinner Time
Born way back in the atomic age, super-slippery Teflon’s impervious chemistry has stuck around.
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The Permanent State of Beta Is Ruining Consumerism
This isn't the way product releases should happen: quarter-­baked cookie dough that’s, what, just gonna finish cooking outside the oven?
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Snapchat Dysmorphia and the Real Dangers of Perceived Flaws
With flawless skin and symmetrical faces all over social media, the “beautiful people” are our peers. It’s enough to give you a complex.
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In Texas, Techies Are Trying to Turn the Red State Blue
How organizers are using Silicon Valley–style tactics to get people (read: Democrats) registered to vote.
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Paper and the Case for Going Low-Tech in the Voting Booth
When considered as a form of tech, paper has a killer feature set: It’s intuitive, it doesn’t crash, and it doesn’t need a power source.
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Brew a Perfect Pot of Coffee With Bodum Mocca's Beam Heater
Instead of butane heat sources, Bodum’s Mocca uses the red-hot glow of its 430-watt halogen Beam Heater to bring the water to just below boiling.
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The Mad Science of Fermentation's Funky Flavors
Fermented foods are products of a happy, scientific trial-­and-error process, and big-name chefs and home cooks alike are embracing this growing trend.
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Apple iPhone XR Review: A Great Choice for Cost-Conscious iPhone Buyers
The new lower-priced iPhone XR is a good buy, as long as you don’t mind making a few compromises.
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HTC Exodus 1 Blockchain Phone: Price, Specs, Availability
HTC's long-hyped blockchain smartphone is finally on sale—but for now it's still experimental.
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Stepping Into an Amazon Store Helps It Get Inside Your Head
The retailer can learn a lot about shoppers' habits from its growing line of cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores.
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How a Turkish Airlines Jet Flew an Extra 800 Miles and Landed on Time
Turkish Airlines Flight 800 went over Greenland on its way from Panama City to Istanbul, a testament to the power of the jet stream.
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Netflix Hiring Guillermo del Toro to Make 'Pinocchio' Isn't About Kids—It's About Oscars
Netflix knows what it's doing hiring the master of macabre to tell the story of everyone's favorite puppet-turned-boy.
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Your Poop Is Probably Full of Plastic
A new study suggests that microplastics routinely show up in our food—and our digestive tracts.
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Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues
Algorithms design robot legs tailored to walk on specific surfaces. The results are at once logical, counterintuitive, and bizarre.
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Star Wars News: Here's a Buttload of Information About 'The Mandalorian'
A lot of details are starting to leak about the new streaming show.
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DNA Tests Could Help Docs Detect Infectious Diseases Like Typhus Faster
It’s still too expensive and unproven, but it has the potential to prevent antibiotic overuse and keep people healthy.
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Caavo Control Center & Universal Remote (Version 2) Review
Caavo rethinks the universal TV remote for the second time this year. Our full review of Caavo's new, much cheaper, Control Center.
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Meet Jim Allison, the Carousing Texan Who Just Won a Nobel Prize For His Cancer Breakthrough
Jim Allison is an iconoclastic scientist who toiled in obscurity for years. Then he helped crack a mystery that may save millions of lives: Why doesn’t the immune system attack cancer?
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Kim Stanley Robinson Writes Like the Past to Warn of the Future
The novelist's sci-fi may feel old-school, but it's distinctly calibrated to make change happen now—so the future in his books doesn't come true.
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An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption
Three recent books challenge the tech industry's myths of self-reliance and prescience.
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Google Home Hub Review: A Step Forward for the Smart Home, But Your Phone Still Rules
Google Assistant lives inside this smart-home controller with a seven-inch screen (and no camera).
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Tesla's New Model 3, Lime's New Scooter, and More This Week in the Future of Cars
Tesla makes yet another non-$35K Model 3, battery swapping somehow comes back, yet more evidence 'semi-autonomous' driving is confusing people, and more car news.
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Trump's Tweets (Once Again) Top This Week's Internet News Roundup
Last week, the internet spent a lot of time sorting through the fact and fictions in President Trump's Twitter feed.
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Review: The Updated Fitbit Charge 3 is More of the Same, but Better
If you're going to look at an advanced fitness tracker, why not just get a smartwatch?
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How to Stream the MLB 2018 World Series Without Cable
You don’t need cable to watch America’s pastime.
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'Oumuamua Was Neither Comet nor Asteroid...So What Was It?
Last year's brief interstellar visit from a cigar-shaped thing named 'Oumuamua is confounding astronomers in new ways.
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Photo Gallery: Pulsars Beam Like Lighthouses in the Cosmos
Their spin rate is so consistent that people who navigate spacecraft around our solar system use them as mile markers to know exactly where they are.
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Apple Data Downloads, A Dating App for Trump Fans, and More Security News This Week
North Korean bitcoin theft, Fake FCC complaints, and more security news this week.
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Dungeons & Dragons Art Is Finally Getting the Respect It Deserves
It's no longer just valued in game stores and comics shops.
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14 Awesome Game, Console, Headset, and Controller Deals
New console bundles, discounted wireless headsets, and a bunch of game sales are happening now.
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To Curb Terrorist Propaganda Online, Look to YouTube. No, Really.
Opinion: Despite YouTube’s crackdown, extremist groups are still exploiting other Google platforms.
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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Paul Allen's Second Act
The Microsoft cofounder never replicated his early success in business, but carved a path in research and philanthropy.
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Shane Dawson’s Jake Paul Documentary Shows the Price of Giving People What They Want
We may not all be wildly successful, wildly problematic YouTubers, but we all live inside (and contribute to) the system that created them.
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