Catch up on the most important updates from this week.
Day: July 2, 2021
The Best Sci-Fi Comedy Is Existential
Though you might expect Tom Gerencer’s stories to be light-hearted, they contain a dark streak of angst.
You’ll Be Shocked by What’s in My Twitter Feed
Plus: The Twitternomics of promoted posts, Google’s updated code of conduct, and North America’s changing climate.
Which Crops Can Survive Drought? Nanosensors May Offer Clues
The technique can be used to track how water flows through plants—which could be key to breeding more resilient crops in an increasingly hot, dry climate.
Florida’s Condo Collapse Foreshadows the Concrete Crack-Up
Overreliance on the world’s favorite building material will lead to more crumbling towers, dams, bridges, and roads. And way more greenhouse gases.
What If Regulating Facebook Fails?
It seems increasingly likely that antitrust and content moderation tools aren’t up to the task. Here’s what we do next.
Do These Gadgets Actually Protect You? We Asked the Experts
From cell phone radiation and RFID blockers to UVC sanitizers, we investigated whether popular products are truly keeping you safe—or just scaremongering.
The Games Done Quick Marathon Is More Important Than Ever
For years, GDQ has brought together gamers to speedrun for charity. After a year of loss and loneliness, the event means so much more.