Enigma Labs launches a project to crowdsource and quantify data about “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Month: January 2023
An AI Filter Revealed My Secret Self
Yes, they’re problematic. They can also reflect an alternate reality that feels eerily close to the truth.
Raycon Everyday Earbuds (E25) Review: Not Just for YouTubers
Sure, every influencer owns these buds. They’re still pretty great.
Why Bother Bringing Back the Dodo?
Audacious plans to resurrect the long-extinct bird could be lucrative. But the moonshot raises thorny philosophical questions.
You Really Need to Update Firefox and Android Right Now
January saw a slew of security patches for iOS, Chrome, Windows, and more.
Did the Seeds of Life Ride to Earth Inside an Asteroid?
Biological amino acids could have celestial or terrestrial roots. An experiment simulated their formation in deep space—but the mystery isn’t solved yet.
The Spaceport at the Edge of the World
A tiny Scottish village is betting its future on rocket launches. But the plan may threaten the fragile landscape—and a tenacious billionaire’s ambitions.
ChatGPT Is Making Universities Rethink Plagiarism
Students and professors can’t decide whether the AI chatbot is a research tool—or a cheating engine.
How to Extend Your Eero Mesh With Amazon Echo Speakers (2023)
You can now use select Alexa speakers to expand the Wi-Fi coverage of your routers. Let us walk you through how.
The Untold Story of a Crippling Ransomware Attack
More than two years ago, criminals crippled the systems of London’s Hackney Council. It’s still fighting to recover.
The Case of the Incredibly Long-Lived Mouse Cells
Scientists kept the rodents’ immune T cells active four times longer than mice can live—with huge implications for cancer, vaccination, and aging research.
Ex-Twitter Workers Puzzle Over Elon Musk’s Abandoned Laptops
The cash-strapped company recently auctioned off USB dongles but has left some corporate computers in the custody of laid-off staff.
Neural Imaging Reveals Secret Conversational Cues
Complex signals and subliminal signs underpin all human verbal communication—and a real-time translation is on the horizon.
19 Everyday Products Made of Recycled Materials (2023): Chargers, Watches, Toys
Tread lightly on our planet with toys and accessories made from repurposed plastic, and many other Earth-friendly picks.
This App From Schneider Electric Can Help Optimize Your Home’s Energy Use—for a Price
Schneider Electric’s app-controlled electricity management hardware gives you more control over your power consumption. Are the utilities savings worth it?
‘Nasty’ Geometry Breaks a Decades-Old Tiling Conjecture
Mathematicians predicted that if they imposed enough restrictions on how a shape might tile space, they could force a periodic pattern to emerge. They were wrong.
Garmin Forerunner 255 Review: Great Running Watch
Garmin’s latest wearable for runners and triathletes adds a new Morning Report to track your daily fitness.
Apple’s VR Vision Comes Into Focus
Plus: Microsoft stops selling Windows 10, Substack gets a supersecret Finsta mode, and TikTok tweaks its DMs.
A Link to News Site Meduza Can (Technically) Land You in Russian Prison
Plus: Hive ransomware gang gets knocked offline, FBI confirms North Korea stole $100 million, and more.
The American West’s Salt Lakes Are Turning to Dust
A new research and monitoring program aims to conserve threatened but overlooked saline ecosystems.
Why ‘Velma’ Is the Internet’s New Punching Bag
The show’s got cred and lots of viewers, yet it’s still in the social media crosshairs. Blame the character’s legacy.
Doctors, Get Ready for Your AI Assistants
Hospitals have begun using machine learning to help analyze and collect images, and the medical applications are endless.
14 Best Deals: TVs, Wireless Earbuds, Soundbars
Now is the time to grab a big screen for the Super Bowl.
‘Menswear Guy’ Marks a Shift in Twitter’s Main Characters
It used to be someone who stepped into the fray. Now, it can be anyone.
Gene Wolfe Was Sci-Fi’s Most Enigmatic Writer
Fans have spent years trying to comprehend his books, and many still don’t have answers.
Climate Reparations Won’t Work
For Tonga and other nations disproportionately impacted by the environmental crisis, cash is only a band-aid for a spiraling disaster.
M&M’s Are the Best Trolls on the Internet
After a long crusade by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, the brand put its spokescandies on hiatus. It’s a savvy move that seems designed for social media.
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Review: A Phenomenal $200 Phone
The Galaxy A14 5G is easily the best phone you can buy for $200.
Alphabet’s Layoffs Aren’t Very Googley
The company’s founders pioneered putting employees first and said they’d never bow down to Wall Street. How things have changed.
Crispr Wants to Feed the World
The power to fight human diseases put genome editing on the map. But similar technology could help crops withstand the stress of climate change.