The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee who later went on to lead Yahoo!, once told me that for many years, Google would do a test: It would show a certain percentage of users a version of search with no ads, to see if people preferred a commercially pristine experience.

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

General Motors dropped a pretty penny to debut its new electric Hummer during the World Series on Tuesday, with a two minute, 15 second ad that took up an entire commercial break.

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Somehow, I found a way to cope, to redirect my mind away from my pain, both physical and mental, and focus it on something fun: a mobile game.

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

Mike Postle, a 42-year-old poker pro who has been widely accused of cheating on livestreamed games at a Sacramento casino, has never wavered in his claims of innocence.The bulk of the poker world, including many of the named defendants, seems to have greeted the news of Postle’s suit with derision.

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

The US and UK both manufacture more than they did 50 years ago (at least until the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced output), and Germany has been a net exporter since 2000 while continuing to drive down air pollution.

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

Photograph: AmazonThe first backup is the simplest—buy an external hard drive and regularly copy your data to it.

It's Time to Defund Social Media

It's Time to Defund Social Media

That information, however, is filtered through what Ryan Milner and I call deep memetic frames : sense-making apparatuses that structure how people see the world, and the ways that they respond to it.

Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

I don't want to sound Pollyannaish on this point, but if you think back a few years, the awakening to the incredible injustice that was suffered for so long by the LGBTQ community led to a startling change in the demand for marriage equality and for an end to discrimination in employment, recently codified in a Supreme Court decision.

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

As a manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine, the company was in the uncomfortable position of distributing a product that was overhyped for an unintended—and, as the FDA concluded, not likely to be effective —use as a Covid-19 treatment or preventative drug.

The 12 Best 4th of July Deals on Outdoor Gear

The 12 Best 4th of July Deals on Outdoor Gear

Timbuk2 Portola Pannier Bag for $70 ($29 off): Carrying everything on your back while biking can leave you a sweaty mess in hot weather.Bontrager Circuit Cycling Gloves for $32 ($8 off): People who bike a lot tend to develop blisters, and padded, ergonomically-shaped handlebars can only go so far.

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

But those currents may be changing because more melting ice is injecting the Arctic Ocean with freshwater, which is less dense than saltwater, and therefore floats above it.

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

The president Streisand-effected the issue by, of course, tweeting about it: “The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery.”.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green

The Cybertruck presents a golden opportunity to pioneer technologies that eliminate residual emissions from automotive manufacturing.The most obvious way to achieve this is through designing cars to be part of a so-called circular economy–wherein products are reused and recycled, rather than thrown away.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

In the US, this typically takes 10 months and is authorized through the Food and Drug Administration, though it’s virtually a given that regulators will speed up the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Have Dropped 17 Percent During the Pandemic

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Have Dropped 17 Percent During the Pandemic

Each sector comes with its own unique dynamics: Air traffic has of course plummeted, but that industry only accounts for 3 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions in a normal year.

‘Milestone’ Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles

‘Milestone’ Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles

Anyons, as they’re known, don’t behave like either fermions or bosons; instead, their behavior is somewhere in the middle.If the wave functions are identical, your quantum particles are bosons.

The US Will Help a Taiwan Firm Build a Chip Plant in Arizona

The US Will Help a Taiwan Firm Build a Chip Plant in Arizona

In a one-two punch aimed at China’s rising technological prowess, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s leading contract manufacturer of chips, said it would build a manufacturing plant in the US and the White House announced new rules to block Huawei ’s access to such cutting-edge components.

This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times

This 30-Year-Old Sci-Fi Epic Is a Saga for Our Times

Coronavirus News Fatigue Is Officially Setting In. But it’s the background of the film that gives Until the End of the World a distinct current timeliness: A global panic develops after an Indian nuclear satellite goes out of control, threatening its as-yet-unknown reentry point like a radioactive lawn dart.

How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?

How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Affecting Climate Change?

Back in February, an analysis by the climate group Carbon Brief found that as the pandemic seized hold of China’s economy and heavy industries shuttered, emissions from the country plummeted by an incredible 25 percent.

Cool Facts About Common Backyard Wildlife

Cool Facts About Common Backyard Wildlife

At your backyard feeder, you’re likely seeing more hawks and fewer house sparrows, plus a few new bird species.A Pack of One. Fact: You may be hearing more urban coyotes, but it’s likely not as many as you think.

The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One

The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One

Even before coronavirus surfaced, more than 50 US companies planned to move some production out of China, according to reports last year.

‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic

‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic

I mean, if you look back historically, common sense does not have a great track record against science.Science is just the process of building and refining models.

Everyone Is Watching Code 8 on Netflix—and That's a Big Deal

Everyone Is Watching Code 8 on Netflix—and That's a Big Deal

Having a film like Code 8 break into those ranks proves there is an audience for indie sci-fi offerings and shows that fact to the world—which only encourages more people to watch.

The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s N95 Face Mask Shortage

The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s N95 Face Mask Shortage

With federal stockpiles nearly exhausted, public health officials are pleading with the Trump administration to use the Defense Production Act to lead a wartime mobilization of US industry to make the masks desperately needed by healthcare workers.

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Covid-19 is bad news for the automotive industry, and even worse news for the electric vehicle proponents .The Navy will deploy two hospital ships to help with the coronavirus response, but a surgeon who served on one of them doesn’t think it’s a great place to treat infectious disease patients.

Ventilator Makers Race to Prevent a Possible Shortage

Ventilator Makers Race to Prevent a Possible Shortage

Whether the nation will face a shortage depends on whether social distancing measures can flatten the curve, reducing the number of people who need hospitalization at the same time, says Craig Coopersmith, director of critical care at Emory University School of Medicine.

The ‘Surreal’ Frenzy Inside the US’ Biggest Mask Maker

The ‘Surreal’ Frenzy Inside the US’ Biggest Mask Maker

Faced with hundreds of millions of orders a day, and a limited number of masks, Prestige Ameritech decided to sell only to hospitals, rather than the general public, and has prioritized working with medical centers that will sign five-year contracts, to reduce the likelihood that the company will have to lay off all its new employees once the pandemic subsides.

The Intricate, Unintended Beauty of Factories and Labs

The Intricate, Unintended Beauty of Factories and Labs

Like many people, Alastair Philip Wiper grew up thinking factories were ugly.Its white paper reels, roller ink, and metal cylinders provided enough photographic fuel to launch a career so prolific that Wiper himself has come to seem like a machine.