Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

When “guests” arrived, they were sent up to their rooms via a specially-designated Covid-19 positive elevator, not to emerge for weeks.Everyone just wants to leave—and even more, to return to life as it was before the pandemic, back when Hotel Michelangelo was just a place people crashed after a fun day of seeing the sights.

The 18 Best Weekend Deals: Videogames, Sex Tech, Home Goods, and More

The 18 Best Weekend Deals: Videogames, Sex Tech, Home Goods, and More

The bundle includes one of our favorite remote prostate vibrators, as well as the Loki Wave rabbit vibe, a free Remoji toy of your choosing (with code STAYSAFE ), a 36-pack of condoms, and a bottle of lube.

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

At the beginning of 2020, a business that offered you a real person in real time to help you with your needs would be considered a luxury and somewhat exempt from the forces of frictionlessness.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

We're all collectively going kooky as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus traps us in our homes, but one of the best ways to clear your mind and haul yourself out of a rut is to practice meditation.

How Kickstarter Employees Formed a Union

How Kickstarter Employees Formed a Union

“Perry came back and just destroyed the culture, pushed out a lot of really good people,” says Taylor Moore, a former employee who worked at the company on the outreach team at the time and was part of the first group of employees who decided to organize a union.

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Other states are testing remote grand juries, civil juries, and simulated criminal juries.“I think jury trials where some portion is conducted via teleconference is far from theoretical,” said Thomas Boyd, the administrator of the Michigan state court system, whose office is conducting a pilot using the videoconference system Polycom.

How to Throw a Karaoke Party on Zoom

How to Throw a Karaoke Party on Zoom

You’ll also need a Watch2Gether link, which is where you’ll be assembling your queue of karaoke tracks.YouTube has a plethora of karaoke videos, many like what you’d find in a bar or private room.

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

A promising approach is hybrid or blended learning, which integrates online components with traditional classroom practices.Blended learning promotes the vital classroom connections that students and professors value, while also providing new modes of engagement.

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

The simplest way to project an image onto a screen is with a pinhole.It seems magical, but the light from that hole would project an image of the outside world onto a wall in the room.

VR Is Here to Help With Our New Reality

VR Is Here to Help With Our New Reality

When the outbreak ebbs, we can go back to edge-casing disabled people and other WFHers into social isolation with inaccessible events and work spaces by simply returning to the office, gym, and club as fast as possible.

Desus & Mero Adapt to Life in Quarantine

Desus & Mero Adapt to Life in Quarantine

Normally filmed in a midtown Manhattan studio with a live audience, Desus & Mero is currently working with two ad hoc sets: Mero’s basement in his New Jersey home and Desus’ “sneaker room” in his New York apartment.

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

Contentious and often seemingly ineffective, hand dryers have become a virtually invisible part of everyday life.“They’re something you rely on and expect, but don’t ever recall,” says English photographer Samuel Ryde.“I realized that the hand dryer represented the bar,” Ryde says.

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra Hands On: New Cameras, 8K, and 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra Hands On: New Cameras, 8K, and 5G

Etched on the back of Samsung’s new phone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, are the following words: “Space Zoom 100X.”.Samsung has two other new phones, the Galaxy S20 ($1,000) and S20+ ($1,100), but you don't get the same level of zoom on those.

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Unlike teaching, where we have real consequences when we fail to modernize, such as poor evaluations and losing enrollment, there are no real consequences for the professional societies organizing the meetings or for presenting scientists.

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

The Dazzling Designs of Alpine Ice Formations

“The structures in the ice fascinated me and the patterns changed all the time,” Hegen says.But Matti Leppäranta, who teaches geophysics at the University of Helsinki, says the gray and white areas result from air bubbles in the ice and “very shallow snow dunes” atop of it.

The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

The War Vet, the Dating Site, and the Phone Call From Hell

He called the number and got a man who said he was James Harris, Caroline's dad.Leaving Lisa in the living room with Jaxon, Jared retreated to his bedroom and texted the Harrises' number.

Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News

Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News

Elon is defending and Amazon is offending, but first: a cartoon about a voice assistant betrayal .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

What Is a Dead Drop?

What Is a Dead Drop?

"A dead drop is a way to control exactly how and when a package is delivered and who has the the ability to pick it up, to control more of the variables and never have to meet in person.".

Inside the Hyper-Organized World of Wedding Planning Spreadsheets

Inside the Hyper-Organized World of Wedding Planning Spreadsheets

Weddings are bizarre in this sense, as they suddenly place an expectation on people who likely have no previous event-planning experience to organize what society pressures them into believing is the most important day of their lives.

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

Last spring, students at Hinsdale Central High School discovered six vaping detectors in bathrooms and locker rooms around campus.Administrators tried making students take online courses if they were caught with ecigarettes; they talked to law enforcement; the Village of Hinsdale even passed an ordinance that would make it easier for officers to ticket minors caught with the devices.

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

Again, the array of products on the market was making people having a perfectly normal experiences feel like icky outliers."We were hearing that people wanted a fully reusable product but were getting stuck on the difficulty of removing the cup," Wang says.

Want Free Coding Lessons? Twitch Makes It Happen in Real Time

Want Free Coding Lessons? Twitch Makes It Happen in Real Time

Unlike most programmers who work on open source projects on their own in their spare time, she programs as hundreds of people watch online.

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

We Can Be Heroes: How the Nerds Are Reinventing Pop Culture

Warner Bros., the studio behind the movies, tried to crack down on all the fan fiction, bombarding fansites with threatening cease-and-desist letters; it took entertainment giants a long time to realize that fandoms actually generate enthusiasm (and therefore revenue).

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Gary Richards, founder of OneRoom, a company that offers livestreaming services to funeral directors in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US, says he’s noticed that many of the families that use his service are recent immigrants from the Philippines, Vietnam, or India, who are looking for a way to connect with family and friends from back home.

On 'Pose', the Past Is the Present

On 'Pose', the Past Is the Present

Like so many other trans women of color, Candy's story is one marked by sexual violence and communal grief.

The AI-Fueled, Anxious Hopefulness of Disney's Smart House

The AI-Fueled, Anxious Hopefulness of Disney's Smart House

I remember Smart House , which came out 20 years ago today, not just because it was cool—a Star Trek for our generation—but because it offered a view of the future where technology was designed to protect us, to look after us when our parents were away, to make us dinner on demand.

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the city names real-estate agent Elvis Tominovic as the central figure in the “lucrative unlawful hotel operation.” The city wants Tominovic and 13 other people and businesses alleged to be involved in the scheme to turn over all revenue, properties, and proceeds from illegal rental activity; pay fines and damages; and shut down their listings.