16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable

16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable

Photograph: Amazon Lemome Cork Bullet Journal Notebook for $13: Bullet journaling can be a meditative experience to help make sense of all the thoughts, desires, and accomplishments that swirl in the head.

How Octopuses Use Their Suction Cups to Taste Through Touch

How Octopuses Use Their Suction Cups to Taste Through Touch

The result of that curiosity is a paper published Thursday in Cell in which Bellono’s lab reveals yet another very cool thing about these invertebrates: a unique type of receptor in the tissue of their suction cups that can taste surfaces by touching them.

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

Two days after morbid Sunday, Johnson was transferred to intensive care.His former communications director Will Walden assured the British public that Johnson was “far fitter than he looks.” Try not to become too much of a BMI know-it-all.

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Earlier this week, which is to say Sunday night, the New York Times dropped a bombshell, an almost-October-surprise just a couple days too early: President Trump ’s taxes.

The Flagrant Hypocrisy of Bungled College Reopenings

The Flagrant Hypocrisy of Bungled College Reopenings

Institutions had to convey that they were fully considering the seriousness of Covid-19 and propose plans for their students to receive the high-caliber education that was already promised and paid for.

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

“We were trying to pay some homage to the original two films while making it feel like it was contemporary," Parisot told Ars about how he approached bringing the Bill and Ted franchise into the 21st century.

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

What Poetry Means for Doctors and Patients During a Pandemic

I think especially now, when we’re feeling in some ways estranged from our own bodies and disconnected, having that visceral experience of hearing the music and language is just compelling.

An AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need

An AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need

There’s an almost collage-like aspect to the images the meme generator is producing, like it’s feeding the internet’s twisted humor back to it as a form of commentary.

‘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.

Why Does Covid-19 Make Some People So Sick? Ask Their DNA

Why Does Covid-19 Make Some People So Sick? Ask Their DNA

And now, they’re starting to dig somewhere else for clues: your DNA.On Monday, 23andMe launched a new study intended to illuminate any genetic differences that might help explain why people who’ve contracted Covid-19 have such varying responses to the infection.

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Congress Needs to Get Its Act Together on the Coronavirus

Parmet and other public health experts suggested that one of the things that needs to happen most urgently is for Congress to provide real financial support for people who stay home from work.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

This feels like Final Fantasy VII filtered, not just through modern sensibilities, but through the modern aesthetics of Final Fantasy itself, a game series that relied upon a sense of contemporary slickness to build a new identity for itself as its place in the vanguard of Japanese role-playing games fell away in the past two console generations.

Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind Is the Antidote to Bad Endings

Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind Is the Antidote to Bad Endings

Now, a year later, there's new downloadable content, in the form of Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind, a post-ending scenario for the game that goes even further to make the finale less definitive.

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

If our body clocks are out of sync with our waking—and working—hours, shouldn’t we be tweaking our office hours to help improve our mood?“If our body clock is saying it wants us to wake up at 9:00, because it's a dark winter's day, but we're getting ourselves up at 7:00—then we are missing out on a complete sleep phase,” says Greg Murray, professor of psychology at Swinburne University, Australia.

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

At their most basic level, randomizer mods shuffle the data in a game's ROM so that each run becomes a new and unpredictable experience.

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay , Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor.

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.

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

About a week ago, Disney and Verizon partnered up, offering unlimited-plan customers a year of free Disney+ .No matter your carrier, you’re getting a bonus streaming subscription of some kind as long as you’re on an unlimited plan.

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore

Whatever the case, our baby seemed fine, and we resolved to turn the irksome air quality monitor off.

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

So as you watch all seven hours of the Town Hall tonight, as I’m sure you will, look for the ways candidates talk about the policy course they plan to follow, not just because it’s important for, like, saving the planet and stuff, but also because it’ll provide a clue to what election strategy they hope to pursue.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar. The summer is a time for rejuvenation, don’t you think? Apple has now outfitted its least expensive MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar and Touch ID, meaning MBP buyers henceforth must resign themselves to a thin OLED strip at the top row of their keyboards.

Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution

Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution

The mystique of the X-Men movies depended on a sense of the larger world behind the characters—something the films began to lose as time went on. Subtext aside, X-Men wrapped its long past around itself like no comic-book movie ever had.

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

In early April, says from the Pingtang County government website, officials held meetings with local residents and workers to “internalize the sense of responsibility and responsibility of protecting the [telescope].” The rules and outreach efforts come just after the announcement of a new television show about FAST, which state-run Zhongxin reported in late February.

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Think “robots with mohawks.” By contrast, the Spike Prime set aims for accessibility, opting for bright colors, friendly shapes, and drag-and-drop coding tools that gently nudge students towards learning.“We worked so hard on making it appealing to everybody, because we know that everybody will need this kind of skill in the future,” says Marianne Nytoft Bach, director of Lego’s secondary school team.

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

Matternet's drones will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off. The drones, operating from specially designated pads at each location, will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off.

The Matrix Is Nothing Without Its Sequels—Nothing!

The Matrix Is Nothing Without Its Sequels—Nothing!

The Matrix is nothing without its sequels, and you'd know that if you watched them.

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

By inserting a postage-stamp image of a baseball, they found they could confuse the neural network into thinking a whale was a shark.

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

On each of its fingertips is a sensor that allows the robot to feel , a sensation that’s piped across the world into my haptic glove.

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

"The Fortnite phenomenon shows it doesn't take that much technological connection for people to feel that they are together in a virtual place—to make friends, and to start caring about what happens to their characters," he says.