Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix ’s new anthology series, Social Distance, is full of Covid-era moments like this.The only people working within the constraints of quarantine in the same way Social Distance did are those making horror movies , which have always been drivers of innovation and can survive a bit of pixelated campiness.

9 Apps to Boost Your Phone's Security and Privacy

9 Apps to Boost Your Phone's Security and Privacy

Screenshot: David Nield via Access DotsiOS 14 adds a new feature to iPhones that shows an on-screen alert if an app is trying to use your device's camera or mic—just like the 'active' light that might be next to your laptop's webcam.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

Screenshot: David Nield via GoogleIf someone's clogging your inbox but Gmail's Report spam feature isn't catching it, Gmail lets you block individual senders easily.Instead of choosing Block or Report spam from the menu, pick Filter messages like this .

Windows 7 Gets One Last Update For the Road

Windows 7 Gets One Last Update For the Road

Avast Antivirus Shuts Down Its Shady Data-Selling BusinessKudos this week to Motherboard and PC Mag, who jointly further exposed the shady practices of security company Avast.By the end of the week, Avast had decided to stop collecting and selling user data, and to wind down Jumpshot altogether.

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

The task was made harder because the movie was produced in native Imax —a widescreen, incredibly high-resolution format, which meant the digital painting work of the VFX artists had to be even more precise and intricate.

Meet the Elite Shot Putter Chasing a World Record

Meet the Elite Shot Putter Chasing a World Record

At the Summer Olympics in Rio, in 2016, Crouser sent a shot flying an astonishing 22.52 meters, or just shy of 74 feet.That’s still shy of the world record, which stands at 23.12 meters, but Crouser says it’s only a matter of time before someone sends one flying even further.

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

I recently ran across an animation showing a Saturn V rocket during liftoff, but with a small modification.Video: Rhett AllainBefore it was launched, the metal ball was at rest and thus had a momentum of zero.

Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania

Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania

"I believe the local community has missed an opportunity to be the guardians of remembrance for those who suffered under Enver Hoxha, and also denied themselves a huge income from tourism," Hackman says.

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

DeLonghi and Saeco (owned by Philips) are two of the top brands in the super automatic world, so I tested out one of each brand’s midrange machines: DeLonghi’s Magnifica S ($800 - $1,100 on Amazon) and Saeco’s Incanto Carafe ($900 - $1,100 on Amazon) .Both the Magnfica S and Incanto grind, compress, brew, and dispense espresso with the tap of a button.

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century

Like the original moon shot, these are big, hard problems that demand significant investments of time and money, along with innovative technology and thinking. The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s.

The Glorious Scale of the NBA Finals' Game 5

The Glorious Scale of the NBA Finals' Game 5

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors blocked Kyle Lowry's shot during the fifth game of the of the NBA Finals this week, leading to a Warrior win over the Toronto Raptors.

A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars

A Surreal Subterranean Junkyard Piled With Old Cars

"I don't know how long it's been going on," Friend says, "but I looked up one of the license plates, and it was 40 or 50 years old.". "I was looking for places where the natural and the manmade collide," Friend says, "creating these new forms that are beautiful and ugly.".

Free Throws Should Be Easy. Why Do Basketball Players Miss?

Free Throws Should Be Easy. Why Do Basketball Players Miss?

But also: If Nash can show up unpracticed, four years after retirement, and drain 98 percent of his free throws in an impromptu shootout against a ham-handed journalist, what kept him from shooting that reliably during his career. Surprisingly, Silverberg says there's very little separating players like Nash from those who average 75 percent from the line.

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season

Getty Images As flu season nears its annual peak, between eight and nine and a half million people in the US have already been sickened by various strains of the respiratory virus, according to new estimates released Friday by federal health officials.

How Does a 'Martian'-Style Gravity Assist Actually Work?

How Does a 'Martian'-Style Gravity Assist Actually Work?

The first question is easy—a gravity assist (also called a gravity slingshot) is a space maneuver in which a spacecraft gets a speed boost by moving past a planet.

Underwater magician

Underwater magician

Based at Bream Bay, Whangarei, Crispin is also an acclaimed underwater photographer and the recipient of numerous photography awards. Chasing paper nautilus was our first New Zealand Geographic project and it was a toughie! We have several projects on the go in New Zealand.

The Flu Shot Needs Fewer Stats and More Stories

The Flu Shot Needs Fewer Stats and More Stories

But flu changes all the the time, mutating just enough from season to season that it requires a new vaccine formula, and a fresh shot, every year.The annual repetition means that people think about flu vaccines differently: less like a medical and legal necessity, and more like a seasonal product, the health care equivalent of a pumpkin spice latte, that they can take or leave.An optimistic view is that flu vaccine is only a failure compared to other vaccines.