The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

But if you’ve run out of things to do in Animal Crossing and are deeply missing that contentment you felt when you played it, if you need more of a sense of accomplishment in your entertainment, then Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town just might be your favorite game of 2021.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !Sci-fi writer or prophet?

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

Opensignal covers those bases if you tap Network Stats and swipe through its results for a given location, but you can also look at things like PCMag's yearly coverage of the fastest mobile networks for an idea of how speeds might vary from one city to another.

I've Played RimWorld for 700 Hours. I May Never Escape

I've Played RimWorld for 700 Hours. I May Never Escape

It has base-building, survival elements (if you die, you start over), an open world, strategy, and a space-western feel like Firefly.I’ve spent more than 700 hours of my life playing it in the last couple years.

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

A giant white school bus known as Big Bertha puttered into a two-stoplight town far north on the Olympic Peninsula, in desperate need of a new battery, on the very day the town was on alert for a different bus, one full of violent antifa activists ready to riot.

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

The West’s Infernos Are Melting Our Sense of How Fire Works

That day, the fire appeared likely to reach the floor of the Sacramento Valley at a subdivision called Land Park, about a mile northwest of Derksen’s house.

How to Escape From a Volcano Eruption

How to Escape From a Volcano Eruption

The molten rock chunks blasted up and out will eventually cool and fall, and because the wind at both lower and higher altitudes over Vesuvius on August 24 blew south-southwest, they will drop on Pompeii.

MAGA TikTok Creators Stand by Trump—Despite a Potential Ban

MAGA TikTok Creators Stand by Trump—Despite a Potential Ban

“It is what it is, some platforms just disappear,” says Townsend, citing now-defunct sites like the short-form video app Vine.

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

They can use contact tracing apps to gather real-time data about which activities or locations might be responsible for a dangerously high number of potential exposures.

I Found the One Sweatband to Rule Them All

I Found the One Sweatband to Rule Them All

If it’s more than 65 degrees outside when I test running socks , workout headphones , or electric bikes , I emit what can only be described as a staggering amount of liquid.

What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic

What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic

While they didn’t find a significant difference in Covid-19 cases and deaths based on leaders’ gender, they did find an effect after using modeling to match pairs of male- and female-led countries with similarly-sized elderly populations, healthcare expenditures, and openness to tourism, among other factors.

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

The ruins are deep underground, but a team of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge and Ghent University in Belgium have used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to map the complete city.

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Last year NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley launched the Arrowtown project that included some outdoor monitoring and indoor air quality monitoring by people in their homes.

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis tutti-frutti image shows an 80 million-year-old collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates—modern-day Morocco.The combination shows how the city grew from 900,000 people in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2017.Photograph: NASA/METI/AISTThis is Cape Horn, the southernmost part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Chile.

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

404: The City Left Behind by China's Nuclear Ambitions

But despite the humdrum, 404 wasn’t exactly boring: It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.Yang’s grandparents and parents moved there in 1958, leaving their home in Beijing to forge a new one on a windy frontier a thousand miles away.

Everything Amazon Announced Today, From Speakers to Glasses

Everything Amazon Announced Today, From Speakers to Glasses

Amazon’s Echo Buds are the first native hands-free Alexa headphones—an important distinction, because there are already headphones on the market with Alexa inside.Echo Frames are Amazon’s new Alexa-enabled smart glasses that let you talk to Alexa without having to whip out your phone.

The Unbuilt Streets of California's Ghost Metropolis

The Unbuilt Streets of California's Ghost Metropolis

"It was promoted as this extravagant development, but in many ways it failed spectacularly," says Chicago-based photographer Noritaka Minami, who first learned about California City while attending graduate school at UC Irvine.

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.

The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakarta’s Insurance Crisis, and More News

The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakarta’s Insurance Crisis, and More News

The new app that creeps on your Instagram location, Jakarta is sinking, and all things Comic Con. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers. In late August and early September of 1977, NASA launched twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2. However, after their revolutionary discoveries, NASA extended the missions and sent Voyager 2 onward to Uranus and Neptune.

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

That’s more than double the national standard of 50, with hourly concentrations peaking at 314 micrograms per cubic metre,” says project leader NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley.

Welp, We Might Be Getting a 'Final Fantasy XIV' TV Show

Welp, We Might Be Getting a 'Final Fantasy XIV' TV Show

This week, Sony is looking to make a Final Fantasy XIV show, and also, uh, there's Budweiser-related news? As PC Gamer reports, Sony's working on a live-action television show about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV .

The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys

The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys

Los Espookys is a Spanish-language series focused on a quartet of self-described "horror technicians" who live in an unnamed Latin American country. Equally outfitted by four eccentrics, Los Espookys is led by the goth-loving Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco in an ace performance), who wears all-black ensembles and speaks with a warm rasp.

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars. Emma Thompson is a lot of things: an actress, a dame, a lifeforce bequeathed to humanity by the gods. At one point Thompson's agent inquired about the actress getting a part in the current Star Wars saga, but they were rebuffed.

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News. Radiohead owned some hackers, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger runs into some hiccups, and a Swedish mining town is being picked up and moved. So their state-owned mining operation decided to move the city instead.

WIRED Suggests Updated Theme Songs for Presidential Hopefuls

WIRED Suggests Updated Theme Songs for Presidential Hopefuls

But if she doesn't stick with Dolly Parton's feminist anthem, Taylor Swift's latest hit is a strong contender to be the theme track for the Warren 2020 campaign.

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

When I leave the performance space and walk out into the world of the game and its nameless, likely doomed town, the theatre follows me. Which it is; all games are, a performance of one for an audience of one, for the player by the player, with a stage and script created by developers.

Hong Kong Meets Scandinavia in These Multiple-Exposure Photos

Hong Kong Meets Scandinavia in These Multiple-Exposure Photos

But his latest series, which uses multiple exposures to juxtapose Scandinavian forests with Hong Kong street scenes, brings in visuals far removed from his homeland. Although Relander has tried creating multiple exposures digitally, in post-production, he prefers to make his images using just a camera.

The Society Is a Smart Show With Too Many Dumb Teens

The Society Is a Smart Show With Too Many Dumb Teens

In an early episode of The Society , Netflix's new YA drama about power and privilege in a socialist adultless future, a group of teens gather to play a game of Fugitive.

The Fake Faces in 'Mission: Impossible'? The CIA Has Some of Its Own

The Fake Faces in 'Mission: Impossible'? The CIA Has Some of Its Own

The CIA Has Some of Its Own. From the agents of the Mission: Impossible franchise to Arya Stark on Game of Thrones , characters in movies and TV shows have been able to pull off some serious stunts while wearing the faces of others.

Calculate the G’s of Using an Ejection Seat to Blast Out of a Jet

Calculate the G’s of Using an Ejection Seat to Blast Out of a Jet

Even though the seat is actually accelerating downward (because of the gravitational force), it's good enough to get a linear fit and find an approximate post-rocket acceleration with the slope of this line at a velocity of 19.4 meters per second (43.4 mph).