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Georgia Tech physicists unlock the secret to perfect wok-tossed fried rice

Enlarge / Wok tossing has long been suspected of causing the high shoulder injury rate among Chinese chefs. (credit: Hunting Ko and David Hu/Georgia Tech) Fried rice is a classic dish in pretty much every Chinese restaurant, and the strenuous process of tossing the rice in a wok over high heat is key to producing …

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Ten rules for dating my teenage daughter placing your Wi-Fi access points

Enlarge / The top floor of our test house is relatively straightforward—although like many houses, it suffers from terrible router placement nowhere near its center. (credit: Jim Salter) Here at Ars, we’ve spent a lot of time covering how Wi-Fi works, which kits perform the best, and how upcoming standards will affect you. Today, we’re …

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Cities fighting climate woes hasten “green gentrification”

Enlarge (credit: Michael Lee | Getty Images) Boston’s plans to harden its waterfront against the perils of climate change—storm surge, flooding, and sea-level rise—seem like an all-around win. The only way to keep a higher, more turbulent Atlantic out of South Boston and Charlestown is to build parks, bike paths, gardens, and landscaped berms with …

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Physics undergrads crunched numbers for Star Trek’s tribble problem

Star Trek: TOS.’> Enlarge / Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is buried in adorable fluff balls in the classic 1967 episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles,” on Star Trek: TOS. (credit: Paramount/CBS Television) Chalk this one up to fun scientific papers we inexplicably missed last year. A group of undergraduates at the University of Leicester …

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A neural network picks promising antibiotics out of a library of chemicals

Enlarge / Here, have some antibiotics. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) Biochemists have had some success at designing drugs to match specific targets. But much of drug development remains an arduous grind, screening hundreds to thousands of chemicals for a “hit” that has the effect you’re looking for. There have been several attempts to perform this …

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The Mandalorian was shot on a holodeck-esque set with Unreal Engine, video shows

This is the LED set used for The Mandalorian. [credit:ILM ] Industrial Light and Magic has published a behind-the-scenes video on the production of Disney+’s The Mandalorian that gives an illuminating look at two of the biggest, high-tech trends in film and TV production: LED sets, and using game engines to create scenes. The video explains a …

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Companies are stealing influencers’ faces

Enlarge / 30 October 2019, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne: Svea Simonis (l-r), Antonia el Ghali, Chany Dakota and Ana Lisa pose in a pink Cadillac at the Supercandy Pop-Up Museum. On 1 November, the “Supercandy Pop-Up” Museum opens in Cologne and offers photographers, bloggers and influencers the perfect backdrop for self-presentation. (credit: Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via …

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