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Saving Notre Dame chronicles effort to rebuild France’s famous cathedral

Enlarge / The iconic spire collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. (credit: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images) On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as the roof of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire. The blaze spread rapidly, …

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WireGuard for Windows 0.3.1 is the release you’ve been waiting for

Enlarge / I heroically resisted the urge to create a “WireGuard for Workgroups 0.3.1” image for this piece. (credit: Jim Salter) This Monday, WireGuard founder and lead developer Jason Donefeld announced a new WireGuard release for the Windows platform. The release is something of a godsend for administrators hoping to implement WireGuard as a replacement for …

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CDC celebrates Biden transition, expects “rebuilding,” more press briefings

Enlarge / The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters stands in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) After being muted, sidelined, and disparaged by the Trump administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly reveling in the transition to the Biden administration and eyeing a major …

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SpaceX Starlink engineers take questions in Reddit AMA—here are highlights

Enlarge / Starlink logo imposed on stylized image of the Earth. (credit: Starlink) SpaceX Starlink engineers answered questions in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Saturday, covering topics such as data caps (which they hope to never implement), when the public beta will expand to more users, and how the satellite-broadband service will expand …

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Apple security chief maintains innocence after bribery charges

Enlarge / Apple’s global headquarters in Cupertino, California. (credit: Sam Hall/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A grand jury in California’s Santa Clara County has indicted Thomas Moyer, Apple’s head of global security, for bribery. Moyer is accused of offering 200 iPads to the Santa County Sheriff’s office in exchange for concealed carry permits for four Apple …

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Rock art in a California cave was a visual guide to hallucinogenic plants

Enlarge / This red pinwheel image (left), which is around 500 years old, may depict the unfurling petals of a datura flower (right). (credit: Rick Bury and Melissa Dabulamanzi) At a cave in Southern California, archaeologists recently found centuries-old bundles of hallucinogenic plants tucked into crevices in the low ceiling, near a painting that may …

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Nearly 18,000 airport workers sealed in for testing after 7 cases detected

Enlarge / This photo taken on November 22, 2020, shows health workers in protective suits waiting to conduct COVID-19 coronavirus tests on staff at Pudong Airport in Shanghai. (credit: Getty | STR) Nearly 18,000 workers were sealed into Shanghai’s main airport Sunday and tested for COVID-19 in one night after authorities detected seven cases linked …

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Tons of Black Friday 2020 deals are available now—here are the best we’ve found

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) The Black Friday deals have landed. While the shopping holiday is technically still a few days away, a number of retailers have set several of their best Black Friday deals live early. Like everything else in 2020, this increase in advance sales is partially due to the ongoing pandemic: longer online …

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