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“Natural” bottled water has natural arsenic contamination, testing finds

Enlarge / Water can pick up arsenic from geological, agricultural, or industrial sources. (credit: Getty | Nurphoto) Several brands of bottled water contain concerning levels of arsenic contamination, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports. The worst offenders in the report were Starkey, a brand owned by Whole Foods and marketed as water in its …

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A mystery agent is doxing Iran’s hackers and dumping their code

Enlarge (credit: Lino Mirgeler/picture alliance via Getty Images) Nearly three years after the mysterious group called the Shadow Brokers began disemboweling the NSA’s hackers and leaking their hacking tools onto the open Web, Iran’s hackers are getting their own taste of that unnerving experience. For the last month, a mystery person or group has been …

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft had an anomaly during tests Saturday

Four pairs of SuperDraco engines power the Crew Dragon spacecraft’s escape system. [credit: SpaceX ] Following a successful demonstration mission of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in March, SpaceX has been preparing that vehicle for a critical launch abort test this summer. During this upcoming test flight, after launching from Florida on a Falcon 9 booster, …

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Review: Santa Clarita Diet S3 blends slapstick, satire with genuine heart

Enlarge / Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Tim Olyphant) Hammond are married real estate agents with an undead secret. (credit: Netflix) The Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix’s smart, slyly satiric sitcom about a zombie outbreak in suburban Southern California, has largely flown under the pop culture radar since it debuted in February 2017. And that’s a …

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Review: The indestructible humanity of A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. (credit: Orbit Books) Dystopian stories take many forms, but it’s a rare dystopian novel that prominently features man’s best friend. Author of the Oversight and Stoneheart trilogies, C.A. Fletcher doesn’t hide the importance of dogs in his latest novel. Aptly titled A Boy and His Dog at the End of the …

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These are the best new vehicles of the 2019 New York International Auto Show

Enlarge (credit: Jonathan Gitlin / Aurich Lawson) NEW YORK—On Friday morning, the annual New York International Auto Show opened its doors to the public. In stark contrast to last year—when I foolishly predicted that NYIAS was now the premier US auto show—this year’s event feels very lackluster. NYIAS 2019 This little electric car is the …

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The hydrogen fuel strategy behind Nikola’s truck dream

Enlarge Ars makes every effort to cover its own travel costs. To attend Nikola’s conference, we covered the flight out to Scottsdale, Arizona, but Nikola covered one night in a nearby hotel. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—The Nikola Motor Company wants to reinvent trucking by replacing diesel heavy-duty trucks with hydrogen fuel cell trucks. But hydrogen skeptics are …

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Marcus Hutchins, slayer of WannaCry worm, pleads guilty to malware charges

Enlarge / Then-23-year-old security researcher Marcus Hutchins in his bedroom in Ilfracombe, UK, in July 2017, just weeks before his arrest on malware charges. (credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who helped neutralize the virulent WannaCry ransomware worm, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of creating and distributing malware used …

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Reverse review bomb? AC: Unity draws praise for Notre Dame preservation

Enlarge / The famous cathedral lives on in interactive digital form. At this point, we’re actually a little tired of stories about “review bombing,” where various put-upon groups of gamers gather together to leave a flood a negative user reviews, often for issues that have nothing to do with the game itself. But this week’s …

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