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COVID-19 spread in White House sends top US health officials into isolation

Enlarge / Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, flanked by US President Donald Trump, speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Mandel Ngan) The country’s …

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To compete with Gmail, Microsoft reveals plans for new Web-based Outlook features

Enlarge / Microsoft Outlook for the Web. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft Outlook for the Web has the unenviable task of competing with a dominant Gmail—and much of Gmail’s competitive advantage is thanks to ML-driven features like text prediction. But Microsoft is taking a step to face off directly with one of the features associated with modern …

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A 2024 Moon landing may sound crazy, but NASA is giving its best shot

Enlarge / Will this toddler be a pre-teen, teenager, or an adult before humans go back to the Moon? (credit: NASA) Jim Bridenstine really wanted to become NASA’s administrator. As a pilot and congressman from Oklahoma, he sought out opportunities to influence space policy and met with experts whenever he had a chance to do …

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Can gender-bending Israeli superprawns help feed the world? 

Enlarge / This is actually a male shrimp according to the image info, which we don’t need for this. (credit: Enzootic Ltd) Can a shrimp smile? It’s tough to say whether the gangly, blue-legged crustaceans lurking within the massive aquaculture tanks are actually happy, but they certainly appear to be content. Perhaps it’s because they …

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Beyond Netflix and Spotify, what subscriptions are worth keeping in quarantine?

Enlarge / Would not recommend this keyboard setup given our impulse control. (credit: Stock / Getty Images Plus / aniliakkus) Two seismic forces combined in the spring of 2020 and caused us all to reevaluate our choices: the COVID-19 pandemic… and the last decade’s slow, inevitable march toward the disappearance of ownership. We no longer …

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How World of Warcraft has evolved with the Internet

Enlarge (credit: Blizzard) “Games are very rapidly solved these days,” says Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of World of Warcraft. Hazzikostas, known to the World of Warcraft community as Watcher, has developed the 16-year-old massively multiplayer online role-playing game since 2008. On a call with WIRED, he reminisced about how, early in the history of …

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Review: Airplane passengers must outrace a killer sun in Into the Night

Series creator Jason George based the new Netflix series Into the Night on a 2015 Polish science fiction novel. The glorious sight of the sun’s rays peeking over the horizon as it rises has inspired mankind for millennia. But what if the sun brought death, literally killing people where they stand? That’s the premise behind …

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Musk reacts to continued shutdown order, announces intent to move HQ

Enlarge / Elon Musk listens as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about constructing a high speed transit tunnel at Block 37 during a news conference on June 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Joshua Lott / Getty Images) Elon Musk’s contentious relationship with Alameda County officials reached a tipping point on Saturday, when the Tesla …

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Sniff Petrol’s wonderfully interesting book of boring car facts: A review

Enlarge / Yes that’s a door handle on the front cover, but do you know which door handle? (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) If you’re the sort of person who reads Ars Technica, there’s a good chance you appreciate the finer details in life. You know, the tiny nuggets of information other people might leave out, like …

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