Apple Wants You to Smash That Subscribe Button

Apple’s September product events are usually noteworthy for their hardware announcements. But this year, like with just about everything else, was different. Apple did unveil new Watches and iPads, but the company’s most significant announcements came in the form of services. There’s a new set of subscription bundles that lumps all of Apple’s streaming services together, and a new service […]

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A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech

In the fight against Covid-19, contact tracing apps have so far largely been disappointments— in the United States, at least. Proposed in the spring as a way to help quickly stifle viral outbreaks by tracking down potential exposures using smartphones, they were stunted by technical glitches, concerns over privacy, and the US’s fragmented, haphazard pandemic response. Now, they may become […]

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Anduril’s New Drone Offers to Inject More AI Into Warfare

This spring, a team of small drones, each resembling a small, sensor-laden helicopter, scoured a lush stretch of wilderness near Irvine, California. They spent hours circling the sky, seeking, among other things, surface-to-air missile launchers lurking in the brush. The missiles they found weren’t enemy ones. They were props for early test flights of a prototype military drone stuffed with […]

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Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?

Pies, however, sees it differently. He points out that even a contingent response to a specific situation can constitute a major health concern. “Consider this scenario,” he writes. “An elderly hiker with stable but underlying heart disease has a heart attack when a 12-foot grizzly bear suddenly appears in front of him. This poor fellow may have had an ‘understandable’ […]

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18 Labor Day Deals to Make Your Home an Oasis: Candles, Lighting, Plants, and More

Early during the pandemic, I wrote a guide on staying sane and relaxed during quarantine. We’re now several months farther in, and there’s still no end in sight. It doesn’t help that it’s Labor Day weekend, and we can’t partake in the usual cookouts, beach trips, and quality time with friends and family this year. Redecorating or stocking up on […]

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Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

The researchers looked at sediment samples from several habitats, including in the deep-sea Arctic, shallow suburban lakes around Toronto, and the Huron and Ontario Great Lakes. The mean number of microfibers they found per kilogram of dry sediment in each group was, respectively, 1,930, 2,490, and 780. Of those microfibers in general, 22 to 51 percent were anthropogenically modified cellulose, […]

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