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May 27 2020


Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

The historic launch planned for Wednesday gets pushed back due to stormy conditions, but the launch window remains open. SpaceX and NASA will try again Saturday.

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

Notice you've been elongating your words lately? You're actually loading them with a whooooole lot of meaning.
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Twitter Finally Fact Checked Trump. It's a Bit of a Mess

Less than six months from the election, social media platforms are still not ready to deal with political disinformation.

'Crucible' Review: Amazon Magicks Gaming Cliches Into Something Fresh

The debut offering from Amazon Game Studios combines familiar elements into a surprisingly delightful concoction.

Instagram Will (Finally) Pay Influencers

The company is rolling out new ways for its creators to make money—and they might sound familiar.

Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

The next version of the browser will be more secure than ever. Here’s what you need to know.

Now Is the Best—and Worst—Time to Launch HBO Max

People are stuck at home looking for movies and TV shows to watch. But the people who make the movies and shows are too.

The Coronavirus Is Democratizing Knowledge

Despite toxic misinformation, the pandemic has empowered us to become co-creators, co-producers, and co-distributors of what we know.

The 13 Best Running Gear (2020): Shoes, Clothes, Accessories

Your gym might be closed, but the roads and parks are full. Get started running with our favorite hot-weather picks.

Shadowserver, an Internet Guardian, Finds a Lifeline

Ten weeks ago, Shadowserver's main source of funding dried up. Now, it's back on level footing.

The End of Handshakes—for Humans and for Robots

Researchers have spent years teaching robots to shake hands—an effort possibly doomed by a global turn against human contact.

How to Create a Home Meditation Space

You can't leave your house, so you may as well leave your body. At least for a while.

How Kickstarter Employees Formed a Union

The point wasn’t so much about pay issues, but to give workers more say over what they produce—reflecting a trend of internal protest across the tech industry.

Gamemakers Inject AI to Develop More Lifelike Characters

New techniques could save videogame companies millions and make games more realistic.

May 26 2020


Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’

To go that fast, it would need a ridiculous amount of fuel—and even then, it might never come back down.

High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

Despite preservationists' best efforts, the Rhône Glacier may not have long.

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

LauncherOne failed a few seconds into its first flight. But that’s OK—the only two US rocket startups that made it to orbit failed their first attempts, too.

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

The occasion will mark the first time a private company blasts NASA astronauts into space. Here's everything you need to know.

May 25 2020


4 Best Cocktail Subscription Kits: 4 Top Kits Reviewed (2020)

If you're craving a craft cocktail, these services deliver all the necessary components to your door. We reviewed Shaker & Spoon, SaloonBox, EastBevCo, and Sourced Craft Cocktails.

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Camel spiders and giant hornets and shimmering butterflies, oh my. An arachnologist gives a behind-the-scenes tour at the California Academy of Sciences.
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