The Women of Ukraine’s Railroads Keep the Trains Running
During long train rides across Ukraine as a kid in the 1990s, Sasha Maslov amused himself by leaning out the window, as far as possible, to glimpse what lay ahead. What intrigued him most were the tiny pastel-colored houses with pointed tile roofs and elaborate ironwork that sat near... Read more
EA delays Madden NFL 21 announcement due to U.S. protests
Electronic Arts said it is postponing its announcement about Madden NFL 21 for Monday, due to the rioting happening in American cities. This coming week was the beginning of many game announcements that were previously scheduled for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), but the announcement from the Madden NFL... Read more
Best weighted blanket for 2020: Layla, Gravity, Bearaby and more
Weighted blankets might be helpful for far more than just getting a good night’s sleep. By providing deep pressure all over your body, weighted blankets — which are typically between 10 and 20 pounds — promote the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood, maintains the digestive system and battles insomnia.... Read more
How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance
For the last several nights, militarized police in cities across the United States have deployed armored vehicles and rubber bullets against protestors and bystanders alike. If you’re going out to protest—as is your right under the First Amendment—and bringing your smartphone with you, there are some basic steps you... Read more
Blade & Sorcery launches out of early access June 4 on Oculus and Steam
The new trailer for Update 8, the massive “Sorcery Update” for Blade & Sorcery reveals that it will hit both Steam and Oculus Home for Rift platforms on June 4. One of the recurring jokes about this game is that ever since it debuted in early access, the title has been... Read more
How Trump got the FCC involved in his war against Twitter
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to regulate social media, which could lead to attempts to punish companies, such as Twitter and Google, for attempting to point out factual inconsistencies in social media posts by politicians.  Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images With a stroke of his pen, President Donald Trump... Read more
Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?
Most researchers, however, don’t believe a human challenge study could directly replace a phase three trial. Because a human challenge study is smaller, it may not gather enough data on the safety and efficacy of a vaccine to satisfy regulators. The trial may not exactly mimic natural infection, and... Read more
Half-Life: Alyx update adds unassuming but impressive liquid effect to bottles
An amazing new detail arrives in the latest Half-Life: Alyx update: Bottles now have liquid in them. No, seriously, it’s pretty impressive. Update 1.4 adds incredibly convincing liquid effects to the many, many bottles strewn along the streets of City 17. Some Valve developers have been showing the effect... Read more
Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work
In January, my coworker received a peculiar email. The message, which she forwarded to me, was from a handful of corporate Walmart employees calling themselves the “Concerned Home Office Associates.” (Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, is often referred to as the Home Office.) While it’s not unusual for journalists... Read more
Snag the AirPods Pro for $220 at Woot
Sarah Tew/CNET Grab ’em while they’re hot, folks: Woot is currently selling the AirPods Pro headphones for $225, or just $220 for Amazon Prime members. Even better, these are factory fresh, not used or refurbished models. That $220 price tag matches the best rate we’ve seen for the noise-canceling... Read more