'Watch Dogs: Legion' Tackles Surveillance Without Humanity

Back in 2015, when creative director Clint Hocking and his team began crafting the near-future world of Watch Dogs: Legion, some of the biggest technology companies in the world were confidently desc… [+3587 chars]

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

Theres a saying among journalists who cover politics: Twitter isnt real life. Its a reminder, too often forgotten, that the subset of Americans who spend a lot of time talking about politics on Twitt… [+3846 chars]

What to Wear When You’re Battling Giant, Venomous Hornets

But exactly who makes the suit and what they might think about its use for Asian giant hornet wrangling is something of a mystery. The brand name Vevin didn't yield any hits in a search for a manufac… [+3300 chars]

What Did Pterosaurs Eat? Look Very Closely at Their Teeth

The pterosaurs had no way of knowing it, but they would one day become a bit of a headache for scientists. The flying reptiles lived alongside the dinosaurs between 210 million and 66 million years a… [+3383 chars]

New Research Reveals the Hidden Downsides of Link Previews

Link previews are a ubiquitous feature found in just about every chat and messaging app, and with good reason. They make online conversations easier by providing images and text associated with the f… [+2234 chars]

7 Best Pizza Ovens (2020): Outdoor, Indoor, Gas, and Wood

As anxiety abouta Covid-19 resurgence soars, we turn to baked goods to comfort ourselves. No, I'm not talking about sourdough startersI'm hoarding yeast and flour for another reason. With enough chee… [+982 chars]

Why 'The Queen’s Gambit' Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

In the new limited series The Queens Gambit, the only thing that's real is the chess. Child prodigy Beth Harmon is fictional. The orphanage she went to, the addiction to tranquilizers she develops th… [+3266 chars]

Big Tech’s Election Plans Have a Blind Spot: Influencers

In the months before the 2016 election, Samuel Woolley worried a lot about bots being used to hijack political conversation online. Woolley, the director of propaganda research at the University of T… [+4319 chars]

What Should You Do About Holiday Gatherings and Covid-19?

The strangest, most confusing, most taxing year we Americans have collectively trundled through is about to get even more complicated: We now all have to figure out what to do about the upcoming holi… [+3621 chars]

How to Stop Getting Into Pointless Arguments Online

In some cases, you may feel so strongly about a certain topic and have such an urgency to share it with a large number of people, that maybe it is worth putting out there. Come what may. But what Iv… [+3386 chars]