• May 21, 2022

Universities Need Covid-19 Tests to Reopen. Few Have Them

In April, just a few weeks after the spring semester pivoted unceremoniously to digital, Catherine Klapperich, a biomedical engineering professor at Boston University, was thinking about the fall. The Boston area had been inundated with Covid-19 cases, and at the time, tests remained scant. But the university had come to her with an unfathomable question:…

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Leica M10-R Digital Rangefinder Review: Dreamy but Decadent

I ran headfirst into my refrigerator when Leica’s new camera, the M10-R, arrived at my doorstep. Or, more specifically, I slipped on a cat toy, fell onto a dining chair, and pulled that chair down on top of me as I slid forward into the fridge. I got back up, ignoring the pain so I…

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Fujifilm X-T4 Review: The Best of Both Worlds for Hybrid Shooters

Whether you love or hate them, Fujifilm’s APS-C-based mirrorless cameras produce images you can’t get anywhere else. More than sensor size, autofocus speed, or any other feature, this is a mark of a great camera. It’s why I’m always excited when Fujifilm churns out a new model. The latest is the Fujifilm X-T4, an update…

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An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

In April, the actress Julie Nolke uploaded a video called “Explaining the Pandemic to My Past Self” to YouTube. The premise: A cheerful, optimistic Nolke from January of this year receives a visit from Nolke from April Covid-19 quarantine, and she grows increasingly horrified as her future self recounts the first few months of annus…

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Do You Really Need to Spend More Than $400 on a Phone?

LG: Mike, how much did you spend on the last phone that you bought? MC: Oh God, I can’t even remember. The last phone I bought with my own money, it was probably the Pixel 2 that I got for my wife. LG: That was probably, what, several hundred dollars at the time? MC: Yeah,…

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An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

Smart-assistant devices have had their share of privacy missteps, but they’re generally considered safe enough for most people. New research into vulnerabilities in Amazon’s Alexa platform, though, highlights the importance of thinking about the personal data your smart assistant stores about you—and minimizing it as much as you can. Findings published on Thursday by the…

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A Postal Slowdown Is Scary for Those Who Get Meds By Mail

Like Emerald, other veterans and people who rely on mailed prescriptions are telling their stories to reporters nationwide. Half a dozen staff members at the VA and more than two dozen veterans nationwide told the publication Connecting Vets that they are seeing similar holdups for important medicines. An elderly man in Texas told reporters that…

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The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove

I was reminded of this on a recent camping trip with my wife Elisabeth, where I was jarred as ever by the peculiarity of going from the 1-to-10 precision controls of my home stove to the kooky two and a half revolutions of the Coleman’s knobs, whose positions correspond to no particular heat level. Strange…

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11 Best Mattress Sales and Deals for Labor Day (2020)

A comfortable, restful night’s sleep is important, especially when we’re dealing with the effects of a global pandemic, social distancing, and quarantine during our waking hours. Lucky for you, our reviewers have lounged on, jumped on, and slept on more than 30 of the top memory foam and hybrid (individually wrapped springs + foam) mattresses…

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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…

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