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Is SARS-CoV-2 airborne? Questions abound—but here’s what we know

Enlarge / A doctor wears a hood as he tests the seal of an N95 respiratory mask during a training at the La Clinica San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center in California. Getty | Justin Sullivan A debate has erupted among researchers over the potential for the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, to spread through the air and—if …

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The rise and fall of Adobe Flash

Soon, Adobe itself will remove Flash Player from computers, too. Few technologies have yielded such divisive and widespread passion as Flash. Many gush over its versatility and ease of use as a creative platform or its critical role in the rise of web video. Others abhor Flash-based advertising and Web design, or they despise the …

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Human Interface: What (almost) every button in an F-15C fighter’s cockpit does

Video directed by Morgan Crossley, edited by Ron Douglas and Brady Jackson. Motion graphics by Brady Jackson and Dylan Blau. Click here for transcript. Welcome to the pilot episode of “Human Interface,” a new series we’re kicking off wherein we take you up close and personal with complex systems and have an expert explain what all …

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How to move your role-playing game nights online

Enlarge Aurich Lawson When the dust cleared, the golem lay in pieces across the dungeon floor. Erik sighed deeply, and though his vision blurred, he could still see the rest of the party coming to his aid. Emmelina, the knight that had first welcomed him into the group, cradled him in her arms as he …

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What to expect from WWDC 2020: OS updates, ARM Macs, and more

The Steve Jobs auditorium on Apple’s campus. The surface-level waiting area has a minimalist design with slight accents, like many Apple products and retail spaces. You can see the now-famous spaceship campus through the window. The elevator from the surface-level waiting area to the basement-level theater spins as it ascends or descends. If you don’t …

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From Zelda to Civ to Frostpunk—can climate change be fun?

In case you thought climate catastrophe was a new thing for video games, remember Wind Waker kicks off due to the Great Flood, right? In 2011’s Fate of the World—which leveraged genuine scientific research to build its story—players lead the international organization in charge of managing social, technological and environmental policies. Last year’s Beyond Blue …

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Choosing 2FA authenticator apps can be hard. Ars did it so you don’t have to

Enlarge Aurich & Hannah Lawson Last year, Sergio Caltagirone found himself in a tough spot. While traveling, his phone broke and stopped working completely. With no access to his Google and Microsoft authenticator apps, he lost access to two-factor authentication when he needed it most—when he was logging in from IP addresses not recognized by …

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Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?

The cable industry takes a subtle approach to anti-Title II advertising. National Cable & Telecommunications Association <div class=”article-intro”>It’s 2020, and a coronavirus pandemic has underscored how crucial broadband service is to the lives of Americans for work, entertainment, and school. Internet service is a necessity, and yet it isn’t regulated as a utility the way …

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The numbers don’t lie—NASA’s move to commercial space has saved money

Enlarge / The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrives at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA When NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken blast off inside a Crew Dragon spacecraft later this month, they will not only launch into space. They will also inaugurate a potentially transformative era for the …

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