Katherine Johnson Dies, Russia Sows Election Chaos, and More News

Katherine Johnson Dies, Russia Sows Election Chaos, and More News

An American hero has died, and Russians are attempting to misguide, but first: a cartoon about shopping convenience.Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here!Today’s NewsKatherine Johnson dies at 101Former NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson has died at 101…

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

The Amazon worker cage stands about 7 feet tall, with just enough space for a human to turn around comfortably. From within, a joystick controls a large metal claw—like those found in arcade games—to pluck at packages or other items on the warehouse floor. While robotic arms ferry merchandise through an Amazon fulfillment center, the…

Coronavirus May Disrupt the 2020 Election. We Need a Plan

Coronavirus May Disrupt the 2020 Election. We Need a Plan

Imagine it’s Election Day 2020, but with a dark twist: As millions leave their homes and stand in long lines at crowded polling stations, officials urge them to don protective masks and gloves, and to bring their own ballot-marking pencils to the polls so they don’t have to share writing utensils with strangers. And as…

Xbox Series X Details: Features, Processor, and More

Xbox Series X Details: Features, Processor, and More

Today, Microsoft revealed some tantalizing specs for its upcoming Xbox Series X console, which arrives later this year. Speed is the biggest theme of today’s announcement, as Microsoft leans hard into tech that stomps out latency, lag, and other undesirable hurdles to gaming.Gone will be the days of grabbing a cold beer to kill time…

Astronomy Expands Its Scope From the Heavens to Humans

Astronomy Expands Its Scope From the Heavens to Humans

In the coming decade, astronomers will surely solve some cosmic mysteries. Maybe by 2029, scientists will know what “dark matter” actually is, so they can give it a better name. Maybe they’ll find out how the universe evolved after the Big Bang, so they can stop fighting about it. Maybe they’ll find a planet that’s…

Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture Everywhere

Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture Everywhere

You stroll into the office a little past 9 am. You got here in a company-sponsored bus that featured cushioned seats, Wi-Fi, and a distinct lack of eye contact. You are wearing weekend casual, even though it is a Wednesday. The office kitchen has green juice and kombucha growlers, which are free, as are breakfast…

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

This is what channel-surfing used to be, what it ought to be. Tune in and the first station is airing Pressure, Horace Ové’s tough-minded 1976 movie about London youth and racial disillusionment. It’s a somewhat obscure release, but also a pioneering one: Ové’s was the first feature by a black filmmaker made in the UK.…