Climate Change Is Netflix’s *Ragnarok*

Climate Change Is Netflix’s *Ragnarok*

The setup should sound familiar. Our hero is a huge, blond Nordic warrior. Weapon-wise, he favors sledgehammers and lightning; emotion-wise, uninterrogated goodness. His younger brother is an inveterate prankster. The bad guys are a family named Jutul, which is one letter away from the Norwegian word for “giant.” Except this time, you won’t find capes…

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Not to Ruin the Super Bowl, But the Sea Is Consuming Miami

Not to Ruin the Super Bowl, But the Sea Is Consuming Miami

Ah, the Super Bowl, a bonanza of overeating and watching men brutalize each other (brain health be damned), punctuated by 30-second reminders to spend money. This weekend the spectacle will play out at Hard Rock Stadium, a lovely open-air structure mere miles from Miami Beach, which is disappearing into the sea.But I’m being negative. Here’s…

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Animals Need Digital Privacy, Too

Animals Need Digital Privacy, Too

Imagine you’re browsing the web one day, following a trail of mindless clicks, and you wind up on a website that’s showing footage of a bedroom. There’s someone in it: a man organizing laundry, going about his day, seemingly unaware that you can see him. Don’t worry, the site explains, this man (let’s call him…

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Super Bowl 2020: Watch the Best Ads Here

Super Bowl 2020: Watch the Best Ads Here

Hey hey, sports fans (and non-sports-fans)! The Super Bowl is just two days away, which means just one thing: commercials! Well, two things: commercials and football! (And Jennifer Lopez!) Anyway. Surely some of you are excited to see the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs head to Miami to battle it out in…

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Alphabet Has a Second, Secretive Quantum Computing Team

Alphabet Has a Second, Secretive Quantum Computing Team

In October, Google celebrated a breakthrough that CEO Sundar Pichai likened to the Wright brothers’ first flight. Company researchers in Santa Barbara, California, 300 miles from the Googleplex, had achieved quantum supremacy—the moment that a quantum computer performs a calculation impossible for any conventional computer.That was both notable science and a chance for Google to…

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