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The Rise and Precarious Reign of China’s Battery King

The headquarters of battery giant CATL tower over the coastal Chinese city of Ningde. To the untrained eye, the building resembles a huge slide...

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How to Simulate Walking on the Moon—Without Leaving the Planet

Let’s say you want to know what it's like to walk on the moon. Is there any way to simulate a moonwalk while staying...


A Slack Bug Exposed Some Users’ Hashed Passwords for 5 Years

The office communication platform Slack is known for being easy and intuitive to use. But the company said on Friday that one of its...

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Sony Pumps Up PS5 Prices

As if it wasn't hard enough to buy a PlayStation 5, now they're getting even more expensive. On Thursday, Sony announced that it plans...

The Best Labor Day Deals on Grills, Vacuums, and Mechanical Keyboards

Ah, summer, we miss you and you’re not even over yet. But with Labor Day weekend underway, it means not just the traditional end...

How Humanity Can Avoid an AI Takeover

ON THIS WEEK’S episode of Have a Nice Future, Gideon Lichfield and Lauren Goode talk to Daron Acemoglu, institute professor at MIT, about his...

Home Pregnancy Tests Could Now Put Women in Danger

Earlier this month, a Texas judge ruled that mifepristone, one drug in the two-drug pill that makes abortion more accessible, should be outlawed, the...

China Hacks US Critical Networks in Guam, Raising Cyberwar Fears

As state-sponsored hackers working on behalf of Russia, Iran, and North Korea have for years wreaked havoc with disruptive cyberattacks across the globe, China's...


A New Idea for How to Assemble Life

The original version of this story appeared in Quanta Magazine.Life on other worlds—if it exists—might be so alien as to be unrecognizable. There’s no...

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