Author: thepeels

Why I’ve Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality

April 20, 2019

When I was 17 years old, two things held particular sway over my imagination. One of them was virtual reality. Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and the movie Lawnmower Man both came out that year, and while I had never heard of the technology that was bubbling through labs and startups thousands of miles from my […]

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‘Nothing for the needy’: Notre-Dame not France’s only problem, say protesters

April 20, 2019

French yellow vest protesters set fires along a march route through Paris on Saturday to drive home a message to a government they see as out of touch with the problems of the poor — rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only problem France needs to solve. Like the high-visibility vests the protesters wear, […]

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Space Photos of the Week: Mooooooon Shadow, Moon Shadow

April 20, 2019

NASA has big plans to go back to the moon, so the first order of business is to look into lunar locations where resources are accessible. One of those prime spots is its southern pole, where water ice is hidden in shadowed craters. This black and white photo, taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows […]

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What happened to triclosan? A lingering legacy of the hyper-hygiene era

April 20, 2019

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Whatever happened to triclosan? A few years ago, we were brushing our teeth with it, rinsing our mouths with it, sanitizing […]

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Facebook Fails, Russian Hacks, and More Security News This Week

April 20, 2019

After months of anticipation and fevered speculation by supporters and critics alike, the public finally laid eyes on the most important release of the past 25 years, its secrets guarded by a famously tight-lipped team up until the very end. That’s right, Beyoncé dropped a new album this week. Scholars will analyze its influence for […]

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The Wilsons From ‘Us’ Are Our New Favorite Horror Family

April 20, 2019

In the new Jordan Peele movie Us, the four members of the Wilson family are haunted by a quartet of creepy doppelgängers. Fantasy author Tananarive Due, who teaches classes on black horror at UCLA, is ecstatic about the movie. “It’s this beautiful, glorious moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” Due says in Episode […]

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18 Best Easter Sales for 2019: Apple, Amazon, and More Tech

April 20, 2019

Last week, we mentioned that Apple is clearing out the last of its much-mourned, beloved iPhone SE. When it came out, we referred to it as “a masterpiece of design” and some of us (guilty) hung onto our pink, compact phones for much, much longer than we should have. As we state in our iPhone […]

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1 dead in western Quebec as waters rise and army begins deployment

April 20, 2019

Authorities remain on high alert for flooding across southern Quebec as waters continue to rise with military on the way to assist in evacuations. A least one death can be attributed to the flooding. A woman in her 70s was killed early Saturday morning in Pontiac, Que., about 50 kilometres west of Ottawa, when the car […]

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British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

April 20, 2019

Stonehenge! The UK’s premier archaeological destination—a ring of stones constructed by the ancients somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago—sits along a roadway known as the A303. However, not every car on this route is bound for the mysterious menhirs. Many just want to go to the beach. See, the A303 is also one of […]

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Northern Ireland police arrest 2 over killing of journalist

April 20, 2019

Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry on Thursday, police said, as politicians in the region united to condemn the attack. McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence […]

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