Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture, and Your Mood
This New York Times story explains something some of you may have already noticed: smartphones can be bad for your posture. But the author also argues that beyond screwing up your neck, such slouching may also be harmful to your memory and feelings.
Exclusive: Target in Initial Development of Own Mobile Wallet: Sources
An interesting story from Reuters cites unnamed sources as saying that Target is considering rolling out its own mobile wallet, possibly as soon as early next year. Doing so would put it in direct competition with existing mobile wallet software like Apple Pay and Android Pay.
How to “Adopt” the Poop Emoji
A piece in the Atlantic explains the Unicode Consortium’s plan to let people donate to “adopt” emoji and Unicode characters for prices ranging from $100 to $5,000; the money will go toward the group’s efforts to support a larger number of languages.
Thanks to Google, Your Phone Now Doubles as a Lightsaber
This story from TechCrunch rounds out the week with a little Star Wars fun. Google released a game called Lightsaber Escape to coincide with the release of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens; you can play the game through Google’s Chrome desktop browser on a computer and use your smartphone as a controller (the phone acts as a lightsaber that you can wave around to fight Stormtroopers).
Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything
Most public health bodies dealing with covid have long since moved on from the idea of surface transmission. China’s didn’t—and that helps it control the narrative about the disease’s origins and danger.
Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid
Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.
These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?
Perovskites are promising, but real-world conditions have held them back.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
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