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Hundreds of Millions of PC Components Still Have Hackable Firmware

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 02/18/2020 - 06:00
The lax security of supply chain firmware has been a known concern for years—with precious little progress being made.
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Losing Sleep Over The Quest For A Perfect Night's Rest

A boom in technology promising to improve sleep has an ironic side effect: orthosomnia. Thanks to sleep trackers, people get so obsessed with perfect sleep that they are losing sleep over it.

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Voters Of Color Are Set To Have A Bigger Say As Democrats Enter A Crucial Phase

The Democratic presidential candidates have so far stood for elections in two of the whitest states in the country. That changes with Nevada and South Carolina.

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NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Sanders Leads, Bloomberg Qualifies For Debate

The survey gives the former New York mayor enough polls showing him over 10% nationally to be on stage for the next Democratic debate Wednesday in Nevada.

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Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy As It Faces Hundreds Of Sex-Abuse Claims

The Boy Scouts of America has $1.4 billion in assets. The organization says it will use the Chapter 11 process to create a trust to provide compensation for victims.

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Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy

The Boy Scouts of America has $1.4 billion in assets. The national organization may hope that its bankruptcy filing will shield the even larger assets of its local councils.

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Uber Whistleblower Takes On Silicon Valley, Armed With Stoic Philosophy

In 2017, Susan Fowler published a blog post that revealed Uber's misogynistic corporate culture — and helped change the world. In her memoir, she urges readers not to see her as a victim.

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Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change, Planet's 'Biggest Threat'

Amazon, the company Bezos founded and heads, has come under increasing scrutiny for its own carbon footprint.

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Refugee Docents Help Bring A Museum's Global Collection To Life

Attendance at Philadelphia's Penn Museum has shot up since the Global Guides first tours in 2018. The refugee and immigrant docents receive training in archaeology, ancient history and story-telling.

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'Stable Genius' Authors Describe Trump Presidency As A 'Den Of Destruction'

Wash. Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, authors of A Very Stable Genius, discuss troubling tendencies of the Trump presidency. Originally broadcast Jan. 22, 2020; updated Feb. 12, 2020.

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Virginia Governor's Bill To Ban Assault Weapons Fails, With Help From His Own Party

Four state Senate Democrats broke ranks in tabling a bill that would have banned the sale or transfer of certain assault-style weapons. It also would have banned magazines with more than 12 rounds.

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A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 11:00
Measuring how many bugs fly into car windshields might sound silly. But to scientists predicting an “insect apocalypse,” the numbers are deadly serious. 
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14 Americans Taken Off Cruise Ship And Flown To U.S. Test Positive For Coronavirus

U.S. officials said the people infected with the virus were isolated from the other passengers. The two evacuation flights landed at military bases in California and Texas.

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Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:00
Mt. Ijen, on the island of Java, is one of the most dangerous workplaces on Earth.
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The *Stranger Things* Season 4 Trailer Is Full of Surprises

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 09:00
The Duffer Brothers sent it out with a message signed, “From Russia with love.” 
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How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:00
To build an NSX for racing, Acura had to "dumb down" its model by omitting its smartest part: the electric motor.
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7 Best Action Cameras (2020): GoPro, DJI, Insta360

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 08:00
Whether you're shredding the slopes or diving the seas, these compact, often waterproof cameras are made for danger.
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Lax Regulations And Vulnerable Residents 'A Recipe For Problems' In Eldercare Homes

Assisted living-type facilities often are subject to less scrutiny than nursing homes. Investigations in Vermont and elsewhere have revealed patterns of poor care and deaths.

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The WHO Knows Insulin Is Too Expensive. How It Plans To Drive Down The Price

Globally, half of the estimated 100 million people who are in need of insulin do not have reliable access. The World Health Organization hopes a "prequalification" program will help.

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The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 07:00
Stories about climate disaster have entertained us for years. Now, they’re getting more unforgiving and dire.
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