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So Long, Supply Drops: *Call of Duty* Ditches Loot Boxes

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 10:00
In the upcoming *Modern Warfare*, players will have to unlock all weapons and attachments through gameplay. 
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The Little-Known ‘Slow Fire’ That’s Destroying All Our Books

LitHub: “…It’s called a “slow fire,” this continuous acidification and subsequent embrittlement of paper that was created with the seeds of its own ruin in its very fibers. In a 1987 documentary on the subject, the deputy Librarian of Congress William Welsh takes an embrittled, acid-burned book and begins tearing pages out by the handful, crumbling them into shards with an ease reminiscent of stepping on a dried-up insect carcass.

The destruction is inevitable. Depending on how a book was made and how it’s been stored, embrittlement can happen in as little as 30 to 100 years. Already, books have been lost, and the methods of preservation are too limited, time-consuming, and expensive to address the scale of the problem. Mass deacidification, where an alkaline neutralizing agent is introduced via a spray or solution applied to paper, once seemed like the golden solution; but while it can be used to prevent slightly acidified paper from deteriorating, it doesn’t reverse the effects of prior damage. The fallback is digitization—a fancy way to say mass-scanning, and the most used method of saving the content of a text, but not the book itself. In an article about the Library of Congress’ digitization efforts, Kyle Chayka reports that it would take literally decades of scanning to preserve the institution’s over 160 million object collection. At our existing technology’s current scanning pace, preserving the prints and photographs division alone would take about 300 years…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Cars Aren't Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 09:00
Plus, we investigate a new, tiny jet engine for cargo-touting drones, and check out Volvo's first electric car. 
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Trump's Pelosi Tweet Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 09:00
The president’s attack didn’t quite go over as planned. Also, Lady Gaga wants to know what Fortnite is.
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'The Blob,' A Smart Yet Brainless Organism Fit For Sci-Fi, Gets Its Own Exhibit

Is it an animal? A type of fungi? No, it's "the blob." The amorphous "slime mold" may not have a nervous system, but it's the star of a new exhibit at the Paris zoo.

(Image credit: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images)

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How to Pick the Best Roku: A Guide to Each Model (2019)

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 08:00
There are 7 Rokus for sale, and the differences between them are confusing. We break down exactly which Roku is best for your TV.
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6 Best Camera Accessories for Android and iPhone (2019)

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 08:00
Assemble a photo studio you can carry in a backpack or messenger bag.
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Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're *Still* Not So Smart

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 08:00
A tool called BERT can now outperform us on advanced reading-comprehension tests. It's also revealed how far AI has to go.
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Justin Trudeau Battles For His Political Survival As Canada Gets Ready To Vote

Stung by a series of recent scandals, the prime minister is locked in a virtual tie with Andrew Scheer of the opposition Conservative Party ahead of Monday's election.

(Image credit: Cole Burston/Getty Images)

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Partisan Divide Grows Over Opioid Settlement Plan

While most Republican attorneys general embrace Purdue Pharma's structured bankruptcy plan, all but two Democratic attorneys general reject it. "This is a moral issue for them," one expert says.

(Image credit: Jessica Hill/AP)

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Poll: Number Of Americans Who Favor Stricter Gun Laws Continues To Grow

The overall percentage of Americans who support tougher gun laws is on the rise, even as the partisan divide remains stark, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

(Image credit: Michael Casey/AP)

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When Snakes Slither Into Bangkok Homes, This Is The Wrangler Who Gets Rid Of Them

When pythons, cobras and pit vipers show up, Pinyo Pukpinyo, a sergeant in Bangkok's fire department, is the expert who catches them. He's been bitten 20 times but says his work "makes me happy."

(Image credit: Michael Sullivan for NPR)

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VIDEO: See A Controversial Swarm Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In A Lab In Italy

NPR was the only news organization allowed into the lab to witness the moment the releases began this year. The goal is to create a powerful new weapon in the fight against malaria.

(Image credit: Pierre Kattar for NPR)

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How to Control the Privacy of Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Posts

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 07:00
Whether it's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, lock down who can see what you're up to.
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The Beats Powerbeats Pro Are $50 Off Right Now

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 07:00
Our favorite wireless workout buds are down to $250 to $200 right now.
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CBS's 'Bob Hearts Abishola' Rings True To These Nigerian Viewers

The new sitcom is about a white, middle-aged Detroiter who falls head over heels for a Nigerian nurse. We asked a couple of Nigerian viewers what they think of the show.

(Image credit: CBS)

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Trump Drops Plan To Host G-7 Summit At His Miami Resort

Blaming "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility" as the reason for his reversal, the president said he will consider other sites for next year's meeting of international leaders.

(Image credit: Alex Sanz/AP)

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Andrew Yang Warns There Is No Guarantee Impeaching Trump Will Be Successful

Yang says Democrats need to articulate a vision for the country. "When we're talking about Donald Trump, we are losing to Donald Trump, even if it's in the context of talking about impeaching him."

(Image credit: A.J. Chavar for NPR)

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Bernie Sanders' Heart Attack Was A 'Gut Check' Moment

In an interview with NPR, the congresswoman said her decision to endorse Sanders is part of a movement that is "far larger than a presidential campaign."

(Image credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP)

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Could This Tree Be An Eco-Friendly Way To Wean Indonesian Farmers Off Palm Oil?

Palm oil plantations have led to widespread deforestation in Indonesia. But now some farmers are turning to a different crop — damar, a kind of anti-palm oil, grown in forest-based farms.

(Image credit: Julia Simon for NPR)

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