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Confirmed: Vikings Reached the Americas Long Before Columbus

Reconstructed Viking-Age building next to the site of L’Anse aux Meadows. Image: Glenn Nagel PhotographyVikings were active at a Newfoundland settlement nearly 500...

How Joe Manchin and Republicans Could Destroy the World

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool (Getty Images)The United Nations climate conference happening in Glasgow in less than two weeks will essentially chart a course for...

Deepfaking Genitalia Into Blurred Porn Leads to Man’s Arrest in Japan

Another intriguing and lucrative use case exploring the potential of deepfake technology: dicks, unblurred. On Monday, police in Japan arrested a man who...

The ABCs of Big Oil: How Big Oil Killed Our Political Imagination

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Shutterstock, PixelSquid, Getty Images)On The ABCs of Big Oil, a new podcast miniseries produced in collaboration with Drilled, my...

Rising Temperatures Will Change Air Conditioning Use—But Not How You Expect

An Indian migrant daily wage worker sleeps next to an air cooler under a mosquito net on a steel box, used to store...

Former Senior Pentagon Official Says China is Beating Us in AI

Screenshot: Lucas Ropek/U.S. Air ForceA former senior Pentagon official recently quit his job over frustrations with the government’s apparent inability to make...

Astronaut’s Photo Shows a Huge Blue Flash in Earth’s Atmosphere

The blue flash, seen in this photograph taken by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.Last week, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured a...

Mysterious, Bright Flash in Space May Actually Have Been Rocket Junk

In 2017, a team of astronomers looking at the oldest and most distant galaxy in the observable universe saw something weird in their...

‘Speaking Portraits’ Make It Unsettlingly Easy to Turn Still Photos Into Animated Deepfakes

Earlier this year, social media was briefly taken over by seemingly everyone using MyHeritage’s Deep Nostalgia feature to bring old photos to life....

The Pandemic Has Torpedoed Life Expectancy Across the Globe, Study Finds

Headstones at the Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York on March 31, 2020.Photo: Bryan R. Smith/AFP (Getty Images)New research this week puts the...

Joe Biden’s Worker Heat Protections Are Right on Time—and Decades Too Late

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP (Getty Images)The U.S. just went through its hottest summer on record. Searing heat killed hundreds and sickened countless more,...

Archaeologists See Ancient Teotihuacán With Aerial Mapping Tech

The Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacán, Mexico.Photo: Claudio CRUZ / AFP (Getty Images)Teotihuacán in its heyday was one of the largest cities in...

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