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Why Is It So Hard to Believe In Other People’s Pain?

Hostile suspicion of others, encompassing everything from the position of their mask to their stance on mandates, has marked this wretched pandemic from the start. Now, in perhaps the unkindest cut, suspicion is aimed at people with long Covid—the symptoms that may...

The Best Black Friday Deals for Your Kitchen

Vitamix 5200. Photograph: AmazonAmazonThere are blenders, and then there are Vitamix blenders. I was a skeptic, but like my fellow Gear reviewer Joe Ray, the Vitamix made me a blender person. A blender is, essentially, just a blade atop a motor. Everything else just...

Now Isn’t the Time to Give Users Control of Their Data

The testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen sparked the latest flare-up in a never-ending series of revelations on how companies and governments mine and commercialize our personal data. In an attempt to put consumers back in the driver’s seat, recent...

The 34 Best Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

Philips One by Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Photograph: PhilipsBest Buy, Target, AmazonThis is one of our favorite electric toothbrushes. It's not the most powerful one available, but it's thin and light, and it offers just a gentle vibration to aid in your cleaning....

It’s Time To Fear the Fungi

There are plenty of things in this world that might keep you up at night. There’s COVID-19, of course, but if you’re anxious like me you could probably rattle off a very long list of additional fears: getting hit by a car, cancer, being poisoned by an ill-advised gas...

What Are You Going to Tweet After You Die?

Few people “plan for how their own deaths will impact social media,” says Katie Gach, a digital ethnographer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who studies how people manage, and don’t manage, post-mortem social media data. To some of her subjects, “legacies” are...

The Future of Digital Assistants Is Queer

Queering the smart wife could mean, in its simplest form, affording digital assistants different personalities that more accurately represent the many versions of femininity that exist around the world, as opposed to the pleasing, subservient personality that many...

Humans Are On Track to Export Our Environmental Woes to Space

To be clear, space is not exactly the Wild West. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty—the Magna Carta of space law—set out a framework and key principles to guide responsible behavior in space. Negotiated and drafted during the Cold War era of heightened political tensions,...

The 25 Best Early Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

Many shipping times are already delayed this year due to supply chain issues and labor shortages. It's best to start shopping now for those on your holiday list instead of waiting for the last possible moment. Best Buy started its holiday deals event early, with Black...

Patient Testimonials Are Unethical And Should Be Banned

Still, he says, a doctor seeking any gift must always consider: “Is the patient really in a vulnerable position where they don't feel comfortable saying no? Or do they have the impression, whether warranted or not, that their care is going to be affected?”Even if...

How Apps Commandeered the Age-Old Idea of Takeout

At the turn of this century, when Seamless was launched, mostly as a tool for offices to place large orders from restaurants and caterers, it didn’t register as a threat. Nor did Just Eat in Denmark (2001) or Grubhub (2004) or a host of others, which all began...