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What Is Paxlovid Rebound, and How Common Is It?

Editor’s Note (5/26/23): The Food and Drug Administration has formally approved the antiviral Paxlovid as a treatment for COVID. This article discusses how the drug works and the phenomenon of “Paxlovid rebound.” When President Joe Biden was diagnosed with COVID, he started taking an oral treatment of the antiviral Paxlovid almost immediately. Four days after …

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Plankton Generate a Cloudy Shield over the Antarctic

After sunlight completes its eight-minute journey to Earth, white surfaces such as clouds send much of it bouncing right back into space. The whiter and brighter the cloud, the better it is at reflecting sunlight—and at keeping Earth cool. Now, a study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics examines a surprising part of this process: …

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The future of TikTok bans

Are we really proceeding down a path where I might have to delete and re-download certain apps as I cross state lines? What is the future of TikTok bans, and could they ever actually be enforced? US policymakers have been scrutinizing the app intensely in recent months over concerns about Chinese espionage, but Montana’s ban …

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Lenovo Yoga 9i Review (2023): A Stylish, Powerful 2-in-1 Laptop

Lenovo claims 100 percent DCI-P3 color accuracy, and in my testing I found that my screen supported 100 percent of the sRGB space and 98 percent Adobe RGB color space. I mention my screen because Lenovo screens sometimes vary within the same product line, but these results are generally in keeping with what you’d expect …

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This Machine Makes You Hallucinate | WIRED

Last summer, in various cities in the UK, more than 40,000 people visited the Dreammachine, a large space designed to induce hallucinatory experiences with white stroboscopic light and electronic music. “We had guardians there to guide and relax people at the beginning through breathing exercises,” says Anil Seth, a neuroscientist at the University of Sussex …

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Sex Workers Are Still Hot for Twitter Spaces

Not all of this is a surprise. Sex workers were among the first technologists. They were the vanguard of sex-via-tech in the pre-dotcom era—remember the uber-popular, uber-sensual 1-900 hot lines from the ’90s? Once desire was digitized, they pioneered a more intimate kind of connection through pathbreaking mediums: using webcams to entertain client fantasies, leveraging …

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Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Review: Go Anywhere, Play Anything

Can you really have it all in one pair of headphones? Turtle Beach’s new Stealth Pro, which the company calls “the King” of wireless gaming, aims to prove you can. These wireless cans deliver a smorgasbord of features in an effort to be your ultimate gaming companion. Noise cancelling? Check. EQ-adjustable sound? Yup. Comprehensive platform …

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A Meteorite Fell in Their Bedroom. Here’s What Happened Next

When you hear the word “meteor,” you probably think of so-called shooting stars—the streaks of light that zip across the night sky when a small bit of space debris, usually no bigger than a grain of sand, speeds through Earth’s atmosphere and burns up because of friction with air molecules. If you have a more …

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Dried-Up Lagoon Is ‘Time Analog’ for Martian Life

As central Spain’s Tire Lagoon dried up over 20 years, becoming entirely desiccated by 2015, its barren landscape began to evoke arid Martian plains. That resemblance, it turns out, could be useful: researchers are watching the newly dead lagoon’s microbial residents to learn what could have happened to hypothetical life on Mars when its salty …

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9 Best Electric Kettles (2023): Gooseneck, Temperature Control, Cheap

If you don’t have an electric kettle in your kitchen, you’re missing out. Not only are these appliances slightly more energy-efficient than using a stovetop, but they’re portable and boil water more quickly. These days, electric kettles come in various sizes with different kinds of spouts, and you’ll often find models with customizable temperature settings …

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Bring Back the Seabirds, Save the Climate

This story originally appeared on Inside Climate News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Seabirds evolved about 60 million years ago, as Earth’s continents drifted toward their current positions and modern oceans took shape. They spread across thousands of undisturbed islands in the widening seas. And as flying dinosaurs and giant omnivorous sea …

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Baratza Encore ESP Review: A Grinder for Almost Every Kind of Coffee

“I don’t know if I’m on step 15,” said Olympia co-owner Sam Schroeder, who was twisting the hopper to adjust grind size. “That’s really sloppy.” Things got better after that though. Sam manned the grinder and Olympia’s retail trainer, Reyna Callejo, ran the espresso machine while I sat back and watched the experts work. Each …

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You Can Probably Beat ChatGPT at These Math Brainteasers. Here’s Why

It turns out that if you want to solve a brainteaser, it helps to have a brain. ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence systems are earning accolades for feats that include diagnosing medical conditions, acing an IQ test and summarizing scientific papers. Aim Scientific American wanted to see what would happen if the bot went head …

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Our Shifting Understanding of Democracy Is Fueling Populism and Culture Wars

For more than a century, the idea of ​​democracy has meant a liberal democracy, where we vote for our leaders and our government rests on a defining document like the US Constitution. In a liberal democracy, there is also a separation of powers between the different arms of our representative government and rule of law. …

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