The Indian journalists fighting fake news
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The Indian journalists fighting fake news

Indian journalist Bharat Nayak knows misinformation can have dangerous consequences. He’s witnessed it too often in his home state of Jharkhand, India. According to Bharat, “Indian society has been gravely affected by ‘fake news’, which has  contributed to a rise in hatred and violence, and horrific incidences of lynching.” Concern about misinformation was especially pronounced around…

How Likely Is The Worst-Case Climate Scenario?
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How Likely Is The Worst-Case Climate Scenario?

Photo: GettyAs a climate reporter, I’m not used to reporting any remotely good news on a global scale. But according to a new comment in Nature, things might be looking up a bit. This (potential) good news is super technical, but it’s also super important.To describe the future of our planet under different circumstances, climate…

Block Internet Explorer’s Latest Vulnerability With This Workaround
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Block Internet Explorer’s Latest Vulnerability With This Workaround

Microsoft disclosed a troublesome vulnerability in Internet Explorer last week, affecting various permutations of Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11 across Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10 (as well as various editions of Windows Server). The bad news is that Microsoft won’t likely patch this problem until February—when the next major batch of security updates…

The Iowa Caucus Debacle Leads This Week’s Internet News Roundup
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The Iowa Caucus Debacle Leads This Week’s Internet News Roundup

This last week, like many before it, was jam-packed with news. The coronavirus continued to spread; President Trump restricted New York residents from entering into trusted traveler programs; actor Kirk Douglas died; Jameela Jamil came out as queer. Also, Christina Koch returned to Earth after almost a year in space, and likely wants to go…

It’s Safe to Eat Lettuce Again, If You Must
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It’s Safe to Eat Lettuce Again, If You Must

Photo: ShutterstockIf you’ve been craving romaine lettuce for months, I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that you have terrible taste in salads. The good news is that, according to the CDC, it’s safe to eat romaine again. Ever since the holidays we were supposed to be checking labels…

An AI Virus Warning System, Mac Malware, and More News
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An AI Virus Warning System, Mac Malware, and More News

Artificial intelligence is alerting and Mac malware is diverting, but first: a cartoon about baby privacy.Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here!Today’s NewsAn AI epidemiologist sent the first warnings of the Wuhan virusOn January 9, the World…

The ‘Book Murderer’ Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup
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The ‘Book Murderer’ Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Technically, because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, this past week was a short one for a lot of folks, work-wise. However, things being what they are, that didn’t necessarily mean life was quiet on social media. (The internet never sleeps, amirite?) But what were people talking about? Well, there was news that President…

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News
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An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

The future comes in fits and starts, and we buckled up and went through a few this week. Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin, an electric six-seat, steering-wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy. The vehicle will go into production … sometime,…

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix’s Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News
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A Virus Outbreak, Netflix’s Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

China is learning and Oscar nominations are burning, but first: a cartoon about starting the startup young.Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here!Today’s NewsChina’s swift ID of a new virus is a win for public healthA new…