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Recommended Reading: The internet sleuths who caught the Astros cheating

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS How the internet helped crack the Astros’ sign-stealing case Joon Lee, ESPN One of the biggest sports stories of the year has already broke, and it’s barely mid-January. If you haven’t heard, Major League Baseball determined the Houston Astros used various methods, including video feeds, to steal signs from the opposition …

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Recommended Reading: A year later, the CRISPR babies are still a mystery

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Why the paper on the CRISPR babies stayed secret for so long Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review A year has passed since Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui presented work on editing the DNA of two girls while they were still embryos. Ethical issues with his actions abound, and even after all this …

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Recommended Reading: How memes became political weapons

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS How memes got weaponized: A short history Joan Donovan, MIT Technology Review Memes are entertaining, but they’ve also become key weapons in politics and the spread of misinformation. This piece starts with just one of many insane stories: “In October 2016, a friend of mine learned that one of his wedding …

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Recommended Reading: Your AirPods are going to die

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Everyone’s AirPods will die. We’ve got the trick to replacing them. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Washington Post If you hopped on the AirPod bandwagon early, your earbuds are likely near the end of their life. The Washington Post details what happens when your true wireless audio accessory stops working, including the …

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Recommended Reading: Replacing crops with solar panels

Sponsored Links Connie J. Spinardi via Getty Images California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times In parts of California, water is becoming scarce, and that’s not great news for farmers. There is an alternative though: solar panels. Los Angeles Times explains how the renewable energy source …

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Recommended Reading: The cost of Fortnite’s success

Sponsored Links Epic Games How Fortnite’s success led to months of intense crunch at Epic Games Colin Campbell, Polygon There have been a few stories recently about intense work conditions, or crunch, at studios making high-profile titles. Earlier this month we read about Anthem, and now we’re hearing about Fortnite. Polygon conducted interviews with employees …

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Recommended Reading: The battle to make the end of ‘Game of Thrones’

Helen Sloan/HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ first look: Inside the brutal battle to make season 8 James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly HBO’s insanely popular epic concludes in April, but the battle to film the battles, and to keep them from being leaked ahead of time, was a constant struggle for the crew. Entertainment Weekly goes behind the …

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