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Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it

Enlarge / This is the exact moment in the goop lab‘s third episode in which Gwyneth Paltrow admits she doesn’t know the difference between a vagina and a vulva. She’s making a hand gesture to say what she thought the “vagina” was. (credit: Netflix) Disclaimer: This review contains detailed information about the Netflix series the goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow. ...

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This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight

Enlarge / Is this the year paying customers fly into space on VSS Unity and White Knight Two? (credit: GENE BLEVINS/AFP/Getty Images) This year could see the fulfillment of a number of long-promised achievements in human spaceflight. For the first time, private companies could launch humans into orbit in 2020, and two different companies could send paying tourists on suborbital ...

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HP Spectre x360 13 review: A high-end two-in-one that’s hard to beat

Enlarge / It is sleek. (credit: Valentina Palladino) There was a lot to love about the 4th-generation HP Spectre x360 13, but HP wasn’t satisfied. The new 5th-gen laptop, which debuted at the end of 2019, has more improvements than you’d think just by glancing at it. in fact without inspecting it thoroughly, you may think the new Spectre x360 ...

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Inside TASBot’s semi-secret, probably legal effort to control the Nintendo Switch

A sneak peek of the Super Mario Maker 2 gameplay that TASBot will show off, live, on stock Nintendo Switch hardware and software this weekend For years now, the TASBot team has shown time and again that tool-assisted speedruns—which can feature superhuman input speeds powered by frame-by-frame emulator recordings—can actually work on unmodified console hardware. Thus far, though, TASBot’s efforts ...

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Forget Top Gun: Maverick—let’s settle Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf once and for all

Enlarge / Look at this crap I used to do in elementary school. (credit: Peter Opaskar) In June 2020, the nostalgia-industrial complex will pump out Top Gun: Maverick, which will undoubtedly feature hotshot pilot Tom Cruise slaughtering a few dozen foreigners in order to complete his character arc. Cruise may do the hardest salute you’ve ever seen, but the real ...

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How Ars tests Wi-Fi gear (and you can, too)

Enlarge / Behold the glory: four refurbished Chromebooks, each with an additional Linksys WUSB6300 Wi-Fi adapter for out-of-band control and communications. (credit: Jim Salter) After our review of Google’s Nest Wi-Fi kit last fall, we received an unexpected request: Ars reader GerbilMagnus hopped into the comments and asked for an explainer about how we test Wi-Fi. Machination minutiae hadn’t necessarily struck us ...

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Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s

Enlarge / The Jones Live Map was an early 20th century attempt at turn-by-turn navigation. (credit: Seal Cove Auto Museum) It’s easy to take modern GPS navigation for granted; it’s no longer a novelty. Not only is it offered on the dashboard of your car, it’s on every smartphone in everyone’s purse or pocket. But if you think in-car navigation ...

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How modern tech has powered our favorite superheroes through the years

Enlarge / Just a small sampling of Stan Lee’s work. Indisputably, he was the creator or co-creator of some of the most iconic comic book characters of all time (credit: Marvel Comics) From Wonder Woman to Watchmen, it’s not easy to envision what pop culture would be like today without the impact of superheroes. It’s also not easy to comprehend ...

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