Here’s how to make sure Hawaii’s missile warning fiasco isn’t repeated

reader comments 82 Share this story This is a guest post from Steve Bellovin, a professor in the Computer Science department and affiliate faculty at the law school at Columbia University. His research focuses on networks, security, and public policy. His opinions don’t necessarily reflect the views of Ars Technica. Enlarge EUGENE TANNER/AFP/Getty Images By […]

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Poison arrows inspire new male contraceptive, scientists report

Enlarge / Aim carefully. Getty | Brian Seed reader comments 67 Share this story According to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre. The poison in question has spattered from the tips of African weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors. […]

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An MMO goes full circle, promises to bring subscriptions back this year

Enlarge / Starting sometime this year, you’ll be able to pay up front to fake as any of Rift Prime‘s heroes. Trion reader comments 37 Share this story The online game-subscription model has generally waned in recent years, overtaken by the popularity (and apparent profitability) of the “free-to-play” (F2P) paradigm. One of the earliest MMORPGs […]

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A gene that keeps track of how often it’s made into a protein

Enlarge / Ribosomes sometimes ignore one of these. Noirathsi’s Eye / Flickr reader comments 18 Share this story Folks in the Baranov lab in County Cork, Ireland, were just reviewing old data they had lying around—you, know, as one does on a slow, boring afternoon—and they noticed something weird. The complexes within a cell that […]

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When wildlife conservation meets war

Enlarge Calle v H / Flickr reader comments 15 Share this story Much of the world’s conflict happens in areas rich in biodiversity, and war makes conservation a complicated issue. In 2016, a group of researchers published a paper exploring important questions about conflict and conservation: can conflict be included in planning for protected areas? […]

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