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Microsoft upgraded Windows Media Player—but you might still prefer one of these apps

Find the perfect program for loading up your movies and music. Windows / Unsplash Microsoft never fully killed off the classic Windows Media Player, but in recent years it hasn’t exactly shown it much love either. Now the audio and video tool is back in a new incarnation for Windows 11, and even though it doesn’t have all the features of its predecessor, ...

What causes Havana Syndrome? Not foreign attackers, CIA says.

Havana, Cuba. Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz via Pexels Most cases of so-called Havana Syndrome were likely not caused by Russia or any other foreign power, CIA officials concluded in a report released on Thursday. The majority of cases and symptoms can be explained by environmental causes, stress, or previously undiagnosed medical conditions. The agency...

Save $30 on this NASA-tech driven odor eliminator

Your living space is home to a litany of smells. Every home has a distinctive odor, but not all house smells are the same. Your grandma’s house may smell like cookie dough, while a best friend’s apartment may reek of citrus scents from their collection of essential oils. There may be times where your house smells funkier than you’d like. And...

Why healthy, vaccinated people should still care about Omicron

Studies under peer review show that Omicron causes fewer severe COVID-19 cases than previous variants, but health experts say the pandemic still isn't over. Prasesh Shiwakoti Lomash/Unsplash Since mid-December, the highly contagious Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has dominated the latest surge in COVID-19 cases across the US. However, growing...

How to avoid seeing yourself on video calls

Your camera might need to be on for school, but you might not want to watch yourself sit there. lucas law / Unsplash If you would rather square off against 100,000 hungry Everglades mosquitoes on their home turf than see your own face on video, a “cameras must be on” mandate is enough to get you buzzing with anxiety. Sure, some people love to stare...

Inside the lab using bones to study COVID and hearing loss

Historical cross-sections of the organs of the ear, about the size of thumbprints. To create new slides to study COVID-19, Johns Hopkins ear surgeon Matt Stewart had to get creative. Elizabeth Landau / Undark Elizabeth Landau is a science journalist and communicator living in Washington, D.C. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington...

There’s more to renaming multiple files on a Mac than you think

Apple's Finder icon is smiling, but secrets lie behind those eyes. TheRegisti / Unsplash The mundane act of changing a computer file’s name seems so simple that many of us take it for granted. But if you’re trying to rename multiple files on macOS, things get weirdly complicated—you’ll see way more options than you may think possible for such a humdrum...

Jeff Goldblum on riding motorcycles—and feeling fear

Always wear a helmet. National Geographic A few moments into a new episode of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” devoted to motorcycles, Goldblum recalls something his mother used to say about the two-wheelers: “Don’t ride a motorcycle—don’t do it—it’s a magic carpet to death, and, and, uh, misery.” “I’ve always found them kind of unnerving,...

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Bees and butterflies have trouble smelling flowers in polluted air

Air pollutants make it harder for butterflies and other pollinators to find flowers, which in turn, affects food stocks for people. Deposit Photos To pollinate the food we eat and the flowers in our gardens, insects like bees and butterflies rely on a keen sense of smell. “Our sense of smell is terrible compared to most other organisms,” says...

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