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There Is More Than One Opioid Crisis

To better tackle the epidemic, Kentucky needed to know which drugs were causing lethal overdoses.<p>Sarah Hargrove didn’t expect to be on the front …

Addiction

Big titles must wait as Nintendo pushes back 64GB Switch game card rollout | Ars Technica

"Technical issues" reportedly caused holdup until 2019.<p>Those wishing for 64GB Nintendo Switch game cards will have to keep waiting. According to a</i> …

Bacteria under pressure run reaction in reverse to sequester carbon | Ars Technica

An enzyme that normally digests formic acid will happily make it.<p>Life performs many astonishing feats of chemistry, building complex molecules that …

Apple to lower battery replacement costs for select iPhones to $29 | Ars Technica

In attempts to make amends for iPhone slow down "misunderstanding."<p>The past few weeks have been tumultuous for Apple ever since the company confirmed …

Robocalls—and complaints about robocalls—are booming | Ars Technica

4.5 million complaints last year.<p>"Press '1' now to speak with cardholder services, as we have an amazing timeshare opportunity reserved for you. It …

How Hotmail changed Microsoft (and email) forever | Ars Technica

Acquired December 1997, Hotmail was the gift that kept on giving—for good or ill.<p>Twenty years ago this week—on December 29, 1997— Bill Gates bought …

How a Star Trek card game quietly continues, 10 years after its official end | Ars Technica

Video: STCCG is now free to play, the Continuing Committee makes new cards, too!<p>Earlier this year, I was back at my childhood home in Southern …

Do we need a tech boom for the elderly? | Ars Technica

Tech has been for the young, but a new book argues that’s about to change.<p>Joseph Coughlin has been director of the MIT AgeLab ever since he founded …

Your old iPhone battery can be replaced even if it passes Genius Bar test | Ars Technica

iPhone 6 and later devices won't be turned away by good Genius Bar test results.<p>Last week, Apple apologized for its iPhone performance slowdown …

Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell laptop with a Core i7 processor for $650 | Ars Technica

Plus deals on Sandisk SSDs, Sonos speakers, and Vizio TVs.<p>Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back in the saddle after celebrating another New Year …

Climate change will make it feel even worse than it is | Ars Technica

It’s the heat and the humidity.<p>If you're in the continental US at the moment, you're probably giving lots of thought to how the wind chill makes …

11,000-year-old child’s skeleton tells tale of Native American origins | Ars Technica

Suggests a human population was isolated in Beringia during the last ice age.<p>Where did Native Americans come from? Over the years, lots of ideas have …

Hotly debated 3.5 billion-year-old microbe fossils get another look | Ars Technica

Carbon isotopes seem to show ancient samples really are living in origin.<p>The title of “oldest evidence of life” has been provisionally claimed by a …

“Meltdown” and “Spectre”: every modern processor has unfixable security flaws | Ars Technica

Immediate concern is for Intel chips, but everyone is at risk.<p>Windows, Linux, and macOS have all received security patches that significantly alter …

Computer Science

Missing Nintendo’s Miiverse network? Check out this 17TB online archive | Ars Technica

Archive Team saves hundreds of millions of posts from the vibrant social network.<p>Nintendo's first attempt at creating a real online social network, …

Dealmaster: Get a Dell desktop PC with an 8th-gen Core i5 for $585 | Ars Technica

Plus deals on the Xbox One S, Bluetooth speakers, laptops, and more.<p>Greetings, Arsians! It's a fairly typical day here at Dealmaster HQ, so we'll get …

The Universe is producing more massive stars than we thought | Ars Technica

That means more supernovae, black holes, and a new model of star formation.<p>For fans of drama, the Universe can be a bit of a disappointment. Most of …

HBO will make Game of Thrones fans wait until 2019 for final season | Ars Technica

Any chance the long wait is due to an expected book release? We offer thoughts.<p>Last month, HBO offered a sneak peek at series, specials, and films to …

New measurement confirms: The ozone is coming back | Ars Technica

Despite lots of year-to-year variability, trends are now becoming clear.<p>The Montreal Protocol, which went into effect in 1989, is a rare instance of …

FCC releases final net neutrality repeal order, three weeks after vote | Ars Technica

With repeal officially published, FCC will soon face lawsuits.<p>The Federal Communications Commission today released the final version of its net …

Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it | Ars Technica

Intel, Microsoft, ARM, and others have responded. We dig in.<p>The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of …

Information Security

Charring, melting laptop batteries cause HP to issue voluntary recall | Ars Technica

The company will replace the battery for free and send a technician to do so.<p>Those who have purchased a new HP laptop in the past two years should …

HP’s Z 3D Camera puts Sprout’s scanning power on your PC | Ars Technica

A PC accessory that saves you from buying a new, $3,000 machine.<p>HP's Sprout all-in-one was a behemoth when it launched, and its second iteration, the …

Hollywood says it’s not planning another copyright extension push | Ars Technica

Copyrights from the 1920s will start expiring next year if Congress doesn’t act.<p>On January 1, 2019, every book, film, and song published in 1923 will …

Samsung’s The Wall TV is a modular 146-inch monster that uses MicroLED | Ars Technica

Unlike many wacky CES TV concepts, it may actually hit the market this year.<p>We noted when LG teased its 88-inch 8K OLED TV last week that CES is a …

Kaby Lake-G unveiled: Intel CPU, AMD GPU, Nvidia-beating performance | Ars Technica

New hybrid chips should offer a compelling alternative to discrete GPUs.<p>One of the more surprising products announced last year was an Intel CPU with …

Net neutrality gaining steam in state legislatures after FCC repeal | Ars Technica

Nebraska and California may challenge FCC's attempt to preempt state laws.<p>State legislators in Nebraska and California are proposing net neutrality …

Restoration of net neutrality rules hits key milestone in Senate | Ars Technica

30 senators support net neutrality bill as Democrats try to force a vote.<p>Senate Democrats who are trying to force a vote on reinstating net …

AMD’s 2018 roadmap: Desktop APUs in February, second-generation Ryzen in April | Ars Technica

AMD will fill important gaps in its processor line-up, but Vega’s rollout will remain limited.<p>AMD has used CES to lay out its plans for 2018. Over …

Star Trek: Discovery returns with more fodder for the fan theories | Ars Technica

The series takes us back to a world we've seen in Star Trek before, but not like this.<p>The first half of <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i>'s debut season ended with …