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How Self-Driving Car Makers Measure Their Own Progress

New reports track how often humans need to take control of autonomous vehicles being tested. That’s a lousy way to assess the nascent industry.

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How a Hacker’s Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden’s Computer

Security analyst John Strand had a contract to test a correctional facility’s defenses. He sent the best person for the job: his mother.

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US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

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The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The patient was admitted to UC Davis Medical Center on February 19 but not diagnosed until the 23rd—raising concerns about testing capabilities and health care workers’ exposure to the disease.

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GOES Extreme Weather–Tracking Satellites Get Ready for Launch

A new array of sats will detect nearly every bolt of lightning in the Western Hemisphere, powering an early warning system for climate-change-fueled superstorms.

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Today’s Cartoon: License to Whine

A wedge between family members that drives itself.

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I Used ‘Minecraft’ to Cope with My Apocalypse Anxiety

A series of mods can transform the building-block game into a new way to explore what the world may look like after climate change.

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Smithsonian Open Access Puts 2.8 Million Images in the Public Domain

The archive includes hi-res images of Muhammad Ali’s boxing gear, 15th-century manuscripts, and data that could help surface untold stories of women in science.

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In California, Which Self-Driving Cars Log the Most Miles?

New reports show autonomous vehicles from 36 companies covered 2.9 million miles in the state last year, up from 2.1 million in 2018.

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A Flaw in Billions of Wi-Fi Chips Let Attackers Decrypt Data

Affected devices include iPhones, iPads, Macs, Amazon Echos and Kindles, Android devices, and various Wi-Fi routers.

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