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Monday, August 20, 2018

Reveal metal objects with Wi-Fi; overexcited engineers think security

Enlarge / Even in 2018, there's still a wooden sign proudly advertising "Free Wi-Fi." (credit: Cyrus Farivar) One of the least fun jobs when writing a scientific paper is coming...

Years after Mylan’s epic EpiPen price hikes, it finally gets a generic rival

Enlarge / EpiPen two-pack. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle) Mylan’s life-saving epinephrine auto-injector, EpiPen, now has a generic rival, the Food and Drug Administration triumphantly announced. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA now has...

Rocket Report: China aims for the Moon, SpaceX gets approval for load-and-go

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.13 of the Rocket Report! This week's issue covers a lot of ground, from more commercial space activity in China, to new Russian...

The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists

Enlarge (credit: State Historical Society of North Dakota) Bread, like wine, is pivotal in Judeo-Christian rituals. Both products exemplify the use of human ingenuity to re-create what nature provides, and...

After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have “gone seriously wrong”

Enlarge / Delicious, non-cancerous, coffee. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) After a judge ruled in March that coffee should be served with jolting labels that alert drinkers to a cancer risk,...

Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought

Enlarge (credit: Dr. Stephen Buckley, University of York) Ancient Egyptians started embalming their dead about 1,500 years earlier than archaeologists previously realized, according to chemical analysis of the funerary wrappings...

High-energy protons emitted after hooking up with neutrons

Enlarge / Abstract image of electrons and protons. (credit: Kevin Dooley) If you hit an atom's nucleus hard enough, it will fall apart. But exactly how it falls apart tells...

Please join us in welcoming Ars’ newest contributor, Jennifer Ouellette

Readers who pay careful attention may have noticed a new byline attached to an article yesterday. And, if any of you follow physics—which seems to be a lot of you—they will...

New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real world test

Enlarge / "Seth Darling, Jeff Elam, Ed Barry conduct research experiments with the Oleo Sponge in Santa Barbara, California." (credit: Argonne National Laboratory) In March 2017, Ars wrote about a...

DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples

Enlarge / Chaco Canyon ruins in New Mexico. (credit: Erik Terdal / Flickr) Lots of macaw parrot skeletons and feathers have turned up at human settlements in the southwestern US...