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The sounds of a Martian sunrise inspire short musical composition
NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, fell silent earlier this year, but even if it never regains full function, it had one last gift to give. Scientists have transformed Opportunity's image of its 5000th sunrise on Mars into music using a process called data sonification. “Image sonification is a really flexible technique to explore science and it can be used in several…

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Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. is one of the most popular heavy strategy games of the last two years (read our 2016 review); it earned a nomination for the Kennerspiel des Jahres (expert’s “game of the year”), losing to the very good but much simpler series.

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Westworld’s Main Street shooting set at Paramount Ranch burns down
Further ReadingWestworld season 2: “The puppet show is over and we are coming for you”The Woolsey Fire currently burning in Los Angeles County has destroyed much of the Western Town, a key feature of Paramount Ranch. The site was where the Main Street scenes in Westworld were filmed.

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How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years
We tend to think of technology as something that moves electrons around. But I'm going to take a little diversion into technology that is used to move around (and yes, our electrons as well, you pedants). The humble bicycle has been in existence for roughly two centuries, and the general outlines of what we use today were in place by…

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Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules
Further ReadingDid Alexa hear a murder? We may finally find outOn Friday, a local judge in New Hampshire ordered Amazon to hand over Echo recordings made the day a Farmington couple was murdered at their home. According to local media accounts, Strafford County Superior Court Presiding Justice Steven M.

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A trip through the peer review sausage grinder
Update: This week, Ars staffers from across the country gather together in real life for our annual meeting, Technicon. We're supposed to be talking more than typing, so we're resurfacing a few classic Ars stories just in case the front page gets lonely. This one, which originally ran on November 3, 2010, centers on our peers (the scientific ones, not…

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Understanding the Brain is a catalog of all we don’t know about the brain
Twenty years ago, the neuroscientist John E. Dowling wrote a book about the brain called . Since then, our understanding of cellular neurobiology and even systems neuroscience has exploded. So Dowling decided to update his book. Yet our understanding of the mind has not exploded apace with our understanding of the brain—scientists and philosophers can’t even agree on a definition…

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The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal
New radiometric dating identifies the oldest known figurative drawing—not a stenciled outline of a hand or an abstract design, but an actual attempt to depict a real object in an image. As far as we know, a cave wall in Indonesian Borneo was the site for the first time a person drew , rather than just making abstract marks.

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Facebook joins Google, halts mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases
Further ReadingGoogle ends mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment casesOn Friday, Facebook followed Google’s lead and announced to employees that it would be ending its policy that required mandatory arbitration for employee sexual harassment claims. The news was first reported by the , which noted that there was also an update to "its interoffice dating policy to require any executive at…