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If you love someone, know Lego is releasing an ISS-inspired set in February
Perhaps reinforcing the idea that waiting until the last minute can be good for gift-seekers, Lego today announced it has produced an International Space Station-inspired set that will be available on February 1 for $69.99. (Outside of an Ars subscription, this is perfect Valentine's Day gift for any Arsian in your life.

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This EV company is using AI and 3D printing to add lightness
Further ReadingArcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?Arcimoto accurately calls its electric three-wheeler a Fun Utility Vehicle—we first tested one at CES four years ago, and it remains one of the more entertaining vehicles I've driven for Ars. The company started delivering the first FUVs to customers last September, but it's not quite done with the design…

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New twist on marshmallow test: Kids depend on each other for self control
In the 1970s, the late psychologist Walter Mischel explored the importance of the ability to delay gratification as a child to one's future success in life, via the famous Stanford "marshmallow experiment." Now a team of German researchers has adapted the classic experimental setup with German and Kenyan schoolchildren and found that kids are more likely to delay gratification when…

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Nobody can see all of CES. But I tried
To the surprise and delight of the more experienced Ars staff, I volunteered to attend CES—the Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas—this year. The delight, as it turns out, is because if I hadn't volunteered, one of them might have been voluntold. I didn't let the get me down, though; attending CES has been a bucket-list item for…

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Curmudgeon watch: My 2020 tech resolutions
Now that I'm in my 40s, I am officially Old™, which gives me license to be curmudgeonly. I take as much advantage of that right as I possibly can. But I don't think that my 2020 list of tech resolutions, which I've been formulating over the last three weeks, is actually as curmudgeonly as it might seem on first glance.

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Radiohead.com unveils “The Radiohead Library,” an official band repository
On Monday, British rock band Radiohead rolled out arguably the most comprehensive one-stop website for a single band we've ever seen—and for an Internet-savvy band like Radiohead, that's saying something. The Radiohead Library, which can be found at the sensible URL of radiohead.com/library, includes nearly every official studio release since the band's debut album launched in 1993, along with much,…

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Researchers completely re-engineer yeast to make more biofuel
A little while ago, we covered the idea of using photovoltaic materials to drive enzymatic reactions in order to produce specific chemicals. The concept is being considered mostly because doing the same reaction in a cell is often horribly inefficient because everything else in the cell is trying to regulate the enzymes, trying to use the products, trying to convert…

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Crytek, Cloud Imperium battle over how to end Star Citizen lawsuit
Further ReadingCrytek sues developers over game engineBack in late 2017, we told you about Crytek's lawsuit against developer Cloud Imperium Games over an "exclusive" license to use CryEngine in its titles. Now, over two years (and one failed settlement attempt) later, the two companies are fighting over how exactly that lawsuit should be dismissed.

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Outbreak of new virus explodes in China; human-to-human spread confirmed
An outbreak of a never-before-seen coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan dramatically worsened over the last few days with the case count more than tripling, cases appearing in new cities, and confirmation that the virus is spreading person-to-person. Further ReadingNever-before-seen virus in China outbreak kills one, spreads to ThailandThe World Health Organization announced Monday that it will convene an…