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Driverless delivery startup Nuro raises almost $1 billion
The autonomous delivery startup Nuro has raised $940 million from The Softbank Vision Fund, making it one of the most lavishly funded startups in the driverless car sector. The news comes after Nuro became one of the first startups in the world to begin operating a fully driverless commercial service on public roads.

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Shipwreck reveals ancient market for knock-off consumer goods
Sometime in the late 12th century CE, a merchant ship laden with trade goods sank off the coast of Java. The 100,000 ceramic vessels, 200 tons of iron, and smaller amounts of ivory, resin, and tin ingots offer a narrow window onto a much broader world of global trade and political change.

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After glitch grants access, Bethesda says locked Fallout 76 vault will open
Bethesda has confirmed that a locked vault in will eventually open, but the admission came only after a player was briefly trapped in the locked area due to an in-game glitch. Further ReadingTwo weeks in, is a lonely, glitchy, flawed messThe saga started this weekend when Reddit user McStaken posted pictures from inside the mysterious vault, which appears on the…

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A potted history of Japan’s car industry delights at the Petersen Museum
Further ReadingMicrocar madness at the Lane Motor MuseumLOS ANGELES—Like most nerds, I love spending time in a good museum. It doesn't matter if it's planes, video games, cars—even creationists. (OK, that last one wasn't , per se.) When it comes to good car museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is one of my favorites—right up there with the…

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Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency
Google Play has been caught hosting yet another malicious app, this time one that was designed to steal cryptocurrency from unwitting end users, researchers said Friday. The malware, which masqueraded as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, worked by replacing wallet addresses copied into the Android clipboard with one belonging to attackers, a researcher with Eset said in a blog post.

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Our favorite two-player board games, 2019 edition
If you're anything like us, Valentine's Day brings to mind iconic images of candlelit dinners, boxes of chocolate, roses, and, of course, board games. "What tabletop games are best for couples?" is a question we get all the time here at Ars Cardboard, and today we're answering (again) by reprising our 2016 two-player guide with fresh new picks for 2019.

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Scenes from America’s largest auto show
From its start in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show has grown to become the largest auto show in North America. Held every February at the massive McCormick Place Convention Center, the Chicago Auto Show opens for its 111th run today. Typically the scene of vehicle debuts, 2019 was no exception, with Land Rover unveiling the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, Subaru…

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Drug companies are sitting on generics—43% of recently approved aren’t for sale
Of the more than 1,600 generic drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration since January of 2017, more than 700—or 43 percent—are not for sale in the US, according to a new analysis by Kaiser Health News. The finding means that many pricy, brand-name drugs are not facing the competition that could help drive down soaring prices.

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New images of the distant Ultima Thule object have surprised scientists
Back in early January, when scientists pulled down their first batch of data from the New Horizons spacecraft, they celebrated an odd snowman-shaped object in the outer Solar System. From this first look, it appeared as though Ultima Thule, formally named 2014 MU69, consisted of two spheres in contact with one another—a contact binary.