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Why Omicron quickly became a variant of concern

Enlarge / That's a lot of mutations. (credit: Stanford) On Friday, the World Health Organization officially named a new version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus a variant of concern, and attached the Greek letter omicron to the designation. The Omicron variant is notable for the sheer number of mutations in the spike protein of the virus. While...

To help people with long COVID, scientists need to define it

Enlarge (credit: Morsa Images | Getty Images) Almost from the beginning of the COVID pandemic, reports have accumulated of persistent, weird, disabling symptoms in survivors, a syndrome that's come to be known as long COVID. The complex of fatigue, confusion, heart arrhythmias, gut disorders, and other problems—which may persist months...

It’s time to fear the fungi

Enlarge / Computer illustration of Candida fungi (yeast). The most common representatives of Candida fungi are C. albicans and C. auris with similar morphology. C. albicans is found on the skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, genitals, respiratory tract, and digestive tract. The most common disease caused by C. albicans is vaginal candidiasis (thrush)....

David Tennant makes a dashing Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days preview

Phileas Fogg (David Tennant), Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch), and Jean Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) set out on the adventure of a lifetime in a new TV adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days The series debuts January 2, 2022. Jules Verne's 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, inspired numerous real-life attempts to navigate the...

Tesla forced to turn down €1.1 billion in EU support for German battery plant

(credit: Tesla / Aurich Lawson) Tesla has been forced to turn down more than 1.1 billion euros in European subsidies for its planned battery plant near Berlin after delays to the flagship project breached a key condition of the funding. The electric car maker had applied for the money through an EU program established to develop the...

The best Black Friday 2021 weekend deals on Apple devices

Enlarge (Update 11/27/21 7:30 pm EST): Black Friday has passed but deals roll on. We've swept through for changes to price, stock, and additional Black Friday deals still running through the weekend. We've also added Apple's $50 gift card deal for the lower-priced iPhone 12, iPhone Mini, and iPhone SE. Original post (11/26/21...

Andrew and Lee continue watching The Wheel of Time—and it’s getting real

Enlarge / We spend time getting to know some Aes Sedai in this episode, including Liandrin (Kate Fleetwood). (credit: Amazon Studios) Andrew Cunningham and Lee Hutchinson have spent decades of their lives with Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson's Wheel of Time books, and they're bringing that knowledge to bear as they recap each episode...

Humans have broken a fundamental law of the ocean

Enlarge / Microphotograph of thalassiothrix frauenfeldii, Thalassionemataceae, phytoplankton. (credit: De Agostini Picture Library | Getty Images) On November 19, 1969, the CCS Hudson slipped through the frigid waters of Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia and out into the open ocean. The research vessel was embarking on what many of the...

The SWFT VOLT: A minimalist e-bike with a price to match

Enlarge (credit: SWFT) So far, the two e-bikes I've looked at on Ars have been targeting the high end: expensive components and a carefully thought-through riding experience. I looked at them because I thought their creators were trying to do interesting things with the e-bike format, especially compared to the commoditized bikes being...

All the best Black Friday 2021 deals we can find [Updated]

Enlarge / A sampling of the best Black Friday deals we've found. (Update 11/26/21 5:35 pm EST): Black Friday is nearing its end, and the rate of noteworthy new discounts has slowed. Nevertheless, we've updated our roundup of the best deals we can find, making sure prices are correct and striking out offers that have expired. We've...

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