The weather phenomenon behind yesterday’s storms, explained

At its peak, there were more than a quarter of a million power outages across Massachusetts yesterday caused by a strong line of thunderstorms that moved from Ontario, Canada, all the way across southern New England. As the cleanup continues, you might wonder what caused all the tree damage and resulting power outages.

First of all, what occurred yesterday was not a tornado. Tornadoes are a specific wind phenomenon in which the wind is rotating; we did not have any rotation yesterday. What we did see were microbursts. A microburst is just a small downburst that is usually less than 4 kilometers across. You can contrast this with a derecho, another severe wind phenomenon, which is a line of straight-line winds that lasts a longer time and moves across a wider area. One might even argue that yesterday’s line of microbursts was in a sense a derecho, but I will

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Trump’s coronavirus treatments: Remdesivir, regeneron and more, explained

Donald Trump at the White House

After spending three nights at Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday.


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President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Monday after announcing Thursday he’d tested positive for coronavirus and spending three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. As he battles COVID-19, Trump has been receiving a handful of different treatments for the disease, including an experimental antibody cocktail and the highly touted antiviral remdesivir.

As a 74-year-old overweight male, Trump has a heightened risk of experiencing severe complications from COVID-19, according to the CDC. Both age and obesity increase the risk of hospitalization by a factor of three. The White House has maintained a stoic optimism about his condition since diagnosis, and Trump himself has downplayed the seriousness of the novel coronavirus, tweeting Monday “don’t be afraid of Covid.” 

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The technology that powers political campaigns in 2020, explained

Campaigns and elections have always been about data—underneath the empathetic promises to fix your problems and fight for your family, it’s a business of metrics. If a campaign is lucky, it will find its way through a wilderness of polling, voter attributes, demographics, turnout, impressions, gerrymandering, and ad buys to connect with voters in a way that moves or even inspires them. Obama, MAGA, AOC—all have had some of that special sauce. Still, campaigns that collect and use the numbers best win.

That’s been true for some time, of course. In 2017, Hillary Clinton lamented that the Democratic National Committee had supplied her team with out-of-date data. She blamed this in part for her loss to Donald Trump, whose campaign sat atop an impressive Republican data-crunching machine. (The DNC retorted that it wasn’t the data, but how it was used, that was inadequate.)

In 2020, campaigns have added new wrinkles

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Stock Market Crash Explained In 5 Charts

If you are reading this, you are probably wondering what the heck is going on with stocks.

As I’ll show, there are four out-of-sight forces driving the stock sell-off. And all you need to know is summed up in these five simple charts.

Tech stocks are dragging down the stock market

Let’s begin with tech, the culprit of the stock market pullback.

As Covid holed up the world, investors rushed to lockdown-immune tech stocks for shelter. This haste created a historic boom that nearly doubled the entire tech sector in just five months:

But the tech boom didn’t just buoy up tech companies. It lifted the entire stock market.

You see, tech’s put on some “weight” lately. For the past two decades, tech made up 18-22% of the S&P. But last month,

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Xbox Series X And Xbox Series S Storage Explained

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are both capable of loading game worlds almost instantly, delivering seamless gameplay that won’t leave you waiting for minutes on a loading screen as an area is generated. That advantage compared to Xbox One is largely because of the new Xbox storage device, which is a custom NVMe SSD rather than the hard drives used previously. It’s one of the biggest game-changers going into the next generation, and if you’re wondering how it all works, we’ll break it down for you.

How does Xbox storage work on the new systems?

Xbox Series X – Quick Resume Tech Demo

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Parents’ Guide To Next-Gen Consoles: PS5 And Xbox Series X/S Explained

A new console generation is upon us. If you don’t play video games (or even if you do), navigating the tech and gaming landscapes can feel intimidating, even without the additional questions and confusion prompted by new PlayStation and Xbox systems hitting the market soon. If you’re a prospective buyer, like a parent doing some early holiday shopping, and find yourself in this camp–confused by all the different brands, naming conventions, accessories, and technical details–don’t worry! In this guide, we’ll walk you through what’s currently on the market, break down the key differences between the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S, and try to ease some of that gift-buying pressure.

Explaining Next Gen: The PS5 and Xbox Series X

Because of innovations in hardware and other trends and advancements in the game industry, new game consoles often launch around the same time. These periods are referred to

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