A Silicon Valley school is using virtual escape rooms to evaluate prospective students

The logo on the escape room’s opening screen. | Image: Paruzal Applying to an elite middle school sounds like a stressful experience, and I’m sure COVID-19 doesn’t help. With things like open houses, campus tours, and in-person interviews off the table, applicants have fewer chances to experience their prospective schools — and admissions offices have […]

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Twitter will label COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and enforce a strike system

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter announced Monday that it will start labeling tweets that share misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines. The labels will include links to relevant information from official bodies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Twitter plans to enforce a five-strike system for repeat offenders that can […]

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San Diego Comic-Con, E3, and Anime Expo cancel geek gatherings for the second year in a row

San Diego Comic-Con has just announced this year’s show will not go on, at least not in person. For the second time in 50 years — the first was last year — Comic-Con has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There’ll still be a virtual event from July 23rd to the 25th, and organizers […]

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Vaccine centers embrace stickers and selfie stations 

Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images The best picture I’ve seen this week was a selfie from my father-in-law who just got his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Along with the shot, they gave him a sticker that says “I got vaccinated!” As the vaccine rollout continues, clinics and distribution centers across the […]

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine backed by independent FDA committee

Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images An independent committee of vaccine experts has unanimously recommended that the Food and Drug Administration authorize the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older, taking it one step closer to use in the United States. The FDA is expected to authorize the […]

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Oxford lab studying the coronavirus was victim of a cyberattack

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Oxford University disclosed on Thursday that one of its research labs dedicated in part to studying COVID-19 suffered a cyberattack, following an investigation from Forbes indicating external access to a number of the lab’s systems. The lab is part of Oxford’s Division of Structural Biology, known as “Strubi.” […]

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AMC A-List subscribers can now wait until July to reactivate due to lack of new Hollywood releases

Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images AMC Theatres has announced another extension for subscribers of its Stubs A-List membership who are mulling over when to reactivate. Now, existing members of the MoviePass-style plan can wait until July to decide whether they’d like their plan to resume or whether they’ll cancel instead. Previously, AMC said in November […]

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Vaccine rollout won’t be equitable unless health care reckons with racism

Dr. Michelle Chester, right, rolls up the sleeve of Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, before she is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, December 14th, 2020. Lindsay was one of the first people in the United States to get a dose of the newly authorized vaccine. | Photo by Mark […]

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