Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

A crashed lunar lander left dehydrated water bears stuck on the moon, Cloudflare has ditched 8chan following this weekend's shootings, and electric cars enter the used car market. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines The crashed Israeli lunar lander spilled tardigrades on the moon Tardigrades, or water bears, are known for being basically indestructible. These tiny creatures can survive boiling and freezing temperatures, human-killing levels of radiation, and can go without food and water for years. But can they survive in space? After a lunar lander crashed into the moon on April 11, thousands of dehydrated water bears …

The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakartas Insurance Crisis, and More News

The new app that creeps on your Instagram location, why Jakarta is sinking, and all things Comic Con. Fast. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines This app lets your Instagram followers track your location Wherever you go, Instagram's there too. A new app called Who's in Town offers its users an interactive map of every place the people they follow have geotagged themselves in Instagram posts and stories. While this information is ostensibly available already if you search through someone's posts, Who's in Town transforms data into a chronological log of the to-ings and fro-ings of anyone who …

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo’s New Switch, and More News

Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Virgin Orbit just dropped a rocket from a Boeing 747 Why launch rockets from the ground, when you could launch them with a head start from a plane? That's the thinking behind Virgin Orbit's plan to reduce the cost of getting into space by starting the rocket launch from 35,000 feet. Today's test focused on the rocket's free fall when released from a gutted Boeing …

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Opting out of facial recognition at the airport isn't easy. Flying this weekend? In at least 17 airports—if you're flying airlines that include Delta, JetBlue, American Airlines, and others—you may be asked to submit to a facial recognition scan in lieu of passport scanners before boarding. The Department of Homeland Security reports that the facial recognition program being deployed in airports …

Hackers Target US Power, Amazon Clones a Neighborhood, and More News

Amazon cloned an entire neighborhood, a dangerous hacker group takes aim at the US electrical grid, and the world remembers a running great. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every week day? Sign up here! Today's Headlines The highly dangerous "Triton" hackers have probed the US grid Security experts have been tracking a sophisticated hacker group that has apparently been looking for entry points to the US electrical grid. Usually scans like these wouldn't be newsworthy, but in this case we're talking about the group behind a reckless, nearly lethal oil refinery cyberattack in 2017. Experts call it "easily the most dangerous threat activity publicly …

Robert Mueller Speaks, Amazons New Echo Show, and More News

Robert Mueller breaks his silence, Amazon unveils a new device with more privacy features, and we pontificate on the philanthropy of billionaires. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines Robert Mueller finally speaks We all learned what Robert Mueller's voice actually sounds like when the special counsel made a surprise appearance this morning to discuss his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and whether the president obstructed justice. Summarizing his findings, Mueller explained that DOJ policy precluded his team from charging a sitting president with a crime, and that "if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that." Mueller ended his …

A Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash, Rising Methane Levels, and More News

A cruise in a self-driving Tesla turned deadly, the air taxi of the future has taken flight, and climate change is speeding up. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today's Headlines A new report on a fatal Tesla crash looks grim A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board reveals that a Tesla crash in March marked the fourth person to die in an Autopilot-related incident. The car hit a truck on the highway while driving itself, sheering the roof off the car and killing the driver—a crash that was eerily similar to an earlier one in May 2016. Yet Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues to promise that Tesla cars will be fully …

Trump Evicts Tech Workers, Avengers Return, and More News

Thousands of immigrant tech workers are being sent home under the Trump administration, GoDaddy is out to fight spam, and the Avengers are ready for their End Game. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Visa rejections for tech workers are soaring under President Trump On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to overhaul the H-1B visa program, an important program that draws specialized immigrant talent into American companies. But denial rates for both new applications and extensions have more than doubled since he took office, and thousands of workers who have spent years in the US are now being told to leave, some as soon as the end of the month. GoDaddy axed 15,000 …