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Headlines Edition

Saturday Headlines: The moon’s a balloon.

The US death toll from Covid has now surpassed 700,000 people. / Associated Press

"Each year, our moon moves distinctly, inexorably farther from Earth—just a tiny bit, about an inch and a half, a nearly imperceptible change." / The Atlantic

The FCC wants to curtail SIM hijacking by forcing wireless carriers to notify customers when SIM changes or port requests are made on their accounts. / VICE

A new lawsuit says a ransomware attack at an Alabama hospital that cut off monitoring equipment resulted in a baby's death. / The Washington Post

According to emails, the CDC designed Covid vaccine cards to fit in wallets, but that decision somehow got lost along the way. / The Verge

A live feed of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "L'Arc de Triomphe Empaqueté," which closes tomorrow. / YouTube

See also: An interactive map delineates the ages of Paris's architecture, from pre-1400 to the present day. / Tableau

The South Pole has reported its coldest winter on record. / The Washington Post

Google Maps is adding a "fire" layer to show wildfire boundaries. / Ars Technica

While museums have been reluctant to embrace NFTs, some galleries have found ways to use the technology to fund meaningful goals. / Hyperallergic

Using X-rays and data processing, censored portions of Marie Antoinette's letters while under house arrest can now be read. / Smithsonian Magazine

Scientists have used DNA from ancient Egyptian mummies to predict how their faces may have looked when they were alive. / CNET

See also: The zygotic splitting resulting in identical twins appears to have a DNA signature that could tell if someone had a twin lost in the womb. / The Guardian

"It looks like something you'd find in a nuclear exclusion zone, but it's really not abandoned at all." Why a vintage train is rotting in the Tennessee woods. / Jalopnik

Netflix's streaming of Seinfeld at 16:9 instead of its original 4:3 aspect ratio means key moments are being lost—e.g, the titular joke in "The Pothole" episode. / ComicBook

With so much citizen data from the birdwatching boom, scientists aren't sure if avian activity is changing—or the data is revealing things they've never seen before. / WIRED

Thanks to streaming, major music labels have more than recovered from the setbacks of the early 2000s—and found entirely new ways to exploit artists. / The Guardian

"It's as if the world's best carne asada were served at every Taco Bell." Has Texas brisket peaked? / Texas Monthly