“We didn’t need a crystal ball to see this coming.”

BY MARK KAUFMAN

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The great blazes burning the West are like colossal campfires.

What do you need to start a campfire? You need to burn some kindling. “The more kindling you have, the better your fire is going to burn,” said Valerie Trouet, a paleoclimatologist who researches forest ecosystems at the University of Arizona. “And the drier it is, the better it’s going to burn.”

In the Western U.S., the burning is historic. This largely isn’t good fire. You’ve no doubt seen the satellite images of profoundly thick smoke smothering…

Here’s what smartwatch makers need to do.

BY RACHEL KRAUS

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Mashable’s series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future.

Over the past five years, smartwatches have gone from a futuristic novelty to a flashy product on the roster of nearly every major phone maker as well as other tech and fashion companies. But what do the next five years look like for smartwatches?

Plenty of people own and wear smartwatches. A January 2020 Pew Research study found that one in five adult Americans use a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Revenue for smartwatches…

The future of working out at home.

BY KEITH WAGSTAFF

Mashable’s series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future.

Annika Kapur used to go to the gym five or six days a week.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Stuck at home, she started using Tempo Studio. The nearly $2,000 fitness machine features a 42-inch display, room for 16 weight plates, and a 3D sensor that gives users feedback on their form.

“For the first month, I felt like, ‘Wow, I never need to go to the gym again,’” Kapur said.

Not into…

Livestreaming video is not going away

BY MATT BINDER

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Mashable’s series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future.

Whether people are creating or consuming it, streaming content has been a prime source of escapism for many during the pandemic.

But is the livestreaming boom temporary? Or will it keep going strong, say, five years down the line?

I spoke with dozens of people to find out. There’s the startup software developer who completed 45 livestreams (so far!) since the pandemic began. Alastair Jolly, global marketing manager of Flickr, told me the business…

Sarah Paulson can’t save Netflix’s “Ratched,” which contains all of Ryan Murphy’s showrunning flaws and none of the fun that usually outweighs them.

BY ALEXIS NEDD

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It’s not always a bad sign when the credits roll on a television show’s season finale and the only question on one’s mind is “what?” In the best case scenario, that “what” is preceded by a cliffhanger and delivered with a mind-blown level of surprise. In the worst case scenario, the “what” is short for “what did I just watch?” and conveys dissatisfaction with the show as a whole. Despite Sarah Paulson’s herculean attempt…

Why are bi people more likely to be anxious or depressed?

BY ANNA IOVINE

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“I’ve never said this to anybody,” a bisexual person who requested anonymity confessed in my Twitter DMs. “I’m so sorry if it sounds like a drama.”

It didn’t sound like a drama at all — not to me, at least. This person, who reached out to me after a call-out I tweeted for this story, said it was difficult to accept her bisexuality. She began questioning whether she liked women at age 11, but went to great lengths to hide this attraction from her parents. …

Is all screen time created equally? And what should parents consider when letting their kids play video games?

BY ALEX HAZLETT & REBECCA RUIZ

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Moving forward requires focus. Mashable’s Social Good Series is dedicated to exploring pathways to a greater good, spotlighting issues that are essential to making the world a better place.

Welcome to this installment of our limited run advice column! Senior Features Writer Rebecca Ruiz and Director of Special Projects Alex Hazlett will be answering questions about screen time and digital family life during the pandemic. You can read our the rest of our advice here and…

“Venus holds the keys to our understanding of the evolution of rocky planets as homes for life.

BY CHRIS TAYLOR

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Millions of space nerds reacted with joy Monday to a study showing the atmosphere of Venus contains phosphine, a chemical byproduct of biological life. But none would have been more thrilled or less surprised by the discovery than the late, great Carl Sagan — who said this day might come more than 50 years ago.

Now best remembered as the presenter of the most-viewed-ever PBS series Cosmos, the author of the book behind the movie Contact, and the guy who…

Your kid wants to watch TV? Make it work for you.

BY REBECCA RUIZ & ALEX HAZLETT

Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable

Moving forward requires focus. Mashable’s Social Good Series is dedicated to exploring pathways to a greater good, spotlighting issues that are essential to making the world a better place.

Welcome to this installment of our limited run advice column! Senior Features Writer Rebecca Ruiz and Director of Special Projects Alex Hazlett will be answering questions about screen time and digital family life during the pandemic. You can read the rest of our advice . Submit a question at smallhumans@mashable.com.

Do skills like writing…

An interview with the author, Angela Chen

BY ANNA IOVINE

IMAGE: BEACON PRESS

In case my job title of “sex and relationships reporter” isn’t a clue, I’m a sexual person. Since coming of age, I’ve thought about sex, watched sex (either pornographic or simulated in mainstream media), talked about sex, written about sex — and, as you can assume, had sex.

I can’t say whether my interest in sex is more or less than the “average” person — whatever average even is — but I do know for certain that I’m allosexual. …

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