9 great reads from CNET this week: Nuclear power, broadband redlining, Switch drift and more

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Ask anybody about nuclear power and, before too long, you’re bound to hear the word “disaster.” As in Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island. Nuclear power has a reputation that’s hard to overlook, and there are real dangers tied to it.

But there are dangers, too, in continuing to burn the fossil fuels that drive the modern world — from illnesses and deaths caused by pollution to greenhouse gases that contribute to a mounting climate catastrophe. Green energy sources like solar and wind are positive forces, but insufficient. That’s where nuclear power has an opening, and it’s the subject of an in-depth look by CNET’s Daniel Van Boom.

His story is among the in-depth features and commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss:

Many have committed to carbon neutrality, but few have a plan of how to get there. Nuclear power can help. 

Illustration showing a Rubik's cube with symbols for types of power

Collin Buenerkemper/CNET

Communities that couldn’t get mortgage loans in the 1940s are the same areas without fast home internet service today. There’s no easy fix.  

digital redlining

Robert Rodriguez/CNET

We’ve drifted apart.


César Salza / CNET

The industry can’t stop cheerleading the rise of 5G despite an experience that isn’t materially better than 4G.  


Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET

They’re slow, monochromatic and kind of expensive. I still love any gadget with a big E Ink screen.  

Onyx Boox Note Air

Dan Ackerman/CNET

It’s too dry and too acidic for microbial life to exist above the surface of the hellacious planet, according to a new study.

Planet Venus


How I learned to stop worrying and love America’s greatest modern action-movie series in time for Fast and Furious 9.

Fast and Furious 9 poster

Universal Pictures

Building a better encyclopedia requires consensus and neutrality, but behind the scenes, editors wrangle with the pandemic’s most contentious question. 

Illustration showing the Wikipedia logo as a coronavirus particle at the center of a tug of war.

Robert Rodriguez

Commentary: Are iMessage and FaceTime really that important to have? 

iPhone to Android Facetime video calling

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