9 great reads from CNET this week: James Webb telescope, Amazon Glow, iPhone notch and more

By | December 18, 2021

To really get a good look at the stars, many of us have to get out of the city or the suburbs and head for darker landscapes: farmland, desert, mountaintop, national park. NASA goes that one better — it sends telescopes out beyond the atmosphere. In space, no one’s going to flip on the halogen high beams.

For years, the premier space telescope has been the Hubble. It’s aging out, though, and NASA now has a newer and better alternative: the James Webb Space Telescope. If all goes well, a rocket carrying the Webb will lift off later this month, the intricately built spacecraft will open for business and soon enough we’ll be treated to images and insights from the farthest reaches of the universe. Prepare for your mind to be blown.

Monisha Ravisetti‘s explainer on the James Webb Space Telescope is among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss.

Everything you need to know about Hubble’s super-powered successor: the James Webb Space Telescope. 


Part game system and part video chat, the Glow is a charming way for kids and grandparents to connect across long distances. 

Amazon Glow

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Commentary: Here are a few ways Apple could make a notchless iPhone. 

Pixel 6 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro

Andrew Hoyle/CNET

HereAfter AI promises digital immortality through a chatbot, and it’s not that weird. 

HereAfter AI

HereAfter AI

Curious about crypto? Here’s everything you need to know. 

Stacked gold boxes in the shape of a B


Mining-focused games are being integrated into 57 schools in Australia.


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“People are scared,” says the science guy, who’s teaching a new MasterClass. “And that’s where knowledge is of great value — that’s how you can overcome fear.”  

Bill Nye


“Fat finger” errors have existed in traditional finance for decades. Now they’re increasingly happening in NFT markets too.

A Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT

Yuga Labs

Destin Daniel Cretton hopes the movie can build bridges amid a rise in anti-AAPI hate.

Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton

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