NASA versus Katrina: August 29, 2005


It may not look like much, but Building 320 housed the 38 members of Michoud’s ride out team during Hurricane Katrina.

Nathan Mattise

Update, Sept. 7, 2020: It’s Labor Day Weekend in the US, and even though most of us now also call home “the office,” Ars staff is taking a long weekend to rest and relax. The end of August marked 15 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, the federal levees failed, and the city of New Orleans changed forever. We planned on resurfacing a few pieces from the archives to keep the lights on over

A hybrid smartwatch with ECG


Years ago, we’d be lucky if a smartwatch tracked anything more than basic activity metrics. Lately, though, companies like Apple, Fitbit, Garmin, and Withings have been — at the risk of sounding cliche — pushing the boundaries of what wearable technology can be.

The Withings ScanWatch encapsulates that idea. It offers a medical-grade ECG and pulse oximeter that will not only help wearers track their daily health stats, but also notify them of potential sleep apnea and AFib warning signs.

You might be quick to write off the Withings ScanWatch as a “specialty” wearable, but I’d urge you to rethink

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