Zuck’s Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News

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Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s lost notebook

In the early days of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg was always scrawling away in a notebook. One such notebook, called the Book of Change, outlined his goals for News Feed, who Facebook would serve, and even concepts like “dark profiles,” which Facebook contends never existed. In one section, he even asked a revealing question: “What makes this seem secure, whether or not it actually is?” After having other messages of his surfaced by lawsuits, Zuckerberg destroyed the journals. But a new book by WIRED’s Steven Levy describes more than a dozen pages Levy obtained from that very notebook.

This marsupial dies after marathon mating. Now it’s got bigger problems

A mouse-like marsupial called the antechinus has become world-famous because of its breeding pattern: The pairs have so much sex during a three-week mating season that the males bleed internally, go blind, and die. Happy Valentines Day? But that’s not the reason the species is in trouble. A new report shows that antechinus is ill-prepared for a warming world. New research shows warmer temperatures mean fewer of the insects they depend on for food during this three-week marathon, and that antechinus babies born in warmer temperatures have less ability to adapt to changing environments.

Fast Fact: Covid-19

That’s the new name the World Health Organization has given to the current coronavirus outbreak. Defining more specific names like this one not only helps information be more accurate, but it also helps curb diseases from being named after places (like Spanish Flu), people (like Creutzfeld-Jacob disease), or animals (like bird flu).

WIRED Recommends: Towel Warmers

There are few things more delightful than a toasty warm towel after a shower. But are towel warmers really worth the price? The short answer: yes, but some are much more worth it than others. Here are our picks for the towel warmers you should consider, and a couple you shouldn’t.

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