Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Endangered insects, ending robocalls, women who pioneered auto design and more

Efforts Underway to Stop Robocalls With estimated robocalls at 167.3 million per day in the US, many Americans simply ignore unknown numbers or “Scam Likely” calls. This doesn’t assuage the anxiety of missing something important or the sense of violation. Two programs—STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs)—aim to verify callers. Right now, they’re only deploying on T-Mobile but …

Test Drive: 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Off-roading in Utah, the truck offers impressive performance and comfort

During our test drive of the 2019 Ford Raptor, we got airborne in a truck that tips the scales at nearly three tons. Perhaps even more astounding is that when the vehicle’s four wheels touched back to earth, the sensation was akin to landing on a mattress. With confidence soaring, we circled a dirt track to try the maneuver twice more—adding increased power before hitting …