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Mining Deep Sea Vents Could Put Precious Ecosystems At Risk

The deep sea is one of the least understood places on Earth. Among its oddities are hydrothermal vents, cracks in the seafloor that pump out scaldingly hot water and form massive chimneys teeming with weird microbial life. Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Mining, Deep Sea, Deep Sea Exploration, Rare Earth Minerals


Paramount's New President Is Trying to Figure Out What to Do About the Star Trek Movies

While Star Trek’s TV offerings are flourishing, the films are stuck in somewhat of a rut. After the plans for a fourth Abrams-helmed Trek fell apart, the studio hasn’t had a lot of clarity over what to do with the property, with several film ideas, including one famously pushed by Quentin Tarantino, being floated,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Cbs, Chris Hemsworth, Quentin Tarantino, Noah Hawley, Paramount, Viacom, Chris Pine, Mark L Smith, Emma Watts, Star Trek Movies


I Just Cannot Get Over These Wintertime $25 Kirby Figurines, Up For Pre-Order Now

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To Avoid Backlash, Facebook Reportedly Relaxed Fact-Checking Standards on Conservative Pages

In an attempt to correct the perception of a small but very vocal minority that claims Facebook’s silencing conservative voices on its platforms, the company’s reportedly swung too far in the opposite direction and essentially gave a free pass to conservative pages to spew their bullshit online.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Conservative, Misinformation, Misinformation Online


Movie Theaters Can't Catch a Break as Judge Hands More Control to Studios

Movie theaters have been royally screwed by the global pandemic, and in the latest blow, a federal judge has given the go-ahead to axe the 71-year-old Paramount Consent Decrees, which should elicit shrieks of horror for the four of you who have any idea what that is.Read more...
Tags: Science, Antitrust, Streaming, Movie Theaters, Streaming Wars, Control to Studios


U.S. Agencies Sued for Records on Unmarked Agents Who Rounded Up Portland Protesters

A watchdog group investigating the deployment of federal police against protesters in Portland and other cities announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies on Friday, accusing government officials of unlawfully withholding public records under the Freedom of Information Act.Read more...
Tags: Science, Portland, Department Of Justice, Department Of Homeland Security, U S Justice Department, George Floyd Protests, U S Agencies Sued for Records


U.S. Agencies Sued for Records of Unmarked Agents Who Rounded Up Portland Protesters

A watchdog group investigating the deployment of federal police against protesters in Portland and other cities announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies on Friday, accusing government officials of unlawfully withholding public records under the Freedom of Information Act.Read more...
Tags: Science, Portland, Department Of Justice, Department Of Homeland Security, U S Justice Department, George Floyd Protests, U S Agencies Sued for Records


The '80s Called, and They Want This PC Back

Manhattan, 2020: You step out of your taxi minutes after the rain stops. Your square and heavy roller briefcase plops down into a small puddle by the curb. Don’t worry, the leather doesn’t get too wet, and the awesome piece of high-tech equipment inside isn’t damaged at all.Read more...
Tags: Science, Computers, Manhattan, Amd, Workstations, ThreadRipper, Can It Let Et Phone Home


Only J-Pop Can Save Aggretsuko Now

Poor Retsuko has spent two seasons of her hilarious and occasionally heartfelt anime series expelling her existential rage via the medium of heavy metal karaoke. But in the third season, it seems like not even that can help her cope with all the new problems she’s facing. She needs J-pop bops.Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Streaming, Anime, Sanrio, Aggretsuko, Retsuko, J Pop


Driving With The Windows Down Is Really Bad For You

Well, what did you expect, that something as enjoyable as feeling the wind in your hair as you drive would be good for you? Come on. A new study from the University of Surrey found that driving with the windows down can increase a car’s occupants’ exposure to pollution by 80 percent, more during peak travel times. Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Windows, Infrastructure, Pollution, Driving, University of Surrey


Let's Check in on How Coal's Doing During the Pandemic

Big Oil has hogged the spotlight of fossil fuels in decline since the coronavirus pandemic began. Which, sure, it’s news that some of the richest companies on Earth have floundered once everyone decided to stay home. Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Coal Comfort


What Is QAnon And Why Did Facebook Ban One Of Its Largest Groups?

Facebook has banned one of the largest groups devoted to the far-right, rabidly pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, Business Insider reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Misinformation, QAnon


This Little AI-Powered Robot Pet Is So Cute It Hurts

I’m not sure if Moflin is supposed to be a robotic hamster, guinea pig, baby bunny, or some alternate take on a Tribble, but goddamn this robo-pet is cute.Read more...
Tags: Science, Robots, Kickstarter, Consumer Tech, Moe Robots, Moflin, Ai Pets


Cats Can Get And Spread the Coronavirus to Other Cats, Study Finds

A new study is the latest to bring some mixed news when it comes to covid-19 and cats. The study found evidence that cats infected with the coronavirus that causes covid-19 can easily spread it to other cats within two days of exposure. However, none of these cats documented in the study become sick once infected,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cats, Pets, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is Soaring

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is up. Way up.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Fire, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Jair Bolsonaro


Should You Buy an Intel Mac or Wait?

Apple launched what very well may be the last Intel iMac this week, and while we haven’t had nearly enough time with it for a full review yet, early benchmark results reveal an absolute beast of a machine (even if our review unit is loaded with enough stuff to bring the price up to a whopping $4,500). If your old iMac…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Intel, Macs, Intel Macs, Intel Mac, Arm Macs


At Night, the Martian Sky Pulses and Glows When Viewed in Ultraviolet Light

New ultraviolet observations of the Red Planet highlight complex circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere, including eerily regular nightglow pulses invisible to the unaided eye.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mars, Atmospheric Science, Planetary Science, Maven, Ultraviolet Light, Martian Sky Pulses


Capital One's Forking Over $80 Million For Being Shit At Cybersecurity

Capitol One is being slapped with an $80 million dollar fine for its role in a 2019 breach that exposed the data of over 100 million customers. According to a statement issued Thursday by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC)—the wing of the US Department of Treasury meant to regulate all things…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cybersecurity, Hacks, US Department of Treasury, Capitol One, Office of the Comptroller of Currency OCC, Being Scolded In Public


10 TV Shows Where the First Season Was the Best Season

Television shows often take a bit of time to find their footing, with series like The Expanse, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Steven Universe only getting better with each passing season. Then there are the shows that peaked early. Like, really early.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Nbc, The Walking Dead, Abc, Amc, Once Upon A Time, Lost, Streaming, Heroes, Westworld, Twin Peaks, Daredevil, True Blood, Orphan Black, Steven Universe


Report: Google Made a List of Words Its Employees Shouldn’t Say

The Markup has obtained internal memos from Google, dating back to at least 2019, with lists of bad words employees should never use, or else Google has to put a billion dollars in the antitrust swear jar. Rather than We will strip the meat from Yelp’s bones and throw its lifeless carcass into our search results, for…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Antitrust, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Adventures In Euphemism


Rare Underwater Inca Offering Pulled From Lake Titicaca

Archaeologists in Bolivia have recovered a fully intact underwater Inca offering containing a miniature llama figurine and a gold bracelet. The offering, dropped into Lake Titicaca some 500 years ago, provides key insights into Inca rituals and spiritual beliefs.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Inca, Offerings, Inca Offering


PowerA's Nano Controller for Nintendo Switch Is Too Small for My Hands, and I Still Prefer It to Joy-Con

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Tags: Reviews, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Nintendo, Controllers, Nintendo Switch, Video Game Reviews, Powera, Powera Nano


Lovecraft Country Blends Pulpy Horror and Family Drama Into a Story About America's Demons

HBO’s Lovecraft Country is a story about its heroes fighting for their lives as they make their way across 1950s America. It’s also a multifaceted family drama that embraces the idea that the people you share blood with are often the same people who hurt you the most. And yes, monsters. Of all sorts.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Horror, America, Cthulhu, Monsters, Jordan Peele, Courtney B Vance, Matt Ruff, Jurnee Smollett Bell, Lovecraft Country, Michael Kenneth Williams, HP Lovecraft, Misha Green, Jonathan Majors


FDA Will Fast-Track Decision on an Experimental and Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug

On Friday, the pharmaceutical company Biogen announced the Food and Drug Administration accepted its application to conduct a priority review of their experimental Alzheimer’s drug for approval. The speedier-than-usual process sets the stage for the treatment, called aducanumab, to be the first new approved drug for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Food And Drug Administration, Dementia, Fda, Brains, Alzheimers, Biogen, Alzheimers Disease


Razer's Ultralight Headphones Are a Gamer's Delight

The best gaming headphones are the ones you forget you’re wearing. High-end planar drivers and heavy-duty construction are great if you’re listening for detail, but if you’re blasting away for a few hours, you want an almost weightless device that offers solid noise suppression and audio quality.Read more...
Tags: Science, Headphones, Razer, Razer Blackshark


The Pandemic Could Wipe 20% of Exxon’s Oil and Gas Reserves Off the Books

The oil industry isn’t looking too great, folks. That’s especially true for Exxon, which has lost upward of $1 billion due to the economic crisis last quarter alone. Its downward spiral isn’t over, though. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossil Fuels, Oil And Gas, Exxon, Exxon Is Evil


DC FanDome Will Feature Stars From The Batman, Flash, Black Adam, and More

With San Diego Comic-Con being mostly a bust and Star Wars Celebration canceled, fans hoping for a weekend of fun geek news turn their heads to Warner Bros. On August 22, it’s hosting DC FanDome, a 24-hour online event that promises to be as close to a Hall H experience as one can get.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dc Comics, San Diego, Streaming, Harley Quinn, Warner Bros, Conventions, The Flash, DC Entertainment, Legends Of Tomorrow, Titans, Zack Snyder, The Batman, DC Universe, Black Adam, Doom Patrol


Millions of Android Phones Are at Risk Due to "Achilles" Flaw in Qualcomm Chips

When you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone, it’s likely that you’re focused on price, design, and features first—and probably not the silicon inside powering it. However, researchers have found that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, one of the most widely used in Android phones, has hundreds of bits of vulnerable code…Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Smartphones, Cybersecurity, Qualcomm, DSP, Qualcomm Chips


Grab a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet for $300 Today

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RIP: Canada's Last Ice Shelf Has Collapsed

Canada’s Arctic has been getting slammed by the climate crisis. The region hasn’t been this hot in at least 115,000 years, and its ice is suffering. But it had one intact ice sheet that was hanging on for dear life. Until now.Read more...
Tags: Science, Canada, Arctic, Rip, Arctic ice melt, Ice Ice Maybe