Amazon's Dystopian HQ2 Reality Show May Get a Twist Ending

With the finish line of HQ2 drawing closer, Amazon’s metro region deathmatch took an unexpected turn today which indicated there would be no single winner. Read more...
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Tethers Unlimited’s 3-D printer and recycler is ready for delivery to space station

There’s nothing new about having a 3-D printer in space, but how about a 3-D printer that also recycles plastic to turn old stuff into new? Just such a gizmo is due to be delivered to the International Space Station next week. Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited built the device, which is about the size of a mini fridge and is known as the Refabricator, in cooperation with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. After months of testing, the Refabricator is on the payload manifest for ...
Tags: Science, Virginia, Alabama, Nasa, International Space Station, Northrop Grumman, Cygnus, Marshall Space Flight Center, Bothell Wash

Astronomers suggest shooting a laser into space to attract aliens to Earth like a ‘porch light’

Science fiction has taught us for decades that when alien arrive on Earth, it's going to be a bad day for mankind. Those fictional horror stories haven't deterred some scientists from thinking up ways that we might attract alien civilizations to Earth, and a new feasibility study suggests that we could send a laser beam into the cosmos to act like a beacon for alien life to find. The work, which was published in The Astrophysical Journal, suggests that existing technology could be used t...
Tags: Science, Earth, Mankind, JAMES CLARK, Astrophysical Journal

Report: Georgia Officials Are Patching Election Security Holes After Insisting Everything Was Just Fine

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has refused to recuse his position as the state’s top election monitor as he runs for governor on the Republican ticket, is running a desperate race against his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams. Georgia is a Republican stronghold and hasn’t had a Democratic governor since…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Georgia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, State, Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams Georgia, Stacey Abrams, 2018 Midterms

Australian Man Who Dared to Swallow a Slug Has Died After a Rare 8-Year Illness

Sam Ballard contracted a parasite after eating the slug on a dare
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Whatever happened to Starman? SpaceX says he's gone beyond Mars.

Hey, so what happened to Starman?  It's been nine months since we saw SpaceX's heroic space suit-clad mannequin cruising through space in a Tesla Roadster. On Feb. 14, we watched Starman disappear into deep space, after being carried carried into orbit by SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which launched its maiden flight and landed two of its three main boosters back on Earth — we were there. And now, he's made it past Mars. SEE ALSO: SpaceX lands its first rocket on West Coast g...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Earth, Mars, West Coast, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Douglas Adams, Starman, Adams

Twitter Is Organizing Against the Far-Right Trolls Hoping to Sway the Election, but Not Fast Enough

A group of far-right trolls had their plans exposed after they accidentally invited a reporter to their private Discord channel, according to a new NBC report. In the channel, the trolls discussed how to circumvent Twitter’s efforts to prevent the spread of misinformation on the platform aimed at lowering Democratic…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Nbc, 4chan, Trolls, Misinformation, Discord, 2018 Midterms

In This Exclusive Stan Against Evil Clip, Our Disgruntled Hero Meets a Most Unusual Demon

We’ve already sung the praises of horror comedy Stan Against Evil’s excellent third season—and now we’ve got a very fun clip to share, courtesy of IFC, that happens to feature one of our all-time favorite demons ever to grace the show.Read more...
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The Big Votes We'll Be Watching on Election Day

Tuesday, November 6th, Americans will head to the ballot box to exercise their civic duty and put our weird little democratic experiment through all new tests that we’ll debate for the next two years. We’ll be tracking numerous races and ballot measures that have broad implications in the tech, science, and energy…Read more...
Tags: Science, 2018 Midterm Elections

Nine in 10 operations to remove children's tonsils 'unnecessary'

Most of those undergoing procedure in England did not appear to need it, report showsMore than 88% of surgeries to remove children’s tonsils are unnecessary, according to new research, with experts warning the procedure could do more harm than good.According to researchers, about 37,000 tonsillectomies were performed on children in England by the NHS between April 2016 and March 2017, carrying a bill of £42m. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS

FCC Tells Phone Companies to Figure Out a Way to Stop the Damn Robocalls by Next Year or Else

The United States Federal Communications Commission is calling upon the top telephone and wireless service providers to create a system to hinder the plague of illegal robocalls that is driving the majority of Americans bonkers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Robocalls, United States Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai

Helpline to tackle bullying in chemistry

Bullying and harassment helpline could help people working in the sciences.
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Red Planet

Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on Mars.
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Ron Howard: Creating vision of a Mars colony

Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on Mars.
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Don't Cross Revamped AirPods Off Your Holiday Wish List Just Yet

When Apple failed to provide any updates on AirPods during its most recent launch event, it seemed like fans of the ubiquitous wireless earbuds would be forced to wait until 2019 for a new model. However, based on newly granted Bluetooth SIG certifications discovered by, it seems there’s still a…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Audio, Earbuds, Mysmartprice, Consumer Tech, Wireless Earbuds, AirPods, The Rumor Mill, New Airpods Are Coming

Mining bitcoin uses more energy than Denmark: study

Extracting a dollar's worth of cryptocurrency such as bitcoin from the deep Web consumes three times more energy than digging up a dollar's worth of gold, researchers said Monday. There are now hundreds of virtual currencies and an unknown number of server farms around the world running around the clock to unearth them, more than half of them in China, according to a recent report from the University of Cambridge. Mining virtual currencies with a real-world value, in other words, carries a hid...
Tags: Science, China, Denmark, University of Cambridge Mining

The Startup That's Trying to Make It Easier to Figure Out What the Hell You're Actually Voting On

If you think things are messed up right now, you’re not alone: For years, polls have shown that trust in U.S. political institutions is either at rock-bottom levels or damn near close to it. And while elections are supposed to be the way Americans can push through actual, sustainable change, a lagging voting…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Democracy, BallotReady, Voting Infrastructure

Why Do Midterm Elections Even Exist? Here's Why the Framers Scheduled Things This Way

Here's how the U.S. Constitution's framers came up with six-year Senate terms and two-year House terms
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Scientists Weighed the Earth Using Ghostly Particles From Space

Scientists have to use some roundabout methods to weigh the Earth and measure what’s inside it—typically, they’ve used sound waves and the strength of gravity to make their calculations. But one team has weighed the Earth in a whole new way: by measuring mysterious cosmic particles that pass through it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Earth Science, Antarctica, South Pole, Geodesy, IceCube, Neutrinos, Neutrino Physics

Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep

Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously. Drones that work underground or in areas otherwise inaccessible by GPS and other common navigation techniques are being mad...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Australia, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Automation, Darpa, Robotics, CSIRO, Hrabar

Sources: Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon

When Blizzard’s sole Diablo announcement at this year’s BlizzCon turned out to be a game for phones, it set off a firestorm of angry reactions from fans who had hoped for a new Diablo on PC. As it turns out, Kotaku has learned, Blizzard had originally planned to tease Diablo 4, but pulled those plans at the last…Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Kotakucore, Kotaku, Diablo, BlizzCon, Diablo 4, Battlenet

Man dies after being paralyzed for eight years when he ate a slug on a dare

If you've ever watched an episode of Man vs Wild or Survivorman you know that the human body can digest some pretty wild stuff. Those programs show how surviving in the wild often means munching on all manner of unsavory critters, but the death of a young man in Australia is a stark reminder that eating creepy-crawlies can end in disaster. Sam Ballard, a rugby player who was having a drink with is friends at a social gathering, ended up on the wrong end of a dare when a small slug appeared n...
Tags: Science, Australia, Ballard, Sam Ballard

Laser "porch light" could be a beacon for ETs

A feasibility study in the Astrophysical Journal explains how a powerful laser on an Earth mountaintop, focused through a huge telescope, could shine a light of infrared radiation that would be detectable up to 20,000 light years away. While some scientists are concerned about alerting extraterrestrials to our presence, I agree with what something said to me by Ann Druyan -- co-writer of Cosmos and many other works with her husband Carl Sagan -- when we were working on the Voyager Golden Record:...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Earth, Mit, Lasers, Carl Sagan, Seti, Astrophysics, Extraterrestrials, Clark, Morse, ETS, JAMES CLARK, Ann Druyan, Cosmos

Tradition Be Damned: Amazon Wants to Ship You a Live Christmas Tree This Year

If you don’t have a car big enough to haul a Christmas tree home this year, Amazon is selling them for the first time, with Prime shipping straight to your door.Read more...
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SpaceX's Starman Has Now Traveled Beyond the Orbit of Mars

The lonely space traveler launched on a test rocket in February has reached the furthest point in its orbit.
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Google Chrome Will Soon Nuke Ads On Extra-Shitty Websites

Google’s Chrome browser is making further changes to eliminate annoying or malicious ad practices and punish the bottom lines of sites that use them.
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Facebook Banned That Racist Trump Ad

Don’t freak out, but the Trump campaign made a super racist television ad and successfully showed it to millions of people. Facebook just banned it, following similar bans from NBC and Fox News. (Fox News!) Election day is Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Nbc, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Our Garbage President, Fox News Fox News Election

Trump's Trade War Threatens BMW's Biggest Factory in the World, but South Carolina Doesn't Seem to Mind

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—Textiles used to dominate this part of South Carolina, which locals call the Upstate. But after the textile industry went overseas, BMW came in and built its biggest car factory in the world, bringing back prosperity in the process. But for more than a few voters and public officials in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Tariffs, Bmw, Donald Trump, South Carolina, Trump, Spartanburg South Carolina, Car Politics, Car Policy, Halfway To Hell

How to Get Free and Discounted Rides to the Polls on Election Day

Have you registered to vote? Good. Now all you need to do is get to the polls on Tuesday, November 6. Thankfully, over 50 cities around the country are making that easy with free bus rides. And some private companies, like Lyft and Uber, are offering discounted rides to your polling station.Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Voting, Subway, Bus, Midterms 2018

Amazon Starts Hiring Its Own Drivers For the Holiday Season

As the latest part of Amazon’s campaign against UPS, FedEx, and USPS, the company has been staffing up its own internal shipping service, a spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider today.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Usps, Jeff Bezos, UPS FedEx, Delivery Service Partners, Jeffs America, Seasonal Delivery Associate

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