Dutch Police Bust Encrypted Chat Service, Gain Access to Over 258,000 Messages

Dutch police say they have “decrypted more than 258,000 messages” sent using an expensive chat service, Ars Technica reported on Wednesday, citing a National Police Corps statement that claimed authorities in the Netherlands have achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Ars Technica, Cybersecurity, Encryption, Law Enforcement, Netherlands, National Police Corps, Blackbox Security

Former Blue Origin president Rob Meyerson leaves Jeff Bezos’ space venture

Rob Meyerson, who was the president of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture until this year, says he’s left the company. Since January, Meyerson has served as senior vice president, in charge of advanced development programs such as the Blue Moon lunar lander system and the New Armstrong interplanetary-class rocket. In an email, he told GeekWire that Friday was his last day at the company, which grew from 10 employees to more than 1,500 during his tenure. Meyerson said he was...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Michigan, Jeff Bezos, GeekWire, Meyerson, Rob Meyerson

Oh Good, Google Is Apparently Expanding Its Presence in New York Now Too

Hot on the heels of a report that Amazon is planning to split its HQ2 between Arlington, Virginia and New York’s Long Island City, Google is reportedly looking to expand its own presence in New York City. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the company is nearing a…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, Science, New York City, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Arlington Virginia, HQ2, Here We Go, Long Island City Google, New York City Citing

Florida's Greyhound Racing Ban Means Thousands of Dogs Will Need a New Home

“We will do everything we can do to make sure that every one of them gets adopted”
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After Tempers Flare in Press Briefing, Trump Revokes Jim Acosta's Press Pass 

Tonight, in a major break with normal government protocol, the White House announced it would suspend CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s hard press pass. The announcement came after Acosta and the president exchanged tense words in this morning’s post-election press briefing. During the exchange, Trump called Acosta a “rude, …Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Cnn, White House Press Corps, Trump, Acosta, Jim Acosta, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Briefing

Sorry Tech Billionaires, San Francisco Just Voted for a Tax to Fight the Homelessness Crisis

In spite of some public bellyaching over perceived fairness on behalf of several high-profile, wealthy technology company heads prior to election day, the voters of San Francisco have cast their ballots in favor of Proposition C. Under the measure, businesses with over $50 million in gross receipts will be taxed 0.175…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, San Francisco, Homelessness, Silicon Valley, Salesforce, Housing Crisis, Jack Dorsey, Mark Pincus, Marc Benioff, Proposition C

How Plants Produce Oxygen Revealed by 'Tour-de-Force' Laser Measurement

An experiment using intense laser pulses has allowed scientists to watch plants produce oxygen from water part of photosynthesis in real time, according to a groundbreaking new paper.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Lasers, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Biochemistry, Photosynthesis

Deadspin I Took My 84-Year-Old Neighbor With The Only Good NBA Takes To A Pacers Game | Jezebel ‘Fre

Deadspin  | Jezebel ‘Free Birth’ Mom’s Baby Dies—but the Activist Group That Inspired Her Will Live On | Splinter Get Them Out Now | The Root Trump Just Held a Disastrous Press Conference; Fought With a CNN Correspondent and Called Black…
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Trump's New Acting Attorney General Served on the Advisory Board of a 'Scam' Patent Business

President Trump just named Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general, replacing now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions who “resigned” on Wednesday. A dive into Whitaker’s business affairs show he was, as of at least late 2014, involved in a business saddled with serious ethical complaints.Read more...
Tags: Science, Foia, Scam, Ftc, Trump, Whitaker, Advisory Board, Jeff Sessions, Freedom of Information Act, Matthew Whitaker, Matt Whitaker, World Patent Marketing

No, Brian Kemp Did Not Just Doxx Georgia Voters—But the Reality Is Somehow Worse

The contentious and still unresolved Georgia gubernatorial election has led to a variety of claims of unfair play on the part of GOP candidate and current Secretary of State Brian Kemp, including a voter suppression lawsuit and reports of voting machine technical malfunctions. Today, a handful of social media pundits…Read more...
Tags: Science, Voting, Georgia, Gop, State, Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams, 2018 Midterm Elections, 2018 Midterms, Halfway To Hell

It Just Doesn't Get Better Than This Isle of Dogs Poster

In the world of pop culture art, one artist gets fans salivating like none other. His name is Tyler Stout, and though Stout doesn’t release as many movie posters as he used to, he has a confirmed fondness for stop-motion, Wes Anderson, animal movies.Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Wes Anderson, Posters, Tyler Stout, Isle of Dogs, Spoke Art, Better Than This Isle of Dogs Poster

The Ultimate Weapon of X-Men: Red's Greatest Villain Is All Too Real

Tom Taylor, Rogê Antônio, and Rain Beredo’s X-Men: Red has been telling the story of how Jean Grey’s newest team of handpicked X-Men are fighting to establish better mutant international relations while also battling the literal embodiment of racism that’s born out of viral hate speech generated online.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Jean Grey, X Men, X Men Red, Deepfakes, Tom Taylor Rogê Antônio, Rain Beredo

As Florida Restores Ex-Felons' Right to Vote, Here's the Dark History Behind Their Disenfranchisement

The question of whether ex-felons should be able to vote is much bigger than just a couple of states, and the history goes all the way back to the mid-19th century.
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Watch: Science unravels the mysterious art of beatboxing

A team of scientists from the University of Southern California (USC) are taking on a decades-old mystery concerning the human brain and how it processes utterances that aren’t linguistic in nature. You may know this phenomenon as beatboxing. The legends surrounding the birth of hip hop invariably begin in New York City with DJs cutting together record samples to create a new style of music. But, there are those who cite beatboxing – the art of making beats with your mouth – as the real soundtra...
Tags: Startups, Science, New York City, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Doug, University of Southern California USC

Brian Kemp Declares Victory in Georgia Governor's Race as Stacey Abrams Hopes for Runoff

The Associated Press has not called the contest.
Tags: Science, Georgia, Associated Press, Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams

Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp on Making The Green Lantern Weird as Hell

Hal Jordan’s seen a lot of stuff in his long life as one of the DC cosmos’ intergalactic space cops. But after an epic time fighting interstellar conflicts, Hal’s currently persona non grata among the Green Lanterns—at least until his new series, from Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp, thrusts him back into a wild world.Read more...
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These Animated AI Bots Learned to Dress Themselves, Awkwardly

The ability to put our clothes on each day is something most of us take for granted, but as computer scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology recently found out, it’s a surprisingly complicated task—even for artificial intelligence. Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ai, Computer Animation, Georgia Institute of Technology, Reinforcement Learning, Computer Graphics

Cockatoos invent and create tools, rivalling great apes, scientists find 

Cockatoos are known for their intelligence, having demonstrated the ability to pick locks, match shapes and even ride miniature bicycles along a tightrope. But now scientists have discovered they are far cleverer, rivalling apes and human four-year-olds in their ability to invent and fashion complex tools to reach food. Austrian scientists have spent years testing the abilities of Goffin’s cockatoos named Dolittle, Figaro, Kiwi, Konrad, Pipin and Fini at a special laboratory in Vienna. Now they ...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Vienna, University of Vienna, Goffin, Dolittle, Dolittle Figaro Kiwi Konrad Pipin, Alice Auersperg, Goffin Lab, Bene Croy, Carina Köck

'Close to a Complete Victory.' President Trump Claims a Win Even as Democrats Take the House

'Close to a Complete Victory.' President Trump Claims a Win Even as Democrats Take the House
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President Trump Warns House Democrats Against Investigating Him

President Donald Trump is warning House Democrats about spending the remaining years of his presidency investigating him and the administration.
Tags: Science, House, Donald Trump, Trump Warns House

Why We Need Utopian Fiction Now More Than Ever

From the neon-drenched noir of Altered Carbon to the technophobic Black Mirror, dystopia is all over mainstream entertainment these days—and considering the current political climate, it’s easy to see why. But when was the last time you watched a utopian show or movie? Unless, like me, you’re watching Star Trek on…Read more...
Tags: Science Fiction, Science, Star Trek, Black Mirror

How Big Oil Money Killed Green Ballot Measures

Climate and energy were on state ballots across the country this year. But rather than creating a green wave of new climate policies, there was but a ripple through oil slick.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Big Oil, Fossil Fuel Industry, Climate Policy, 2018 Midterms

For the Love of Dogs, Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent Everywhere

Time is a construct. Or at the very least, the ways in which we tell time are just literally made up. Which means one glorious thing: freedom. California-level freedom. The kind of freedom I want in my own life. The kind of freedom that will give me a precious extra hour of daylight to do the one thing on this Earth…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, 2018 Midterm Elections, It Should Be Daylight Savings Time

President Trump Clashes with CNN's Jim Acosta, Other Journalists at Fiery Press Conference

President Donald Trump engaged in one of his most direct confrontations with a reporte
Tags: Science, Cnn, Donald Trump, Jim Acosta, Trump Clashes, Fiery Press Conference

For the Love of Dogs, Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent Everywhere

Time is a construct. Or at the very least, the ways in which we tell time are just literally made up. Which means one glorious thing: freedom. California-level freedom. The kind of freedom I want in my own life. The kind of freedom that will give me a precious extra hour of daylight to do the one thing on this Earth…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, 2018 Midterm Elections, It Should Be Daylight Savings Time

The first-ever U.S. fee on carbon is defeated, and Big Oil might be to blame

Washington voters have likely defeated what would have been the United States' first-ever fee on carbon pollution. Although votes are still being counted, on Tuesday night The Seattle Times reported that after officials tallied nearly 2 million votes from all the state's precincts, 56 percent of voters opposed Initiative 1631 — the Carbon Emissions Fee Measure — which makes it exceedingly unlikely the law will pass.  If it did pass, the fee would have raised an estimated $2.3 billion ...
Tags: Science, Washington, United States, Leonardo Dicaprio, Seattle, Chernobyl, University of Washington, American Lung Association, Seattle Times, Western States Petroleum Association, Big Oil, Elaine Thompson, Kelley, Environmental Affairs, Washington Environmental Council, School of Marine

Astronomers Have Stumbled Upon One of the Most Ancient Stars in the Universe

A tiny star located about 1,590 light-years from Earth could be as old as 13.53 billion years, making it one of the most ancient stars ever discovered.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Stars, Milky Way, Cosmology, Twinkle Twinkle Ancient Star

Samsung’s Flexible Display Is Our Best Look Yet at Its Hyped Bendable Smartphone

People have been talking and dreaming about bendable screens for years, and while a handful of devices have experimented with the idea, there’s still a lot of hardware and software that needs to be refined before the tech is truly worth caring about. But at the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference, the world’s biggest…Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Folding Phone, Bendy Screens, Samsung Teases Its Upcoming Bendable Screen, Bendable Displays, Samsung Developer Conference the world

Gillette's Latest Innovation Is Removing Blades From Razors

Every couple of years, Gillette reveals the latest breakthrough in shaving technology. That has often involved adding more blades to its razors. More blades must equal a better shave, right?! One, two, three, four, five plus an extra one hidden on the back—the company has done it all. But now, after decades of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marketing, Razors, Toiletries, Hygiene, Gillette

Oldest cave painting of an animal discovered in Borneo

Scientists spent several days trekking through rural Borneo to find the 40,000-year-old artwork.
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