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DHS Documents Show Secret Service Plan for Facial Recognition Test Around White House

The Secret Service is testing a facial recognition system in public areas of the White House and surrounding grounds with the stated goal of “identifying known subjects of interest prior to initial contact with law enforcement at the White House Complex,” according to Department of Homeland Security documents dug up…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Privacy, White House, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Secret Service, Department Of Homeland Security, Facial Recognition


Special Counsel Recommends No Prison Time for Michael Flynn, Calling His Cooperation 'Substantial'

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday.
Tags: Science, Russia, Donald Trump, Michael Flynn


Siberian region fights to preserve permafrost as planet warms

Eduard Romanov points to a spot on a block of flats where a major supporting beam has sagged and begun to crack, destabilising the nine storeys of apartments above. In Russia's Siberian city of Yakutsk, one of the coldest on Earth, climate change is causing dangerous melting of the frozen ground, or permafrost, on which the buildings stand. "Since the year before last, the building has started to list and has tilted about 40 centimetres (16 inches)," says Romanov, a construction worker and env...
Tags: Science, Russia, Romanov, Yakutsk, Eduard Romanov


Permafrost: a climate time bomb?

The Earth's vast tracts of permafrost hold billions of tonnes of planet-heating greenhouse gases that scientists warn will be released by global warming, along with diseases long locked into the ice. Permafrost -- soil that is frozen, although not necessarily permanently as it name implies -- is found mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, where it covers about a quarter of exposed land and is generally thousands of years old. It covers a wide belt between the Arctic Circle and boreal forests, spa...
Tags: Europe, Science, Arctic Circle, Northern Hemisphere, Alaska Canada


The Latest: Trump says Macron's decision justifies his own

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local):
Tags: Science, Poland, Trump, Macron, Katowice Poland


Tumblr's Porn Ban Further Stigmatizes and Alienates Sex Workers Online

On Monday, Tumblr announced plans to ban sexually explicit content starting December 17, and it’s already (badly) flagging offending posts. The new policy is a sucker punch to creators and users, particularly those who had come to appreciate that platform’s uniquely inclusive environment, including its linchpin of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Tumblr, Adult Content, Sex Workers, Tumblr Adult Content Ban, Tumblr Policy


Watch How Some of Suspiria's Most Disturbing Moments Came to Life

We’ve already established that Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is quite good. And maybe you’ve even had a chance to see it. Even if you haven’t, though, you can skip to some of its best, most disturbing parts thanks to a new featurette.Read more...
Tags: Science, Horror, Vfx, Practical Effects, Amazon Studios, Luca Guadagnino, Make Up, Suspiria


Noted Tech Genius Rudy Giuliani Refuses to Learn Important Lesson About the Space Bar

Former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani has mostly been in the news as of late for his legal work for Donald Trump amid the ever-spiraling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Namely, that said work has been so wildly erratic that his former law firm cut ties with him and…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, White House, New York City, Domains, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Rudy Guiliani, Extra Good Lawyering


Albert Einstein's 'God letter' reflecting on religion auctioned for $3m

Missive that calls the Bible ‘a collection of primitive legends’ was expected to fetch only half that muchA handwritten missive by Albert Einstein known as the “God letter” fetched almost $3m at auction on Tuesday.Christie’s auction house in New York stated on Tuesday afternoon that the letter, including the buyer’s premium, fetched $2.89m under the hammer. That was almost twice the expected amount. Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Science, Religion, World news, US news, Physics, Culture, Judaism, Christianity, Atheism, The Bible, Albert Einstein, People in science, Christie


Woman gives birth using womb transplanted from dead donor

Patient in Brazil who had been born without uterus gives birth to baby girlA woman in Brazil has successfully given birth after receiving a womb from a dead donor, the first time such a procedure has been successful.While researchers in countries including Sweden and the US have previously succeeded in transplanting wombs from living donors into women who have gone on to give birth, experts said the latest development was a significant advance. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Sweden, US, Research, Society, World news, Medical Research, Brazil, Fertility problems, Organ Donation


Reigns: Game of Thrones' Storylines Are So Good, HBO Should Copy Them

Strong writing is almost always what ultimately makes or breaks a video game, but it’s especially important in a game that’s as narratively-driven as Reigns: Game of Thrones.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Video Games, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, Devolver Digital, Reigns, Nerial, Reigns Game Of Thrones


The Latest Deadly Class Trailer Makes the Show Seem Like a Slightly More Murderous Riverdale

Judging from what we’ve seen of the Russo Brothers’ upcoming adaptation of Image’s Deadly Class for Syfy, the series is going to be fairly in-line with the comics’ ultra violent tone. But the latest trailer for the show suggests that the creative team understands the importance of keeping things at least a little …Read more...
Tags: Science, Syfy, Russo brothers, Riverdale, Deadly Class


In World First, Woman Gives Birth After Receiving Uterus Transplant from Dead Donor

A team of doctors in Brazil have announced a medical first that could someday help countless women unable to have children because of a damaged or absent uterus. In a case report published Tuesday in the Lancet, they claim to have successfully helped a woman give birth using a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pregnancy, Surgery, Brazil, Organ Donation, Organs


The 10 Best Deals of December 4, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science


What Happened to the Chinese Scientist Responsible for the World’s First Gene-Edited Babies?

He Jiankui, who claims to have conducted a controversial experiment, has reportedly gone missing.
Tags: Science, Jiankui


The Cultural History Behind Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Hindu Wedding Ceremony

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas's multicultural wedding has brought into focus the rich cultural history behind Hindu wedding ceremonies.
Tags: Science, Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra


Ajit Pai Says It's 'Fact' Russian Accounts Filed Net Neutrality Comments, But FCC Says Different in Court

Does the Federal Communications Commission believe that more than half a million comments about net neutrality originated from Russia last year? It depends on who you ask. Remarks offered by Chairman Ajit Pai as recently as yesterday appear in stark relief to claims the FCC recently filed in court.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Russia, New York Times, Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, FCC Says Different in Court


Why these rainbow swamps have candy-colored hues

A photo of a swamp slicked with Technicolor tones has the Internet all abuzz – here's what's going on.
Tags: Science, News


The incredible view of a rocket launch ... from space

Not many of us will get a chance to see a rocket launch live from this angle in our lifetimes, but at least we can see the photos. European astronaut Alexander Gerst managed to photograph the launch of three new crewmembers to the International Space Station from his post aboard the orbiting laboratory. The pictures, taken Monday, show the Soyuz rocket carrying the three new space station residents as it ascends to orbit just after launch. Congratulations to the Russian Space Agency @roscosmos ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Anne McClain, Russian Space Agency, Oleg, Alexander Gerst, David Saint Jacques, Gerst, Oleg Kononenkoof


Campaigners target coal at UN climate summit

Campaign groups representing citizens from across the world demanded Tuesday that big energy leaves coal in the ground as COP24 host Poland pushed for protections allowing it to continue burning fossil fuel. With nations locked in UN climate talks aimed at heading off runaway global warming, many parts of the world are already dealing with the storms, floods, fires and droughts our heating planet will suffer. Man-made emissions have increased annually since the landmark 2015 Paris climate acco...
Tags: Science, Paris, Poland, Un


Tumblr's Porn Ban Is Off to a Predictably Stupid Start

Yesterday Tumblr committed to making its social network, which is full of boobs, dongs, and teens openly fantasizing about the two, a more child-friendly place. The announcement, shared via the Staff account promised a “better, more positive Tumblr” free of things like sexual acts, genitalia, and “female-presenting…Read more...
Tags: Science, Censorship, Machine Learning, Tumblr, Moderation, Robots Are Bad


Oh Cool, the NYPD Now Has a Fleet of Drones for 'Tactical Operations'

The New York Police Department has acquired an arsenal of 14 drones to help monitor the city. Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Surveillance, Drones, Nypd, Robocop, New York Police Department


The Latest: German astronaut urges action on climate

A commander of the International Space Station says he has seen the impact of climate change on Earth and hopes nations can work together to tackle it. Gerst added he hoped negotiators gathered in Poland would be inspired by the same "spirit of collaboration" that exists on the space station. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says her government is determined to reduce emissions to net zero "as quickly as possible" — and staying within the European Union would help.
Tags: Science, Scotland, European Union, Earth, International Space Station, Nicola Sturgeon, Poland, Gerst


Sicilian Mafia Boss Arrested in Raid Authorities Say 'Dismantled' Rebuilt Cosa Nostra Leadership

Italian authorities say they dismantled the top of the Mafia located in Palermo, the capital of Sicily.
Tags: Science, Mafia, Palermo


Mike Pompeo Says U.S. Is Suspending Nuclear Treaty Obligations Due to Russian 'Cheating'

The United States will suspend its obligations under a landmark nuclear treaty in 60 days in response to Russia’s alleged violation of the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.
Tags: Science, Russia, United States, State, Mike Pompeo


Cyborg Houseplant Can Drive Itself Toward the Light It Craves

During the impending robopocalypse, humanity will have to ward off freakishly agile androids, robotic dogs, whatever the hell this is, and, as new research from MIT suggests, quasi-autonomous, mobile robot-plant hybrids.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mit, Robots, Plants, Cybernetics, Robotics, Biotechnology, Cyborgs, Plant Robot Hybrids


This 2.4-Million-Year-Old Discovery Alters Human History

The discovery of 2.4-million-year-old stone tools in north Africa have—yet again—altered the human origin story. “The evidence from Algeria has changed [our] earlier view regarding East Africa [as] being the cradle of humankind. Actually, the entire Africa was the cradle of humankind,” Mohamed Sahnouni, an archaeologist at Spain’s National Research Center for Human Evolution, says. Humanity’s distant cousin, the hominin, moved north through (and evolved and develop …
Tags: Science, Design, Africa, Spain, History, Culture, Archaeology, Algeria, Archeology, Linkaboutit, North Africa, East Africa, Mohamed Sahnouni, National Research Center for Human Evolution


House Republican Campaign Group Got Hacked and Didn't Tell Anyone For Months

The leadership of the group in charge of fundraising for Republican House candidates says it was reportedly hacked ahead of the 2018 midterms.Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Republicans, Cybersecurity, Gop, Hacking, House, NRCC, House Republican Campaign Group Got Hacked


Researching the start of life on Earth isn’t so different from baking cake

It may seem like an oversimplification of one of the greatest mysteries of life, but in trying to figure how life on Earth first formed, chemical biologists at Harvard University are seriously thinking a lot about cake. That's because many theories about the beginning of life involve coming up with perfect mix of specific ingredients.…
Tags: Science, Earth, Harvard University


Chinese scientist vanishes after claiming to have made first gene-edited babies

He Jiankui caused international controversy by claiming to have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to modify the genes of two babies.Some reports suggested he was being held under house arrest, though others say that's inaccurate.It's not unusual for people to disappear in China at the hands of government authorities. None Where is He Jiankui?The scientist who caused international uproar by claiming to have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to modify the embryos of two babies recently born in Chi...
Tags: Corruption, Science, China, Medical Research, Innovation, Amnesty International, Cctv, Party, Xinjiang, Crispr, South China Morning Post, Lu, Jennifer Doudna, Southern University, Morning Post, Lu Guang



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