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How satellites and blockchain go together

It’s been three months since Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining venture headquartered in Redmond, Wash., was acquired by the ConsenSys blockchain studio — and although the venture currently known as ConsenSys Space hasn’t yet take the wraps off its business plan, another space-centric blockchain venture just might provide some clues. Singapore-based SpaceChain has been ramping up its activity over the past year, highlighted by the launch of two nanosatellite-based blockchain nodes into orb...
Tags: Science, Singapore, Redmond Wash, ConsenSys Space, SpaceChain


Thai forest rangers train to tackle wildlife crime

Camo-clad rangers ambush a camp in a lush Thai national park, kicking away a machete and a firearm and pinning two suspected poachers to the ground -- part of a training exercise to counter a lucrative wildlife trade. "Go!" team leader Kritkhajorn Tangon yells as the group tackles the actors, who had near them sambar deer antlers and a blade covered in fake blood. Thailand's conservationists are struggling to stamp out the multibillion-dollar black market in animal parts, finding themselves ou...
Tags: Science, Thailand, Camo, Kritkhajorn Tangon


Scientists Weigh Quick-Response Strategy To Correct Climate Science BS — Like Trump's

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are considering a
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Scientists Weigh Quick-Response Strategy To Correct Climate Change BS — Like Trump's

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are considering a
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Former Cop in Australia Jailed for Using Police Databases to Look Up Tinder Dates

An ex-cop in Western Australia has been jailed for six months for using police databases to snoop on the records of dozens of women he’d encountered on dating sites like Tinder and PlentyOfFish, Australia’s ABC News reported Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Tinder, Australia, Police, Stalking, Abc News, Western Australia


#FuckFuckJerry now has its own Tim Heidecker-penned theme song

Earlier this week, we wrote about Vulture comedy editor Megh Wright, and her campaign to get people to stop giving money and attention to online “marketing brand” FuckJerry. The company—also involved with the disastrous public event/documentary bait that was the Fyre Festival—operates largely by stealing content from…Read more...
Tags: Science, Tim Heidecker, Fuck Jerry, Megh Wright


‘Real Time': Bill Maher Warns Republicans That Climate Change Could Destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s Beer

On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher tore into Republicans who he says ignore climate change, and warned of all the things global warming might render extinct — including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s beer. In the “New Rules” segment of the show, Maher started by saying America does need a wall: “A sea wall, because the ice is melting, and rising oceans are going to swallow Miami.” Maher asked, “What is it with Republicans and the environment? They never waver in their comm...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Mexico, America, Miami, Napa Valley, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Maher, Kavanaugh, France Italy, Rob Liefeld, Brett Kavanaugh


‘Real Time': Bill Maher Warns Republicans Climate Change Could Destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s Beer

On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher tore into Republicans for ignoring climate change, and warned of all the things global warming might render extinct — including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s beer. In the “New Rules” segment of the show, Maher started by saying America does need a wall. “A sea wall, because the ice is melting, and rising oceans are going to swallow Miami.” Maher asked “what is it with republicans and the environment? They never waver in their commitment ...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Mexico, America, Miami, Napa Valley, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Maher, France Italy, Rob Liefeld, Brett Kavanaugh


Bill Maher Sees “Glimmer Of Hope” For Climate Change: Americans Less Stupid

Are Americans beginning to accept the reality of climate change? Bill Maher sees a "tiny glimmer of hope," the host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher said tonight. "Half of Americans say the science is more convincing than it was five years ago," Maher said, "which is f*cking stupid but I'll take it." Citing studies that indicate 73% of Americans now believe in climate change - an increase of 10% over four years ago - and that more than six in 10 Americans now accept…
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Fortnite Players Create Obstacle Courses That Play Beautiful Music And Also Smash Mouth

Oh, Overwatch has pianos now? Well, Fortnite scoffs at that musty 18th-century instrument, with its corporeal ivory keys and termite-vulnerable wooden body. Fortnite players can create entire worlds that are instruments.Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Epic, Kotakucore, Smash Mouth, Fortnite


Watch WETA Transform Rosa Salazar Into Alita: Battle Angel's Living Weapon

There’s much to be said about the rest of Robert Rodriguez’ Alita: Battle Angel. But the two things that stand out most about the film are actress Rosa Salazar’s performance, and how much work the movie’s VFX put into making her look like the most lifelike cyborg to ever set foot outside of the uncanny valley.Read more...
Tags: Science, James Cameron, 20th Century Fox, Vfx, Robert Rodriguez, Manga, Motion Capture, WETA, Rosa Salazar, Alita Battle Angel


Hong Kong makes record seizure of pangolin scales, ivory

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong customs officers have intercepted a record 8.3 tons of pangolin scales and hundreds of elephant tusks worth more than $8 million combined, underscoring the threat to endangered species from demand in Asia.
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Fighting 'all you can eat' waste

The UN wants to halve the amount of food we waste. Here's how one hotel in Norway is helping out.
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Uber and Lyft Raise Prices in New York City, Citing Wage Law

Uber Technologies Inc. will increase the price of trips in the city starting Friday in response to the new rule, it said in a statement to Bloomberg. Lyft Inc. is also raising prices, and also citing the new minimum wage. In an email it sent to drivers Friday, it said that “riders will see increased fares, which may lead to fewer rides as people find alternative ways to travel around the city.” Lyft, too, declined to say how much its prices would rise.
Tags: Science, New York City, Uber Technologies Inc, Bloomberg Lyft Inc


Apple Says Its Update for Group FaceTime Bug Is Getting Bumped to Next Week

After a massive FaceTime bug that allowed users to potentially listen in on others when using the Group feature surfaced Monday, Apple disabled Group FaceTime in a short-term fix to the problem. An update to address the problem was expected this week, but Apple said Friday that while it has fixed the issue on its…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Ipad, Science, Bugs, Facetime, Creepy Security Bugs, Apple Says Its Update for Group FaceTime


MIT develops robot that uses AI to play Jenga game

Developed by a team at MIT, the robot uses AI and may be used in industrial automation in the future.
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Israel is about to launch the first privately-funded mission to the Moon

Getting to the Moon takes an incredible amount of technical know-how, engineering excellence, and of course money. That's why embarking on a lunar landing mission is typically done by a government-funded space agency rather than private citizens, but the rise of commercialized rocket launches is helping to change that. This month, Israel plans to become the fourth country to embark on a Moon landing, and it's doing so thanks to a nonprofit group which is privately funding the mission. T...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Science, Israel, Nasa, Moon


The Company Behind Roomba Is Making a Robot Lawn Mower

An app allows users to control mowing preferences.
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Mystery of Blocked Key Fobs at Parking Lot 'Likely' Solved, Canadian Ministry Says

Residents of the prairie town Carstairs, Alberta, may finally be able to visit their local co-operative grocery store without fear of key fobs malfunctioning, cars failing to start, or alarms going off seemingly without reason. The issue appears to have been solved, officials say.Read more...
Tags: Science, Carstairs Alberta, Parking Lot Likely Solved Canadian Ministry Says


Leigh Whannell Will Tackle the Escape From New York Remake

Just when you thought you’d escaped the Escape From New York remake, once again it rears its giant, decapitated Statue of Liberty head.Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Fox, Leigh Whannell, John Carpenter, Escape From New York


Professional Athlete Nearly Died After Accidentally Swallowing a Toothpick in a Sandwich

Pro Athlete Nearly Died After Swallowing a Toothpick
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U.S. Energy Department warns staff to avoid foreign recruitment programs

Dan Brouillette, the Energy Department's deputy secretary, said in a memo the agency that recruitment programs sponsored by certain countries "threaten the United States' economic base by facilitating the unauthorized transfer of technology and intellectual property to foreign governments." Potential recruits are offered prestigious positions at foreign research institutes, labs and universities, it said. The Energy Department oversees a network of 17 national labs that work on sensitive issue...
Tags: Science, China, United States, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Energy Department, U S Energy Department, Dan Brouillette


Seal takeovers, downed trees: Parks clean up post-shutdown

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed down an iconic twisted-limbed Joshua tree in California.
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'Grey's Anatomy' Portrays the Reality of 'Chronic Cancer' No One Talks About

'Grey's Anatomy' writer and producer Elisabeth Finch explained how she wrote an episode based on her own experience with cancer that isn't about "winning" or "losing."
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U.S. high court temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions

A one-page order issued by Justice Samuel Alito said that "the justices need time to review" the various court filings before making a decision on the emergency application filed by Shreveport-based abortion provider Hope Medical Group for Women to block the law. Alito said that the restrictions, which were to go into effect on Monday, will be put on hold until at least Feb. 7. Lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights, an abortion rights group that represents the challengers, said the la...
Tags: Science, Louisiana, Center For Reproductive Rights, Alito, Shreveport, Samuel Alito, Hope Medical Group


Environmentalists attacked on Mexico porpoise patrol

Environmental group Sea Shepherd said Friday one of its ships had been attacked by 20 boats while patrolling off the coast of Mexico to protect the endangered vaquita marina porpoise from illegal fishermen. Attackers on high-speed boats threw Molotov cocktails and large rocks at the M/V Farley Mowat in the Gulf of California on Thursday, shattering windows and igniting a fire on the patrol ship, Sea Shepherd said in a statement. It is the second time the organization's patrol ships have come u...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Gulf Of California, Sea Shepherd, Farley Mowat


French rugby players' deaths raise concern over safety

French rugby is currently under a shadow cast by the deaths of four players in the past eight months
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Kotaku What I Learned From Watching A Great Deal Of Overwatch Porn | io9 A New Captain Marvel TV Spo

Kotaku What I Learned From Watching A Great Deal Of Overwatch Porn | io9 A New Captain Marvel TV Spot Gives Us Hope for Marvel’s Next Generation | Jalopnik Honda’s Not Doing So Hot Right Now | Offspring Why You Should Pawn Your Kids off on Their Grandparents as Often as Possible | The Takeout The “Fiji…Read more...
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This light-powered 3D printer materializes objects all at once

3D printing has changed the way people approach hardware design, but most printers share a basic limitation: they essentially build objects layer by layer, generally from the bottom up. This new system from UC Berkeley, however, builds them all at once more or less by projecting a video through a jar of light-sensitive resin. The device, which its creators call the replicator (but shouldn’t, because that’s a Makerbot trademark), is mechanically quite simple. It’s hard to explain it better than B...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, 3d Printing, 3d Printers, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Taylor, Holograms, Lawrence Livermore, Hayden Taylor, Holography


Grey's Anatomy Boss Explains Why [Spoiler] Had to Die in Latest Episode

The following contains spoilers from the Jan. 31 episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Proceed at your own risk. In a roundabout way, April Kepner killed Thatcher Grey. You see, after Grey’s Anatomy writer Elisabeth R. Finch pitched showrunner Krista Vernoff Thursday’s emotional episode, “The Winner Takes It All” — in which Catherine underwent grueling surgery […]
Tags: Science, Abc, Catherine, Grey, Krista Vernoff, Kepner, Thatcher Grey, Elisabeth R Finch



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