DNA from 200-year-old pipe sheds light on life of enslaved African woman

US archaeologists trace roots of woman to modern-day Sierra Leone as part of ongoing ancestry researchArchaeologists used DNA taken from a broken clay pipe stem found in Maryland to build a picture of an enslaved woman who died around 200 years ago and had origins in modern-day Sierra Leone. One researcher called the work “a mind-blower”. Related: El Norte review: an epic and timely history of Hispanic North America Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Africa, US, World news, US news, Genetics, American Civil War, Sierra Leone, Slavery, Archaeology, El Norte, Hispanic North America Continue

Trump calls for 'Space Force', nations talk space peace

On the surface, this looks like a terrible moment for the world's major military powers to negotiate a deal on preventing an arms race in space. Last month, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that the global disarmament architecture was "collapsing," citing various diplomatic failures, including Washington's decision to scrap a crucial nuclear weapons treaty with Russia. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has drafted plans for a new "Space Force" on orders from President Donald Trump who has declared space...
Tags: Science, Washington, Un, Donald Trump, Trump, Antonio Guterres, Russia Meanwhile the Pentagon

Trump's Right. Keep Flying Simple for Pilots

In fact, he made a good point, which 737 Max manufacturer Boeing Co., airlines and pilots would do well to heed. On top of that, the fly-by-wire systems pioneered by the Airbus SE A320 mean that most planes these days self-correct when pilots move the controls too aggressively – one reason why fatal loss-of-control accidents have fallen by three-quarters over the past three decades. One 2014 study of highly experienced Boeing 747 pilots found that 15 out of 16 failed to react properly to misre...
Tags: Science, Boeing, Boeing Co

Microsoft-Foxconn Royalty Fight is a Blast From the Past

Microsoft last week sued Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for failing to pay royalties on intellectual property owned by Microsoft as part of a 2013 deal. Microsoft says Hon Hai, which is also known as Foxconn Technology Group, owes it missed payments and interest. Foxconn’s billionaire chairman Terry Gou earlier this week accused Microsoft of a personal attack on him and his company, terming it a “wrongful” attempt to extract royalties on Android mobile operating software.
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Foxconn, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, Foxconn Technology Group, Hon Hai, Terry Gou, Microsoft Foxconn Royalty Fight

China Knows America's Greatest Military Weakness (And Is Planning to Exploit It)

“China is employing more sophisticated satellite operations and probably is testing dual-use technologies that could be applied to counterspace missions,” the DIA report read.
Tags: Science, China, DIA, China Knows America

Trump Now Just Accusing Google of Aiding the Chinese Military, or Whatever

In yet another example of some morsel of news carrion being dragged all the way up to the top of the White House before being partially digested and regurgitated onto a bunch of Twitter eggs, Donald Trump accused tech giant Google of aiding the Chinese military (as well as “Crooked Hillary Clinton”) on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, White House, China, Social Media, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Peoples Liberation Army, Sure Whatever

We Need More Games That Let You Play As Animals

Over the last weekend, I finally played some Ape Out. That game has some style. Though as I played it I realized something. Sadly, we don’t seem to get a lot of games anymore that give you control over an animal. That’s a shame, I love these games.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Kotaku Core, Goat Simulator, Sharks, Jaws, Eagle Flight, Depth, Ape Out, Untitled Goose Game, Hk Project

The Wakanda Scenes in Avengers: Infinity War Were Shaped by the Cast of Black Panther

Avengers: Infinity War is such a sprawling, complex movie that, a year later, new tidbits come out about its production that surprise and delight me. Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Marvel Studios, Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame

Fan Is Remaking The First Level Of Star Wars: Dark Forces In Unreal Engine 4 [Update]

Not that long ago we saw a fan create a playable demo of an Unreal Engine 4 version of a beloved Star Wars podracing game. Another classic game set in the galaxy far, far away has also been getting the remake treatment in Unreal Engine 4 and a developer from Obsidian is involved.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, FPS, Fans, Kotaku Core, Demo, Unreal Engine, LucasArts, Dark Forces, Modders

The U.S. Navy Had a Weird, Hand-Cranked Grenade Launcher

But the old-school design set the stage for weapons still in use today.
Tags: Science, U S Navy

Fans Are Remaking Star Wars: Dark Forces In Unreal Engine 4

Not that long ago we saw some fans create a playable demo of an Unreal Engine 4 version of a beloved Star Wars podracing game. Now, another classic game set in the galaxy far, far away is getting remade in Unreal Engine 4 and a developer from Obsidian is involved.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, FPS, Fans, Kotaku Core, Demo, Unreal Engine, LucasArts, Dark Forces, Modders

Venezuela's Guaido launches national tour in 'new phase' to oust Maduro

Guaido, who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, saying Maduro's re-election was illegitimate, called on thousands of supporters to stay committed to what he dubbed "Operation Freedom." "Very soon, when we have visited and organized every inch ... we will go to Miraflores and reclaim what belongs to the Venezuelan people," Guaido said, referring to the palace, in a speech in the industrial city of Valencia 176 km (109 miles) west of Caracas, where he toured shops...
Tags: Science, Venezuela, Valencia, Caracas, Maduro, Socialist Party, Miraflores, National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, Guaido

Massive Flooding Follows in Bomb Cyclone's Wake, With Nebraska Floods Possibly Worst in 50 Years

Historic flooding has followed in the wake of the “bomb cyclone” that rammed into the central U.S. this week, with USA Today reporting that Nebraska experienced what may be the worst floods in half a century. Flooding has continued in swathes of Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, according to CNN.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Snow, Meteorology, Rain, Nebraska, Flooding, Usa Today, Extreme Weather, Iowa Missouri, Bomb Cyclone

Facebook’s Vulnerabilities Highlighted During a Terrible Week

The week of bad news actually started March 8 with a proposal from U.S. senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. Then there was the longest-ever outage of Facebook’s social network and services, which almost overshadowed news of a criminal investigation into its data-agreements with other companies. Facebook’s technical glitch was resolved just in time for it to post the departure of two key executives, including the one closely linked with the company’s mos...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Elizabeth Warren

Climate protests: First the students, now adults in France

PARIS (AP) — While some yellow vest protesters rioted along a famed Paris avenue, elsewhere in the French capital an entirely different scene unfolded Saturday: tens of thousands of people marching peacefully to urge faster government action against global warming.
Tags: Science, France, Ap, Paris

Correction: Chile-Floating Solar Island story

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story March 15 about a floating island of solar panels in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the array is 1,200 square feet. The array is 1,200 square meters.
Tags: Science, Chile, Associated Press, SANTIAGO Chile

Jon Cryer Decided to Play Lex Luthor to Correct the Mistakes of the Past

Specifically, for Superman IV. Oh, Superman IV.
Tags: Science, Warner Bros, Cw, DC Entertainment, Supergirl, Lex Luthor, Jon Cryer

Meet RAMBO, The Army’s 3D-Printed Grenade Launcher

What can it do on the battlefield?
Tags: Science, Army

This Star Wars Celebration Poster Is a Breathtaking Commemoration of the Beginning of the Rebellion

Star Wars Celebration is almost here, which means it’s time for some fantastic art. And this print, by Michael Pasquale, is one of the best I’ve seen. Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Science, Disney, Rogue One A Star Wars Story, Movie Posters, Michael Pasquale, Star Wars Celebration

Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Return to TV After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

The National Geographic Channel and Fox Broadcasting said they have completed their investigation of astrophysicist and TV celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, and will air two of his shows that have been postponed, Entertainment Weekly reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Entertainment Weekly, Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Return, National Geographic Channel and Fox Broadcasting

Paris climate rally draws 45,000 people: media estimate

Around 45,000 climate campaigners marched in Paris Saturday to condemn what they called the French government's "inaction" on climate change, according to a media estimate. "Macron, you're screwed: the pandas are in the street," said one placard at the Paris demonstration, addressing French President Emmanuel Macron. "We are here to demonstrate against the inaction on climate change... and against the multi-billionaires in their ivory towers," 18-year-old drama student Pierre-Loup Meriaux told...
Tags: Science, Paris, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Pierre Loup Meriaux

Australia Bans Milo Yiannopoulos Over Christchurch Massacre Comments 

The career of Milo Yiannopoulos took another hit on Saturday when the Australian government canceled a visa it had granted just a week ago to the heavily indebted right-wing troll for a speaking tour scheduled later this year.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Trolls, Milo Yiannopoulos, New Zealand Mosque Attacks

3 Top Diabetes Stocks to Watch in March

Keep your eyes on these three hot diabetes stocks this month.
Tags: Science

My Trick for Watching Scary Movies Even Though I'm a Total Coward

I wasn’t particularly interested in Bird Box. And then there were memes. There were so many memes, my god. So I became interested insofar as I wanted a little more context to understand what people were laughing about. But based on the Wikipedia description and the trailer on Netflix, this was a movie that would offer…Read more...
Tags: Science, Wikipedia, Netflix, Strategically Horrified

How the Expectation for Men to Be Tough Affected My Crohn’s Disease

A man living with Crohn's disease describes how the expectation for men to be tough caused complications in his chronic illness.
Tags: Science, Crohn

As Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary nears, space fans get ready to celebrate

The countdown is on for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and that means the appointment books for space luminaries and their fans are filling up like the propellant tanks on a Saturn V rocket. Seattle's Museum of Flight is one of the epicenters for the festivities, thanks to its status as the next stopover for the Smithsonian Institution's traveling "Destination Moon" exhibit. Due to a remodeling project at the National Air and Space Museum, some of the choicest Apollo...
Tags: Science, Seattle, National Air and Space Museum

Leonardo DiCaprio Has a New Job: Advising a Climate Tech Fund

Leonardo DiCaprio Has a New Job: Advising a Climate Tech Fund
Tags: Science, Leonardo Dicaprio

The Simpsons Is Going To Have An Esports Episode

Bart Simpson is entering the world of esports in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. Read more...
Tags: TV, Science, News, Fox, Kotaku Core, The Simpsons, Esports, League Of Legends, Riot Games, Bart Simpson, Al Jean, Esports Episode

The Simpsons Producers Worked With Riot Games On An Upcoming Esports Episode

Bart Simpson is entering the world of esports in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. The staff behind The Simpsons even talked to Riot Games to help make the episode feel more “authentic.”Read more...
Tags: TV, Science, News, Fox, Kotaku Core, The Simpsons, Esports, League Of Legends, Riot Games, Bart Simpson, Al Jean

Pope reactivates plans for South Sudan trip

During a meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Saturday, Francis "expressed the wish to ascertain the conditions for a possible visit to South Sudan," a Vatican statement said. Oil-producing South Sudan, which became independent in 2011, descended into civil war in December 2013 when a dispute between Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar sparked fighting, often along ethnic lines. In September, Kiir, who is Catholic, and Machar, a Presbyterian, signed a peace deal calling on th...
Tags: Science, Vatican, South Sudan, Pope, Brussels, Francis, Salva Kiir, Kiir, Machar, Riek Machar, International Crisis Group

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