Report: Google Staff Suspect New Internal Software Is Designed to Suppress Employee Dissent

Staff at Google are wary that the company may be building “an internal surveillance tool” with the purpose of crushing employee dissent, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Science, Technology, Activism, Privacy, Unions, Labor, Bloomberg, Surveillance

Suborbital spacefliers will get pinned by the Association of Space Explorers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Will the customers who fly on the suborbital spaceships operated by British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin get astronaut wings? That's not in the cards, because those wings are typically reserved for flight crews. But at least they'll get a lapel pin to mark their achievement. The pin, created by the Association of Space Explorers, made its debut today on the lapel of Beth Moses, chief astronaut inst...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Washington, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Michael Lopez Alegria, International Astronautical Congress, Beth Moses, Association of Space Explorers

These U.N. Climate Scientists Think They Can Halt Global Warming for $300 Billion. Here's How

Returning land to pasture, food crops or trees would convert enough carbon into biomass to stabilize emissions of CO2 for 15-20 years, the scientists say.
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Rats trained to drive tiny cars find it relaxing, scientists report

Sometimes life really can be a rat race. Scientists have reported successfully training the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for tasty bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels. The study not only advances our understanding of how sophisticated rat brains are, but could one day help in developing new non-pharmaceutical forms of treatment for mental illness, senior author Kelly Lambert of the University of Richmond told AFP on Wednesday.
Tags: Science, Afp, University of Richmond, Kelly Lambert

The NASCAR Crash Compilation of Mark Zuckerberg's Six-Hour Congressional Testimony

Mark Zuckerberg, America’s pluckiest boy-technocrat and the inventor of the Retreating Bowl Cut, sat before the House Financial Services Committee for a marathon six-hour hearing today. In theory, he was there to talk about his attempts to prop up a new worldwide currency. In practice, he was grilled about nearly…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Nascar, Libra, Zuckerberg, House Financial Services Committee, Mark Zuckerberg America

Don't Watch This Trailer for Antlers Unless You Want to Discover Its Big Secret

The first teaser for Scott Cooper’s Antlers—which is produced by Guillermo del Toro and is based on a story by Channel Zero’s Nick Antosca—dropped some pretty heavy hints about the peculiar family troubles facing the small boy at its center. But a new trailer reveals a whole hell of a lot more.Read more...
Tags: Science, Horror, Guillermo Del Toro, Fox Searchlight, Antlers, Don, Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Scott Cooper, Nick Antosca, Channel Zero

It's time to ban filters on cigarettes

Cigarette filters are a scam and are a leading source of plastic pollution worldwide, say experts.
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First Look at 'Sycamore,' Google's Quantum Computer

Between the mountainous and coastal vistas of Goleta, California, sits an unassuming office on the side of a building next to the freeway. It could belong to any Southern California company; workers sit in gray cubicles beneath fluorescent lights, and there’s a rack to hold employees’ bikes and surfboards. But at…Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Southern California, Quantum Physics, Quantum Computers, Goleta California, Quantum Supremacy, Sycamore Google

The Daily Bugle Is on the Hunt for a Major Scoop in Its Very Own Comic Book

Two-thousand nineteen: A bad year for the media, by and large. Venture capitalists running amok, local news structures being torn apart and shut down, institutions being reshaped and ruined by the influence of massive tech companies like Facebook and Google. That’s the real world, at least. In superhero comics? It’s…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Marvel, Superman, Journalism, Marvel Comics, Daredevil, Kingpin, Spider Man, Peter Parker, Clark Kent, Jimmy Olsen, Daily Bugle, Mat Johnson, Mack Chater

The 10 Best Deals of October 23, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
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While We're Arguing if Marvel Movies Are Art, Let's Also Let Them Be Sexy, Dammit

The internet is currently in what feels like an endless cycle of asking artsy film directors their thoughts about Marvel movies and then getting mad at those thoughts. So, you know, it’s just a regular time on the internet. But among that tiresome discourse, at least one director had a point we could get behind: L…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sex, Marvel, Disney, Sexuality, Streaming, Wonder Woman, Superheroes, Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, Captain America, Disney Plus, WandaVision

Internal Cybersecurity Memo: White House Is Bound To Get Hacked

In the 1,006 days since Donald Trump became president, his administration has shown little vigilance when it comes to its own security, and a new internal memo suggests the White House is working to weaken its own cybersecurity safeguards.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, White House, Russia, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Donald Trump

Mexican agency says gov’t must pay fishermen to save vaquita

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday the government must renew payments to fishermen who were ordered to stop using nets in order to save the last few vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise and the most endangered marine mammal. Fishermen say they have returned to fishing in the upper Gulf […]
Tags: Science, News, Mexico, Ap, Nation, Mexico City, Gulf, National Human Rights Commission

Fresh Look at New Horizons Data Shows Pluto’s ‘Far Side’ in Unprecedented Detail

When New Horizons zipped past Pluto on July 14, 2015, the NASA spacecraft was only able to observe one side of the dwarf planet. Scientists have now reviewed data collected by New Horizons during its approach and as it traveled away, resulting in the most detailed analysis yet of Pluto’s elusive far side.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, New Horizons, Pluto, Planetary Science, New Horizons Data Shows Pluto

Rats trained to drive tiny cars in pursuit of Froot Loops

Researchers successfully taught rats how to drive small cars in the pursuit of Froot Loops cereal. Video below. Psychologist Kelly Lambert and her colleagues at the University of Richmond conducted the experiment to gain insight into animal cognition. Learning to drive also lowered the rats' stress as measured by hormone levels. From New Scientist: They constructed a tiny car out of a clear plastic food container on wheels, with an aluminium floor and three copper bars functioning as a steer...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Learning, Animals, Rats, Neuroplasticity, Lambert, University of Richmond, Kelly Lambert

Republicans Wielding Phones 'Compromised' Classified Room Used for Impeachment Hearing

Republican lawmakers who stormed a secured area on Capitol Hill in an attempt to obstruct ongoing impeachment testimony by a Pentagon official on Wednesday reportedly compromised the space by failing to leave their cellphones behind. Read more...
Tags: Science, National Security, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Impeachment, Classified Information

Shutdown of nuke plant has a surprising stinging consequence

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The shutdown of one of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plants last year is having a surprising, stinging consequence for a New Jersey bay considered one of the nation’s most fragile. The environmental group Save Barnegat Bay held a conference Wednesday where scientists noted the increase of tiny jellyfish near […]
Tags: Science, News, Nation, New Jersey, STAFFORD TOWNSHIP N J AP, Save Barnegat Bay

Legged lunar rover startup Spacebit taps Latin American partners for Moon mission

UK-based lunar rover startup Spacebit, a company developing robotic exploration hardware for use on the Moon, announced two new partners that will help it develop and finalize its technology ahead of its target mission date of 2021. The Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA) and Mexico’s Dereum will be providing the technology that Spacebit will employ on both its deployer and the robot rover it’s preparing for use on the Moon. This marks the first time that Latin American companies will partici...
Tags: TC, Space, UK, Science, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Tech, Ceo, United Kingdom, Moon, Rover, Ecuador, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace

Scientists Say Their Experimental Drug Knocks Out the Flu, in Animal Tests at Least

We might be inching closer to a holy grail of medicine: an incredibly effective flu-killing drug that the virus can’t quickly adapt to. A new experimental treatment was able to rapidly reduce the flu virus in ferrets, but human trials are still a ways off. Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Flu, Ferrets, Influenza

FTC Finally Decides Stalking Apps May Not Be All That Great

The Federal Trade Commission has taken its first action against the developers of three “stalking” apps that it alleges could monitor users without their consent and created security vulnerabilities for victims’ devices. The regulatory crackdown isn’t much more than a nudge to be slightly less shitty, but hey, it’s a…Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Stalking, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Retina X

Black Lightning Is Raising the Stakes to Keep Things Interesting

Black Lightning’s become a decidedly more complicated show this season because of the difficult position it’s put its titular hero in. By agreeing to be detained and studied by the American Security Agency, Jefferson Pierce has ensured that his children will remain relatively safe and free. But it also means…Read more...
Tags: Science, Warner Bros, Cw, DC Entertainment, Jefferson Pierce, TV Bite, Black Lightning

Congress Explores Why the Oil Industry’s Climate Denial Is a Civil Rights Issue

I think about climate change in three parts: the causes, the effects, and the response to it all. There are themes that cut across all those, and civil rights is one of them. That’s why the House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee convened Wednesday to assess the oil industry’s role in fueling the climate…Read more...
Tags: Science, Justice, Congress, Climate Change, House Of Representatives, Civil Rights, Oil Industry, Exxon Knew

This Uninhabited Island Is Covered in Rubber Bands Because Birds Think They’re Worms

British conservationists have figured out why a protected island near the UK’s southwest coast is littered with thousands of elastic bands.Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Birds, Pollution, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Plastic Pollution, Gulls

Axon Brings License Plate Recognition to Cops' Dash Cams

Axon, a manufacturer of Tasers and police body cameras, announced it is developing a police dash camera that can automatically read license plates, as its ethics board simultaneously released a report that warns of the consequences of this technology.Read more...
Tags: Science, Surveillance, ALPR, AXON, Surveillance State, Axon Brings License Plate Recognition

Disney's Star Tours Just Told Us the Name of The Rise of Skywalker's Most Mysterious Planet

That’s no moon. It’s the ruins of a space station on a moon.Read more...
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How Those Memes You Just Posted Could Soon Cost You $30,000

You’re served with a notice. Apparently you’d shared some photos you didn’t own on the internet a while ago, and now someone–possibly an artist, possibly a copyright troll–can file for damages of up to $30,000. Scam, you think, and toss the paper. You’re served with a second paper 30 days later, but you toss that too.Read more...
Tags: Science, Copyright, CASE Act, The Trolls Are Coming

Charge All of the Things With This $21 Aukey Tower of Power

AUKEY Power Strip Surge Protector | $21 | Amazon | Use the promo code G4OXJ2JYRead more...
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Guys, It's Time to Upgrade Your Underwear

If you’ve been thinking lately about upgrading the contents of your underwear drawer—or maybe more importantly, if you haven’t been thinking about it—let me lay down some knowledge for you guys to noodle on.Read more...
Tags: Science, Underwear

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 Is a Love Letter to Street Photography

Quite often in today’s world, we’re so focused on editing, sharing, and posting our photos, we often forget to enjoy the simple things like just grabbing a camera, hitting the streets, and seeing what you run into. But with the new X-Pro3, Fujifilm is looking to blend the best things about old-school rangefinders with…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cameras, Fujifilm, Mirrorless Cameras, Hands On, First Look, Rangefinder Cameras, Fujifilm X Pro3 First Look, Fujifilm X Pro 3, Pro3 Fujifilm

An Interview With The Viral Chinese Stunt Drinker Who Became Our King

One day late last month, Liu Shichao, a 33-year-old farmer in China’s northern Hebei province, awoke to a flood of messages that he had become famous on a foreign social networking platform called Twitter. Liu had never heard of this app; social media giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been blocked in…
Tags: Science, Interviews, China, Fl, Hebei province, Facebook Instagram and Twitter, Liu Shichao, Viral Fame, Deadspin Interview, Hebei Pangzai, Twitter Liu

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