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Beloved Regional Chain Wawa Data Breach Exposed 'Potentially All' Locations' Customer Data

Wawa, the regional sandwich shop (that also sells gas), announced Thursday that a more than nine-month malware attack struck the company this year. CBS News reported that “potentially all” locations were infected, potentially exposing names, credit and debit card numbers, and expiration dates.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cbs News, Data Breach, Wawa


NASA and its partners count down to first launch of Boeing’s Starliner space taxi

Boeing's Starliner space taxi is due to be sent to the International Space Station for the first time early Friday — and although the only crew on board this time is a mannequin, the real astronauts who'll take the next turn are tracking every move. "As flight testers … this is a dream come true," NASA astronaut Mike Fincke told reporters at a pre-launch briefing. "Very rarely does it come where you get a brand new spacecraft to go look at and test." Starliner's maiden liftoff, atop ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Boeing, United Launch Alliance Atlas, Mike Fincke


Need a Lyft? Too bad, Dick Assman

And before you ask: Yes, that’s a real name.Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Science, Ridesharing, Terms Of Service, Dick Assman, How Rude, Community Guidelines


Ransomware Goons Had a Great 2019, With At Least 948 Reported Attacks

Ransomware operators are closing out a year of extorting local governments, hospitals, and schools across the country with a bang, with at least four more U.S. cities falling victim to sophisticated scams this month alone and a recent report tallying the total number of incidents at nearly a thousand.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Crime, Government, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Tech Policy


Congress Passes Law to Raise Smoking and Vaping Age to 21

In an effort to curb the use of tobacco products among youth, Congress has passed a law that would increase the smoking age in the United States to 21.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Congress, United States, Cigarettes, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Juul


Ring Sure Does Have a Lot of Password Leaks That Are Entirely Your Fault

One of Ring’s stated goals is to “reduce crime in neighborhoods by connecting people.” What customers didn’t expect is that those people would be criminals who’d be spying on them in their homes, occasionally yelling racist or threatening things at their children.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Ring, Surveillance Tech


Not so far, far away: How the Star Wars galaxy falls short of the real-life search for planets

Over the past 42 years, filmgoers have seen exotic worlds come to life in a succession of Star Wars movies — a series that is now coming to a climax with "Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker." But are those exoplanets really all that exotic anymore? Sure, we've seen two suns in the sky over the sands of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet. We've been to an ice planet (Hoth) and a lava planet (Mustafar). We've even spent time on a habitable exomoon that's in orbit ...
Tags: Science, Luke Skywalker, Hoth


How the real-life search for planets goes farther out than the Star Wars universe

Over the past 42 years, filmgoers have seen exotic worlds come to life in a succession of Star Wars movies — a series that is now coming to a climax with "Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker." But are those exoplanets really all that exotic anymore? Sure, we've seen two suns in the sky over the sands of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker's home planet. We've been to an ice planet (Hoth) and a lava planet (Mustafar). We've even spent time on a habitable exomoon that's in orbit ...
Tags: Science, Luke Skywalker, Hoth


Sanders Asks OSHA to Release Detailed Injury Data for Every Amazon Facility

Bernie Sanders will not quit until Jeff Bezos is reduced to dust.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Jeff Bezos, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, OSHA, Ilhan Omar


Your Genes Suck at Predicting Your Health, Study Finds

A new study this month is the latest to suggest that our genes really don’t do much to predict our health, at least most of the time.Read more...
Tags: Science, Genetics, DNA testing


VOICE ASSISTANTS IN HEALTHCARE: An inside look at 3 emerging voice use cases healthcare providers can deploy to cut costs, build loyalty, and drive revenue

Business Insider Intelligence outlines the voice opportunity in healthcare and explores the drivers propelling voice adoption in the healthcare realm.
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It's Official: 'Freedom Gas' Is the Worst Phrase of the Year

The Trump administration has plumbed the depths of the English language from the president’s recent large turd obsession to an advisor who compared the “demonization of carbon dioxide” to the Holocaust to Ryan Zinke telling a protestor, “I’d like to see your child fight for energy” (which weird flex but okay). Truly,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fossil Fuels, Word Of The Year, Trump, Ryan Zinke, Trump Administration, Freedom Pollution


NASA has confirmed a new class of huge 'super-puff' planets that have the density of cotton candy

Because their hydrogen-helium atmospheres balloon out, these planets are nearly as big as Jupiter, but are 100 times less massive.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Jupiter


The Jedi That Fucked

The Jedi Order has long been an establishment of hypocrisy. It’s what led to its undoing across generations of its existence multiple times. Its hubris is what brings about the fall of Anakin Skywalker and its destruction in the Star Wars movies. One such hypocrisy? Those infamously loveless warrior monks sure did…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Video Games, Sex, Disney, Lucasfilm, Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Jedi, Obi Wan Kenobi, Expanded Universe, Qui Gon Jinn


Indian Authorities Order Internet Shutdowns Amid Mass Protests, Outrage Over Citizenship Law

Indian authorities have shut down internet access across much of the nation amid widespread protests against prime minister and far-right supremacist Narendra Modi and his government’s new law designed to bar Muslims from gaining citizenship.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, India, Narendra Modi, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Islam, Protests, Vodafone, Free Speech, Airtel, Jio, Internet Shutdown, Citizenship Amendment Act


Holy Shit, Watchmen's Lube Man Slide Was Real

Watchmen might have come to a resoundingly stunning end, but somehow...somehow this damned show just keeps shocking us.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Stunts, Damon Lindelof, Regina King, Watchmen, Lube Man


This Casio Smartwatch Perfectly Illustrates the Struggles of Wear OS

The history of Wear OS watches is long, and mostly disappointing. Over the years, Qualcomm’s less-than-snappy Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip bore a decent chunk of the blame. The arrival of the 3100 was supposed to offset that, and it’s better sure—but not by a degree that offsets years of stunted development. Knowing all…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Qualcomm, Consumer Tech, Casio Pro Trek Review


IBM Research Created a New Battery That Outperforms Lithium-Ion—No Problematic Heavy Metals Required

With everything from cars, to trucks, to even airplanes going electric, the demand for batteries is going to continue to skyrocket in the coming years—but the availability of the materials currently used to make them is limited. So scientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Batteries, IBM Research, IBM Research Created


Scientists Find Evidence That Sheep Can Cause Mad Cow Disease

Researchers think they’ve solved one of the most enduring mysteries of a strange, always-fatal disease that turns both people and cows mad. In experiments with genetically manipulated mice, they found direct evidence that mad cow disease—a condition caused by a zombie-like, brain-destroying protein called a prion—can…Read more...
Tags: Science, Brain, Sheep, Cows, Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease, Prions, Mad Cow Disease


Prehistoric Humans Built a Wall to Keep Out the Sea—But It Failed

A 7,000-year-old seawall has been discovered off the Israeli coast, and it’s now the oldest-known defense against rising sea levels. The seawall eventually failed, and the village had to be abandoned, in what’s serving as an ominous lesson from the past.Read more...
Tags: Science, Floods, Rising Sea Levels, Climate Science, Ancient Humans, Neolithic Era


Genius Series: The defiant life of Marie Curie

Big Think has just launched its Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more!We're paying tribute to the first female Nobel Prize winner, Marie Curie.Select Rush or Super Rush Delivery to get your order before Christmas Day! None Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie None Marie Curie was a tra...
Tags: Science, Design, Women, History, Chemistry, Physics, Paris, Innovation, Poland, Marie Curie, Curie, Sorbonne, Pierre Curie, Marie Curie None Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla Isaac Newton


Holy Shit, Reportedly

Today, the New York Times published a galvanizing analysis of the location histories of 12 million cell phones, a stockpile provided to them by sources inside an unnamed location data company that harvests data from mobile apps. This shit is real, man, and we’ve long known that telecoms have been selling our location…Read more...
Tags: Science, Surveillance, New York Times, Telecoms, Location, Location Data


The Kinn Chair Furnishes Premium Design, Features, and Comfort at a Mid-Range Price

I spent four months of workdays sitting in the Autonomous Kinn chair so I could tell you how good it is with a trustworthy degree of hands-on butt-on experience. Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Office, Chair, Kinn, Kinn Office Chair, Mid Range Price


Slice of paradise created for critically endangered toad-headed turtle

A 297-acre property in rural northern Colombia will become the first and only reserve for the conservation of the Dahl’s toad-headed turtle.
Tags: Science, News, Colombia, Dahl


Ketamine-like drug for depression gets UK licence

Psychiatrists divided on ‘game-changing’ esketamine due to potential for addictionA radical ketamine-like drug has been licensed for use in the UK for severe depression, a decision that offers hope to the millions of patients for whom conventional treatments have failed.Esketamine, taken as a nasal spray, is one of the first rapid-acting drugs for depression and the first in decades that is thought to work in a fundamentally different way in the brain. However, psychiatrists are divided on the b...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Neuroscience, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Depression, Medical Research, Esketamine


Australian Prime Minister Will Return From Vacation to a Camp of Pissed Off People

Australia has been left scarred by heat and flames and choked by smoke. Australians are understandably pissed the crisis has reached this point while the government peddles in climate denial. Many are so pissed, in fact, that they set up camp outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s home Thursday. The plan is to stay…Read more...
Tags: Science, Activism, Australia, Scott Morrison, Bush Fires, Climate Emergency


‘Super-puff’ planets add a cotton candy flavor to the search for alien worlds

Readings from the Hubble Space Telescope have shed light on a bizarre class of alien planets that have the density of cotton candy. The "super-puff" planets were detected by NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012, orbiting Kepler 51, a sunlike star that's 2,600 light-years from Earth along our Milky Way galaxy's Orion spiral arm. A couple of years later, astronomers determined that the planets — known as Kepler-51 b, c and d — have extremely low densities. Hubble's recent observat...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler


The First Teaser for Christopher Nolan's Mysterious Tenet Is Here

For months, as he’s fleshed out its cast, we’ve been left to wonder if Christopher Nolan’s mysterious new movie was a return to the genre form he’d dabbled in with the likes of Inception and Interstellar. Now that we have our first tiny taste, we’re still mostly left in the dark—but it’s clear there’s something weird…Read more...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Science, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, Warner Bros, Time Travel, Tenet, Elizabeth Debicki, John David Washington, Spy Fi


Time to Order In! Get $5 Off a DoorDash Gift Card For a Limited Time

$50 DoorDash Gift Card | $45 | Amazon | Promo code DOORDASHRead more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Amazon deals, Limited Time, Gift Card Deals, Doordash Deals


Spotify Is Testing a New Social Feature That Could Add a Human Touch to Discovery

It appears Spotify is prototyping a function to allow users to more easily discover what their friends are listening to most.Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Science, Streaming, Streaming Music



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