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Incredible photo shows an astronaut celebrating Hanukkah from space

"Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it on Earth!" NASA's Jessica Meir wrote in a caption alongside the picture of her orbiting 250 miles above Earth.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Happy Hanukkah, Jessica Meir


Uber, Lyft Win Court Fight Over How Long Drivers Can Cruise Without Passengers in NYC

Beleaguered taxi giants Uber and Lyft won a break on Monday, scoring victory in a New York state court dispute over a law that would have dramatically slashed the number of cars between jobs that the firms let clog up Manhattan streets, Reuters reported.Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Apps, New York, Science, Technology, Transit, Manhattan, Cruising, Ridesharing, Ride Hailing, Taxis, Reuters


Report: Mike Bloomberg's Campaign Quietly Pouring Millions Into a Tech Firm He Founded This Year

Former New York City mayor, billionaire, and longshot presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg—who is definitely, totally not just a clueless rich guy running a widely unpopular vanity campaign—is pouring a considerable portion of his gratuitous wealth into a digital advertising firm he founded this year, CNBC reported.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, New York City, Advertising, Billionaires, Cnbc, Digital Advertising, Mike Bloomberg, Tech Policy, 2020 Election


5 Things We Loved, and 3 We Didn't, About The Witcher's Netflix Debut

This past weekend, Geralt of Rivia got moody, got on his horse, and “hmmed” his way onto Netflix for the first season of The Witcher. While our review got into a few of the things that worked or didn’t over the first five episodes, with the full season out, we took a spoiler-filled look at a few of our biggest likes…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Video Games, Netflix, Streaming, Henry Cavill, Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski, Geralt, The Witcher, Rivia, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra


Measuring the cost of an invasive tree killer

A study attempts to assess the devastation caused by the invasive emerald ash borer in US forests.
Tags: Science, US


A Device That Curbs Drunken Driving Carries Its Own Risks

Over the past decade, states have increasingly turned to a powerful tool to stop drunken driving before it starts: miniature breathalyzers, wired into a car's electronics, that prevent the engine from starting unless the person behind the wheel is sober enough to drive.These devices, called ignition interlocks, have been remarkably effective. One study found that states mandating them for all drunken driving offenders had 15% fewer fatalities from alcohol-related car accidents.But while inte...
Tags: Texas, Science, Maryland, Colorado, California, Virginia, Noah, Pennsylvania, United States, New Hampshire, New York Times, New Jersey, The Times, States, New Mexico, Times


Genius Series: Why Schrödinger's cat is the ultimate reality check

Big Think has just launched its Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more! Buy here.In this design, we pay tribute to the ultimate reality check in physics: Schrödinger's cat!Erwin Schrödinger was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Other geniuses in this series include Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie and Isaac Newton. None Quantum mechanics has produced its share of weird ideas, not least of which is Schrödinger's cat, a famous thought experiment devised by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin...
Tags: Science, Design, Chemistry, Physics, Gear, Innovation, Albert Einstein, Copenhagen, Einstein, Schrodinger, Erwin Schrodinger, Laue, Nikola Tesla Marie Curie, Isaac Newton None Quantum


20 Questions We Have After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and 6 That Were Answered

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here, which means it’s over.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Jj Abrams, Princess Leia, Lucasfilm, Finn, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Skywalker, Episode Ix, Emperor Palpatine, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker


Chinese Hackers Bypass 2FA in Attacks Spanning 10 Countries

A Chinese hacking group believed to operate on behalf of the Beijing government has learned how to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA) in attacks on government and industry targets, ZDNet reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, China, Beijing, Zdnet, Apt20


Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite Will Be Announced at CES: Report

CES typically isn’t a major show for smartphones, but this year could be different now that a Korean newspaper is reporting that Samsung will announce two new phones at CES 2020. Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, CES 2020, Even More Versions Of The S10 Are Coming, Galaxy S10 Lite, Note 10 Lite


An Ultramarathon Runner Puked So Hard He Tore Open His Esophagus

Even for the best of us, running a marathon can be hellish. But for one 37-year-old man running his first 100-mile ultramarathon in California, the experience became a downright nightmare when he vomited so hard that he tore a hole in his esophagus.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Running, Vomiting, Esophagus, Weird Medicine


Cha-cha-chimp? Ape study suggests urge to dance is prehuman

Chimpanzees seen clapping, tapping and swaying along to piano rhythms in a music boothAkira stands up and sways about. Pal is big on clapping. Ai is into tapping her foot, while Gon bangs and slaps the walls.Not the latest teen band sensation, but a spectacle far more impressive: the moves of a group of chimpanzees that scientists believe shed light on the prehistoric origins of human dancing. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Animals, Animal behaviour, Primatology


How the Sagan standard can help you make better decisions

Carl Sagan famously shared the aphorism "Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence."This approach can help us fight off fake information.Scientific thinkers in centuries before Carl Sagan also expressed similar sentiment. None Is there an omnipotent all-knowing entity, otherwise known as "God", ruling our daily affairs and caring enough to judge our behaviors on an individual basis? Or is our life ruled by an invisible supercomputer that pre-ordains most of our actions, ensuring an i...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, History, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Innovation, Philosophy, Carl Sagan, Personal Growth, Don, Flournoy, Sagan, Cosmos, David Hume, Decision-making, David Deming


Why a Judge's Order to Let Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Begin Is Still a Win

President Donald Trump is determined on ensuring the Keystone XL Pipeline becomes a reality, including trying to squash lawsuits against him and the project. A court ruled Friday, however, against his motion to dismiss an ongoing lawsuit that could stop the 1,184-mile-long crude oil pipeline.Read more...
Tags: Science, Indigenous Rights, Oil And Gas, Keystone Xl, Keystone XL pipeline, Donald Trump, Pipelines, Damn Right


Top Lawmakers Warn Against Private Equity Firm's .Org Takeover

A group of U.S. lawmakers on Monday raised concerns about the proposed sale of the .org top-level domain to a private equity firm by the organization created to manage it, a deal that has drawn significant scrutiny from digital rights groups and nonprofits since it was first announced last month.Read more...
Tags: Science, Icann, Private Equity, U S, Org Domain


Camera Traps Show Invasive Coyotes Heading Toward South America

North American coyotes don’t live in South America, but new research suggests that could change, should deforestation in Central America continue.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Invasive Species, South America, Hybrids, Central America, Coyotes, Hybridization


The 12 Best (and 4 Worst) Movie Moments of 2019

So many great (and occasionally terrible) movies came out this year (more on them as a whole later this week), but within the genre films of 2019, there were individual moments that delighted or disappointed us. Allow us to share them with you.Read more...
Tags: Science, US, Glass, Year In Review, Joker, Captain Marvel, Ad Astra, Godzilla King Of The Monsters, Midsommar, X Men Dark Phoenix, Ready or not, Detective Pikachu, Io9 Year In Review, Hobbs and Shaw, Spider Man Far From Home, Avengers Endgame


Camera Traps Show Invasive Coyotes and Foxes Heading Toward South America

North American coyotes don’t live in South America, nor do crab-eating foxes. But new research suggests that could change, should deforestation in Central America continue.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Invasive Species, South America, Hybrids, Central America, Coyotes, Hybridization


The 12 Best (and 5 Worst) Movie Moments of 2019

So many great (and occasionally terrible) movies came out this year (more on them as a whole later this week), but within the genre films of 2019, there were individual moments that delighted or disappointed us. Allow us to share them with you.Read more...
Tags: Science, US, Glass, Year In Review, Joker, Captain Marvel, Ad Astra, Godzilla King Of The Monsters, Midsommar, X Men Dark Phoenix, Ready or not, Detective Pikachu, Io9 Year In Review, Hobbs and Shaw, Spider Man Far From Home, Avengers Endgame


Google Sneaks 3 More Upgrades Into the Pixel Feature Drop

Just a couple weeks ago, Google announced its first Pixel feature drop that added a bunch of new software upgrades including automatic call screening, better quality video calls in Duo, and more. But now that the update has finally arrived, it appears Google has snuck in three more new updates to the Pixel 4. Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Pixel, Consumer Tech, T Mobile, eSIM, Face Unlock, Pixel 4, GNSS, Pixel Feature Drop


Photo of Koala and Firefighter Surrounded by Flames Perfectly Captures the Climate Emergency

It may have taken until the last week of the last month of 2019, but I think we’ve found the photo that most defines the year and quite possibly the decade.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Koalas, Koala, Firefighter, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now, Bush Fires


Watchmen May Be Over, But You Can Relive It All Via Its Digital Effects

Season one of Watchmen is in the books and it’ll probably be a long time before we see any more episodes...if we ever see any more episodes, which is a decidedly sad thought. At least now that it’s over, we can appreciate the entire season as a whole in any way that we’d like.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Visual Effects, Watchmen


Look Upon and Fear the Man Who Attempted to Blackmail Apple for $100,000 in iTunes Gift Cards

A 22-year-old boss backed by a gangster cabal of “internet buddies” has been thwarted and convicted in their attempt to blackmail Apple, the UK’s National Crime Agency reports. In 2017, London-based Kerem Albayrak made Apple an offer they couldn’t refuse: deliver $100,000 in iTunes gift cards or $75,000 in…Read more...
Tags: Apple, UK, Science, London, Crime, Cybercrime, National Crime Agency, Kerem Albayrak


Take 25% Off Elevation Labs' Under-the-Desk Headphone Anchor With This Exclusive Coupon Code

Elevation Lab Anchor | $9 | Amazon | Use coupon code KINJAANCHOR Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Amazon deals, Elevation Lab Deals


A Spinning LED Cube Is a Dizzying Way to Play Your Favorite NES Games

If you’re on the hunt for a new 4K flatscreen TV to hang on the wall, you’re thinking far too one-dimensionally. YouTuber Theremin Hero (aka Greig Stewart) rightfully realized that four screens are better than one, and hacked together this spinning LED-wrapped cube that provides a dizzying way to play classic retro…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Nes, Hacks, Displays, Castlevania, Greig Stewart


What's happening to all the "recycled" waste now that it's not shipped to China?

It's déjà vu all over again as the industry pushes "chemical recycling."
Tags: Science, News, China


Trump Wages War Against the True Enemy of the State: LED Lightbulbs

Upgrading lightbulbs is one of the easiest, straightforward ways consumers can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. And yet the president of the United States is determined to do everything in his power to ensure our individual emissions remain as high as they can possibly be. And that means finishing his war on…Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Energy Efficiency, Donald Trump, Department Of Energy, Lightbulbs, Trump Vs Bulbs


Corsair's Harpoon Gaming Mouse Is Just $10 From Best Buy Right Now

Corsair Harpoon Wired RGB USB Optical Gaming Mouse | $10 | Best Buy Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Best Buy Deals, Corsair Deals


New Age pioneer Baba Ram Dass dies at age 88

Ram Dass promoted LSD as path to enlightenment before undergoing spiritual rebirth detailed in the influential book Be Here NowBaba Ram Dass, who in the 1960s joined Timothy Leary in promoting psychedelic drugs as the path to inner enlightenment before undergoing a spiritual rebirth he spelled out in the influential book Be Here Now, died at home on Sunday. He was 88 years old.“With tender hearts we share that Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) died peacefully at home in Maui on December 22, 2019 su...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Massachusetts, US news, Maui, Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Ram Dass, Baba Ram Dass


Vitamin E to Blame for 'Vast Majority' of Vaping Illness Cases, CDC Says

Federal health officials are finally confident enough to single out a primary culprit for the wave of acute lung illnesses linked to vaping: an additive called vitamin E acetate often found in unregulated THC products.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Drugs, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Outbreaks, Vitamin E, Vast Majority of Vaping Illness Cases CDC



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