Why I Decided to Skip Buying Wrapping Paper This Year

I love the holidays. I love the coquito, the lights, and Christmas music. In fact, I’m listening to Kacey Musgraves’ Christmas album as I write this. Read more...
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Barn owls reflect moonlight in order to stun their prey

Ecosystems that are bathed in light during the day change profoundly at night. As the sun fades from the land, nocturnal life emerges, with the barn owl (Tyto alba) among them. Barn owls are iconic nocturnal birds of prey that are found all over the world, often near towns and villages. Although a familiar species to many, there is still much we don’t know about them. One peculiarity is the difference in plumage color between different barn owls. Why is it that some have undersides that are comp...
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New engine tech that could get us to Mars faster

Nasa wants to send humans to Mars one day, but do we have the engines to get us there?
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Communities in Calderdale 'traumatised' by 2015 floods

Hundreds of people affected by severe flooding four years ago have sought mental health support.
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Why I spend my weekends ringing birds

More than a million birds are trapped every year in the British Isles by volunteers.
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It Doesn't Count If Your Character Comes Out in a Junket Interview

In a recent interview with Out, Dame Judi Dench mused about her relationship to Cats and described how she sees her character, Old Deuteronomy as trans because the role has traditionally been portrayed by male actors. Actors really do say the darnedest things, don’t they?Read more...
Tags: Science, Cats, Judi Dench, Lgbtq, Universal, Dame Judi Dench, Representation, Queerness

Ring's Security Woes Cause Some Tech Review Sites to Rethink Glowing Endorsements

At least two tech review sites are discussing whether to rescind their positive recommendations of Ring’s home surveillance cameras, a leading digital-rights organization announced this week.Read more...
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How to Apologize Like a Tech Ghoul: 2019 Edition

Even viewed from a distance on Twitter, business news has developed its own subgenre of macabre spectacle: the disgrace of the corporate goon. It’s 2019, the Theranos documentary has come and gone, but not a day passes without a new tale of executive melodrama. We look on with amusement at their berserk 2 AM Twitter…Read more...
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TikTok Owner ByteDance Denies That It's Planning to Sell Majority Stake Amid Espionage Concerns

A Bloomberg report on Monday evening said that ByteDance is considering selling off a majority stake in its incredibly popular and fantastically annoying music app, TikTok, amid intensifying U.S. government concerns that the China-based company is a security and espionage threat. However, the firm has denied the reportRead more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Bloomberg, Cybersecurity, Espionage, CFIUS, Tiktok, Committee On Foreign Investment In The US

The psychology behind why people believe in curses

Strictly Come Dancing, the TV show which pairs celebrities with professional dancers to compete in a ballroom dancing competition, has apparently been the cause of a number of divorces, break-ups, and scandals. This “Strictly curse” is not helped by the show’s demanding schedule, long practice hours, and intimate dancing. Strictly is not the only modern curse featured in the media of late. The curse of the Tour de France returned, with the failure of a French rider to win the cycling race. Hopes...
Tags: Startups, Science, France, Drake, Syndication, Julian Alaphillippe

Billionaire for President Used Prison Labor to Place Campaign Calls

Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg has reportedly severed ties with a company that used prison labor to place calls on behalf of Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, the Intercept reports.Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Bloomberg, Prison labor, Mike Bloomberg, 2020 Election, Prison Labor to Place Campaign Calls

Astonishing stabilized time-lapse showing the Earth's rotation from the ground

Photographer Eric Brummel created this magnificent time-lapse video of the Milky Way in which the sky is stabilized so you can experience the Earth's rotation. He captured the footage at Font's Point, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California. From Universe Today: Eric created this time-lapse by using a star-tracker with his camera. A star-tracker rotates the camera at the same speed as the Earth, but in the opposite direction. It has the visual effect of stabilizing the sky. Usually, sta...
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The iPad's Identity Crisis

My computer needs are different from pretty much all of my coworkers at Gizmodo. I’m not a gamer, I’m not looking to build my own PC. I don’t even need to use it to word process all that much—I’m a social editor, only occasionally moonlighting as a blogger. So when the 2012 MacBook Pro I had shat the bed two years…
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Ipad, Apps, Science, Gizmodo, Cheap Laptops, A Youth Reviews, The App Problem

Travis Kalanick Flees Sinking Ship

Christmas Eve news dump: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the man behind the ride-hailing company’s meteoric global rise despite its highly speculative business model that’s never turned a profit, is leaving its board of directors, Uber said in a statement on Tuesday. He’s also dumped all of his remaining stock in the…Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Apps, Science, Technology, Travis Kalanick, Ridesharing, Ride Hailing, Taxis, Dara Khosrowshahi

Micro-angelo? This 3D-printed ‘David’ is just one millimeter tall

3D printing has proven itself useful in so many industries that it’s no longer necessary to show off, but some people just can’t help themselves. Case in point: this millimeter-tall rendition of Michaelangelo’s famous “David” printed with copper using a newly developed technique. The aptly named “Tiny David” was created by Exaddon, a spin-off company from another spin-off company, Cytosurge, spun off from Swiss research university ETH Zurich. It’s only a fraction of a millimeter wide and weighs ...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, David, 3d Printing, Zurich, Michelangelo, Michaelangelo, ETHZ, Cytosurge, Exaddon, Giorgio Ercolano

The Smart Home Is a Technological Teenager Going Through Some Awful Growing Pains

It can take a new technology decades to fully mature into a product that’s reliable and genuinely useful. Computers and mobile phones have arguably reached that point, but the smart home is barely a teenager by comparison, and as it starts to go through puberty it’s revealing a troubling, rebellious side.Read more...
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The Space News We're Excited About in 2020

It’s time to look ahead to the coming year and all things that will be happening in space exploration. With new missions to Mars, a probe returning to Earth with samples taken from an asteroid, and even more batches of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites going into orbit, it’s going to be another fascinating year.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Nasa, Earth, Space Exploration, Mars, StarLink, Rocket Science, Space Industry

The Ganges Brims With Dangerous Bacteria

GANGOTRI, India -- High in the Himalayas, it's easy to see why the Ganges River is considered sacred.According to Hindu legend, the Milky Way became this earthly body of water to wash away humanity's sins. As it drains out of a glacier here, rock silt dyes the ice-cold torrent an opaque gray, but biologically, the river is pristine -- free of bacteria.Then, long before it flows past any big cities, hospitals, factories or farms, its purity degrades. It becomes filled with a virulent type...
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This is how whales get to be so huge -- and what limits them from being even bigger

To find out what these limits are, researchers attached multisensor devices to many types of whales, as well as dolphins and porpoises. For baleen whale prey, they used acoustic devices to test the density of krill patches. For toothed whales, they looked at the size and quantity of squid beaks and otoliths (parts of the inner ear) found in the stomachs of beached whales.
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A decade on earth captured from space

The last 10 years have seen a boom in the use of satellite imagery for reporting, led by a growth in commercial satellites that has slashed the cost of such images, and advances in technology that have made high-resolution images from many parts of the world accessible, almost instantly, even on a phone. U.S. satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies Inc has released satellite images from some of the biggest news events of the past decade – from natural disasters to war to the construction o...
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Mouse pups born from eggs derived from the granulosa cells that surround oocytes

By introducing a chemical cocktail to granulosa cells, researchers in China induced the cells to transform into functional oocytes in mice. Once fertilized, these oocytes were then successfully able to produce healthy offspring, showing no differences from naturally bred mice. The chemical reprogramming method appears Dec. 24, 2019, in the journal Cell Reports.
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Many younger patients with stomach cancer have a distinct disease, Mayo research discovers

Many people under 60 who develop stomach cancer have a 'genetically and clinically distinct' disease, new Mayo Clinic research has discovered. Compared to stomach cancer in older adults, this new, early onset form often grows and spreads more quickly, has a worse prognosis, and is more resistant to traditional chemotherapy treatments, the study finds. The research was published recently in the journal Surgery.
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IKBFU astrophysicists have developed a theory explaining the 'Dark Energy' phenomenon

The article refers to the issue of the 'Dark Enegry' and an assumption is made that the Universe has borders.
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New technology allows control of gene therapy doses

Scientists at Scripps Research in Jupiter have developed a special molecular switch that could be embedded into gene therapies to allow doctors to control dosing.The feat, reported in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology, offers gene therapy designers what may be the first viable technique for adjusting the activity levels of their therapeutic genes.
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NASA sees Typhoon Phanfone landfall in the Philippines

Typhoon Phanfone, known locally in the Philippines as Ursula, was making landfall in the central part of the country when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead on Dec. 24.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Philippines, Ursula, Suomi NPP, NASA NOAA

Bacteria can 'outsmart' programmed cell death

To be able to multiply, bacteria that cause diarrhoea block mediators of programmed cell death, a new study in 'Nature Microbiology' shows.
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Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk

Scientists have developed space junk identification systems, but it has proven tricky to pinpoint the swift, small specks of space litter. A unique set of algorithms for laser ranging telescopes has significantly improving the success rate of space debris detection.
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Large scale feasts at ancient capital of Ulster drew crowds from across Iron Age Ireland

People transported animals over huge distances for mass gatherings at one of Ireland's most iconic archaeological sites, research concludes. Dr. Richard Madgwick of Cardiff University led the study, which analysed the bones of 35 animals excavated from Navan Fort, the legendary capital of Ulster.
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A molecular map of the brain's decision-making area

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have come one step closer toward understanding how the part of our brain that is central for decision-making and the development of addiction is organized on a molecular level. In mouse models and with methods used for mapping cell types and brain tissue, the researchers were able to visualize the organization of different opioid-islands in striatum. Their spatiomolecular map, published in Cell Reports, may further our understanding of the brain's reward-syst...
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Cellular culprit suspected of pushing dengue fever from bad to worse is cleared by transcripts

No one knows what makes a mild dengue viral infection morph into a severe and sometimes deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome. Experts previously believed the likely cause was ramped up activity of T cells, which can massively boost an immune response to a virus. Now, researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), have found definitive evidence that CD4 T cells, one of two main subtypes of T cells, are not to blame.
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