The Baffling Case of Colorado's Mystery Drones

Local authorities are dumbfounded by a flock of drones that recently began performing nighttime flights over northeast Colorado with no apparent purpose or operators (at least, none they’ve been able to identify so far).  Read more...
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Lab-grown mini brains could soon outsmart us

The cutting-edge method of growing clusters of cells that organize themselves into mini versions of human brains in the lab is gathering more and more attention. These “brain organoids,” made from stem cells, offer unparalleled insights into the human brain, which is notoriously difficult to study. But some researchers are worried that a form of consciousness might arise in such mini-brains, which are sometimes transplanted into animals. They could at least be sentient to the extent of experienc...
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Climate change: Migrant species do well in warm and wet UK in 2019

The National Trust says it's been a good year for migrant butterflies but not for water voles.
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Scientists Link Silicon Qubits Over (Relatively) Huge Distances

Scientists have linked two silicon quantum bits with photons over a relatively large distance. The new advance could end up being a watershed moment for a lesser-known quantum computing processor architecture, bringing silicon quantum computer a step closer to reality.Read more...
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The FAA Wants to Follow Your Drones Like You Use Them to Follow Me

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new rules for unmanned aerial vehicles that would require virtually every drone in the country to broadcast its location when flying, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The proposal would create a de facto nationwide drone tracking network that offers the faint, misleading…Read more...
Tags: Science, Airports, Bloomberg, Drones, Airplanes, Aviation, Faa, Uav, Federal Aviation Administration, Techniology

Nobody Listened

Despite the privacy concerns, labor strikes, and reports that Amazon is selling literal trash on its platform—in the face of all of the myriad reasons shoppers should have avoided buying through Amazon this year—the company still made a killing this season. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Amazon Prime, Amazon Echo, Rings, Privacy And Security, Whats It Going To Take

The 9 Best (and 7 Worst) Movies of 2019

So many movies are just “fine.” Movies you sit down, watch, enjoy, and subsequently forget about. You don’t hate them, you don’t love them, they’re just OK. That’s the majority of movies. These are not those movies.Read more...
Tags: Science, US, Glass, Year In Review, Hellboy, Dumbo, Captain Marvel, Ad Astra, Midsommar, Gemini Man, X Men Dark Phoenix, Jojo Rabbit, Io9 Year In Review, Fast Color, One Cut of the Dead, Cats Movie

E-Bikes Riskier to Ride Than E-Scooters and Bikes, Study Suggests

People riding electric-powered bikes are more likely to risk serious injury than those on conventional bikes and motorized scooters, according to a recent study. But e-scooters have their own unique health risks, too.Read more...
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YouTube Offers a Teeny Auto-Trim Feature in Penance for Copyright Sins

YouTube promised to deal with the copyright thugs, and it’s trying, god bless its heart. The company has announced that it will be providing an “Assisted Trim” tool for vloggers to remove the allegedly infringing content in their video with one click and automatically release a content ID claim. YouTube previously…Read more...
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Scientists Want to Spray Shit into the Atmosphere to Cool the Planet

The planet is in rough shape due to rising carbon emissions, and the world’s governments don’t seem to be in any hurry to change course. That has us on a collision course with dramatic climate change, and that has at least some scientists looking at a dramatic, last resort: dimming the sun to cool the Earth.Read more...
Tags: Science, Geoengineering, Chemtrails, Solar Radiation Management, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection

20 predictions for 2020: Here's what people said would happen by this year

Decades ago, academics, futurists and government agencies predicted what would happen by the year 2020. Here's what happened.
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Theoretically, Yoda Wasn't Even 30 When He Died

There’s a big, if unintentional, consequence of Baby Yoda’s existence. Because we were told how old the little guy is (50) and we think we have a decent understanding of how old Baby Yoda is developmentally (approximately 18 months) considering what we’ve seen of his actions so far in The Mandalorian, we can infer how…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Yoda, Return Of The Jedi, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Baby Yoda, What Did I Do, Yaddle, Allow US To Explain, Sometimes We Let Alex Cranz Blog

Watch crane collapse onto boat, causing a terrible oil spill in the Galapagos Islands

In the Galapagos Islands, a shoreside crane toppled over while loading a shipping container onto a barge, capsizing the boat and causing a terrible oil spill of hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. It was Charles Darwin's 1835 studies of the Galapagos Islands's biodiversity that sparked his theory of evolution by natural selection. From ABC News: (The site of the spill,) San Cristobal Island is one of more than a dozen in the Galapagos, which is home to rare wildlife species and one of the wo...
Tags: Video, Science, News, Boats, Oil Spills, Charles Darwin, Biodiversity, Ecuador, Ships, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos, Moreno, Coe, Natural Selection, San Cristobal Island, Lenín Moreno

In Search of Nothing

At the entrance to the park, there was a green wooden sign, seemingly freshly painted, with carved yellow letters that read, “MORCOM ROSE GARDEN.” This is not a particularly meaningful detail, but it seems an appropriate beginning for a story that has no point. Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Jenny Odell, End of Year 2019, Year In Review 2019, How To Do Nothing And Like It

10 years to save planet Earth: Here are 6 imaginative climate change solutions

Giant ice cubes. Artificial clouds. A planet-size parasol. Could these controversial technological fixes known as geoengineering save mankind?
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That's How It's Done

“If we don’t get it, shut it down” is a staple call-and-response of worker protests for good reason. Even without a clear antecedent, the meaning is obvious to bosses: these are out demands. Meet them, or you may find the usual means of extracting profit difficult. This week, Amazon saw the outcomes it set itself up…Read more...
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'This is the farming of the future': the rise of hydroponic food labs

'This is the farming of the future': the rise of hydroponic food labsNeeding no soil or sun, an underground farm in Liverpool challenges traditional methods
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A Woman's Skin Whitening Cream Gave Her Mercury Poisoning

A woman’s years-long beauty regimen caused severe mercury poisoning and irreversible neurological damage, say her doctors in a recent case report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month.Read more...
Tags: Science, Poisoning, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Skin, Cosmetics, Weird Medicine

NBC's Streaming Service Now Has More Movies, But Only Very Specific Ones

Peacock is getting more movies. Unfortunately, not all of them will be great.Read more...
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What's Going on With Betelgeuse?

Social media and news headlines are ablaze with talk of the red giant star Betelgeuse since astronomers noted that it’s growing fainter than ever before. Yes, the red giant star is growing closer to the end of its life, and that end will likely be explosive.Read more...
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Here's What Happened To The Soviet Ground Effect Sea Monsters

Back in the 1960s, Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev claimed there was a secret project going on deep in the country. It had a ship—this half-plane, half-boat contraption—that was capable of breaking the land speed records of the era while carrying an unprecedented amount of cargo. These projects were called…Read more...
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NBC's Streaming Service Now Has Movies, But Only Very Specific Ones

Peacock is getting more movies. Unfortunately, not all of them will be great.Read more...
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Turkish Court Throws Out Erdogan's Wikipedia Ban

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled 10-6 on Thursday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government violated civil liberties with its April 2017 ban on access to Wikipedia, the Associated Press reports.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Wikipedia, Censorship, Turkey, Cybersecurity, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Free Speech, Constitutional Court, Wikipedia Ban, Wikipedia the Associated Press

Pentagon Warns Military Members Against At-Home DNA Tests

There’s a lot of reasons why you should probably chuck that DNA kit you got for Christmas in the trash. That’s doubly true for military personnel, the Pentagon warned in an internal memo. Read more...
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The Dumbest Wikipedia Edit War of the Dumbest Decade

In 1962, John F. Kennedy predicted, wrongly, that his administration would ultimately be measured by its contribution to the human spirit. Fifty-seven years and about 3,000 Wikipedia revisions later, history has proven that the only presidential measurement that matters is height—a president’s height relative to the…Read more...
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The biggest breakthroughs in space in 2019, from the farthest object ever visited to the first photo of a black hole

Even in our solar system, scientists discovered new moons, violence in planets' pasts, and never-before-seen activity in the sun's atmosphere.
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Cats Got One Thing Right

Reader, I’m sure you came to Earther expecting news of the impending climate apocalypse just as I woke up today expecting to write about it. But instead we’ve both improbably arrived here, at a blog where I am about to explain that Cats is, in fact, a documentary. Or at least there’s one thing that’s not totally made…Read more...
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The Nerd's Watch: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Streaming in January

You can get comprehensive lists of everything coming to streaming services anywhere. But half of those titles you don’t care about, and the other half are terrible. Where’s the good stuff? io9 is here to help.Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Amazon Studios, The Nerds Watch, Disney Plus

How to Share Internet Between Your Devices When You're Away From Home

In an ideal world, you’ll connect all of your devices up to fast, free-flowing wifi wherever you happen to be, but away from home you’ll often run into restrictions: Maybe only a certain number of devices can be connected per user, or maybe wired Ethernet access is free but wifi comes at a premium.
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