Wikipedia's Year-End List Shows What the Internet Needed to Know in 2019

More than 260 billion people Wiki’d something or other in 2019, and the overwhelming majority of them apparently shared a similar question: What the hell did I just watch?Read more...
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FDA Makes It Official: Legal Smoking and Vaping Age Raised to 21

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially raised the legal smoking age from 18 t0 21. The measure marks a culmination of a monthslong, bi-partisan campaign aimed at curbing the use of tobacco products— particularly electronic cigarettes—among youth amid rising concerns about the health effects of vaping.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Fda, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Juul, U S Food and Drug Administration

Genetically modifying mosquitoes to prevent disease carries unknown risks

Every year, around one million people die of mosquito-borne diseases according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This is why mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest living creatures on the planet — not because they are lethal themselves, but because many of the viruses and parasites they transmit are. Consider, for example, dengue fever. This mosquito-borne virus is a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children and adults in several countries in Asia and Latin America....
Tags: Startups, Asia, Science, Who, World Health Organization, Latin America, Syndication

A Programmer Lost A Game He Made As A Kid, Until Someone Streamed It On Twitch

If you’re interested in game design, you’ve probably made a few side projects or prototypes. If you were lucky, you might have had the means to start early in life and made a few games as a kid. These usually end up deleted or lost on rotting hard drives. You definitely don’t expect them to show up twenty years later…Read more...
Tags: Science, Internet Archive, Kotaku Core, MS DOS, The Golden Flute Iv

Shitty Company in Shitty Talks for Shitty Streaming Service

Ahead of the launch of NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service launch in April, its parent company is reportedly in “advanced talks” to buy ad-supported streaming service Xumo.Read more...
Tags: Science, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Streaming, Nbc Universal, Peacock, Streaming Wars

Spotify: Your Political Ads Are No Good Here

Streaming giant Spotify will ban all political advertising in early 2020, on Friday, saying in a statement to the site that it does “not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our process, systems and tools to responsibly validate and review this content.”
Tags: Spotify, Music, Politics, Science, Technology, Podcasts, Streaming, Political Ads, 2020 Election

A Man's Penis Started Rotting After Getting Bitten During Sex

A harrowing medical case reported by doctors this month should remind everyone to keep their teeth away from each other’s genitals. It details how an accidental love bite during sex left a man’s penis on the verge of rotting away, though thankfully doctors intervened in time to save it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sex, Penis, Infectious Diseases, Injuries

How to (Hypothetically) Hack Your School's Surveillance System

This week, hacktivist and security engineer Lance R. Vick tweeted an enticing proposition along with a gut-punch headline: “Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands,” read the Washington Post link. The report revealed nearly instantaneous and…Read more...
Tags: School, Science, Washington Post, Tutorials, Surveillance, Hacking, Surveillance State, Lance R Vick

Publishing Companies Are Mad That The President Might Want to Make Federally-Funded Research Open Access

Scientific societies and publishers are angry about a rumor that a White House executive order might make all federally-funded research open access.Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Science policy, Open Access, Science Publishing

Oh Good, the New Police Surveillance Vector Is Self-Driving Cars

Technologists have long speculated on the privacy implications of largely ungoverned, camera-enabled vehicle fleets roaming the roads of America. Now we’ve finally bumped up against the tip of that particularly worrying iceberg. Read more...
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10 Intriguing Star Wars Details We Learned From The Rise of Skywalker's Visual Dictionary

A new Star Wars movie is out, and for better or worse, that always means there’s also a host of new tie-in material released which can explain or clarify some questions left lingering after the credits rolled. The Rise of Skywalker is no exception, and its own “Visual Dictionary” guidebook is jam-packed with little…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Lucasfilm, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels, Kylo Ren, Rey, Skywalker, Poe Dameron, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Star Wars Galaxys Edge, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker

Why Indigenous Youth Were 2019's Climate Warriors

If there was any year to honor the youth, 2019 sure as hell would be it. Around the world this year, young people took to the streets and demanded their governments take action to address climate change. Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg has been held up as the face of the new youth movement, but even she’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Activism, Climate Change, Youth, Indigenous Rights, Greta Thunberg, 2019 Year In Review, The Year Of The Youth

Animated, interactive digital books may help kids learn better

Digital books may have a few advantages over ordinary ones when it comes to kids remembering their contents, according to a new study. Animations, especially ones keyed to verbal interactions, can significantly improve recall of story details — but they have to be done right. The research, from psychologist Erik Thiessen at Carnegie Mellon University, evaluated the recall of 30 kids aged 3-5 after being read either an ordinary story book or one with animations for each page. When asked afterward...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Education, Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, CMU, Thiessen, Erik Thiessen

A giant 'blob' of hot water more than twice the size of California threatens the survival of fish and coral near New Zealand

A 386,000-square-mile chunk of the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand is 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average in what could be a marine heat wave.
Tags: Science, California, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean

FDA Approves the First Drug of Its Kind to Treat Acute Migraines

People dealing with painful migraines will soon have a new treatment available. This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a unique drug meant to shorten acute migraine episodes. It’s the latest treatment for a condition that’s historically had few. Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pain, Migraines

China Set to Launch Its GPS Competitor Next Year

China is close to launching the last two satellites that will complete BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System—the nation’s rival to the United States’ Global Positioning System.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, United States, Satellites, Gps, Navigation, Beidou, Casting A Bigger Net

Cuomo: Eyy, I'm Vetoing the Bill That Would End the NYPD's E-Bike Crackdown Here

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a state bill that would have legalized electric bikes and scooters the New York Post reported on Thursday. The bill passed with overwhelming support from legislators this summer, The move is a blow to delivery workers in NYC, who have been targeted by police for seizures and…Read more...
Tags: Transportation, New York Post, New York, Science, Technology, NYC, New York City, Transit, Andrew Cuomo, Electric Bikes, Electric Scooters, Cuomo, E Scooters, E Bikes

io9 Judges the Big Pop Culture Endings of 2019

While 2019 was filled with all sorts of content—television, movies, comic books, video games—that kept us busy, there were a lot of major franchises meant to wrap up some pretty epic stories this year. Did they all succeed in telling emotional tales that resonated with the fans who’ve been along with them for the long…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Glass, Gotham, Game Of Thrones, How To Train Your Dragon, Year In Review, Mr Robot, Unbreakable, Lemony Snicket, Dark Phoenix, X Men, Avengers Endgame, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker, 2019 Year In Review, Io9s Year In Review

Doctors Place Humans in True Suspended Animation for First Time

It's basically clinical death to save trauma patients.
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China's wildly ambitious future in space just got a big boost with the successful launch of its new heavy-lift rocket

The Long March 5 rocket was plagued with problems during its debut. But after years of revisions, China showed its redesigned launcher works.
Tags: Science, China

Millions of pieces of plastic fall on London each day, study suggests

Millions of pieces of microplastic are raining down on London each day, a new study suggests.
Tags: Science, London

Starlink Satellites Produce Wave of UFO Sightings in the US

Residents in northern Montana reported a string of strange lights dotting the sky. What looked like UFOs from an alien invasion has turned out to be another consequence of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Montana, US, Satellites, UFOs, StarLink, Star Link

Ring and Amazon Sued for Security Camera Hacks They Blamed on Customers

Ring and its parent company, Amazon, are facing a class-action lawsuit over allegations of negligence, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment for the allegedly lax security standards that have left thousands of cameras vulnerable to hacking. This comes on the heels of several high-profile…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Lawsuits, Ring

These clothes use outlandish designs to trick facial recognition software into thinking you're not human

Privacy-focused designers, academics, and activists have designed wearable accessories and clothes meant to thwart facial recognition tech.
Tags: Science

Antarctic Ice Melt May Have Hit an All-Time High on Christmas Eve

There are signs Antarctica just experienced its highest melt extent ever recorded in the satellite era. The big meltdown hit on Christmas Eve and is bad news for a continent already dealing with a lot. With summer is just getting started there, this is a serious case of Summertime Sadness.Read more...
Tags: Science, Global Warming, Sea Level Rise, Antarctica, Ice Ice Maybe

Google’s New Recorder App Has an Unofficial Workaround, No Pixel Required

When Google announced the Pixel 4, one of the things we were most excited for was the new Google Recorder app. It could transcribe your recordings live and offline! Around the world, journalists, students, and anyone who might need meeting transcripts raised their eyes heavenward and whispered a quiet “Thank you,…Read more...
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Friday's Best Deals: REI, Kindle eBooks, Google Nest, Jachs Sweaters, and More

A Jachs’ Sweater Sale, a Google Nest Learning Thermostat Bundle, and a Series Gold Box lead off Friday’s best deals from around the web.Read more...
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Cancel Your Gym Membership and Save On These Space-Saving Adjustable Weights

PowerBlock Personal Trainer Adjustable Dumbbell Set | $230 | WootRead more...
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YouTube Restores Hundreds of Cryptocurrency Videos After Flagging Them as Harmful

YouTube has restored hundreds of videos from dozens of channels that focus on crypotcurrency after they were removed earlier in the week. YouTubers like Chris Dunn report that their videos were flagged by YouTube for “harmful or dangerous content” and “sale of regulated goods.” YouTube now says that the deletions were…Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Social Media, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Coindesk, Chris Dunn, Fake Money

HP's Reversible Touchscreen Windows 10 Elitebook Is Down to $480 Today Only

HP Elitebook Windows 10, i7-7600U, 2.8 GHz, 512 GB | $480 | Amazon Read more...
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