Scientists link mysterious snippets of DNA to cell growth and tumor suppression

Why do some strings of genetic code remain virtually unchanged despite tens of millions of years of evolutionary divergence? A newly published study that takes advantage of the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR has found that at least some of those DNA strings are essential to keep healthy cells growing and block the growth of tumor cells. The research, published today in Nature Genetics, is the "first study finding large-scale importance of these highly conserved elements," senior author R...
Tags: Science, Seattle, Bradley, Nature Genetics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Rob Bradley

Ivanka to CES: College Is Overrated

Presidential daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon to opine on “The Future of Work,” a keynote choice that confounded many attendees who pointed out that she has no background in tech. It turns out that the future of…Read more...
Tags: Work, Politics, Science, Jobs, White House, Ces, Las Vegas, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Consumer Electronics Show CES, CES2020

U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

The Department of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the Iranian military retaliated against the Trump administration’s assassination of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani last week, launching “more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.”Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Iraq, Department Of Defense, Iran, War, Military, US military, Middle East, Missiles, Trump, Drone Strikes, Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, Missile Strikes, Iraqi Bases Housing U S Troops

How a Star Wars Fan Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept Not Liking Rise of Skywalker

For the past few weeks, I’ve been telling fans who love Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that I was happy for them. That’s only part of the truth. The full truth is: I’m happy they found enjoyment in the film, yes, but I’m also filled with jealousy. Because I, a lifelong Star Wars fan, absolutely did not like the movieRead more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Fans, Lucasfilm, Skywalker, Fandom, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker

CWA Launches New Effort to Unionize Game and Tech Workers

The Communications Workers of America, a labor union that represents hundreds of thousands of workers across numerous fields, has announced a new campaign to support unionization efforts within the gaming and technology industries.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gaming, Science, Unions, Tech, CWA, Communications Workers of America, Tech Workers, Unionize Your Workplace

The Always Sunny Team Has Made Silicon Valley for the World of Video Games

What happens when the team behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia makes a show about behind-the-scenes drama on the (fake) biggest multiplayer video game in the world?Read more...
Tags: Comedy, Science, Video Games, Streaming, Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, F Murray Abraham, Apple TV Plus, Mythic Quest The Ravens Banquet, Charlotte Nicadao, It 's Always Sunny

It's Not Arson, You Absolute Fucking Morons

Australia’s bushfires are a bright red warning sign that the climate crisis is most definitely upon us and worse lies ahead if we don’t curb carbon pollution. That also makes them a bright red warning sign for a disinformation campaign about their causes for anyone looking to maintain the status quo.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Bushfires, Climate Crisis, Disinformation

NASA, Boeing probe software glitch that stopped astronaut capsule from reaching space station

Boeing Co's (BA.N) CST-100 Starliner astronaut capsule had a successful launch for its first unmanned test mission, but what has been described as an automated timer error prevented the spacecraft from attaining the correct orbit for it to rendezvous and dock with the space station. The U.S. space agency is forming an investigative team to determine what caused the timer glitch and "any other software issues," NASA said. NASA said it was weighing whether to make Boeing repeat the test, which w...
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Facebook Guy Confused About Lord of the Rings, Many Other Subjects

Getting answers is, in part, what journalism is about, so it gives me no pleasure to state upfront that I have none where Facebook hardware czar and resident loudmouth Andrew “Boz” Bosworth’s recent staff memo is concerned.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Lord Of The Rings, Andrew Bosworth, Bosworth, Boz, Andrew `` Boz, One Rule To Ring Many

Natural History Museum will showcase 'fantastic beasts'

The Harry Potter universe will be used to shine a light on nature's own amazing creatures.
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Soon Linksys Wifi Will Be Able to Detect Every Breath You Take

When we went checked out Linksys’ motion-sensing wifi feature last month, we were more impressed with the potential of the technology than its actual capabilities at launch. But at CES 2020 the company gave us a glimpse of Linksys Aware’s future, and we’re now far more optimistic about the technology’s potential to be…Read more...
Tags: Health, Security, Gadgets, Science, Networking, Tech, Ces, Wifi, Linksys, Consumer Tech, CES 2020, Linksys Aware, CES2020, Wellness Pods

The Egyptian pyramids may align with an ancient north star. NASA scientists found that star undergoes never-before-seen eclipses.

The star that some researchers think served as the north star for the ancient Egyptians is actually a pair of stars that eclipse one other.
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Over-Hunting Walruses Likely Forced Vikings to Abandon Greenland

Scientists have struggled to understand why, after hundreds of years, Vikings suddenly abandoned their Greenland colony. New research suggests their economic over-reliance on walrus tusks—a valuable but dwindling trade commodity—had a lot to do with it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Greenland, Vikings, Ivory trade, Walruses, Norse Greenland, Medieval Trade, Walrus Ivory, Hunting Walruses Likely Forced Vikings

What Impossible Pork Tastes Like

When Impossible Foods told me it would reveal a new not-meat product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, I was sure it was chicken. Chicken is so tasty! I was wrong. Impossible’s new thing is pork, and much to my surprise, it tastes amazing.Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Las Vegas, Impossible Foods, Consumer Electronics Show CES, Impossible, CES2020, Impossible Pork

The greatest tournament in 'Jeopardy!' history pits 3 famous champs against each other this week. Here are the tricks they've used to win big.

"Jeopardy!" champions search for Daily Doubles and bounce between categories to maximize their totals and throw off their competitors.
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Google Assistant: Now More Helpful Around the House and More Respectful of Privacy

After three years of learning new tricks at CES, in 2020 Google is giving the Google Assistant some seriously useful smart home upgrades while also teaching it how to better respect your privacy. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Ces, House, Smart Home, Digital Assistant, Google Assistant, CES 2020, The Google Assistant Gets Smarter About Smart Home

Which Lucky Surveillance Device Owner Has Footage of Ring's CEO Crying?

We don’t have time to get into the myriad reasons the Amazon-owned surveillance camera company Ring is a wildly insecure harbinger of an increasingly unpreventable techno-dystopian police state. What we need in this moment is just and swift teamwork: to determine who (if anyone) has footage of Ring’s CEO allegedly…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Ring, The New Pee Tape

The Latest Victims of Australia's Record Drought: 10,000 Feral Camels

When people think of Australia, kangaroos and koalas may come to mind, but the country is also home to more than a million camels. But while Australians race to save the country’s native wildlife in the face of massive bushfires and crushing drought, the non-native camels face a different fate. Officials are planning…Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Camels, Aboriginals, Why Is The Environment So Complicated

Airbnb's Software Patent Rates Your Psychopathy Based On Your Social Media Activity

It is true that we can reasonably expect to bargain away our data in exchange for using a free social platform. That is the deal. But naively, one would hope that platforms just uses us as grist for the ad mil, rather than putting our blogs on trial for thoughtcrimes. But they can, and Airbnb may; a report finds that…Read more...
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Riding Segway's S-Pod Feels Like Zooming Into the Future

For the able-bodied, walking, while healthy, can be a pain. That’s especially true in Las Vegas, where the Strip feels like a neverending sprawl of interconnected casinos and flashing neon lights. Given that I average around 20,000 steps a day while at CES, taking Segway-Ninebot’s new S-Pod—a self-balancing…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Ces, Segway, Las Vegas, Consumer Tech, Segway Ninebot, CES 2020, Segway S Pod

Nearby Gas Clouds Actually Form Behemoth Structure That Might Be the Milky Way's Arm, Study Finds

Astronomers have discovered that many of the star-forming regions we see in the sky actually seem to form an undulating, 8,800-light-year-long wave containing 3 million solar masses’ worth of gas that could make up our local arm of the Milky Way galaxy.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Milky Way, Astrophysics, Gaïa

Astronomers discover huge gaseous wave holding Milky Way's newest stars

‘It’s right up in our face’ – close proximity of stellar nursery to our solar system stuns scientists Astronomers have discovered a gigantic, undulating wave of dust and gas where newborn stars are forged over a 50 million billion mile stretch of the Milky Way.The gaseous structure, which holds more mass than 3m suns, runs directly behind our solar system as viewed from the heart of the galaxy, but has eluded observation until now. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Hawaii, The Sun, European Space Agency

A Mysterious Virus Is Sickening People in China

A mysterious pneumonia has sickened dozens of people in China, and one of the only things health officials know for sure is that it isn’t being caused by a past bogeyman like the SARS virus.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Infectious Diseases, Sars, Outbreaks

Koala Mittens and Baby Bottles: Saving Australia's Animals After Fires

WATERHOLES, Australia -- The convoy of vehicles fleeing a raging inferno in the forest of southeastern Australia ferried a copious cargo: 11 koalas, 15 kangaroos, five chickens, two possums, two dogs and a lorikeet.Susan Pulis, who runs a wildlife shelter, had rallied her friends to pack the animals in blankets and baskets and take them to safety on the coast. One friend gutted her downstairs bedroom to house five of the kangaroos. Pulis has kept the youngest joeys in quilt pouches in another...
Tags: Science, Australia, New York Times, Farmers, Netherlands, New South Wales, Sydney, Adelaide, Victoria, South Australia, Kangaroo Island, Curtin University, Nicholson, Pulis, Dixon, Flinders University

Sonos Sues Google for Allegedly Stealing Its Speaker Technology

Accusing the tech giant of “blatantly and knowingly” infringing on its technology patents, smart-speaker maker Sonos on Tuesday filed two lawsuits against Google after years’ of quiet talks between the pair apparently fell through.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Speakers, Sonos, Home Audio

Foldable Phones and PCs Are Just Tablets

I will admit I’m partially to blame. I’ve edited a lot of Gizmodo stories about the new category of devices that look like a laptop or phone when closed, but open up into impressive-looking tablets. In the course of editing those stories, I have furthered the characterization of these devices as folding phones and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ces, Gizmodo, Folding, Folding Phone, CES 2020, Folding Pc, Folding Tablet, All The Folds

Fukushima's Exclusion Zone Is Being Overtaken by Wild Animals

The success of wildlife in the Chernobyl exclusion zone has been well documented, most recently in the Netflix series Our Planet. New research shows that wildlife are experiencing a similar flourishing in the Fukushima exclusion zone in Japan. No matter how much humans screw up the planet, nature seems to find a way…Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Netflix, Wildlife, Fukushima, Chernobyl, Rewilding, Nuclear Disasters, Life Finds A Way

How to Disable Those Cursed Website Notifications in the New Firefox

Firefox has officially introduced an anticipated feature to silence those annoying-as-hell website notifications that assault you while you’re browsing the web.Read more...
Tags: Firefox, Science, Mozilla, Notifications, Mozilla Firefox

Mighty Mice splash down aboard SpaceX Dragon cargo ship after zero-G study on space station

A troop of muscle-enhanced mice was among more than 3,500 pounds of experiments and equipment  that came back to Earth today when a robotic SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at the end of a monthlong resupply mission to the International Space Station. Mighty Mice in Space is an experiment studying mice who have been bred to lack myostatin, a growth factor that normally limits muscle growth in mice and humans. The study could point to strategies for combating muscle ...
Tags: Science, Earth, Pacific Ocean, International Space Station Mighty Mice

Why the Hell Is Ivanka Trump Speaking at CES?

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and so-called White House “advisor,” will be speaking at CES this afternoon. But not everyone is happy about it. In fact, many people whom Gizmodo spoke with who are actually attending CES this year think it’s pretty weird that Ivanka Trump is getting a platform at…Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Ces, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Gary Shapiro, President Trump

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