Iran Says It "Unintentionally" Shot Down Ukrainian Airlines Flight [Updated]

Iran’s military admitted to “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff earlier this week, per a recent Associated Press report.Read more...
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Iran Says It "Unintentionally" Shot Down Ukrainian Airlines Flight

Iran’s military admitted to “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff earlier this week, per a recent Associated Press report.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Air Travel, Iran, Airplanes, Aviation, Associated Press, Plane Crash, International Airlines

Amazon Employees Leak Customer Data to Third-Party Agent (Again)

Online retail giant Amazon fired several employees this week after they leaked private customer data to an undisclosed third-party. If reading that gives you some serious déjà vu, it’s probably because happened less than six months ago.  Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Ring, Privacy And Security, Amazon Employees Leak Customer Data

Scientists Have Been Talking About Climate Change for More Than a Century. Here’s Why It Took So Long for the World to Listen

This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. A version of the article below was originally published at HNN. The girl got up to speak before a crowd of global leaders. “Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.” She continued: “I have...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Sweden, Washington, Environment, Western, Uncategorized, America, Ipcc, Reagan, Nasa, Earth, Nato, New York Times, John F Kennedy

Samsung Saved Its Best New TV Tech for the Wrong Damn TVs

Samsungs’s new line of 8K televisions for 2020 takes a pretty incredible new approach to sounds. With additional speakers built into the TV set, including two that face up towards the ceiling, Samsung is able to get incredible, almost surround-sound-like sound stage, in a TV about as thick as your thumb. The problem…Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Ces, Televisions, Consumer Tech, Samsung QLED, Samsungs, CES 2020

MIT Report Finds That Jeffrey Epstein Donated $850,000 to MIT Media Lab, Professor Seth Lloyd

Disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein donated $850,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, per a university investigation that has found ex-MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito and mechanical engineering professor Seth Lloyd solicited the contributions.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Mit, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, MIT Media Lab, Jeffrey Epstein, Seth Lloyd, Joichi Ito

NASA kicks off a new space tradition with glitzy astronaut graduation ceremony

Over the course of six decades, NASA has celebrated the selection of its astronauts in groups ranging from the Mercury 7 of 1959 to the Turtles of 2017 — but there's never been much of a public celebration for their graduation from astronaut training. Until today. The 11 astronaut candidates selected in 2017, plus two Canadian astronauts who joined them in training, received a grand send-off at Johnson Space Center in Texas from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other VIPs to mark their...
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Jane Fonda Saved Her Best DC Fire Drill Friday for Last

WASHINGTON, DC—Fire Drill Fridays have been a fixture in Washington since mid-October when Jane Fonda began a weekly climate strike in the nation’s capital inspired by Greta Thunberg and the youth climate strike movement.Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Jane Fonda, Climate Activism, Greta Thunberg, Climate Strike, Fire Drill Fridays

Viking Runes Warned of a Climate Catastrophe, New Research Suggests

An updated interpretation of the famous Rök runestone suggests Vikings were preoccupied by the threat of a climate calamity.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Anthropology, Vikings, Medieval Poems, Climate Catastrophe New Research Suggests

Hummer Is Coming Back As An Electric Off-Road Pickup By GMC: Wall Street Journal

In the latest and juiciest of Hummer-related rumors, the Wall Street Journal claims that “people familiar with the matter” say GM is bringing back Hummer as an off-road electric pickup model under the GMC brand. Set to debut in early 2022, the truck will be shown off by basketball genius LeBron James during this…Read more...
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Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.Read more...
Tags: Translation, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Cortana, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Guardian, Skype, Voice Recognition, Microsoft Outsourced Skype Cortana Voice Analysis

Goodbye From Josh and Gita

Today, Joshua Rivera and Gita Jackson are both leaving Kotaku. They sat down to talk about what they love about this place, as well as the state of games journalism and its diversity, worker solidarity and herbs.Read more...
Tags: Science, Kotakucore, Josh, Bye, Gita, Gita Jackson, Joshua Rivera, Kotaku Forever

Verizon Nixes Yearly TV and Internet Contracts in Attempt to Stop the Bleeding

Verizon is—and please, hold your laughter—evidently “disrupting the cable industry” by offering a build-your-own cable and internet plan with no annual contracts, and it claims there will be no extra fees. It’s almost like all those alternatives to bad cable plans are catching up to service providers.Read more...
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Americans' Body Temperature Has Been Dropping Since the 19th Century, Study Finds

A new study has found evidence that the average blood temperature of people in the U.S. has lowered over the past century and a half—probably because we’re in better health.Read more...
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Spectrum Kills Home Security Business, Refuses Refunds for Owners of Now-Worthless Equipment

Spectrum customers who are also users of the company’s home security service are about a month away from being left with a pile of useless equipment that in many cases cost them hundreds of dollars. Read more...
Tags: Science, Att, Home Security, Ring, Charter Communications, Screwing Consumers

Excellent animation comparing the rotations of the planets in our solar system

James O'Donoghue, a planetary scientist at JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), made this excellent clip comparing the rotations, tilts, and sidereal day lengths of the eight planets and two of the dwarf planets in our solar system. There are many more dwarf planet candidates, but they aren't mapped so aren't included," O'Donoghue writes. "More space missions would be a good idea." Agree! Below, another one of O'Donoghue's fantastic videos: Light Speed – fast, but slow #scicomm
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The 25 Best Gaming Handhelds, Ranked

I recently got a Nintendo Switch Lite, and I love it. I wanted to write about the joys of that dying breed of device, the dedicated portable gaming machine. And I thought to myself, how can I write this in a way that would make the largest number of people hate me? And I realized: a ranked list!Read more...
Tags: Science, Sony, Nintendo, Nintendo 2ds, Kotaku Core, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3ds, Sega, Game Boy, Nintendo DS, PSP, Portable Gaming

Grandmas may be key to species survival, says new study

New research on killer whales suggests that post-menopausal grandmothers play a powerful role in the survival of generations that follow them."The Grandmother Hypothesis," theorizes that by surviving long past menopause, a woman improves the survival and reproduction of her children's children and, thus, her own genes.Not only do grandma whales help raise and share their own food with their grandoffspring, they bequeath decades of foraging wisdom onto the next generation, guiding them to the bes...
Tags: Science, Parenting, Biology, Women, Nature, Innovation, Ecology, Washington State, PNAS, British Columbia Canada

A Major New Particle Collider Is Coming to New York

The U.S. Department of Energy has decided on the final location of a major upcoming American particle collider: Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island in New York.Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Physics, Science policy, Particle physics, Department Of Energy, Long Island, U S Department of Energy, New York Read, Brookhaven National Lab, Electron Ion Collider

Second U.S. Baby to Be Born From a Dead Donor's Uterus Is Delivered

When Jennifer Gobrecht was 17, doctors told her that she would never carry her own child.But Thursday, researchers at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia announced that Gobrecht had delivered a son by cesarean section in November, the second baby in the United States to be born using a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor."We were beyond lucky," Gobrecht said.Gobrecht, now 33, was born with a congenital condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome, meaning she was born with ovaries, b...
Tags: Science, United States, United Kingdom, New York Times, Brazil, Dallas, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Penn, Neill, Benjamin, Cleveland Clinic, Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center, Mayer Rokitansky Küster Hauser

UN Tells Canada to Stop Building the Trans Mountain Pipeline

First Nations folks have urged Canada to stop building the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to British Columbia, for years. A new United Nations report is backing them up.Read more...
Tags: Science, First Nations, Canada, United Nations, Indigenous Rights, Un, British Columbia, Alberta, Pipelines, Trans Mountain Pipeline

The Amazon Website Is a Clunky Mess—Here's How to Make It Suck Less

For an enterprise as big and as dominant as Amazon is, you would expect its website to be maybe a little bit more polished and easier to navigate—as it is, it feels like 20 years’ worth of bits of web code bolted rather haphazardly together. While we wait for Amazon to do a ground-up revamp, here’s how to make your…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Science, Shopping, Web, Online, Desktop

Dead Alligators Dropped to the Bottom of the Sea Make for a Rare and Delicious Meal

An experiment to see how deep-sea creatures might react to the presence of an uncommon food source—alligator carcasses—has resulted in some fascinating new science.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sharks, Alligators, Marine Biology, Deep Sea, Scavengers, Giant Isopods

Can The Good Place Change, Well, Everything?

It’s all come to this. Everything they’ve been through has all happened so they could be here, together, as the very best version of themselves to solve the ultimate problem in the nick of time. “You’ve Changed, Man” may be the most important episode in the history of The Good Place. Read more...
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Sex Tech Was at CES, But CES Sure Seemed Nervous

I was pretty tired by the time I rolled up to Crave’s CES booth at the Sands Expo. It was a cute booth. There was a 1961 Airstream trailer set up with neon lights that invited you to “Own Your Pleasure.” Above was an Instagram-worthy sign detailing Crave’s Pleasure Manifesto, full of sex-positive aphorisms about how…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Ces, Vibrators, Lioness, Consumer Tech, Crave, Dame Products, Sex Tech, Lora DiCarlo, CES 2020

A full-scale nuclear winter would trigger a global famine. A disaster expert put together a doomsday diet to save humanity.

Disaster planner David Denkenberger suggests eating foods that can grow without much light, like mushrooms and seaweed.
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Lime and Bolt Abruptly Yank E-Scooters From Multiple Markets Across the U.S.

Electric scooter company Lime is laying off more than 10 percent of its workforce and pulling its scooters from roughly a dozen major global cities as its competitor Bolt, too, has yanked its e-scooters from city streets in multiple U.S. markets, Gizmodo has learned.Read more...
Tags: Science, Scooters, Rip, Bolt, Gizmodo, Electric Scooters, Lime, Micro Mobility

Mexico City gold was Aztec loot Spanish abandoned as they fled in 1520, tests show

Analysis of gold bar published a few months before 500th anniversary of battle that forced Cortés to beat a temporary retreat A new scientific analysis of a large gold bar found decades ago in downtown Mexico City has confirmed it was part of the plunder Spanish conquistadors abandoned as they beat a temporary retreat from the Aztec capital. Related: After 500 years, Cortés still looms large on both sides of Atlantic Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Americas, World news, Culture, Heritage, Mexico City, Archaeology, Atlantic Continue, Cortes

Add Kyoku's Nakiri Knife to Your Collection and Chop Vegetables Like a Pro for $65

KYOKU Daimyo Series Damascus Nakiri Knife | $65 | Amazon | Clip the coupon and use the promo code KYOKUI4L Read more...
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The Witcher Does Fantasy Sex (Mostly) Better

Fantasy movies, shows, video games, and books that are geared toward an adult audience tend to repeat the same mistakes when it comes to how they portray sexuality—exploiting female bodies while adhering to archaic notions of what sex was like in the Middle Ages in Europe. (Hello, Game of Thrones.) But the latest…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Books, Science, Video Games, Sex, Netflix, Sexuality, Streaming, Henry Cavill, Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Anya Chalotra

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