House Lawmakers Say They Want to Break Up With Big Tech

A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced new antitrust legislation aimed at prying open Big Tech’s death grip on our lives. If the lawmakers get their way, it could mean that some of America’s largest tech companies will actually be broken up. Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Publishing, Science, Monopoly, America, House, Retailers, Wall Street Journal, Trump, U S House of Representatives, Legislatures, US House of Representatives, David Cicilline, David N Cicilline, Big Tech

Telecom Companies Win Injunction to Put New York's Affordable Internet Law on Hold

In a huge win for internet service providers, a federal judge on Friday granted to stall a New York law mandating affordable internet for low-income households. Read more...
Tags: Verizon, New York, Science, Net, Broadband, Telecommunications, Att, Video On Demand, Andrew Cuomo, Verizon Communications, T Mobile, Information and Communications Technology, Internet Service Provider, Bell System, Business Finance, Rich Azzopardi

Electronic Arts Hackers Say Slack Was Their Secret Weapon: Report

After reports broke yesterday about a whopping 780GB of data being swiped from the gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA), we already know how the heist was pulled off, at least according to the hackers’ telling. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Computing, Hackers, Science and Technology, Slack, Electron, Electronic Arts, Project Management Software, Electronic Arts EA, Groupware, Collaborative Software, Task Management Software, Technology Internet, Hacker Culture, Hackers Heroes Of The Computer Revolution

NASA is finally advancing a space telescope that could track down dangerous asteroids before they strike Earth

An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission. NASA/JPL-Caltech A NASA space telescope could help track down 90% of asteroids big enough to crush New York. NASA is finally advancing the telescope, called NEO Surveyor, after years of passing it over. By passing a key review, the telescope has escaped what one expert called "NASA mission limbo hell." See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA is finally moving forward with a space telescope that could spot asteroi...
Tags: Space, New York, Science, News, Congress, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Asteroids, Telescope, Trump, Near-earth Objects, Chelyabinsk, NASA JPL Caltech, Chelyabinsk Russia

Wow, Marvel Got Owen Wilson an Action Figure Already

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest toy news. This week, Super7 turns its eyes to SilverHawks for its latest Ultimates line, Red XIII joins the Final Fantasy VII Remake figure line, and Hasbro slimes the Ghostbusters real good. Check it out!Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Disney, Remake, Hasbro, Ghostbusters, Owen Wilson, Marvel Studios, Action Figure, Action Figures, Transformers, Joe, Marvel Legends, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Fictional Characters

Puppets and Gore Make a Delightful Combo in Horror Short Snore

We’ve featured the world of filmmaker Luther Bhogal-Jones on io9 before, but his latest is quite different from his John Carpenter-ish short film Goodnight, Halloween. That said, Snore is still very much in the horror genre—it just involves a lot more puppets.Read more...
Tags: Halloween, Science, Karen, Gore, John Carpenter, Callum, Mayhem, Ruckus, Snoring, Entertainment Culture, Luther Bhogal Jones, Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts, Garry Robson, His John Carpenter

Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam's Trailer Is Beyond Meta

Few animated series have the pop culture IQ of Teen Titans Go!—and yet everyone has their blind spots. When it comes to Beast Boy, Robin, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire, theirs is they haven’t seen ‘90s classic Space Jam. Coincidentally, they’re all the property of Warner Bros, and with a new Space Jam film on the way, …Read more...
Tags: Space, Hbo, Science, Films, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Warner Bros, Robin, Jam, Greg Cipes, Raven, Space Jam, Teen Titans, Cyborg, Hynden Walch, Tara Strong

China’s New Rover Captures Unique Selfie on Mars

The Zhurong rover, whose name translates to “fire god,” used a detachable wireless camera to capture a clever image of itself and its landing platform on the surface of Mars.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, Lander, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Perseverance, Mars rovers, In China, Utopia Planitia, Discovery And Exploration Of The Solar System, Tianwen 1, Zhurong

A Hanging Glacial ‘Tooth’ Caused February’s Deadly Indian Flash Flood

In February, a massive avalanche tore through a mountain valley in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, causing flash flooding and mudslides. A new study has found that debris broke off a glacier above the valley and disintegrated so quickly that the resulting friction melted ice around it, causing the enormous,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Geology, Glacier, Earth Sciences, Glacial Lake, Uttarakhand, Glaciology, Physical Geography, Montane Ecology, Disaster Accident, Dan Shugar, Glacial Lake Outburst Flood

Now You Can Turn the Commodore 64 Into a Delightfully Chunky Game Boy

For many of us, the Atari or the NES wasn’t our first gaming console. Instead, it was the Commodore 64, which was marketed as an incredibly affordable home computer, but was also a solid gaming machine. It was very much worthy of a second life as a Game Boy-sized portable, which anyone can now hack together with the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Companies, Computing, Atari, Commodore, Commodore 64, Home Computers, Handheld Game Console, Technology Internet, Commodore International, Demosceners, Commodore 64 Music

Loki Director Kate Herron Takes Us Inside the Timey-Wimey Influences of the TVA

When confronted with a bureaucratic group of time guardians who are part church, part cop, and all outside known time, where do you even begin to start framing that as a setting for a television show? For Disney+ and Marvel’s Loki director Kate Herron, the answer was simple: throwback to iconic sci-fi hits, with a bit…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Thor, Michael, Loki, TVA, Waldron, Scott Pilgrim, Roger Rabbit, Tara Strong, Fictional Characters, Felix The Cat, Kate Herron, Time Variance Authority, Norse Mythology In Popular Culture

European Space Agency Lays Out Plans for Next 30 Years of Space Exploration

The future of space exploration is looking absolutely thrilling, as the European Space Agency has revealed its long-term plans for research that will, hopefully, identify potentially life-hosting planets beyond our solar system and scrutinize the earliest structures of the universe. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Environment, Nasa, Lander, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Jupiter, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Titan, Astrobiology, Outer Space, Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Cosmic Vision, Future Of Space Exploration

European Space Agency Ready to Study the Original Structure of the Universe

The future of space exploration is looking absolutely thrilling, as the European Space Agency has revealed its long-term plans for research that will, hopefully, identify potentially life-hosting planets beyond our solar system and scrutinize the earliest structures of the universe. Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Lander, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Jupiter, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Titan, Spacecraft, Astrobiology, CHEOPS, Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Cosmic Vision, Uncrewed Spacecraft, Future Of Space Exploration

Trump’s Miserable Mouthpiece Leaving for Fantastical Social Media Platform

Donald Trump’s longtime spokesperson and noted lawsuit loser Jason Miller is reportedly planning to enter a cocoon and re-emerge as an even fouler kind of insect: a social media tycoon.Read more...
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trumpism, Donald J Trump, Jason Miller, Parler, Presidents Of The United States, Politics Of The United States, American People Of German Descent, Right Wing Populism In The United States, Economy Of The United States, Social Media Use By Donald Trump

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Finally Solved a Big Problem

Enough with the tangent missions. On this week’s episode of Disney+ and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Bad Batch, the crew finally did something for themselves—something they should have done a long time ago but didn’t know how. Thankfully, with the help of a familiar friend, Hunter, Tech, Echo, Wrecker (all Dee Bradley…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Rex, Lucasfilm, Clone Wars, Hunter, James Whitbrook, Jedi, Cross, Rhea Perlman, Dee Bradley Baker, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, Wrecker, Fictional Characters

This Shockingly Invasive Malware Stole Data from 3.25 Million Windows Computers

Between 2018 and 2020, a mysterious strain of malware infected and stole sensitive data from approximately 3.25 million Windows-based computers—taking with it a horrifying amount of intimate information about the users of those devices.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Crime, Paypal, Malware, Cybercrime, Netflix, Security Breaches, Coinbase, Cyberwarfare, Trusteer, Computer Programming, Technology Internet, Blackpos Malware, Invasive Malware Stole Data

Scientists Produce Healthy Mice From Sperm Kept in Space for Nearly 6 Years

The longest biological experiment ever performed on the International Space Station has exposed the surprising durability of freeze-dried mouse sperm when exposed to space radiation.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fertility, International Space Station, Reproduction, Sperm, Applied Sciences, George Dvorsky, Semen, Cosmic Rays, Expose, Branches Of Biology, Freeze Drying, Germ Cells, Prisha Tengku, International Space Station Experiments, Teruhiko Wakayama

Netflix's Resident Evil Live-Action Show Casts Lance Reddick as Wesker

We’ve been hearing so much recently about Netflix’s CG animated Resident Evil series, Infinite Darkness, that it can be tough to remember that the streaming service also has a in the works, too. But, thanks to Netflix’s Geeked Week, we finally our first major news about the show: FringeRead more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Films, Netflix, Jason, Leon, John Wick, Paola, Lance Reddick, Resident Evil, Windows Games, Wesker, Andrew Dabb, Claire Redfield, Ella Balinska, Nick Apostolides

A quantum physics lullaby to ward off your killer robot nightmares

The reports of humanity’s imminent demise at the hands of sentient killer robots have been greatly exaggerated. Based on the current state of artificial intelligence – that is, it’s really good at sifting through data and it can usually tell the difference between a dog and a cat – we don’t have to worry about “conscious” AI anytime soon. I put “conscious” in quotes because, as every article you’re likely to read on the subject will point out, we don’t really understand consciousness. There’s a ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural, Next Featured

These Google Links Can Keep Search Results From Ruining Your Life

Google is changing its search algorithm to help victims of revenge porn and online slander. According to the New York Times, Google will begin preventing websites that host defamatory content from appearing in the list of results when searching for a name. Google will also exclude websites with dubious names like…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Articles, Google Search, Companies, Cybercrime, Cyberbullying, Internet Culture, Revenge Porn, Search Engine Optimization, World Wide Web, Alphabet Inc, New York Times Google, Kashmir Hill, David Graff, Pandu Nayak

Biden Reverses One of Trump’s ‘Most Reckless and Irresponsible’ Decisions

Conservation advocates are gearing up for a major win. On Friday, the Forest Service said it would “repeal or replace” a Trump-era rollback that allows companies to build roads and other infrastructure in much of America’s largest national forest. It could be biggest victory for public lands the Biden administration…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, America, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Biden, Forest Service, Trump, Alaska Wilderness League, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan Alaska, Tongass, Branko Marcetic, Presidency Of Donald Trump, Alaska Boroughs

Netflix's Castlevania Is Getting a Spin-Off Series

The final day of Netflix’s “Geeked Week” began with some very welcome news. The team behind the Castlevania anime is officially, thankfully, and wisely returning to the world of the video games for another series, this time starring fan-favorite characters Richter Belmont and Maria Renard.Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Sports, Netflix, Platform Games, Simon, Rondo, Dracula, Annette, Human Interest, Alucard, Windows Games, Fictional Characters, Trevor Belmont, Richter Belmont, Maria Renard

Google's Quest to Kill the Cookie Is Creating a Privacy Mess

For the past few months, millions of Chrome users have been roped into Google’s origin trials for the tech meant to replace the quickly crumbling third-party tracking cookie. Federated Learning of Cohorts—or FLoC, for short—is a new kind of tracking technique that’s meant to be a friendlier, more privacy-protective…Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Science, Advertising, Marketing, Web Browsers, Software, Targeted Advertising, Duckduckgo, Don Marti, Alphabet Inc, Internet Privacy, Web Browsing History, Federated Learning of Cohorts, Technology Internet, Privacy Concerns Regarding Google

7 Shocking Satellite Images Reveal the West's Megadrought

The megadrought hitting the western United States has yielded no shortage of horror stories to start the dry season. Record heat last week has seared in drought, turning the region from an already well-done steak into a charred crisp. Almond growers are ripping up orchards, and 17 million endangered salmon are being …Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, United States, Lake Mead, Shasta Lake, Colorado River, Spencer Cox, Lake Powell, Central Valley Project, Glen Canyon Dam, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Castaic Lake, California State Water Project, Geography Of The United States, States Of The United States, Disaster Accident

DARPA's Latest Defense Weapon Knocks Drones Out of the Sky Using Advanced... Confetti Streamers?

As drones become faster, smarter, and capable of carrying larger payloads across longer distances, they pose a genuine threat if leveraged as a weapon. As a result, militaries have been developing anti-drone countermeasures to knock them out of the sky, including a novel new approach that blasts them with streamers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Drone, Darpa, Robotics, Science and Technology, Embedded Systems, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Emerging Technologies, Avionics, Insect Reproduction, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Previously Common Diseases Are Bouncing Back After a Covid Hiatus

With covid-19 waning in the U.S. and people returning to their old habits, once-routine contagious diseases are predictably popping back up after a year of being suppressed by pandemic precautions. Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Articles, Infectious Diseases, Norovirus, Foodborne Illness, Pandemic, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Health Medical Pharma

Amazon Prime Day Is a Bad Garage Sale You Should Skip

Everyone likes a good deal—what’s not to like about getting more for less? But according to Finder’s Amazon Prime Day shopping report, 26% of American adults, or 67.7 million people, are planning to throw their money at the internet’s worst garage sale on June 21-22. This is far too many of you, and we need to talk…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Newegg, Amazon Prime, Companies, Computing, Target, Prime Now, Apple Inc, Bestbuy, Industry Economics, Counterfeit Consumer Goods

Static: Season One's Creators Open Up About Honoring Milestone's Legacy

When Milestone Media was producing the first generation of Milestone Comics back in the early ‘90s, the DC imprint was singlehandedly fighting to change the face of mainstream comics with series like Hardware, Icon, Blood Syndicate, and Static—books that featured the adventures of Black heroes and were crafted by…Read more...
Tags: Comics, Science, Hardware, Dc Comics, Heroes, Static, Icon, Big Bang, Christopher Williams, Reggie, Michael Davis, Hudlin, John Paul Leon, Dwayne McDuffie, Fictional Characters, Virgil Hawkins

The Witcher Season 2 Footage Is Here, and Its All About Ciri

It’s brief, but Netflix has given us a new look at the sophomore season of its smash-hit fantasy The Witcher, and while its titular hero is missing in action, it prepares us to see one more of its cast ascend to the School of the Wolf in their own right.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Netflix, Literature, Henry Cavill, Wolf, CD Projekt Red, Ciri, The Witcher, Yennefer, Cd Projekt, The Lady of the Lake, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Geralt of Rivia, Creative Works

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