The Biden Administration Is Ready To Go to War Over ‘Right To Repair’ Rules

President Joe Biden is reportedly gearing up to issue an executive order compelling the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to draft new “right to repair” rules — a set of regulations that will protect consumers’ ability to repair their equipment on their own and at independent shops.Read more...
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The King's Man Teaser Reminds Us That We Still Haven't Seen This Yet

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Especially at the (non-existent) box office. We’ve mostly been waiting to finally see Marvel’s Black Widow finally arrive on the big screen, but lo and behold there’s another action franchise right around the corner. In this new look at The King’s Man, we take a glimpse at the past,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Disney, Secret Service, Ralph Fiennes, Mark Millar, Kingsman, Matthew Vaughn, Djimon Hounsou, Human Interest, Dave Gibbons, Egerton, Rasputin, The Kings Man, Creative Works, English Language Films

Man Dares Viral Video Viewers to 'Come F*cking See Me' During Hate Speech Rant, Gets Exactly That

A New Jersey man came to his seemingly long-deserved comeuppance this week after he shouted racial slurs on camera, challenged those listening to “Come fucking see me,” and was arrested while 150 protesters gathered outside his residence.Read more...
Tags: Science, New Jersey, Mathews, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Scott Coffina, American Journalism, Mass Media In The United States, Edward Cagney Mathews, Ashleigh Gibbons, Stephen Riedener, Grammercy Way, Marcus Sibley, Southern Burlington Naacp

Zack Snyder Is Turning His Long-Ago Star Wars Pitch Into a Netflix Sci-Fi Epic

With the success of HBO Max’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Netflix’s Army of the Dead, Zack Snyder is sticking to genre movies and streaming for his newly announced next project: Netflix sci-fi epic Rebel Moon, which the director hopes will become a franchise not unlike Star Wars, the series that initially helped …Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Hbo, Science, Film, Tig Notaro, Disney, Netflix, Justice League, Akira Kurosawa, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Zack Snyder, Akira, Army of the Dead, HBO Max, Cinema of the United States

Being Clean Doesn't Have to Be Bad for Our Immune System, Scientists Say

Staying clean might not be as bad for your immune system as is sometimes believed, researchers in the UK say. In a new paper this week, the authors argue that claims about the so-called hygiene hypothesis are overblown and people do benefit overall from keeping their home environment relatively clear of germs. But we…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Medicine, Immune System, Hygiene, Immunology, Allergy, Hand Washing, Cleanliness, Epidemiology, David Strachan, Clinical Medicine, Hygiene Hypothesis, Medical Specialties, Health Medical Pharma, Allergology

Keystone XL Pipeline Developer Wants $15 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars

The owner of the Keystone XL pipeline is suing the U.S. government as payback for canceling a permit for the project. The claim, which comes under a provision in the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, shows the need to rewrite trade law to prioritize people and the planet over polluting companies.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Articles, Barack Obama, ExxonMobil, Economy, Canada, United States, Keystone Pipeline, Keystone Xl, Biden, TransCanada, Donald Trump, North American Free Trade Agreement, Ben Beachy, Dakota Access Pipeline

Fast & Furious Will Be Exclusive to Peacock

A new licensing agreement will see Universal Pictures films headed exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, no later than four months after their cinematic debut — a major win for the platform as it attempts to lure in new cinephile subscribers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Companies, Netflix, Nbcuniversal, Dreamworks, Universal Pictures, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, Peacock, E Commerce, WWE Network, Business Finance, Fast Furious, Matt Strauss, Puss In Boots, Entertainment Culture

So happy to see you: our brains respond emotionally to faces we find in inanimate objects, study reveals

University of Sydney researchers find humans detect and react to illusory faces in the same way they do real facesWhether in a cloud, the front of a car, or a $28,000 toasted sandwich supposedly resembling the Virgin Mary, seeing faces in inanimate objects is a common experience.According to new research by the University of Sydney, our brains detect and respond emotionally to these illusory faces the same way they do to real human faces. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia news, Culture, Australian education, Virgin Mary, University of Sydney

Report: Russian Cyber Spies Recently Hacked the Republican National Committee

According to a new investigation from Bloomberg, cyber spies connected to the Russian government recently hacked into the Republican National Committee—though the RNC has denied that their systems were breached in this way.Read more...
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Revised Family Tree Identifies 14 Living Relatives of Leonardo Da Vinci

An extensive reworking of the family tree of Leonardo da Vinci connects an unbroken male line that extends from the artist’s grandfather to 14 living descendants—a 690-year span that encompasses 21 generations.Read more...
Tags: Science, Artists, Renaissance, Mona Lisa, Italian People, Leonardo, Ansa, Michele, Leonardo da Vinci, Domenico, J Craig Venter Institute, Agnese Sabato, Alessandro Vezzosi, Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Artists, Leonardo Da

Terminator 2's Famous Kitchen Scene Was More Complicated Than You Thought

Terminator 2: Judgment Day shot its way into theaters in July of 1991 and cinema was never the same. The James Cameron film certainly had plenty to garner its R-rating but one scene in particular certainly drove home the, well, point.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Netflix, Cameron, James Cameron, Terminator, Jim, Jill, John Connor, Stan Winston, Linda Hamilton, Blade, Time Travelers, Fortnite, Jenette Goldstein, Edward Furlong

Facebook's Subsea Cables Are The Last Thing Africa Needs

On Monday, Facebook announced it was partnering with Africa’s largest fiber company, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, to build an “extensive” fiber network that’s over 2,000 kilometers (or 1,243 miles) long. Per Liquid, this network is one of the most “extensive,” and “difficult” builds that the company’s undertaken,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Internet, Africa, Articles, Social Media, Human Behavior, Misinformation, Deception, Fake News, Ousmane Sonko, Social Information Processing, Pseudohistory, Technology Internet, Covid 19 Misinformation, Submarine Communications Cable

NYPD's 'Shrek Bus' Is Fake, Not a Bus, and Should Be Avoided at All Costs

Here’s a surprise gift from your dear friends at the NYPD: a “GAME TRUCK,” containing video game consoles, as spotted by WNYC/Gothamist reporter Gwynne Hogan. Take a look at this bad boy, expanding police presence throughout the city. Fun cop summer!Read more...
Tags: Science, Nintendo, Mario Kart, Gizmodo, Eric Garner, New York City Police Department, Dave Buster, Jason Koebler, Rhett Jones, Jeffrey Stein, Television Series, Brooklyn Defender Services, NYPD Blue, Television In The United States, WNYC Gothamist, Gwynne Hogan

Sharks of the Corn's Trailer Is Propelled by Ultra Low-Budget Goofballery

From SRS Cinema, the distributor behind such titles as Dune World, Amityville Shark House, and Zillafoot (combining the powers of Godzilla and Bigfoot) comes another title seemingly assembled from Mad Libs and somebody’s (literally, in this case) corny sense of humor: Sharks of the Corn.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Sharks, Jaws, Great White Shark, Mad Libs, Predators, Shannon, Lorna, Children Of The Corn, Ichthyology, Creative Works, English Language Films, Elasmobranchii, Cartilaginous Fish, Teddy Bo Lucas

Val Kilmer Looks Back at Batman (and the Rest of His Wild Career) in His New Documentary Val

Val Kilmer has had a long and varied acting career—not just in genre movies, though he has made quite a few of those. So we’re used to seeing him in front of the camera. But who knew that the star of Batman Forever, Willow, Top Gun, Tombstone, and so many other iconic movies was also behind the camera a lot of the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Kevin Bacon, Gun, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Top Gun, Batman Forever, Cannes, Val Kilmer, Sean Penn, Val, Kilmer, Human Interest, Leo Scott, The Doors

Don't Update Your Chromebook Yet

Google pushed out a small Chrome OS update at the tail end of June, and now Chromebook users are seeing performance issues as a result. One of the chief issues is absurdly high CPU usage that can slow your Chromebook to a crawl.Read more...
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China's Tencent Says It'll Use Face Recognition to Keep Minors From Gaming at Night

Shenzhen, China-based gaming giant Tencent has announced it will use a face recognition system to prevent minors in its home country from playing video games late into the night.Read more...
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So, Are You Going to Buy the OLED Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo took us by surprise today and announced a brand new OLED Switch. Now that the shock has started to wear off, I have to ask: Is this the upgraded Switch any of us really wanted?Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Computing, Nvidia, Nintendo, Amd, Oled, Flexible Electronics, Nintendo Switch, Joy Con, Display technology, Video Game Consoles, In Video Gaming, Handheld Game Consoles, Handheld Game Console, Technology Internet

Audacity’s Privacy Policy Doesn’t Make It ‘Spyware’ Because Everything Is Spyware Now

Ever since Audacity was acquired by tech conglomerate Muse Group in late April, fans of the free-to-use audio tool have been raising hell about some of the changes made to the software. First came plans to add telemetry capture. Then came a new contributor license agreement. Then last week came a privacy policy update…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Science, Human Rights, Microsoft, Privacy, Identity Management, Articles, Spyware, Software, Computing, Github, Digital Rights, Terms Of Service, Internet Privacy, Privacy Law

Disneyland Paris Replaces FastPass With a Pay-Per-Ride Service

Oh, so you want to go on the Ratatouille ride with your partner and two kids, but you don’t want to wait? That’ll be $40 please. Disneyland Paris has announced that the free FastPass service, a way for folks to skip the line by reserving a slot ahead of time, will instead be replaced by a pay-per-ride service and a …Read more...
Tags: Science, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, FastPass, Amusement Rides, Disney Parks Experiences and Products, Dark Rides, Peter Pans Flight, Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin, De Remy

The Best Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers You Can Buy Right Now

From smartwatches and fitness trackers to Bluetooth rings and sleep-logging wristbands, if it’s technology you can wear, we’ve reviewed it. Whether you’re an Apple diehard or you stan for Android, these are the wearables you should buy.Read more...
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Monterpocalypse Gives Us a Giant Radioactive Corgi, and More in Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. This time around, we’ve got a $2,500 contest for families willing to play board games for a week, a few exciting crowdfunding campaigns for 5e-compatible systems, and something that’s so gross I refuse to look at pictures…Read more...
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This Puzzle Rewards You With a Light Show for Every Solved Piece

For some, there’s no better way to spend a lazy afternoon than assembling a puzzle. For others, that sounds like an arduous nightmare. If you’re part of that latter group, Nadieh Bremer’s Nova is an illuminated puzzle platform that uses reactionary animated lighting as a reward for every piece put in place as an added…Read more...
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Good News, Oil Companies! Fox Is Launching a Weather Channel

We’ve reached the final boss level of climate irony. The New York Times Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon whose News Corp. owns Fox News, plans to launch a full-time channel focused on the weather called Fox Weather. Read more...
Tags: Science, New York Times, Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, News Corp, News Oil Companies Fox

Monsterpocalypse Gives Us a Giant Radioactive Corgi, and More in Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. This time around, we’ve got a $2,500 contest for families willing to play board games for a week, a few exciting crowdfunding campaigns for 5e-compatible systems, and something that’s so gross I refuse to look at pictures…Read more...
Tags: Science

Meet Sam Yo, Peloton's Geekiest Instructor

When most people think of fitness, they don’t think of Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Transformers, Superman, The Lost Boys, or Star Wars. One person who does? Sam Yo, a fitness instructor for Peloton—you know, that widely talked about fitness brand. Yo uses music and quotes from all of those properties (and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Superman, Disney, Back To The Future, Amusement Parks, Hamilton, Rocky, Scarface, The Breakfast Club, Universal Parks Resorts, Peloton, Beverly Hills Cop, Robin Arzon, The Lost Boys, Amusement Rides, Rocky IV

Astronomers Spot a Batch of Rogue Planets Near the Galactic Core

Data gathered by NASA’s now-retired Kepler Space Telescope has revealed a small population of free-floating planets near the Galactic Bulge. The new finding raises hope that a pair of upcoming missions will result in further detections of unbound planets, which drift through space separated from their home stars.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Mcdonalds, Einstein, Kepler, Exoplanet, Nancy, Planetary Science, Applied Sciences, Kepler Space Telescope, Space Science, Gravitational Lensing, Iain McDonald, Gravitational Microlensing, Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

Covid-19 Delta Variant More Easily Infects the Fully Vaccinated, Israel Finds

The Delta variant of the coronavirus may be substantially better than past strains at infecting fully vaccinated people, officials in Israel warned Monday. However, their conclusions have yet to be vetted by outside scientists, and vaccinated people still remain very well protected against more serious illness and…Read more...
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'Sometimes the Good Guys Win': Company Cancels Plans for Oil Pipeline Through Black Neighborhoods in Memphis

It’s hard to find good climate news these days–but there’s some out of Tennessee. A company that was set to build a hotly contested oil pipeline through Black neighborhoods in Memphis said on Friday that the project is off.Read more...
Tags: Science, Articles, Tennessee, Environmentalism, Keystone Pipeline, Justin Timberlake, Memphis, Jane Fonda, Environmental Justice, Mississippi River, Al Gore, Justin Pearson, Danny Glover, Plains All American, Dakota Access Pipeline, Oil Pipelines

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