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News-Illiterate Cops Order Air Hunt for 'Antifa' Citing Neo-Nazi Rumors That Triggered Armed Mobs

Screenshots of two rambling social media posts—one from Facebook, one from Instagram—form the sum total of the evidence police used last summer to justify an aerial surveillance operation in North California, records obtained by the nonprofit transparency group Property of the People and reporting by the Guardian…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Software, Computing, Hitler, North California, Operating Systems, Ryan Shapiro, Antifa, Unite the Right Rally, Heather Hayer, Property of the People, QAnon, William Honsal, Universal Windows Platform Apps


Spider-Man: No Way Home's First Trailer Spins a Whole New Adventure

His mentor is dead, his second mentor betrayed him, his identity was exposed, and the shock-jock to end all shock-jocks is on his back. Peter Parker has a tough time ahead of him in that tangled web his life has weaved. Well, turns out it’s about to get a whole lot messier. Sony and Marvel have just dropped the first…Read more...
Tags: Science, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sony, Jamie Foxx, Spider Man, Marisa Tomei, Sam Raimi, Tom Holland, Peter Parker, Stephen Strange, Alfred Molina, Miles Morales, Jon Watts, Marc Webb, Mary Jane Watson, Shang Chi


A Misused Microsoft Tool Leaked Troves of Data From 47 Organizations

New research shows that misconfigurations of a widely used web tool have led to the leaking of tens of millions of data records. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Email, Microsoft, Computing, Windows Xp, American Airlines, Portmanteaus, JB Hunt, UpGuard, Technology Internet, Computer Companies


Nightmare of the Wolf Brings More Than Bloody Action to The Witcher's World

After Netflix found it had a new hit on its hands with the grim fantasy of The Witcher in late 2019, work quickly began on plans to expand the series beyond the realm of simply getting another season of Henry Cavill fighting monsters. The first step into that wider world, Nightmare of the Wolf, hit the streamer today,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Netflix, Henry Cavill, Wolf, Theo James, Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski, Kim Bodnia, Speculative Fiction, The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Lauren Schmidt, Vesemir, Geralt of Rivia, Creative Works


Witches of Blackwood Looks Like an Intriguing Slice of Australian Folk Horror

As any folk horror fan who revels in the ways of ancient magic, long-forgotten traditions, and strange rituals involving twigs and animal masks can attest, these stories often start the same way, with an outsider entering a community that immediately lets them know how not-welcome they are. So begins Australia’s …Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Films, Articles, Witches, The Wicker Man, Witchcraft, Blackwood, Wolf Creek, Human Interest, Coven, Magrath, Creative Works, Entertainment Culture, Claires, Nicholas Denton


Nasa delays ISS spacewalk due to astronaut’s medical issue

Sortie will not take place until after SpaceX cargo run this weekend and Russian spacewalks in SeptemberNasa is delaying a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a medical issue involving one of its astronauts.Officials announced the postponement on Monday, less than 24 hours before Mark Vande Hei was supposed to float outside. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Mark Vande Hei


Climate crisis made deadly German floods ‘up to nine times more likely’

Study reinforces the hard evidence that carbon emissions are the main cause of worsening extreme weatherThe record-shattering rainfall that caused deadly flooding across Germany and Belgium in July was made up to nine times more likely by the climate crisis, according to research.The study also showed that human-caused global heating has made downpours in the region up to 20% heavier. The work reinforces the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s landmark report this month t...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, Germany, Environment, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Belgium, Flooding, Extreme Weather, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


2 New Shang-Chi Videos Highlight Its Huge Action and Scope

If you didn’t know the character or see the logo, you might not immediately realize Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, if you look closely you can see a few cameos in some of the trailers—but beyond that, these are new characters and new stories that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Michael Bay, Actors, Michelle Yeoh, Katy, Zhang, Meng, Marvel Comics Characters, Destin Daniel Cretton, Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Shang Chi, Florian Munteanu, Simu Liu, Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings


All $610 Million Stolen in Historic Crypto Heist Has Been Returned, Poly Network Says

It looks like the hacker behind Poly Network’s historic heist has had a change of heart. The crypto platform confirmed in a company blog post on Monday that the anonymous hacker (or hackers) who successfully stole roughly $610 million in crypto assets from its platform had finally surrendered the final tranche of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Mt Gox, Business Finance, Tether, Coincheck, Hacker Culture, Hackers Heroes Of The Computer Revolution, Poly Network, Poly Property


Another Major Pandemic Likely to Happen This Century, Scientists Warn

Researchers warn that the next major pandemic may not be too far away. In a new paper out Monday, they estimate that a pandemic as deadly as covid-19 is expected to arrive within the next six decades, while a pandemic on the scale of the 1918 Spanish flu could be expected to recur every 400 years. They also argue that…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Environment, Articles, Infectious Diseases, Influenza, Pandemics, Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Swine Influenza, Spanish Flu, Covid 19 Pandemic, Swine Flu Pandemic, Doomsday Scenarios, Emerging Infectious Disease, William Pan


Rocket Lab’s Mars mission gets green light from NASA

Rocket Lab is one step closer to going to Mars with NASA’s approval of the company’s Photon spacecraft for an upcoming science mission. If all continues according to plan the two craft will launch in 2024 and arrive on the Red Planet 11 months later to study its magnetosphere. The mission is known as the Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers, or ESCAPADE (hats off to whoever worked that one out), and was proposed for a small satellite science program back in 2019, eventually bein...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Mars, UC Berkeley, Aerospace, Artemis, Mars Mission, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck, Escapade, Varda Space Industries, Interestingly Rocket Lab


'The Balloon Never Had a Chance'

“Sir! Direct hit! The balloon’s canvas has been ruptured and is falling to the Earth from a height of approximately 18 kilometers. They will hit the ground in approximately one minute—unless the gentlemen have jetpacks on board, there’s no chance they’ll survive the impact.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Human Behavior, Balloon, Hartmann, Stanley, Airship, Stanely, Edward Douglas Fawcett, Human Activities, Manufactured Goods, Yesteryear, Hartmann The Anarchist, Mortal Engines Quartet


Theoretical physicists think humans are screwing up the universe’s plan

The universe started with a Big Bang. Everything that was ever going to be anything was compacted into a tiny ball of whatever-ness and then it exploded outward and the universe begin expanding. At least, that’s one way of looking at it. But emergent new theories and ages-old philosophical assertions are beginning to find a foothold in cutting-edge quantum physics research. And it’s beginning to look more and more like we might actually be the center of the universe after all. That’s not to say ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured


What If's Cool Dad Thanos and Bombshell Nebula Are All Thanks to T'Challa

The second episode of What If imagined a universe in which T’Challa never grew up to become Wakanda’s Black Panther because he was abducted by aliens as a child. T’Challa’s journey to becoming the Star-Lord brings him into the lives of countless people from throughout the galaxy, and his mere presence has a profound…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Josh Brolin, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Thanos, Chadwick Boseman, Cha Cha, Challa, Wakanda, Karen Gillan, Gillen, Nebula, Peter Quill, Marvel Comics Characters, Gamora, T'Challa


Apple Has Reportedly Been Scanning Your iCloud Mail for Child Abuse Images Since 2019

As many fret about Apple’s new plans to scan iPhones for signs of child abuse material, the company has confirmed that it already scans users’ iCloud Mail accounts for such images—and has done so for years.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Science, Technology, Software, Tim Cook, Computing, Tablet Computers, Icloud, Webmail, Apple Inc, Bill Maher, Ben Lovejoy, Cloud Applications, Jane Horvath


Hulu Is (Finally) Adding HDR Support for Some Original Shows

At long last, Hulu is offering support for high-dynamic range streaming.Read more...
Tags: Science, Hulu


The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan Explains Last Night's 'Twist'

The Walking Dead’s Negan hasn’t always made the right decisions; for instance, there was the time he ruled as a bloodthirsty, post-apocalyptic tyrant and murdered dozens of people. Since then, though, he’s been trying to become a better person... emphasis on the word trying, as last night’s season 11 premiere showed.…
Tags: Science, The Walking Dead, Fiction, Maggie, Dwight, Glenn, Maggie Greene, Negan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Glenn Rhee, Twist, Fictional Characters, Heres Negan


Report: Giphy Lowered Its Value Ahead of Facebook Buyout to Avoid Antitrust Scrutiny

Facebook again weaseled around antitrust scrutiny in its $400 million Giphy acquisition, according to a Bloomberg report citing two sources with knowledge of the matter. If history is any indicator, Facebook can and will do whatever it wants. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Software, Computing, Stories, Foursquare, Operating Systems, Giphy, Facebook Applications, Facebook Inc, Video Software


In Sci-Fi Thriller The Colony, Earth Is the Hostile Alien World

The trailer for The Colony made us think of Children of Men crash-landing into Waterworld. It showed us an Earth decimated by climate change that’s been mostly abandoned by humanity—but where, incredibly, future generations have continued to be born. Today io9 has an exclusive clip from the movie that shows just how…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Actors, Earth, Novels, Colony, Roland Emmerich, Blake, Joel Basman, Tides, Tucker, Titans, The Colony, Iain Glen, Children of Men, Nora Arnezeder


California Just Approved 5 Temporary Gas Plants as Drought Cripples Hydropower

Wildfires and declining water levels at reservoirs have threatened California’s power supply at various points this summer. Desperate to avoid blackouts amid the compounding crisis, California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom is eyeing the construction of five “temporary” gas-fueled plants in the coming months.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, California, Environment, Articles, Natural Gas, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Water Resources, Gavin Newsom, Power Station, Power Outage, Pge, Energy Development, Electric Power, Rolling Blackout, Ryan Endean


The pandemic created a bunch of biotech billionaires. Take our 5-question quiz to see how well you know the pay trends shaping the drug industry.

From left: Stephane Bancel of Moderna, Leonard Schleifer of Regeneron, and Stanley Erck of Novavax. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images; Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images; Novavax; Skye Gould/Insider Several biotech executives became billionaires last year, as the pandemic drove vaccine sales and stock market fervor. How did that wealth trickle down through the industry? See if you can guess what executives and employees earned. This quiz is part of Insider's deep...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Getty Images, Compensation, Healthcare, Pay Gap, Biotech, Sawyer, Pharmaceutical, Novavax, Regeneron, Skye Gould, Stanley Erck, Stéphane Bancel, Salary Data


NASA Details Next Steps After Mars Rover's Attempt to Collect Rock Goes Awry

Scientists at NASA were pretty excited in early August when the Perseverance rover indicated that it had drilled its first sample of Martian rock. But as it turned out, the sample tube was empty, and the Perseverance team began a remote investigation to solve the mystery of the disappearing rock.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Perseverance, Jezero, Mars rovers, Mars Exploration Rover, Kenneth Farley, Discovery And Exploration Of The Solar System, Exploration Of Mars, Mars Exploration Program


The M1 Mac Mini May Already Be Getting an Overhaul

Apple just released a refreshed M1 Mac Mini last November, but it looks like we might see a higher-end version featuring the rumors M1X chip sometime this fall.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Science, Steve Jobs, Macintosh, Computers, Mark Gurman, iMac, Apple Computers, Computer Architecture, Jon Prosser, Apple Silicon, Apple M1, Arm Architecture


Shang-Chi Brings Compelling New Heroes and Awe-Inspiring Action to the MCU

Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a blend of opposites: otherworldly martial arts grounded by slacker humor. From fast-paced split kicks to lyrical dance-fights, the film deserves to be seen on the big screen. But of course, even if you didn’t feel it was safe to do so, that’s the only way you can…Read more...
Tags: Science, Kung Fu, Disney, Actors, Tilda Swinton, Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, Michelle Yeoh, Mandarin, Zhang, Chu, Kevin Feige, Chi, Shang, Meng, Marvel Comics Characters


Cities including Miami and Athens are hiring 'Chief Heat Officers' to help businesses and residents survive extreme heat

Greece suffered its worst heatwave since 1987 this August, as temperatures reached 111 degrees. A small town in Sicily, Italy recorded 124 degrees - believed to be the highest temperature in European history. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images Athens appointed Europe's first 'Chief Heat Officer' to help the city combat deadly heatwaves. The mayor of Athens said the heat is threatening "tourists who are critical for our economy." Miami appointed the world's first CHO in...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Florida, Politics, Science, News, Greece, Climate Change, Cdc, Trends, Cnn, Sierra Leone, Athens, Miami, Heat, Temperature


Greek Scientists Want to Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes

Greece has suffered through a summer of hellish heat. Now, experts want to give heat waves names and rankings like the ones assigned to hurricanes and tropical storms.Read more...
Tags: Science, Greece, Environment, Articles, Nature, Meteorology, Storm, Extreme Weather, Natural Disasters, Heat Wave, Weather Hazards, Northern Hemisphere Heat Waves, Torridness, Eleni Myrivili, European Heat Wave, Kostas Lagouvardos


Blue Origin Employees Are Jumping Ship

Jeff Bezos might have felt triumphant when he rocketed toward the edge of space last month, but apparently the same can’t be said about other employees at Blue Origin. On Friday, CNBC was first to report that over a dozen engineers had left Bezos’s company in recent weeks, with some departing for high-ranking roles at…Read more...
Tags: Science, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Blue Origin On Friday CNBC


A gruesome video shows a giant tortoise crushing a baby tern's skull in its jaws

A giant tortoise bites the head of a tern chick on Frégate Island in the Seychelles, off the eastern coast of Africa. Anna Zora Researchers filmed a giant tortoise stalking and killing a baby tern on an island in the Seychelles. The video is the first direct evidence of tortoises hunting. See more stories on Insider's business page. When a baby tern falls from its nest, the bird instinctively knows it must try to get off the ground at all costs, perhaps by climbing onto on a rock or lo...
Tags: Science, News, Animals, Trends, Birds, Tanzania, Hunting, University of Cambridge, Seychelles, Gerlach, Tortoises, Zora, Aylin Woodward, Frégate Island, Aldabra, Curieuse Island


Deadly Floods in Tennessee Continue Our Summer of Extreme Rain

At least 22 people have died and more than 20 are missing in Tennessee after torrential, record-breaking rain pounded the state this weekend, causing massive floods through rural towns that left a wake of destruction. The extreme rainfall—and the state’s recent history of deadly floods—are consistent with what we can…Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Environment, Nature, Tennessee, Meteorology, Rain, Blizzards, Ice Storms, Global Storm Activity, Disaster Accident, Krissy Hurley, Brandi Burns, Floods In China, Floods In The United States 2001present


Gigantic Iceberg Nearly Smashes Into Antarctic Ice Shelf

After lying dormant for over half a year, the world’s second largest iceberg has finally sprung to life—and it narrowly avoided a collision that could have resulted in an even larger iceberg.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Antarctica, Iceberg, Water Ice, Ice Shelf, Glaciology, Geography Of Antarctica, Filchnerronne Ice Shelf, Argentine Antarctica, British Antarctic Territory, Chilean Antarctic Territory, Brunt Ice Shelf, Mark Drinkwater, Iceberg A 74



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