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Word of the week: Penrose tiling

San Francisco’s new Transbay Transit Center, a 1.2-million-square-foot hub for four Bay Area counties’ bus systems plus intercity Greyhound buses (and light rail, too, eventually) – officially opened on August 11 to huge crowds. I skipped the festivities but heard rave reports from friends who'd gone, and so on August 13 I took an AC Transit bus from Oakland to San Francisco to see it for myself. I was not disappointed. Indeed, I was elated by the light-filled Grand Hall, the clear signage, t...
Tags: Art, Science, Design, San Francisco, Linguistics, Norwood, Oakland, Bay Area, Great Britain, Roger Penrose, AC Transit, Escher, Roger, Penrose, Kimberly Clark, Great Hall




AT&T Sued for $224 Million by Cryptocurrency Investor Who Lost a Fortune in Phone Hacks

Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin is understandably upset that he lost a combined $24 million in two different hacks of his phone over the course of seven months. Terpin alleges that the hacks were only possible because the hackers had an inside person at AT&T who provided access to Terpin’s account. And he’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Bitcoin, Lawsuits, Att, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Terpin, Michael Terpin


Ford Has $17 Billion but Says It Needs Tax Breaks to Rehab Detroit Train Station

Corporations seeking out lucrative tax subsidies for development projects isn’t a particularly new phenomenon, something captured by the recent maniacal effort from cities across the U.S. to throw public money at Amazon to subsidize its new headquarters. Detroit is about to experience a smaller-scale version of that…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Ford, Detroit, Car Policy, Inside Eight Mile


Paul Manafort's Defense Team Rests Without Calling Witnesses

The team relied on cross-examination of government witnesses
Tags: Science, Paul Manafort


Excavation Begins on a Truly Giant New Telescope

The bigger a telescope’s mirrors, the better resolution it has. Excavation has just begun on a new telescope that will be truly enormous, called the Giant Magellan Telescope.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Eso, NSF, Giant Magellan Telescope, Extremely Large Telescopes


Ajit Pai Is Getting Grilled for Misleading Congress Over Imaginary Cyberattack

Democratic lawmakers have a message for Ajit Pai: Ignorance is no excuse.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Fcc, EC, Ajit Pai


Bird Communities Dwindle on New Mexico's Pajarito Plateau

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped.
Tags: Science, New Mexico, Pajarito Plateau


These Are The Three Best Chef's Knives, According To You

After reading through the dozens of nominations, we’ve chopped down the competition to the top three best chef’s knives. It’s the reigning champ, the Wusthof Classic, against the best-selling Victorinox Fibrox, against the newcomer, the Global G-2 knife. Check out all the nominees below and cast your vote for your…Read more...
Tags: Science, Victorinox Fibrox, Global G


New Leak Suggests Next Fitbit Charge Will Skip the One Feature It Really Needs

In its heyday, the Fitbit Charge was, for most people, the best wearable you could buy. It was incredibly functional, focused, and attractive enough to only gently scream your fitness aspirations to whoever caught a glimpse of it on your wrist. That was long ago, before smartwatches got sleeker, slimmer, and more…Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Fitbit, Cmon Fitbit


Don't Get Nostalgic for This 20th Anniversary: Apple's iMac G3 Was an Awful Computer

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the iMac G3, the original iMac that was designed by Jony Ive and was one of the first computers released by Steve Jobs after he rejoined Apple in 1997. It launched on August 15th, 1998.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Steve Jobs, Computers, Osx, iMac, Jony Ive, Imac G3, Don, Bondi Blue, The Original Imac Was Bad, 20 Years Of Imac


In the Iron Fist Season 2 Trailer Danny Rand's Got a New But Familiar Foe

Hey Immortal Iron Fist Guy, the calls are coming from inside the house. The new trailer is here for the second season of Netflix’s Iron Fist, and Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is facing an enemy that’s way too close to home.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Netflix, Streaming, Marvel Studios, Iron Fist, Danny Rand, Finn Jones, The Defenders, Danny Rand Finn Jones


Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer Concedes GOP Primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has conceded in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary, losing by a razor-thin margin to Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a race so close it took a week to determine the winner.
Tags: Science, Gop, Kansas, Jeff Colyer, Kris Kobach, Jeff Colyer Concedes


Scientists seek new ways to combat Florida's growing 'red tide'

Michael Crosby, president and chief executive of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, welcomed a red tide emergency order issued this week by Governor Rick Scott, designating more state money for research, cleanup and wildlife rescues. Interest in mitigation technologies has been heightened by a 10-month-long toxic algae bloom off Florida's southwestern coast that has caused mounds of rotting fish to wash up on beaches from Tampa to Naples. The red tide also has been implicated in at least ...
Tags: Florida, Science, Tampa, Naples, Sarasota, Rick Scott, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Michael Crosby


Bayer Vows Stronger Roundup Defense as It Absorbs Monsanto

Bayer AG vowed to step up its defense against a wave of U.S. lawsuits over the herbicide Roundup as it began the formal integration of Monsanto Co., acquired for $66 billion in June. Because U.S. authorities insisted that the businesses operate separately until that sale was complete, Bayer said it previously had been barred from steering Monsanto’s legal strategy. Bayer is facing $289 million in damages after Monsanto lost the first court case stemming from claims that the weed killer causes ...
Tags: Science, Monsanto, Bayer, Bayer AG, Monsanto Co


The Museum of London Is Livestreaming a Chunk of Fatberg So You Can Watch It Morph

The Museum of London has added a hardened gob of sewage to its permanent collection to properly honor the festering abomination that has plagued the Victorian-era subterranean infrastructure in recent years.Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Sewage, Fatberg


Doctors Aren't Being Candid About the Money They Get From Big Pharma 

Physicians who get paid extra by pharmaceutical and medical device companies often aren’t forthcoming about the money in their research papers, according to a study out Wednesday in JAMA Surgery. It found that many of the doctors who receive the most in industry payments only occasionally disclose their potential…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Ethics, Doctors, Big Pharma, Research Ethics, Money In Medicine


Asus Thinks It's Made the Thinnest Gaming Laptops Ever

Asus believes it’s made a big 15-inch and a giant 17-inch gaming laptop you’ll actually want to carry around with you.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Asus, Consumer Tech, Max Q Design, Asus Zephyrus


Nebraska Becomes First U.S. State to Execute a Prisoner With Fentanyl

For the first time in U.S. history, a death row inmate has been killed with a lethal injection containing fentanyl, a potent drug at the heart of the ongoing opioid overdose crisis. Read more...
Tags: Science, Ethics, Death Penalty, Executions, Bioethics, Opioids, Opioid Crisis, Carey Dean Moore, Lethal Injections, Nebraska Becomes First U S State


Report: Google Finally Has a Plan to Make a Good Smartwatch

Currently, when it comes to smartwatches, it’s the Apple Watch and then everything else. However, if a report from Android Police is any indication, Google might have a plan to wrest some sales away from Tim Cook and co.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Tim Cook, Consumer Tech, Android Police, Wear OS, Pixel Watch, Google Wants To Make A Smart Coach, Google Coach


2 Members of the Secret Six Are Making Their Way to DC's TV Universes

Nicolas Cage discusses his role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Jasmine’s finally going to get a solo song thanks to Disney’s live-action Aladdin, and some behind-the-scenes drama from Child’s Play. Plus, more members of DC Comics’ Secret Six may be making their way to live-action soon. Duck! Spoilers ahead!Read more...
Tags: Halloween, Science, Disney, Gotham, Childs Play, Supernatural, Westworld, The Flash, Arrow, Nicolas Cage, Preacher, Aladdin, Stranger Things, Kin, The Aeronauts, The Happytime Murders


How to Watch Ajit Pai Get Grilled by Congress Over Made-Up FCC Cyberattack

On Thursday, Ajit Pai will have his first appearance before a Senate oversight committee since an internal report revealed the FCC has been falsely claiming its comment system was hit by a cyberattack last year. It’s going to be good and you can watch it live this morning starting at 10am Eastern.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Congress, Senate, Oversight, Ajit Pai


Democrat Christine Hallquist Becomes First Major Party Transgender Candidate for Governor

Gov. Phil Scott won his party’s primary to seek a second term as governor and will face a former utility executive who on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.
Tags: Science, Phil Scott, Christine Hallquist


YouTube Pulls Jump Scare Ads for The Nun After Revolted Users Revolt

Advertising for The Nun, an upcoming horror film centered around the inexplicable suicide of a nun in 1950s Romania, is predictably terrorizing. But a YouTube ad for the film has seemingly crossed the line, driving a flood of users to complain about it online and, ultimately, get it removed from the platform.
Tags: Science, Youtube, Romania, Youtube Ads


Catfish Victim Allegedly Planned to Kill Mother to Get Money to Pay Scammer

A scam victim may have been plotting to kill her mother in order to pay the person who was catfishing her. Read more...
Tags: Science, Scams, Fakery, Catfish, Murder Plot


Don Cheadle Voicing Donald Duck Is Everything

Donald Duck has one of the most distinct voices in pop culture. But what if he sounded completely different? Read more...
Tags: Science, Animation, Exclusive, Donald Duck, Don Cheadle, Disney Channel, Ducktales


Earth’s Undetected ‘Mini-Moons’ Could Make for Exciting New Astronomy 

Every once in a while, our planet captures a “mini-moon,” a tiny asteroid that hangs out in our orbit for a bit before venturing back into the depths of space. New research suggests these small, temporary natural satellites carry tremendous scientific and commercial opportunities—but the trick will be in finding them. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Space Exploration, Asteroids, Near Earth Objects, Moons, Natural Satellites, Mini Moons


New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing 

The State of New York is suing Purdue Pharma, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, for what it says is the company’s role in driving the opioid crisis. On Tuesday morning, the attorney general’s office announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company for…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Drugs, Purdue Pharma, Opioids, Legal Battles, Opioid Crisis, New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma


Women's trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase

Women's trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase
Tags: Science, Kim Jong Nam


Scientists develop a system for trapping CO2 that could could slow the effects of global warming

Mankind might be slowly destroying planet Earth, but there's also a chance we could be the ones to save it from ourselves. A group of scientists led by Ian Power of Trent University in Canada have announced the development of a system that can trap CO2 in a naturally occurring mineral at a much faster rate than it can on its own, potentially opening the door for new weapons against climate change. Industrialized nations continue to spew various greenhouse gasses into our planet's atmosph...
Tags: Science, Earth, Power, Canada, Ian Power of Trent University



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