As we all learned from everything that was 2016, it can be super dangerous to treat politics like it's reality TV or general entertainment. On the other hand, the world is a garbage fire and it can be really nice to impose some frivolous distractions into our political landscape.Read More
Twitter decided to take away our followers and now, the truth about my 'fans' has been made clear.
Logging onto Twitter and seeing about two thousand of my followers suddenly gone was what it must feel like when a parent turns around and their child isn't following them through a shopping mall any longer.Read More
Hundreds of employees from both Microsoft and the recently acquired GitHub have threatened to leave the company unless they sever their contract with ICE. The tech giant currently has a $19.4 million dollar contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and ICE's family separation policy has clearly had an impact on the employees.Read More
If you were a kid in the 90's, you wanted to do three things: go to Space Camp, complete the Temple Run on Legends of the Hidden Temple, and meet Koko, the sign language gorilla. The world famous gorilla has passed away at the age of 46, at her home at The Gorilla Foundation in the Santa Cruz mountains.Read More
Who knew Quatto from Total Recall was the platonic ideal of personhood?
The quest for perfection has plagued mankind since the dawn of time. We've poured countless hours, resources, and money into anything and everything to improve ourselves, be it physically, emotionally, mentally, etc. There seem to be no limits to the Faustian bargains we seek to be the very best version of ourselves. Anatomist Alice Roberts delves into the problems with perfection in her new BBC Four special, Can Science Make Me Perfect?.Read More
Grab a bucket, ceviche is falling from the skies!
Citizens of the Chinese coastal city Qingdao experienced a bizarre natural phenomenon this week, when a storm rained down octopi, shrimp, starfish and more aquatic sea life. The fishy weather was due to a tornadic waterspout, otherwise known as a tornado that occurs over a body of water. The high speed winds act as a vacuum, sucking up sea life, which ends up raining back down when the weather disperses.Read More
Stephen Hawking’s Voice Will Be Beamed Into Space, and Other Details from the Physicist’s Memorial Today
Westminister Abbey is holding a Service of Thanksgiving for the physicist, whose ashes will be buried in Scientist's Corner, between Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.Read More
After an employee backlash, Google will not be extending their contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.
In an announcement on Friday, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene stated that the company would not be renewing its contract on the controversial Project Maven, which provides artificial intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense for drone footage analysis. Greene cited backlash from the public and Google employees in the announcement, saying that the company would not be continuing its work on the project once their current contract expires in 2019.Read More
Oh God we're all going to die.
You would think that the killer combination of global warming, Doritos Locos tacos, and the Trump administration is sending us on a one-way ticket to the end of the world. Whelp, the nerds at MIT just asked us to hold their beer as they slammed their foot on the gas pedal. A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Killing Us All, I mean Technology have developed a psychopathic algorithm named Norman. Like Norman Bates, get it?Read More
This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "junk mail."
In lieu of protecting our elections, Facebook has decided to protect our boobies. The social networking giant launched an experimental program designed to combat the scourge of revenge porn by taking preemptive measures. The program works by assigning a digital fingerprint to nude content, which will then block the image from spreading.Read More
Barack and Michelle Obama recently landed a deal with Netflix to produce "a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features," reportedly working both in front of and behind the camera, which is a pretty unique and interesting development for a former president and first lady. Or, if you're a conservative who hates the Obamas, it may be the end of the world—or, at least, your Netflix subscription.Read More
The story around "net neutrality" has probably already given you more than your fair share of whiplash at this point. It's alive! It's dead. But not yet! But more than likely soon. But not there's one more step! After which it will probably be dead. But—! You get the point. Well, get ready for another round.Read More
This Week in NOPE
Humanity continues to barrel head-first into the robot apocalypse, with no signs of slowing down. This week, scientists at the University of Washington debuted the RoboFly, the first wireless insect-sized flying robot. RoboFly is slightly heavier than a toothpick and is powered by an invisible laser beam, which is then converted to laser energy via a tiny onboard circuit.Read More
The White House's assault on the environment continues
The Trump administration's assault on the environment continues by cutting funding for NASA’s research program that globally tracks greenhouse gases. The Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10 million-a-year project, tracks the world's flow of carbon dioxide by using satellite and aircraft instruments to measure carbon dioxide and methane levels.Read More
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords
Boston Dynamics released a video today showing off the latest version of their bipedal robot Atlas. Atlas jogs through a serene countryside and leaps over a log, and I don't want to be overly dramatic but we're all gonna fucking die.Read More
When Stephen Hawking died in March, humanity lost one of its greatest minds, but his contributions to science are far from over. Before he died, Hawking and his collaborator, Professor Thomas Hertog, submitted a paper that put forth a theory that could resolve one of the most frustrating problems in Hawking's original work on the Universe's birth in the Big Bang.Read More
"Paid prioritization" is kind of a telling phrase for how this is all going down, tbh.
When the FCC decided that it would roll back the "net neutrality" rules enacted under the Obama administration—rules aimed at preventing paid data prioritization and the blocking or throttling of data from specific sites and services—that wasn't necessarily the end of the fight. Congress could still write laws that could protect the openness of the internet, but we're not too surprised to see that the Republican-controlled legislature's ideas for doing that include undermining the entire principRead More
If this message–that women can not just exist is STEM, but thrive, surrounded by other awesome and talented women–has to come in the form of a makeup commercial, I'm all for it.Read More
Scientists Say Night Owls Have an Increased Risk of Dying Sooner, but the Joke’s on Them Because We’ve Already Embraced Death
A new study claims that people who stay up late have a "10% risk increased risk of all-cause mortality" than early risers. I mean, isn't that the point?Read More