Fears about what will become of scientific investigation under the Trump administration is nothing new, but a report from the Department of Energy yesterday seemingly confirmed our fears, followed by some full-blown climate change censorship.Read More
TIME's neat feature lets you see what the Solar eclipse will look like from different zip codes around the United States.Read More
The story of a memo circulating within Google continues to unfold, with the author now filing a complaint for being fired and giving an interview to an anti-feminist, right-wing YouTuber who's said some eyebrow-raising things at a men's rights conference about how women are to blame for men's violence. You know, in case you were tempted to believe the articles going around about how the memo wasn't thinly-veiled sexism in itself.Read More
The FCC, under Trump-appointed Chairman Ajit Pai, has been looking to roll back protections on net neutrality intended to make internet service providers treat all services fairly and equally. They've done that with a lot of disingenuous talk about regulations that are simpler for customers to understand and making everyone play by the same rules, and now some U.S. Senators and Representatives have sent the FCC a letter explaining that they're not buying it.Read More
B3tTer l4Te th@n neV3r!
People are bad at passwords, and while that would certainly be true regardless of what Bill Burr wrote, his suggestions on making passwords secure contributed to the problem. You may not know who Burr is, but you've certainly encountered his guidelines in all those requirements for special characters and numbers that make your password difficult to remember. Much like you, he regrets the effect they've had on passwords, although maybe for slightly different reasons.Read More
Over the weekend, a manifesto of sorts that was circulating within Google made big news with its gripes about how the company's diversity initiatives are actually harmful and discriminatory—I'll give you one guess as to who that'd be against. The author, despite furthering harmful stereotypes and misconceptions of biology, pleaded for an "honest discussion." There's just one problem: We already know how that discussion goes.Read More
A Google engineer's "manifesto"—shared internally—went viral within the company and kicked the Internet into a frenzy. Now, measured and brilliant pushbacks are pouring in, and this one is my favorite.Read More
So is the application process a Last Starfighter situation or ... ?
You know the kind of sci-fi movie where you're staring at the screen in disbelief not because of the amazement of how far special effects have come, but because some bonehead is getting a little too comfortable with a seemingly harmless specimen from an alien world, and you just know it's about to sprout some gnarly teeth and gnaw some faces off? Yeah, NASA's seen those, too, which is why they have a "planetary protection officer" job opening.Read More
In an artificial intelligence (AI) experiment at Facebook, two AIs began chatting to each other in a more efficient version of English that the human researchers couldn't decipher. Let the plot to overthrow humanity begin!Read More
Truly instilling us with confidence.
The FCC, led by Trump appointee Ajit Pai, is still on its crusade to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules in the name of doing what's best for the internet, but the FCC's information policies haven't been nearly as transparent as their lies. They're now being sued for breaking the Freedom of Information Act with respect to records about net neutrality, which is certainly a reassuring respect for accountability from an agency that now thinks looser regulations are the answer.Read More
After being denied their visas twice, a six-girl robotics team from Afghanistan was awarded the Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli Award for Courageous Achievement at an international robotics competition.Read More
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman and first Iranian to be awarded the Fields Medal, has passed away at the age of 40 from breast cancer.Read More
After public outcry ensued when they were initially denied their visas, the all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan has been granted parole to enter the U.S. and compete in the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.Read More
Trillion Ton Iceberg Breaks Off of Antarctic Shelf, Prompting (Even More) Discussion About Climate Change
A massive chunk of ice just broke off of one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica. The chunk is roughly the size of Delaware (or twice the size of Luxembourg), and weighs about a trillion tons.Read More
Among the many horrible things worth worrying about in politics right now, including the potential ruination of health care, the FCC is still moving towards reversing President Obama-era rules on net neutrality. Whether for altruistic reasons or out of self interest—or likely both—many entities across the web will be making a show of their support for actual net neutrality, rather than what the current FCC is peddling.Read More
The Newberry Library in Chicago is inviting nerds across the world to help them live out a horror movie plot by transcribing a bunch of early modern texts that "deal with magic—from casting charms to conjuring spirits."Read More
In "Antisocial Coding: My Year At Github," Coraline Ada Ehmke recalls her time of employment at the company's Community & Safety team.Read More
It was pretty easy to see that pulling out of the Paris Agreement on climate change was a boneheaded move when the only other nations not involved were out for unrelated reasons or because they didn't think it was strict enough. But Trump's promises being bad ideas has never stopped him from keeping them before, and he pulled the U.S. out of the agreement to the dismay of people around the world—including Stephen Hawking.Read More
"Oh, so you think space is pretty? Are you willing to remove your appendix and gallbladder for it? To just go temporarily blind because of your body fluids moving during weightlessness?"Read More
Do you feel safer yet?
A team of six girls from Afghanistan has been denied travel visas to the United States, where they were hoping to compete in an international robotics competition.Read More