Last week, NASA announced its scientists had found “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s moon Europa. And, just like you’d expect, the space-dork corner of the Internet whipped itself into a frenzy. Because that kind of vague statement can only mean they found aliens, right? Well, not really. But some people are still convinced, even after NASA […]


Imagine the plight of the urbangrandmother—yours, maybe, or mine. If she hada car, she surrenderedthe keys long ago. The grocery store and a bus stop are just down the block, but her knees arebothering her, so she cant walk that far. The doctors office is a few miles away. So is the senior center. Cities […]

An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the Worlds First Digital Weapon

Excerpted from Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the Worlds First Digital Weapon As the excerpt begins, it’s June 2009—a year or so since Stuxnet was first released, but still a year before the covert operation will be discovered and exposed. As Iran prepares for its presidential elections, the attackers behind Stuxnet […]

Loving Rat Owner Makes Public Plea For People To Understand His Sweet Pet

As someone that lives in the city, I’ve seen my fair share of rats (though not in my apartment, thankfully). They lurk in between subway tracks and trickle out of dumpsters, occasionally, they may even scurry by on a back street. Though touching them would likely not be the best idea, they are harmless for […]

Turning Off Your Computer Could Improve Your Spine, Skin, And Organ Health

Technology is unbelievably amazing. It allows us to get important news instantly, it helps us connect with friends that may be miles away, and it has given us more cute cat videos than we will ever know what to do with. And thanks so smartphones, all of this is also available on the go, allowing […]

Researchers Create Working Transporter, But Only Manage To Teleport Photons

Wolfgang Tittel, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary. (Riley Brandt, University of Calgary) Gene Roddenberry came up with the method of using transporters in Star Trek to transition characters from the Enterprise set to planet landscapes and cities. Landing the starship would be costly as well as time-consuming […]

Catholic Child Saint Was Murdered 300 Years Ago, Then Blinks At Tourist In Chilling Footage

The storyof Santa Inocencia, a.k.a St. Innocence, is one that dates back 300 years ago. Legend has it that Santa Inocencia’s father banned her, a young Roman girl, from practicing Catholicism. In an act of defiance, the girl secretly befriended a nun and joined the Catholic church. She took her Holy Communion and returned home […]


Past. Present. Future. In physics, they are all the same thing. But to you, me, and everyone else, time moves in one direction: from expectation, through experience, and into memory. This linearity is called the arrow of time, and some physicists believe it only progresses that waybecause humans, and other beings with similar neurological wiring, […]

High School Principal Suspends Student For Taking Photo In The Bathroom

Hazel Juco was about to wash her hands in the bathroom when she noticed something rather strange. The water was pouring out of the sink, but instead of clear and clean liquid, she noticed that the water was brown and disgusting! The student, understandably angry, snapped a photo of the brown water and uploaded it […]


*Due to an extraordinary life event, the Sifter lamentably missed his first (Friday) Shirk Report in 388 weeks (that’s 7.5 years!). I’m happy to report that all is well and we will now return to our regularly scheduled programming 🙂   Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting […]

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As American Education Collapses, Democracys Foundation Shakes

They know nothing about art. They know nothing about history. They know nothing about philosophy.”> And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night. Deeply depressed by the rise of Donald Trump and fearful for our nations future, I recently found […]

Trump Campaign Struggles to Explain Gennifer Flowers Invite

Just a day after Donald Trump threatened to rattle Hillary by bringing one of Bill’s mistresses, the Trump campaign wasn’t exactly clear if the invite was legitimate.”> Two days before the first presidential debate that could determine the trajectory of the general election, Donald Trump took to Twitter to taunt Hillary Clinton with the possibility […]

22 Real 911 Operators Reveal The Most Hilariously Stupid Call They Ever Received

1.New jeans problems Once we had a young woman call 911 around 2am saying that her legs were turning blue. Turns out she had worn a new pair of jeans to the club that night. 2.That’s not what 9-1-1 is for 6:30 Christmas morning. 9-1-1 goes off. “9-1-1. what’s your emergency?” Breathless, panicky voice “How […]

Four Months in, I Still Cant Get Enough Overwatch

No matter how many hours I log into Blizzards Overwatch, I never get tired of defending the second point on the map Hanamura. Its essentially a box; the main room in a simple, Japanese temple. There are three points of entry, one on the front, one in the right, and a pathway across the back. […]

Microsoft Bets Its Future on a Reprogrammable Computer Chip

It was December 2012, and Doug Burger was standing in front of Steve Ballmer, trying to predict the future. Ballmer, the big, bald, boisterous CEO of Microsoft, sat in the lecture room on the ground floor of Building 99, home base for the companys blue-sky R&D lab just outside Seattle. The tables curved around the […]

How to Deal With a Cat That Only Drinks From a Running Tap

christoph Niemann My cat will only drink from a running tapnot even a cat fountain. But I live in a drought-stricken state. Help? Youre familiar with the Misfits, I assume. They are iconic, the so-called horror-punk band that played hard and demonically fast while singer Glenn Danziga huge, dark creature from New Jersey with a […]

Robots: Lifesavers or Terminators?

(CNN)Machines are rapidly learning to think on their own, but will the robot revolution lead to a modern utopia — or an apocalypse? Government officials say autonomous vehicles will make transportation safer, more accessible, more efficient and cleaner and last week, the Department of Transportation released guidelines for the testing and deployment of automated vehicles, […]

Two Chatbots Have A Hilariously Shady Conversation With Each Other

Over the years, scientists have come to discover that Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it stands today isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just last week, we learned that robots aren’t always the friendliest to their human counterparts, but what happens when you leave two AI bots in the same room?

This Is An Internet Article About How Arnold From Hey Arnold! Would Be A Republican And Theres Nothing You Can Do To Stop Me

All right, listen up, idiots. This is an internet article about how Arnold from the 90s Nickelodeon cartoon Hey Arnold! would be a Republican. You may not like it, but quite frankly, youre utterly powerless to do anything about it. So just sit down and be quiet, because the fact of the matter is that […]

Weezer’s Pinkerton and the invention of the manic pixie dream boys

The LP laid the blueprint for emo and became a curse for a band whose fans never really forgave them for not following up their confessional masterpiece For Rivers Cuomo, Pinkerton Weezers second album was like getting too drunk at a party. Even five years after its 1996 release, the bands frontman still had a […]

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Anita Sarkeesian on Life After Gamergate: I Want to Be a Human Again

The outspoken feminist vlogger discusses her new internet series Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History, the harassment of Leslie Jones, and more. “> I want freedom, the right to self-expression, turn-of-the-century activist Emma Goldman once said when a man chided her for dancing. Everybodys right to beautiful, radiant things. Those words, from a woman once […]

Pickup Artists Preyed on Drunk Women, Brought Them Home, and Raped Them

How a San Diego woman discovered details of her rape on a pickup-artist blogand fought to bring her attackers to justice.”> *Warningthe following article contains a graphic depiction of a rape. Alex Smith and Jonas Dick considered themselves part of the elite. The two men were instructors in the community of pickup artistsmen who obsessively […]


Out there on the internet, there is an Instagram page called “Paperback Paradise.” The page takes old classic children’s books with bizarre covers and gives them bizarre titles to match. These are really quite hilarious. Like this book with a spaceship shooting a Pterodactylus: $2 #books A photo posted by @paperbackparadise on Sep 2, 2016 […]


I have zero virtual-reality skills. I dont know how to work in Unity, the graphics software engine often used to make immersive worlds. I have little sense for 3-D design. But I have a secret weapon: A-Frame, an easy-to-use language released by Mozilla last winter. Based on HTML, it lets anyone quickly type commands that […]

Gender pay gap to remain until 2069, report says – BBC News

This compares with 9% less across all other industries. Career paths Among those professions with the most pronounced difference was health care, where women earned 24,000 on average in graduate starting salaries, compared with 28,000 for men – a difference of 14%, the report said. But the Deloitte report showed there was no pay gap […]


This yearhas been the year of women. Weve got our girl Hillary in the running to be the first-ever female president of the United States, the US womens gymnastics team stole the gold with a kickass performance and Sheryl Sandberg continues to dominate the tech industry, along with her nonprofit organizationLean In. These women are […]

Snapchats Wild New Specs Wont Share Google Glasss Fate

There are two important new things to know about Snapchat. First, its just Snap now. Thats easy enough. The second may be a little bit harder to process: The ephemeral chat mavens will sell video-grabbing sunglasses, called Spectacles, starting this fall. Spectacles (Specs, for short) were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which detailed […]

William and Kate begin tour of Canada – BBC News

On their eight-day visit they will have about 30 official engagements, in which they will pay tribute to veterans of the Afghanistan conflict, visit pregnant women struggling with addiction, and meet First Nations communities, as well as Canada’s prime minister and his family. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trudeau and his wife Sophie have […]

Dont Panic! Why Hillary Clinton Is Still Going to Win

Yes, the polls have tightened. But polls dont matter. Targeting does. And on that front, Clinton is light years ahead of Trump.”> My friends are scared to death by the closing of the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and by the talk that young people wont vote because of the so-called enthusiasm gap. […]


Plenty of hacking targets hit the news in recent days, including Tesla and Cisco, as we recount in our roundup below. But it’s a fair bet that no one’s week was as badly ruined by hackers as Yahoo’s. The web giant revealed that it had been the victim of a state-sponsored hacker attack in 2014 […]


Alex Sifakis never raised this much money this fast. The house flipper from Jacksonville, Florida, crowdfunded nine deals totaling more than $9 million through RealtyShares over the last two and a half years. A July deal for $1 million took him just 12 hours. Generally, raising money takes so much time, said Sifakis, 33. This offers […]

Election Profit Makers: The Woman Behind 2015s Breakout Podcast Returns to Tackle 2016

Mystery Show show host Starlee Kine has finally emerged after a long disappearance with a new podcast about gambling on the election.”> The woman who made one of most popular podcasts in the world has ended her sabbatical in the most obvious way: Shes now producing (and sometimes guest starring in) a separate podcast about […]

Caterpillar Holding Blade Of Grass Sparks Photoshop Battle

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This Mysterious Tweet Was Posted From Murdered Womans Twitter After Police Already Found Her Dismembered Body

Police are currently investigating the tragic murder ofJacqueline Vandagriff, whose body was found in a Texas park by firefighters last week. The strange part of the case, however, is not just the grislymurder itself, but also the social media activity on her account…after her death. Roughly a day after her badly mutilated body was found […]


When Hillary Clinton seemed to collapse while getting helped into the back of a black van earlier this month, Jane Orient, a physician in Tucson, Arizona, says it felt like a vindication. In early August, she’d published an op-ed on the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons’ website questioning whether Clinton has a traumatic brain […]

Google Deepmind: Should patients trust the company with their data? – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The records shared by the Royal Free go back over the past five years and include full names That led to some pretty negative headlines and questions from some of the patients involved as to why they had not been informed their data was being used in this way. […]

We Might Have Gotten a Little Carried Away With Physics This Time

One of the most basic things students do in a physics lab is to collect data and use that to build a model. Most of these models come in the form of a mathematical function. But here is the problem. For some reasons, students dislike representing these functions graphically. They are afraid to embrace the […]

Evo Is a Little Robot With a Big Mission: Get Girls to Code

When his daughters were young, Nader Hamda says, they were really into apps and computers. But now that they’re a little older, their interest is waning. And that’s not unusual. They’re not an exception,” he says. “Theyre more of a rule.” Sadly, this is true. According to numerous studies, young girls are moving away from […]


If you’re wondering why on Earth Salesforce might want to buy Twitter, Vala Afshar, the enterprise company’s “chief digital evangelist,” hasa few reasons. Why @twitter? 1 personal learning network 2 the best realtime, context rich news 3 democratize intelligence 4 great place to promote others Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) September 23, 2016 Afshar quickly addedthat he […]


General Electric Co.s credit rating was cut by S&P Global Ratings on concern that the industrial giant may add debt to support future acquisitions. The long-term corporate rating for GE and GE Capital Global Holdings LLC was reduced to AA- from AA+, S&P said Friday in a statement. It said GEs outlook is stable. We […]


Nvidia Corp., a maker of graphics chips frozen out of Apple Inc. computers, has posted job listings that indicate a better relationship with the worlds most valuable technology company. Current Mac computers feature graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Nvidia, which is the leading manufacturer of high-end graphics chips used in gaming machines, hasnt […]

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of theSimons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public […]

Pitcher Collapses After Losing Final Game, Then His Opponent Lifts Him Up

If you’ve ever played a sport, either as an adult or in your youth, you’re probably familiar with the dreaded, sinking feeling that comes with losing. Knowing how to lose is just as important as knowing how to play. But the feeling is even worse when you lose a very important game, like a tournament […]

‘Below Deck’ Collaborative Recap: #StopWhitePeople2016

So glad Bravo decided to rehash The Great Toast Debate of last episode, but not The Great Tattoo Fiasco. Priorities, get some. For a second I thought Nico had Trevors bunk rigged with a spy cam and was watching him sleep. Whoops!! Like sorry but I couldnt give less of a fuck about Nicos side […]

Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Near Billionaire Secretly Funding Trumps Meme Machine

Palmer Luckeyfounder of Oculusis funding a Trump group that circulates dirty memes about Hillary Clinton.”> A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to shitposting and circulating Internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey financially backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America, a self-described social welfare […]

What next in the cringe-orama of name fusion? Let it go with Brangelina | Peter Bradshaw

Let us hope Angelina Jolies split from Brad Pitt kills off the fashion for celebrity name fusion before Shakepeares lovers become Antoptra or Ruliet Does #Brexelina. #Hiddleswift became Bennifer: they split in 2004, two years before #Aspoatra. Or in Verona it would be #Ruliet and then possibly #Ruliex. It is a mark of the respect […]

The Brangelina Splits French Connection: How Angelina Jolie Works the Press

The Jolie-Pitts time in France provides a fascinating glimpse into how Angelina Jolie has mastered the art of manipulating the tabloids. “> NICE, France France givethand France taketh awayat least if youre Angelina Jolie. Forget Jennifer Aniston. Nothing defined Brangelina more than their love affair with France, especially the south of France, during their 12-year […]

What it was like to work on a film with Stephen Hawking

When I pitched the idea of a documentary about his five favorite places in the universe Stephen Hawking said yes, but his response contained a surprise What if Stephen Hawking could go anywhere and see anything? Where would he go, and what would he say about it? Thats the premise of Stephen Hawkings Favorite Places, […]

The Greatest Shipwrecks Still Out There

Just this week, explorers made history by discovering the remains of the HMS Terror, one of the ships on the ill-fated voyage of Sir John Franklin. So just how many more history-making wrecks are still waiting?”> Its estimated that, beneath Earths waters, 3 million undiscovered shipwrecks exist. And right now, all across the planet, the […]

Ig Nobel win for Alpine ‘goat man’ – BBC News

And nearly all of the science gets published in peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. It is unlikely, though, that the German carmaker Volkswagen will appreciate the point or humour of the Ig Nobels. The firm has been awarded the chemistry prize for the way it cheated emissions tests. Image copyright IG NOBELS Image caption A time of […]

Round up: Winners of the 2016 MacArthur Genius Awards

Need help fueling your inferiority complex? Check out the 2016 MacArthur Geniuses.”> The 23 MacArthur Genius Grant Winners for 2016 were announced on Thursday and already were all feeling a bit inferior. This years winners include playwrights, art historians, graphic novelists, microbiologists, bioengineers, computer scientists, and a financial services innovator. One of the nations largest […]

Ig Nobel prizes: trousers for rats and the truthfulness of liars

Nobel winning scientists gather for 26th straight year to award the most absurd, strange and curious research of the year Investigations into rats wearing pants, the personalities of rocks and the truthfulness of 1,000 liars won Ig Nobel prizes on Thursday night at Harvard, where Nobel-winning scientists gathered to honor the strangest research of the […]


Theres a very important piece of research out about dark matter in galaxies that is not getting the attention it deserves. A team of scientists has found that the peculiar rotation rate of galaxies, long thought to be indirect evidence for dark matter, may not be the smoking gun we have been looking for. The […]


The last few weeks have been dominated by news about Suicide Squad and the upcoming Batman standalone movie—in other words, DC stuff. Well if this week’s batch of rumors and interviews are anything to go by, the Internet has now turned its attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And we don’t just mean this November’s […]


Schrdingers Cat is probably the most famous quantum mechanical idea, but the science behind it can also be used in actual experiments, such as filming the detailed behavior of molecules. Scientists from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have put iodine molecules in two states at once, excited and unexciteddubbed a “cat state”and used X-rays from […]

Scientists launched a robot-judged beauty contest. What could go wrong? A lot.

“Computer computer, on my screen what’s the fairest face you’ve ever seen?” Presumably, that’s what the folks at Youth Laboratories were thinking when they launched Beauty.AI, the world’s first international beauty contest judged entirely by an advanced artificial intelligence system. More than 600,000 people from across the world entered the contest, which was open to […]

Tech Giants Team Up to Fix Typographys Biggest Problem

Fonts have a serious imageproblem. A font that looks great on your Mac might look bloated on moms Chromebook or blockyon afriends Nexus 6. Send thema funny listicle and they might never find out why No. 11 will amaze them, because the type is such anightmare they don’t bother reading. Variable fonts solve this by […]

Back to School for 43-year-old JPMorgan Banker as Koreans Flee Finance

It isnt easy quitting a lucrative job at JPMorgan Chase & Co. to become a middle-aged college freshman. David Lim mulled the idea for seven years before he finally left the banks South Korea unit in February, heading back to school to start a new career as a physical therapist. For the 43-year-old father of […]


Murder! A cult obsessed with aliens purging humankind from the face of the Earth! Complex scientific theories! Youd think this would (ahem, mostly) make for excellent book club fodder, but were only starting to piece things together in Liu Cixins dynamic, interstellar novel. This much is clear, though: Things are about to go down as […]


Yahoos data theft — involving about half the companys 1 billion users — is no joke. At a time of increasing breach fatigue, when big data exposures sometimes elicit little more than a yawn, this incident sets a new bar for massive leaks of account information. The Account Key, which links the Yahoo mobile app […]


Yahoo! Inc. said the personal information of at least 500 million users was stolen in an attack on its accounts in 2014, exposing a wide swath of its roughly 1 billion users ahead of Verizon Communications Inc.s planned acquisition of the web portals assets. The attacker was a state-sponsored actor, and stolen information may include […]

The 10 Childhood Crushes Every Betch Had Growing Up

Your betchhood was rich with many things like money and attention, but one thing was always constant: boys. You were boy crazy from the very first mandatory (boring) Valentine you ever received. Years of being boy crazy meant your crush game was strong. Sure, kids these days have the internet and vapes, but our childhood […]

This group found a simple way to get messages from homeless people to their families.

Kevin Adler’s uncle, Mark, was always a very family-oriented person. He remembered everyone’s birthday and gave thoughtful gifts. One year, he gave Kevin an eagle bandana because Adler means “eagle” in German. Mark also had mental health problems throughout his life. He was schizophrenic and often in and out of homelessness. 10 years after his […]

27 Questions To Ask Yourself When Youre Wondering If Hes A Millennial

1. Is his Murray Hill apartment co-signed by his parents? 2. Do he have his parents credit card on him just in case? 3. Has he gushed about the new brunch place he just went to? 4. Was said brunch place actually an abandoned dumpster in a rat-infested alleyway behind a Whole Foods in Brooklyn? […]

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan aim to ‘cure, prevent and manage’ all disease

Couple plans to invest $3bn over next decade to help scientists develop and utilise tools such as artificial intelligence and blood monitors to treat illnesses Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have laid out plans to invest $3bn over the next 10 years with the not insignificant goal of tackling all diseases. Can we […]

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Cancer is a terrible disease, and creating cures for the different types is one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing. But humanity wont go at it alone anymore, as according to Microsoft computers are going to play a crucial role in this battle. The software giant has started four new projects to revolutionize how […]


When I read WIRED’s About Gary Johnson (@GovGaryJohnson) is a two-term Republican governor of New Mexico and the Libertarian Party candidate for president. His running mate is former Massachusetts Republican Governor Bill Weld. Look, I get it: You’re afraid of Donald Trump. He represents a perverse strain of Americas protectionist, nativist past. But for political […]

Are universities secretly sexist? – BBC News

“There is a need to be pro-active, otherwise it will never happen,” she says. Women-only jobs The UN identifies 10 “impact champions” trying to resolve this gender gap – including Paul Boyle, vice chancellor of Leicester University. Prof Boyle has a target for a 1.5% increase each year in women professors, with the aim of […]

Sick Kids Prove Cancer Wont Beat Them With Tearjerking Music Video

September is childhood cancer awareness month. So, much like everyone should, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance decided to do something special for the little fighters. If you haven’t already heard “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, or seen the 16-year-old cancer survivor Calysta Bevierget the golden buzzer after belting it out on America’s Got Talent, then it’s […]


Researchers from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a device thatthey say can read peoples emotions without the need for them to say or do anything. Such a capability opens up a range of possible applications, and the inventors are already envisioning its use […]

Scientist Have Discovered An “Impossible” Ice Cloud On Titan

Scientists at NASA have discovered a strange new feature on Titan that doesnt fit in with our current understanding of this moon of Saturn. It does, though, point to this world being even more Earth-like than we thought. What the scientists discovered, using the composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) on the Cassini spacecraft, was a cloud […]

Rude Driver Leaves Car Parked In Disabled Spot, Then Neighbors Teach Him A Lesson

People who illegally park in handicapped parking spots can pose serious dangers to those who are actually living with disabilities and need those spots. That’s why it seems the internet loves nothing more than seeing rude drivers get what they deserve in the hopes they’ll learn a valuable lesson. The following video comes to us […]

Zuckerberg, Chan Start $3 Billion Initiative to Cure Disease

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are pledging to spend more than $3 billion over the next decade to work on curing diseases. Can we work together to cure, prevent or manage all disease within our childrens lifetime? Chan said Wednesday onstage at an event in San Francisco for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Mark […]


Fifty-two hours and three minutes after Brett Maune left the starting line of the 2012 Barkley Marathons, he returned to that same spot and placed his hand on the finish line: a yellow State Park gate. Briars had shredded his legs. He was dirty and disheveled, his hydration pack hanging off one shoulder, an empty […]

Be Polite: Slide A Coaster Under These Toads

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 13 other schools said they would offer online graduate-level courses for free, open to all. Students who finish the program, dubbed the “MicroMasters,” and pass the final exams can get certificates of completion for about $1,000. If they want to go still further, they’ll have a leg up in applying for regular admission to complete a […]


To get a look at sciences coolest experiments, you have to dive to the bottom of the ocean, spelunk in an abandoned mine shaft, or trek to the frozen Antarctic. Thats where youll find huge networks of sensors and cameras, quietly waiting to catch a glimpse of an elusive neutrino as it hurtles through the […]

If Youre In A Big Rush, All You Need To Know Is Some Guy Set Up A GoFundMe

So, heres something that will restore your faith in humanity. The full story is incredibly inspiring, but if you only have a few minutes, all you need to know is that some guy set up a GoFundMe. In a hurry? No worries. You can safely bail right here and feel confident that youve got most […]

Google Allo: The Super-Smart Future of Messaging Is Kind of an Idiot Sometimes

The first thing that happened when I downloaded Allo, only a few seconds after I had given Google’s new messaging app my phone number and snapped a selfie for my profile pic, is I got a cheery message from a new friend. “Hi David Pierce!” it said, in white letters on a blue bubbly background. […]

A quick and easy guide to the differences between Skittles and refugees.

On Sept. 19, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a picture of a bowl of skittles that sent the Internet spiraling. Some people looked at the image and saw Syrian refugees. Others looked at the meme and were like, “Wait, what? Those are clearly a bowl of fruit-flavored candy.” This image says it all. Let’s end […]


The push for web encryption, or HTTPS, is a crucial, attainable step inimproving the Internet’s privacy and security. And ideally, we’dencrypt the entire web, as someorganizations are trying to do. But upgrading the whole Internet is complicated, and adding encryption isn’t justan on-or-off switch. Some encrypted sites are faster and more efficient than others. Some […]


Internet fast lanes aren’t something everyone can agree on. Some people believe they are evil. They embraceanelusive concept called network neutrality, and don’t want Internet providers like Comcast and Verizon givingpreferential treatment to the likes of YouTube or Spotify. That, they say, will stifle innovation and concentratepower in the hands a few very rich companies. […]

Googles New Vacation App Was 280 Years in the Making

Kaliningrad is a Russian seaport named for a Soviet revolutionary. It sits near the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania, and it’s a place where pre-Putin Russian leaders would occasionally threaten to install nuclear missiles. But in the 18th century, it was a city called Knigsberg in the German kingdom of Prussia. And it was […]


As Obama delivered his final UN General Assembly speech to a world on the precipice of collapse Tuesday morning, news broke that rocked the Internet and sent its users into simultaneous fits of knee-hugging weepery. Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Hollywood super-hunk Brad Pitt. Of course, the lamestream media, as it is wont to […]


Scientists in Canada, US, and China have broken a new record in quantum teleportation, sending a quantum state of a particle several kilometersovera normal metropolitan fiber optic cable. Two independent studies on the research were published in Nature Photonics (see the abstractshere and here), and provide two different but complementary approaches to the creation of […]


The words mass surveillance usually bring to mindwiretaps, security cameras, and the NSA hoovering unfathomable quantities of cellphone metadata and Internet activity. Few pause to consider the physical aspect of that last type of data collection: The governmenttapshundreds of cables that snake across the ocean floor, carrying data around the world. Artist Trevor Paglen reveals […]

Found This In My Physics Text Book…

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Alipay got its start in 2004 as a way for the customers of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to more easily buy goods online. Now the businesss parent company may be worth $75 billion, or more than Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Thats the conclusion of Elinor Leung, the head of telecom and Internet research at CLSA […]

From Physics With Love: James Bond Cocktail Tricks

The old James Bond movieFrom Russia With Lovefeatures one of my favorite physics demos. Here is the non-spoiler version: 007is being all cool and stuff and meeting with this dude in Turkey (I think it’s Turkey). The dude has someonebring coffee into the meeting, then Blam! Physics. The demo is the swinging drink tray. How […]

Donald Trump Jr. Compared Syrian Refugees to Poisoned Skittles

Washington (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles. Seeking to promote his father’s presidential campaign, the younger Trump posted a tweet featuring a bowl of the candy Skittles with a warning. “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you […]


The Obama administrations proposed guidelines for self-driving cars, to be formally unveiled Tuesday, include 15 benchmarks automakers will need to meet before their autonomous vehicles can hit the road. The automakers will have to show how their virtual drivers will function, what happens if they fail and how theyve been tested, according to a preview […]

5 Rare Songbirds That Might Appear In My Yard If My Bastard Neighbor Ever Stops Chugging Their Feeders Dry

When my job moved me to Florida, I couldnt wait to see beautiful birds in my yard. Three months in, I havent seen so much as a bird dropping, and its all because of the woman living next door. In no particular order, here are five rare songbirds that might appear in my yard if […]

5 Worlds Elon Musk Could Colonize In The Solar System

Last week, Elon Musk caused a bit of a stir when he suggested that his upcoming plan to colonize Mars which we should be hearing more about next week might not just stop at the Red Planet. Musk has long been working on something called the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT), a mysterious proposal to take […]

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Were The Least Watched In TV History! Despite All THESE Great Moments

Must have had a bad reception… The In fact, ABC‘s 2016 broadcast was actually the least watched Emmys… EVER!!! According to Nielsen, only 11.3 million viewers watched Veep and Game of Thrones win big at El Lay’s Microsoft Theater over the weekend — down from 2015’s 11.87 million. Anything over 10 million is still impressive […]

Debate Commish to Millions of Americans: Screw You

Weve got the two most unpopular major-party candidates ever. So what does the Commission on Presidential Debates do? Tighten the rules even more!”> We live in an almost stupefying world of proliferating choices and options that reflect and express our most important and our most banal impulses. On Facebook, we can choose from 50-something gender […]

Leslie Jones had the best Emmys moment when she refused to let Twitter haters shame her.

It’s usually one of the more forgettable moments in any awards broadcast: the segment when accountants explain how they’ve tabulated the votes. If you’ve watched a televised awards show anytime in the last couple of decades, you probably know the moment I’m talking about. The accountants come out on stage for a few minutes. Then […]

The Award for Awards Show That Actually Got It Right Goes tothe Emmys

Rami Malek said it better than anyone: “Please tell me you’re seeing this, too.” It was a reference to his Mr. Robot character Elliot’s tenuous grip on reality, but as he stood there accepting his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, it was also the phrase so many viewers had to be […]