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Truth vs Reality: How we evolved to survive, not to see what’s really there

Galileo was quite controversial, in part, because he argued that Earth moved around the sun, despite people's senses deluding them that the world was static. Evolution may have primed us to see the world in terms of payoffs rather than absolute reality — this has actually helped us survive. Those who win payoffs are more likely to pass on their genes, which encode these strategies to get to the "next level" of life. It's important to listen to people's objections because they may bring something...
Tags: Science, Evolution, Physics, Sight, Senses, Virtual reality, Donald hoffman


What Will the Internet Look Like in 2030?

Something has happened to our sense of the future. In old movies or TV shows, the future was often depicted as a wholly alien world, a barely recognizable landscape of flying cars, and out of control clones. On a show like Black Mirror, by contrast, the future often looks a lot like the present, but with…Read more...
Tags: Internet, Technology, Future, Predictions, 2030


Amazon Found to Be Selling Loads of Expired and Inedible Food

The everything store appears to have a serious expired foods problem.
Tags: Prime For What, Amazon, Food


Monday's Best Deals: Instant Pot Smart, TRTL Travel Pillow, Halloween Candy, and More

An Instant Pot with WiFi, a Trtl Travel Pillow, and a Halloween Candy Gold Box lead off Monday’s best deals from around the web.Read more...
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Scientists create ‘artificial skin’ that could make smartphones ticklish

Scientists have developed an “artificial skin” that they say can wrap around devices such as smartphones and make them ticklish.The prototype, which has been designed to look like and mimic human skin, responds to different forms of human contact such as tickling, caressing and pinching.


Microsoft and AMD's Surface Laptop 3 Is Something Special

The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 might be one of the most portable 15-inch devices I’ve ever used. It’s thin, it weighs just 3.4 pounds, it has a big 15-inch display, and somehow it manages to be pretty powerful to boot. I’ve rarely used a laptop this big that feels so small when transported from home to office, or even…Read more...
Tags: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Review, Reviews, Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft, Amd


Could Protein Spun Like Cotton Candy Make Lab-Grown Steak Possible?

Synthetic meat products might come even closer to the texture of slaughtered meats with the help of what are essentially modified cotton candy machines.Read more...
Tags: Lab Grown Meat, Meat, Cultured Meat, Science, Food Science, Biology, Synthetic Biology, Food


A psychotherapist explains why some adults react badly to young climate strikers

Young climate strikers I spoke to recently are confused and distressed about the things adults are doing. It’s not just inaction during the worsening climate crisis that bothers them, but the increasingly bizarre criticism many older people throw at striking schoolchildren, in the media and elsewhere. In the absence of any meaningful attempts to restrain global carbon emissions, the direct action of young people should, logically, be applauded. But maybe we’re not dealing with an entirely logica...
Tags: Startups, Science, Syndication


World's Loudest Bird Shrieks Directly Into Potential Mates' Faces

This candidate for the loudest bird in the world screams from the treetops with chainsaw volume, directly into the ear of a potential mate.Read more...
Tags: Birdmodo, Bellbird, Birds, White Bellbird, Loudest Bird, Biology


Google Says It Will Fix Pixel 4's Face Unlock Fail 'in the Coming Months'

On the new Pixel 4, Google opted to replace the traditional fingerprint sensor used on its previous handsets for an iPhone-like face unlock system featuring a sophisticated infrared 3D dot projector. However, unlike the iPhone, the Pixel 4's face unlock works even if a person’s eyes are closed, which is a potential…Read more...
Tags: Pixel 4 Eye Detection Coming Soon, Pixel 4, Smartphones, Android, Face Unlock, Facial Recognition


Twitch "Watch Parties" Let Me Stream Movies to the Viewers I Don't Have

Ever since Amazon bought Twitch for a cool $970 million back in 2014, it seemed inevitable that eventually its catalog of movies and shows would make their way onto the streaming platform for live viewing get-togethers. It may have taken a hot minute, but Twitch finally began testing a “Watch Parties” feature this…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Streaming, Prime, Twitch, Jk I Use Mixer


Poe Dameron Tries to Recruit an Old Friend in This Exclusive Resistance Reborn Excerpt

After the events of The Last Jedi, Star Wars’ latest hotshot pilot hero Poe Dameron has been knocked all the way back on his ass—not just by the First Order’s shattering of the Resistance fleet, but by harsh lessons learned about his own pride. But now that the Resistance needs allies old and new, has Poe really taken…Read more...
Tags: Exclusive, Resistance Reborn, Book Excerpt, Star Wars, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker, Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata, Del Rey, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm, Disney


Your Google Home and Alexa Can Be Used to Eavesdrop and Phish For Your Passwords

It’s no secret that smart speakers are listening in on you despite the excuses that manufacturers make. But while you may have thought it was just Google and Amazon listening in, security researchers have found Alexa and Google Assistant speakers can be manipulated by hackers to eavesdrop and phish for your passwords.Read more...
Tags: Theyre Always Listening, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Alexa, Google Assistant, Google, Amazon, Voice Assistants


2019 Had the Smallest Ozone Hole on Record, No Thanks to Us

In 2019, good news is in short supply, let alone news showing we can actually solve a pressing global problem. So folks, savor this: The ozone hole hit its smallest maximum extent ever recorded. It just, uh, comes with a tiny caveat.Read more...
Tags: Ozone Hole, Weather, Ozone


Reorganize Your Entire Kitchen With This $30 YAMAZAKI Magnetic Rack

YAMAZAKI Magnetic Kitchen Organization Rack | $30 | AmazonRead more...
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Finally Get An Instant Pot, Or Accessorize the One You Already Own, With a Bunch of Great Deals

Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi | $100 | AmazonRead more...
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Scientists Debut Precise New Gene-Editing Technique That Overcomes Some of CRISPR's Problems

Scientists have created a new gene-editing technique that overcomes some of the biggest drawbacks of the popular gene-editing tool CRISPR.Read more...
Tags: Gene Editing, The Broad Institute, Science, Biology, Crispr, Dna


These Roadside Markers Have a Futuristic Climate Twist

A New England artist is communicating local impacts of climate change using science, location, and a little bit of hope. Thomas Starr has placed plaques throughout Essex, Massachusetts, and Durham, New Hampshire as part of his new project “Remembrance of Climate Futures” to show the changes that’ll roll through these…
Tags: Climate Art, New England, Art, Thomas Starr


Here's A New, Appropriately Gruesome Look at Vin Diesel in Bloodshot

Blood. Shot. You know, those two words together conjure up an image. So, when scrolling down, you can probably imagine what you’re going to see. Read more...
Tags: Bloodshot, Vin Diesel, Valiant Entertainment, Comic Book Films


Researchers Taught Autonomous Camera Drones to Film Like a Hollywood Director

Skydio was one of the first companies to create a flying drone that can autonomously track, follow, and frame the action, but it was more concerned about not crashing than aesthetics. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are taking the idea one step further by teaching camera drones how to not only fly safely but…Read more...
Tags: Drones, Research, Carnegie Mellon University, Autonomous, Quadcopters


Female spacewalking duo uplifted by excitement below

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth. International Space Station resident Jessica Meir (mere) said Monday that when she floated outside last week, she wasn’t thinking about whether she was going out with a man or woman […]
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The 10 Best Deals of October 21, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
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Black Adam Movie Updates, Crisis on Infinite Earths Teases, and More

John Boyega has joined a new sci-fi caper at Netflix. The Doctor Strange sequel may have found a writer. Patton Oswalt has a mystery part to play in The Boys’ return. Filming is about to begin on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Plus, what’s to come on Supernatural, Supergirl, and Batwoman, and Riverdale gets…Read more...
Tags: Crisis On Infinite Earths, The Walking Dead, Black Adam, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Ghostbusters 2020, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, They Cloned Tyrone, Red Dwarf, The Boys, Jojo Rabbit, Evil, Falling To Earth, Supergirl, Batwoman, Supernatural, Riverdale


Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet. Scientists looked at 33 El Ninos since 1901. This natural weather phenomenon is the warming of equatorial Pacific that triggers weather extremes across the globe. Since the 1970s, scientists have […]
Tags: Nation, Nation & World, Science, Weather


Accessorize Your Apple Watch With a $6 Milanese Loop Band

Whether you’re getting a brand new Apple Watch today, or just want to accessorize your old one, this Milanese loop band is a great deal at $6-$7 (depending on the size/color), with promo code SSBZ7IR8. Read more...
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The Next Into the Dark Holiday Extravaganza Is a Disastrous Thanksgiving LARP

Maybe just don’t dress up as a pilgrim. It’s not ever going to go well. Read more...
Tags: Science, Horror, Hulu, Pilgrim, Blumhouse, Marcus Dunstan, Into the Dark, Into The Dark Pilgrim


Sunday's Best Deals: REI Outlet, Weighted Blankets, Omega Juicer, and More

An REI Outlet sale, a discounted Omega juicer, and a marked-down Ring Alarm Home Security System lead off Sunday’s best deals from around the web.Read more...
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The Pixel 4 Wins by Being More Human

Some phones look to impress with an abundance of tech, while others promise simplicity and a tightly knit ecosystem. But when it comes to Pixel phones, Google leans on its expertise in software. Last year, it felt like things finally came together on the Pixel 3 thanks to features like Night Sight, Call Screen, Now…Read more...
Tags: Google Pixel 4 Review, Pixel 4, Reviews, Android, Smartphones, Android 10, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Review


DOJ Rule Gives Green Light to Collect DNA from Asylum-Seekers and Detained Migrants

The Department of Justice released an amended regulation on Monday that allows the Trump administration to lay the groundwork for a sweeping new policy requiring DNA collection for nearly all migrants who are held temporarily or for an extended period of time in federal immigration custody, so that information can be…Read more...
Tags: Ice, Immigration, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Dna


Big meanies use science to debunk the Loch Ness Monster myth

Scientists claim to have finally found a “plausible theory” for sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. She’s not an aquatic reptile left over from the Jurassic era or a circus elephant that got in the water to bathe with her trunk aloft. If Nessie ever existed at all, she was most likely a giant eel, according to a new scientific survey of the loch. Starting with an Irish missionary’s report of a monster in the River Ness in 565AD, repeated sightings in the modern era have kept Scotland’s greatest ...
Tags: Science, Syndication, World