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The Internet Blackout for Net Neutrality Is Coming and You Can Help

It’s that time again. It’s time to break the internet in order to raise awareness about net neutrality. The FCC vote to repeal Title II protections is on Thursday, and web-based protests are kicking off in response. Some of the biggest pioneers of tech jumped in on Monday to give the protests a bump, but the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Break The Internet, Blackout, Ajit Pai, Fight for the Future, Pioneers For Net Neutrality


Explosion In Major NYC Bus Terminal, 'Looks Like A Pipe Bomb,' NYPD Says (UPDATE: One In Custody, Four Injured)

New York Police have a male suspect in custody after an explosion Monday morning in the subways below the Port Authority bus terminal in midtown Manhattan, leaving four injured. Police arrested Ullah Akayed, 27, a Brooklyn resident who came to the U.S. seven years ago, an NYPD spokesperson told Jalopnik. It appears as…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Brooklyn, Explosions, Jalopnik, Port Authority, Midtown Manhattan, New York Police, Buslopnik, Ullah Akayed


Hairy, Blue Tarantulas Found Hiding in Hole-Filled Tree Stump

One dark night in the Guyana rainforest, herpetologist Andrew Snyder serendipitously shined his flashlight on "a small glint of brilliant, cobalt blue" sticking out of a rotting stump. At first, Snyder thought the glint was coming from the eyes of a spider, which usually shine blue under bright lights. Rather, Snyder had come across a previously unknown species of tarantula with hairy, blue legs.
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SEC Chairman Urges Cryptocurrency Investors to Exercise Caution, Says Most ICOs Are Securities

After months of tension over what, if anything, the Securities and Exchange Commission was planning to do about cryptocurrencies and the billions of dollars people have sunk into initial coin offerings—a form of barely regulated investment vehicle in which investors trade real cash for tokens in crypto-backed…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Finance, Bitcoin, SEC, Cryptocurrency, Securities And Exchange Commission, ICOS, Initial Coin Offerings


A rare sight: Geminid meteor shower might be visible here

Cloudy skies usually blot out the December sky show, but this year there’s a chance some folks in Western Washington could get a glimpse.
Tags: Science, News, Local News, Northwest, Western Washington


Save On Laptops, Monitors, Modems, and More From Amazon's One-Day Tech Sale

Yesterday was supposed to be electronics day in Amazon’s 12 days of deals, but today’s TV and PC sale would have fit right in.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Gold Box, Tech, Computers Accessories


This Battery Pack Turns Your Google Home Into My Favorite Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Bluetooth, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Consumer Tech, Google Home, Smart Speakers


Bitcoin Mining on Track to Consume All of the World’s Energy by 2020

A network that underpins the virtual currency bitcoin is projected to require all of the world’s current energy production in order to support itself within three years, according to estimates. Bitcoin mining—the process of generating new units of the currency by confirming bitcoin transactions on an online ledger called the blockchain—requires computing power, which is used to solve the complex mathematical puzzles used in the mining process. Analysis of how much energy it currently requires ...
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The Truly Wireless Earbuds You Should Buy Instead of AirPods

If you’d told me in 2007 that people would be walking around listening to music with wireless, popcorn-sized earbuds, I would’ve called you crazy. It is now 2017, and these futuristic little gadgets are a reality. But which ones are the best? Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Audio, Headphones, Wireless Headphones, Sony, Earbuds, Bose, Wireless Earbuds, AirPods, Battlemodo, Apple AirPods, Bose SoundSport Free, Truly Wireless Earbuds, Sony Wf 1000x


First Republican Congressman Demands FCC Delay Net Neutrality Vote

With the fate of Thursday’s net neutrality vote resting almost entirely in the hands of the Republican Party, a lone conservative has emerged to oppose FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gift-wrap the internet for Verizon and Friends this Christmas.Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Republican Party, Ajit Pai, Mike Coffman


Britain has a new highest mountain but you can’t climb it in Britain

Mount Hope is much taller than Ben Nevis.
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Kepler Mission: NASA to Reveal AI Breakthrough Discovery—With a Little Help From Google

NASA has called a press conference to reveal a breakthrough discovery from its alien-hunting Kepler telescope. The discovery was driven by Google’s machine-learning artificial intelligence software. The announcement will be live-streamed on NASA’s website, according to a press release.
Tags: Google, Science, Nasa, Kepler


Could the Boba Fett Spinoff Movie Be in the Works Again?

It might not be too long before we hear more about the Nightwing movie. Skyler Samuels teases the big reveal from the latest episode of The Gifted. Plus, what’s to come when The Walking Dead and Lucifer return, and Mark Hamill ponders the celibacy of the Jedi. Yes, really. To me, my Spoilers! Read more...
Tags: Science, The Walking Dead, Happy, Runaways, The Librarians, Mark Hamill, Lucifer, Boba Fett, Spontaneous, Venom, Skyler Samuels, Suicide Squad 2, Nightwing, The Gifted, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Avengers Infinty War


FCC Commissioner Resorts to Trolling Ajit Pai Because All Is Lost

There’s not a ton we can do now but watch in horror as the FCC’s Republican leadership guts net neutrality. You should, of course, join the ongoing online protest. And if your representatives in Congress don’t support strong net neutrality protections, write them and explain how you won’t forget their stance next time…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Congress, Puppets, Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel


That 'Man Flu' Study Is From BMJ's Irresponsible Holiday Issue (Updated)

Every December, for about the last 30 years according to the New York Times, the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) publishes a batch of studies and papers that sound way more fun than the typical science fare.Read more...
Tags: Science, Christmas, New York Times, Bmj, British Medical Journal, Man Flu, Science Prank, Manflu


People blame Mercury retrograde for everything from delayed planes to relationship troubles — but scientists say it's totally bogus

Mercury is in retrograde for the fourth time this year. The astrology community says Mercury retrograde can affect your relationships, communication, and travel plans. In reality, Mercury in retrograde isn't such an unusual occurrence: The planet goes into retrograde about four times a year.
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UCLA Study Finds Link Between Breast Cancer Treatments and Cellular Markers of Aging

A new study has found that women who had received chemotherapy and/or radiation to treat breast cancer were more likely to have high levels of DNA damage and reduced activity of an enzyme involved in chromosome healing, compared to women who underwent surgery alone. The results suggest that some breast cancer survivors may be more vulnerable to biological changes associated with accelerated aging because of their prior treatment.
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That 'Man Flu' Study Is Yet Another Irresponsible BMJ Holiday Prank

Every December, for about the last 30 years according to the New York Times, the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) publishes a batch of studies and papers that sound way more fun than the typical science fare.Read more...
Tags: Science, Christmas, New York Times, Bmj, British Medical Journal, Man Flu, Science Prank, Manflu


The Sad Saps of Neoliberal Reddit Trying to Make Globalism Cool Again

“If this post gets 10,000 upvotes, I’ll get Mutti tattooed on my ass!” announced Reddit user Errk_ fu in June, linking to a portrait of Angela Merkel.Read more...
Tags: Science, Angela Merkel, Austerity, Democrats, Reddit, The Internet, Mutti, Turn From Sanity, Rneoliberalism, Centrism


Shadows From Saturn's Rings Affect the Planet's Weather

Saturn’s rings do more than just look pretty. New data from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft orbiting the planet shows their shadow can actually change the planet’s atmosphere.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Saturn, Cassini, Planetary Science, Cassini Huygens, Postmortem Science


Google Promised a Way to Jailbreak the iPhone and It Delivered

Last week, a Google security researcher announced that he’d be releasing the goods that are needed to jailbreak the latest iPhones. For years, it was pretty easy to get all the customization options of Android on iOS, but the developer scene has since dried up. Even if you don’t plan on jailbreaking your phone,…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Jailbreak, Google, Science, Vulnerability, Kernel, Ian Beer, Out Of The Slammer, Ios 112


Subway paleontology: LA construction unearths fossil trove

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by. When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into a massive construction site beneath a boulevard east […]
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The Most Significant Science Setbacks of 2017

Scientific progress doesn’t always exactly look like, well, progress. Progress comes in fits and starts. Sometimes things get in the way—be they harassment, politics, or just plain bad science. Read more...
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, Sexual Harassment, Science Scandals, Fake News, Year In Review 2017


SpaceX delivery delayed a day; 1st reused rocket for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has delayed its latest grocery run for the International Space Station for at least a day. The company now aims to launch its first recycled rocket for NASA on Wednesday. The unmanned Falcon originally flew in June. The Dragon capsule, meanwhile, made a space station shipment in 2015. This […]
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Scientists Urge Endangered Listing for Cheetahs

In a study published today in the open-access journal PeerJ, researchers present evidence that low cheetah population estimates in southern Africa support a call to list the cheetah as "Endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
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Breakthrough Listen to Observe Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

Green Bank Telescope turns its sights on cigar-shaped object moving rapidly through solar system
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Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend? | Peter Kalmus

Around 25,000 of my colleagues flew to a conference, leaving a colossal carbon footprint in their wake. This weekend, 25,000 Earth, Sun, and planetary scientists from across the US and abroad flew to New Orleans for the annual American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. As an Earth scientist and AGU member myself, I know the importance of their work.
Tags: Science, US, Earth, New Orleans, American Geophysical Union, Earth Sun, Peter Kalmus


How to Ditch Apple Completely

Apple keeps giving us reasons to say goodbye. iOS 11 is buggy as hell, with the most recent error making iPhones almost unusable, and the latest version of macOS briefly exposed Mac owners to a major vulnerability. As for the iPhone X, it may be pretty sleek for an iPhone, but Apple’s still playing catch-up to its …Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Science, Gmail, Mac, Imessage, Itunes, Icloud, Facetime, Apple Music, Pixel 2


Imposter Cryptocurrency Wallet App Races Up Apple's Store Charts [Updated]

A new wave of Bitcoin-mania surged through the internet this weekend—and with it, a new crop of sketchy opportunists. Bitcoin apps were very popular in the Apple app store, and one using the name of a completely unrelated cryptocurrency wallet service now holds the number three position in the finance category.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Wallet, Scams, Bitcoin, App Store, Cryptocurrency, Myetherwallet, Nam Le


FCC Chair Ajit Pai Forges Ahead With Bullshit Plan to Turn the FTC Into His Fall Guy

The Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission and its chair, industry-adjacent hack Ajit Pai, have been charging towards a vote to repeal Barack Obama-era net neutrality rules on Thursday that seems all but guaranteed to result in a victory for ISPs. Part of the plan involves cutting a deal with ISPs to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Barack Obama, Federal Communications Commission, Isps, Ftc, Ajit Pai, Clowns