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The Most Political Moments and Speeches at Oscars 2017

If awards season has taught us anything, it’s that Hollywood has a lot to say about Donald Trump and his administration (and also, that Donald Trump is probably watching and listening). At the Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel set the stage for an overtly political awards ceremony—by no means the …

Entertainment

Comcast may roll out data caps for all customers within five years

So much for Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable being good for your internet service. The cable giant's David Cohen tells investors that he expects "usage-based billing" (that is, data caps with overage fees) to reach all Comcast customers within five years. While he's not saying …

Leaked NSA pics show routers being bugged

This past August, the (at the time) latest Snowden leak revealed a secret hacking collective at the NSA called Tailored Access Operations, more …

Surveillance

Big Bang Discovery Comes Under Fire

Rumors ripple about flaws in the discovery of gravitational waves in the big bang's aftermath.<p>An acclaimed "smoking gun" discovery explaining the unfolding of the early universe faces rumors of a cosmic misfire. (See: "Big Bang's 'Smoking Gun' Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth.")<p>In March …

Hurricanes May Threaten Cities Like Never Before as Tropics Expand, Study Finds

Hurricanes and tropical storms are reaching their peak intensity closer to the poles, migrating at about 30 miles per decade, according to a new …

Sen. Franken more concerned about Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner than Apple’s Touch ID

U.S. Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, has questions about the fingerprint …

Instead Of Preserving Endangered Caribou Habitat, Canada Is Selling It To Big Oil

The government of Alberta, Canada started auctioning off thousands of acres of crucial caribou habitat to the oil industry on Wednesday, despite a …

Watch what happens when two neutron stars collide

A new NASA video offers up a computer simulation for the birth of a black hole. In the video, we see two neutron stars circling one another before …

Black Holes

See how nature has reclaimed New York City's forgotten quarantine island

A tiny island tucked between Queens and the Bronx holds a vision of what New York City could look like after five decades of human absence. According to <i>Smithsonian</i>, North Brother Island was first inhabited in the late 19th century and for decades after held hospitals with patients being quarantine …

Wasps Are Here to Save Us from the Great Lime Shortage

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding efforts to save limes. Their secret weapon: a tiny, …

Modillion turns any "dumb" watch into a smartwatch

Smartwatches have all sorts of features that make them attractive even to the non-techhead. The idea of having a watch that can tell you if you have …

Wearable Tech

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

FAA

One Day You’ll Google the Physical World With a Scanner Like This

Ever wondered how to search for something on the Internet without knowing the name of the object? How many times have you thought, <i>What in the heck is THAT? I wish I could snap a picture or scan it and Google what I’m seeing!</i><p>A new scanner — designed to identify the molecular structure of objects — …

The Reason Why Hollywood Makes So Many Boring Superhero Movies

Studios were better at making great movies when they were worse at figuring out what we wanted to see.<p>Hollywood has a fever, and the only prescription is more superheroes.<p><i>The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 2</i> (sequel to reboot) opened last weekend, while <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i> (reboot), <i>X-Men:</i> …

Monica Lewinsky wasn't betrayed by feminism, she was trashed by women who should have known better

Big news, everyone! We've gone back to the 90s and solved the biggest mystery of the decade. No, not how OJ got away with it, nor why Kurt Cobain killed himself, nor how the hell Britpop ever happened. No, something much more important: who behaved the worst during the Bill Clinton and Monica …

Breaking bad in Tehran: how Iran got a taste for crystal meth

"What economic crisis? Business is good," Bijan winks as he flashes his big, gap-toothed smile.<p>Bijan is a cook and dealer of <i>sheesheh</i> – crystal meth – which has exploded on the Iranian drug market and, for the first time, overtaken heroin to become the country's second most popular drug (opium still …

Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case

Europe's top court has ruled that internet search giant Google will have to remove when required sensitive data produced by its ubiquitous search engine, in a landmark ruling on privacy rights.<p>In a case pitting privacy campaigners against Google, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) on …

Study targets capital gains, dividends as cure for income inequality

At the heart of French economist Thomas Piketty's unlikely bestseller, <i>Capital in the 21st Century,</i> is a controversial antidote to rising inequality: a global tax on capital.<p>Canada, too, could tackle the inequality problem with a major overhaul of the corporate tax system, starting with an end to …

Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<p>The ruling, handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Tuesday, followed oral arguments on May 5.<p>Earlier Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) filed a preemptive motion asking for an immediate stay if Dale did …

Human rights group claims Nigerian army had warning of school attack

Nigeria has denied claims it received a warning about an impending attack on a school from which more than 200 girls were abducted.<p>The accusation has been made by the human rights group Amnesty International which cites interviews with multiple sources.<p>“We have received credible information from …

UN Security Council Threatens Action Over Kidnapping Of Nigerian Girls

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Friday expressed outrage at the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in two attacks by Islamist militants, demanding their immediate release and threatening to take action against the insurgents.<p>Boko Haram kidnapped more than …

The Week in Review: White House Fights Climate Change

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2014<p>Of all the problems facing the planet, global warming gets little attention from the average American. Recent Gallup …