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Google removes 'Don't Be Evil' motto from its Code of Conduct

To be evil or not to be evil — that is the question, Google.<p>It seems after years of the tech company's commitment to its low-key creepy-sounding …

Codes of Conduct

11 Underrated Movies To Watch On Netflix When You Feel Like You've Already Seen It All

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, …

Box Office

The Senate just voted to kill a policy warning auto lenders about discrimination against minority borrowers

The Senate on Wednesday voted to kill a five-year-old Obama administration policy warning auto lenders not to discriminate against minority borrowers.<p>The legislation, which passed 51 to 47 largely along party lines, is the latest Republican rebuke of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s …

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Is Your Body Appropriate to Wear to School?

It started with a sunburn.<p>Lizzy Martinez, 17, a junior at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla., had been swimming and tanning all weekend at a water park in Orlando. But when Monday morning came and she had to get dressed for school, Lizzy’s bra felt painfully constricting on her burned skin.<p>…

Clothing

Animatron lets you create awesome videos with little know-how

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access to this animation studio for $49.99.<p>When you have something to sell or a message to get across, video is your friend. Animatron Studio Pro is an innovative platform that lets you create captivating animations without any special design skills. Used by the likes of …

Infographics

How to make sure Facebook isn't scraping your call data

It's an easy process, but if you haven't done it yet, now is as good a time as any.<p>An Ars Technica investigation discovered Sunday that Facebook has been gathering phone and message metadata from Android phones. Facebook claims it does not sell this data and that it was always an "opt-in" feature. …

Apps

Finland is world's happiest country, U.S. discontent grows: U.N. report

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Finland is the world's happiest country, according to an annual survey issued on Wednesday that found Americans were getting less happy even as their country became richer.<p>Burundi came bottom in the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (SDSN) 2018 World …

United Nations

Mark Twain was right: fake news spreads far more rapidly than the genuine article

It is said that a lie will travel around the world while the truth is pulling on its boots, and now scientists have proven that it is true.<p>The adage, variously attributed to Mark Twain and 19th century London preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeons, was coined way before the advent of social networks and …

The rapper Dessa scanned her brain to fall out of love

How the rapper Dessa’s turn to neuroscience inspired her new album, Chime<p>On a rainy night two years ago, the rapper Dessa pulled over on the side of the road to take a call. The name of a man she had dated on and off for years flashed across caller ID; they weren’t dating any longer, but the sight …

Rick Gates is reportedly about to plead guilty to Robert Mueller

The LA Times reports Gates is finalizing a guilty plea and will testify against Paul Manafort.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller may be about to get a guilty plea from another former Trump staffer. The individual in question: Rick Gates.<p>According to a report from the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Gates, …

This Is How Reading Changes Your Brain & It's Even More Wild Than You'd Think

I'm in grad school right now, and we've been reading three of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's very challenging novels. TBH, the reading sort of makes …

Terrifying map shows how the flu is quickly spreading across the US

From the California coast to the shores of South Carolina, Americans across the country are coming down with some nasty strains of the flu this year.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports "influenza activity" is ticking up across the southern half of the US, with one strain …

Public Health

6 Ways to Win $1 Million if You're Really, Really Good at Mathematics

These problems need solving.<p>In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced the Millennium Prize problems. These were a collection of seven of the …

Mathematics

Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Wait, Snowden built an app?<p>Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Jacqueline Moudeina, the first female lawyer in Chad and a legendary human rights advocate who has worked tirelessly to bring former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Habré was convicted of human rights abuses …

Religion in The US Is Becoming Increasingly Polarised

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Trump campaign created own rules on sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — "You can do anything," Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women.<p>Maybe he could, but not …

Donald Trump

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Staying Silent May Backfire Spectacularly on Republican Lawmakers

Usually, laying low during controversies is a savvy move for legislators. But when it comes to Trump and Russia, it brings its own risks.<p>“Senator, I wonder if I could get a comment … "<p>Click.<p>That little scene is being enacted in one form or another across Washington on Monday, following the …

What the Manafort-Gates Charges Mean for the Trump Administration

Trump Administration

John McCain Just Attacked Nearly Everything Donald Trump Represents

“It’s time to wake up,” the Arizona senator declared.<p>Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fired off another shot at President Donald Trump and his supporters, attacking everything from “crackpot conspiracy theories” to the proposed border wall with Mexico.<p>“It’s time to wake up,” McCain told midshipmen at the …

Donald Trump

How dangerous is cyberbullying?

Just last month, Texas passed a law aimed at curbing the epidemic of cyberbullying in the state’s schools. All states have various laws that can be applied in certain bullying situations, but parents are finding with the new onslaught of cyberbullying there are loopholes that often prevent victims …

There’s new evidence that life on Earth began with meteorites crashing into warm little ponds

The biggest question about life is an obvious one, but the answer is hotly debated.<p>How did it all begin?<p>The most well-known of biologists, Charles Darwin, once theorized in a private letter to his friend Joseph Lee Hooker that life — the very first molecules of it — could have emerged from a "warm …

Meteorites

What You Need to Know About Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters Definition and List<p>Neurotransmitters are chemicals that cross synapses to transmit impulses from a neuron to another neuron, …

Neuroscience

Lawmaker Urges Trump's Cabinet To Have Him Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) isn't a psychiatrist, but she wants the president to see one.<p>A new resolution introduced in the House of Representatives would encourage the vice president and the Cabinet to have President Donald Trump undergo a physical and mental health exam to determine if he is …

Donald Trump

University drops world's oldest erotic novel written in English from curriculum

It remains one of the most widely banned books in history, shocking readers with its 'pornographic' content centuries before Lady Chatterley’s Lover.<p>Nearly 270 years on, it seems that modern day students are proving equally squeamish, as Fanny Hill, the first ever erotic novel written in English, …

Literature

Why Neuroscience Should Be Taught in Teacher-Preparation Programs

Most teacher preparation programs focus exclusively on education. Future elementary school teachers learn about the latest methods for teaching …

The most offensive curse word in English has powerful feminist origins

Cursing is a good way to be bad. It’s mostly harmless and signals authenticity to listeners. For the linguistically bold, vulgarity is just one element of a rich vocabulary, a spice for speech. Yet even those of us who curse like sailors shirk the word “cunt.”<p>Breathe deep, because we’re about to …

Linguistics

25 Books Every Book Lover Should Read

Books have the power to inspire our imagination, transport us to faraway worlds, and make us think and feel deeply. Luckily, bibliophiles of all ages …

38 Word Usage Mistakes Even Smart People Make

English vocabulary is full of pitfalls that you might not be aware of. Don't let them trip you up.<p>1. INVARIABLY<p>If something happens invariably, it …

13 Trump Scandals You Forgot About

Any other year, one of these could have derailed a presidency.<p>The first six months of the Trump presidency have been a whirlwind of Russia-related news, with revelations about the Kremlin’s attempt to sway the election and the Trump campaign’s possible role in the effort surfacing nearly every day. …

Donald Trump