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New Orleans ends its Palantir predictive policing program

The partnership ran for six years without public knowledge<p>Two weeks ago, <i>The Verge</i> reported the existence of a six-year predictive policing collaboration between the New Orleans Police Department and Palantir Technologies, a data mining giant co-founded by Peter Thiel. The nature of the partnership, …

Peter Thiel

Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Study Shows

There's another mysterious species in our ancestry.<p>We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild …

Papua New Guinea

She found a dating app on her boyfriend’s phone. Then she bought a samurai sword.

With her boyfriend finally asleep, Emily Javier reached for the samurai sword she had secretly taped earlier to the side of the bed.<p>According to an affidavit filed by police, the room was dark, and she sparked her phone to see better. To aim better.<p>Below snoozed Alex Lovell. He played too many …


Nasa astronaut twins Scott and Mark Kelly no longer genetically identical after space trip

Nasa astronauts Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark have shared a lot throughout their extraordinary lives.<p>Born just a few minutes apart, the pair were both US Navy captains, both flew on the Endeavour and Discovery space shuttles, and both spent time on board the International Space …

Space Science

Dad pranks daughter with fake school rejection letter for cheating at Mario Kart

The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a prestigious high school located in Dallas, Texas. Young artists spend …

Mario Kart

Chinese Weather Girl Doesn’t Seem to Have Aged a Day in 22 Years

44-year-old Yang Dan has been a weather girl at China’s state broadcaster CCTV for over 22 years, but what’s most remarkable about her long career is …


5 big differences between Navy and Air Force fighter pilots

Both the Navy and Air Force fly jets, right? So what's the difference between fighter pilots from the two branches of service?


Philips Hue outdoor lights will be available in July, with three products on offer

Philips teased back in January that it would be launching outdoor Hue lights later in the year, and it has now provided details of the products – including pricing and availability.<p>The company says that it will be offering three types of outdoor lights in the USA and Europe in July …<p>Extending the …

Home Automation

3 deadly package explosions in Austin appear connected, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three package bombs that exploded in Austin, Texas, over 10 days -- killing a teenager and a 39-year-old man and critically injuring an elderly woman -- appear to be connected, police said Monday.<p>Here's what we know so far:<p>• Two of the explosions happened within hours of each other Monday, …


This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.<p>Chinook salmon are also known as kings: the …


Mystery of three-fingered skeletal remains discovered beside baby mummy as tests 'reveal they are NOT human'

Bizarre skeletal remains with just three fingers and three toes could be alien - despite having many similarities to humans, it is claimed.<p>The …


Scientists say the dream of unlimited clean energy is about to come true

In just 15 years, the U.S. will be producing unlimited amounts of nearly free, completely green energy. Not only would such an energy holy grail mean the end of humanity’s dependence on expensive fossil fuels, it would also be a panacea for climate change.<p>Amazingly, this is not a science fiction. …

Nuclear Energy

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Platinum Card

For the price of an Echo Dot, this tiny device adds Alexa to your car

Amazon’s Echo Dot is a great affordable way to get access to Alexa anywhere in your house, but what happens when you leave? Using the Amazon app on …

Tech Trends

Physicists Found a Trick to Solve an ‘Impossible’ Puzzle of Gravity

The experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.<p>In 1935, when both quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity were young, a little-known Soviet physicist named Matvei Bronstein, just 28 himself, made the first detailed study of the problem of reconciling the …

Quantum Mechanics

10 subtle signs you're smarter than you think you are

You might be surprised to know which of your quirks can reveal your inner genius.<p>1. You accept that there are plenty of things you don't know<p>You may think that pretending you know everything, even when you don't, makes you come across as smarter. But in reality, people who aren't afraid to be …


You may be a genius if you can answer these 12 science trivia questions people always get wrong

Mount Everest

The Curse of 666 Fifth Avenue, the Skyscraper That Could Sink the Kushners

In one of the most reckless deals ever, the family bought a loser. To save it, Jared commissioned a giant phallus—and toed the line with shady …


Amelia Earhart found! Great for science, but sad news for mystery buffs

<i>Bones from Pacific island likely those of Amelia Earhart, researchers say</i><p><i>Amelia Earhart Likely Died on Nikumaroro, Study Finds</i><p>I read the headlines with excitement, even awe, but also with a tinge of sadness and disappointment. It stands to reason many Amelia Earhart obsessives — and they are legion …

Amelia Earhart

Obama's legacy: He sparked hope -- and got blindsided

<b>(CNN) —</b> Barack Obama has been out of the White House for only a little more than a year. But it's not too soon for historians to begin to assess the impact of his momentous presidency. Soon after the election, I convened a conference at Princeton University to start the discussion, and now some of …

Barack Obama

These sleek $250 earbuds can translate languages in real time — and it's like something out of 'Star Trek'

The company's first product, the Pilot translating earpiece, started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2016. Now, the Brooklyn-based startup says it has sold 27,000 units and has begun shipping to its early customers.<p>The Pilot looks like a fairly standard pair of wireless earbuds. They fit snugly in your …

Consumer Tech

60 Things Only People Born Between 1975-1985 Will Truly Get

Again, please don’t click on this post unless you lived through the ’80s.

David Bowie

One Hundred Years Later, the Madness of Daylight Saving Time Endures

One hundred years after Congress passed the first daylight saving legislation, lawmakers in Florida this week passed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” …

Nova Scotia

Photographing These Abandoned Space Shuttles Made Me a Russian Target

How one man broke into a secret facility housing the last of the Soviet Union's experimental space ships.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia</i>.<p><i>This is a story from an anonymous photographer, as told to Julian Morgans</i><p><i>What you’re looking at is a derelict Russian space shuttle, covered in</i> …

Space Station

Scientists unravel the mystery of the Roman 'gate to hell'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two thousand years ago, ancient tourists flocked to a Greco-Roman temple in Hierapolis, modern-day Turkey, situated on top of a cave once purported to be the gateway to the underworld.<p>They watched in awe as animals, from birds to bulls, dropped dead at its entrance. The cave, named the …


Japanese towns struggle to deal with an influx of new arrivals: wild boars

Rapidly shrinking towns and cities across Japan are experiencing a population explosion. Not an explosion of humans, though. An explosion in wild boar numbers.<p>Across the country, wild boars are moving in as Japan’s rapidly aging population either moves out or dies out. The boars come for the …


Colorado Family Accidentally Buys and Eats Cereal That Had Expired in 1997

You may want to check the expiration date the next time you’re out shopping for groceries. One Colorado family failed to do just that and ended up …


Alexa can now play that song you heard but can’t remember the name of

Sometimes you want to listen to a certain song but you can't quite remember what it's called. Other times you might just want to listen to some of your favorites that you haven't heard in a while. Now, Alexa can find those tunes for you. While listening to Amazon Music, you can now ask Alexa in …

Kendrick Lamar

Without Water, the Women of Cape Town Are Redefining ‘Self-Care’

Julia Sullivan hasn’t felt “properly clean and fresh” since December, when she went home to visit her family in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, from her current base in Cape Town, nearly 900 miles south on the country’s west coast. For the past year, the 26-year-old has been taking …