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Google has just made it harder for you to steal photos from Google Images

Google's just made a rather subtle change to its image search — but one that will have big repercussions for copyright.<p>Announced on Thursday on …

Image Search

Here’s what you need to know about malware and phishing

The days of typewritten memos are a distant memory, and virtually anyone with a job agrees that email is vital to a functioning business. This dependence makes it a prime tool for hackers, who seize upon our close relationship with email to trick us into opening malware or falling for a phishing …

Cybersecurity

Jacobellis leaves empty-handed again, but not feeling beaten

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In many ways, Lindsey Jacobellis walked away from these Olympics the same as she has from all the previous ones.<p>She is still the best-known figure in her sport.<p>She is still without a gold medal.<p>The 32-year-old American had the lead in the final of women's …

South Korea

Intel just put a quantum computer on a silicon chip

Dutch quantum computing company QuTech, in conjunction with chip-maker Intel, yesterday unveiled a programmable two-qubit quantum computer running on a silicon chip.<p>Quantum computers are supposed to be capable of doing things no “classical” computer could possibly accomplish, such as complex …

Quantum Computing

F.B.I Was Warned of Florida Suspect’s Desire to Kill but Did Not Act

The F.B.I. failed to act on a tip in January from a person close to Nikolas Cruz warning that he owned a gun and might conduct a school shooting, the bureau acknowledged on Friday, in its first admission that it might have been able to prevent the deadly attack at a Florida high school.<p>The tipster …

Nikolas Cruz

Kittens from the same litter don't always have the same parents

It's called heteropaternal superfecundation.<p><i>Note: Below is the script for the video, above. You may want to just watch the video instead. While we have you, why don't you subscribe to</i> Popular Science <i>on YouTube?</i><p>Female cats, also called “queens,” usually give birth to litters of 3 to 5 kittens, but …

Cute Animals

Parasitic Worms Found in a Woman's Eye—First Case of Its Kind

An Oregon woman’s infection marks the first time on record that an eye worm species normally found in cattle has been seen in humans.<p>Abby Beckley was salmon fishing in Alaska when she felt <i>something</i> in her left eye.<p>“It felt like when an eyelash is poking you,” she says. But try as she might, the …

Fishing

Alien A.I. Text Messages are the Ultimate Pandora's Box, Say Scientists

What if first contact with extraterrestrial life isn’t a UFO landing in the middle of Central Park, but rather just a message sent across the stars? …

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster won't hit Earth anytime soon

Even though it doesn't obey any earthly speed limit and has a space-suited mannequin for a driver, Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster won't drive up his …

Tesla

A Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Is Discovered in Dirt

The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United …

Medicine

The "father of artificial intelligence" says singularity is 30 years away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when …

Singularity

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Mission for Air Force Targets June Launch

SpaceX fans still flying high from last week’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch may want to mark their calendars for June.<p>The U.S. Air Force is targeting …

Space Travel

This Is the Link Between Processed Foods and Cancer

Processed snacks, drinks and desserts may be associated with a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study.<p>The research, published Wednesday in</i> …

Nutrition

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

<b>Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.</b><p>The team used microwave energy to align two electron particles suspended in silicon, then used them to perform a set of test calculations.<p>By using silicon, the scientists hope that …

Quantum Computing

Transgender woman able to breastfeed in first documented case

Doctors hail breakthrough and say case shows ‘modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women’<p>A 30-year-old transgender woman has been able to breastfeed her child, the first ever case of induced lactation in a transgender woman to be documented in academic literature.<p>Doctors …

Medicine

Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries.<p>The test, called the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, is also expected to reduce the number of people exposed to radiation …

Medicine

#TeamRoth falls in their first #curling match to Japan. https://t.co/J2Of2GHtty

We're so sad to confirm that @TommyBiesemeyer injured his ankle in training today and will not race in the downhill. 😔 #olympics https://t.co/ZlsORz5Rgd

Could not have written that story any better. Congratulations my friend. @shaunwhite https://t.co/o5x0SmfFJp

The PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony Put America in an Unfamiliar Position — Excluded

A scaled-down opening ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics turned out to have a great deal contained within it.<p>That a lighting illusion at the …

Mike Tirico

What Are the Biggest Olympic Events? It Depends on Where You Are

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — If you’re an American, you are likely to see the Winter Olympics through the lens of NBC: A healthy dose of figure skating, Shaun White, Mikaela Shiffrin, Chloe Kim.<p>But there are places where skating raises a yawn, and fans thrill to the anticipation of the Nordic …

Gymnastics

The Latest: Luge win keeps Germany atop gold medal standings

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):<p>12:20 a.m.<p>Chloe Kim's win in the women's halfpipe final was the early highlight before attention moved to Alpine skiing and Marcel Hirscher's victory in the men's combined. Tuesday finished with a rush of six …

Gymnastics

Olympic Curler’s Shoes Are Revolting, Other Olympians Say

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Tyler George keeps them in his carry-on bag when he travels. He has a hard time letting them out of his sight. They are his most important piece of equipment, and for an American curler with dreams of Olympic gold, they are virtually priceless.<p>“Even though they look like …

Shoes

Shani Davis Goes His Own Way, and Controversy Follows

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The American speedskater Shani Davis swerved around a corner, on foot, in a subterranean postrace interview room at the Gangneung Oval on Tuesday night and slowed to a halt in front of a small pack of mostly American journalists. Davis, a celebrated Olympian, was about to …

Shani Davis

Adam Rippon on Quiet Starvation in Men’s Figure Skating

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Shortly before Adam Rippon’s breakthrough victory at the United States figure skating championships, Brian Boitano crossed paths with him and asked how he was doing. Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist, expected Rippon to rave about his jumps or his signature …

Nutrition

With an Endearing Personality and Unmatched Talent, Chloe Kim Emerges as the Star of the Winter Olympics

BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Let’s all salute the multi-talented Chloe Kim, who just won the halfpipe gold medal <i>and</i> got through all of her runs without …

Gymnastics

A Comprehensive Ranking of Winter Olympics Sports

Every two years the Olympics appear on my television, and they stay there for two straight weeks. At the start of each one, I know little about the …

Chloe Kim

Which Winter Olympic Sports See The Most Wipeouts?

Skeleton may look terrifying, but it’s got nothing on skiing.<p>At the climax of everyone’s favorite bobsleigh-based film, 1993’s “Cool Runnings,” …

Skiing

For North Korean Skaters, the Short Program Was Just the Beginning

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Facing enormous pressure and scrutiny, North Korea’s only elite athletes at these Winter Olympics delivered the best performance of their career on Wednesday in pairs figure skating, helping to enliven a mostly subdued, half-empty arena.<p>The skaters, Ryom Tae-ok, 19, and Kim …

North Korea

Hirano, James just short in epic men's halfpipe final

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ayumu Hirano already has an Olympic silver medal back home in Japan. The budding snowboarding superstar didn't plan on leaving Phoenix Snow Park with another one.<p>Yet it happened anyway because Shaun White happened, as he tends to do with the world watching.<p>White's …

South Korea