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Astronomers have spotted something in space that looks like it could have been made by aliens

"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build," Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University in the US, told The Atlantic.<p>The star, KIC 8462852, is located about 1,500 light-years away between …

Universe

Snowden answered the question, 'Aren't you a traitor?' — and it was puzzling

"Aren't you a traitor?" Peter Taylor of the BBC asked.<p>"Of course not," Snowden answered.<p>"The question is, 'If I [were] a traitor, who did I betray?' I gave all of my information to American journalists and free society generally."<p>What's puzzling about that answer is that Snowden contradicts what he …

Surveillance

America's dark and not-very-distant history of hating Catholics

Progressives and conservatives are in a rare unity welcoming Pope Francis to the US, but anti-Catholicism was rampant before John F Kennedy was president<p>Congress and the United Nations rolling out their red carpets, nuns working overtime to bake communion hosts, prison inmates carving a walnut …

Apple's encryption means it can't comply with US court order

FBI criticises firm for being unable to read iPhone users’ messages after Justice Department obtains iMessage ruling<p>Apple has rebuffed a court order to hand over in real time texts sent using iMessage between two iPhones because its encryption system leaves the company unable to comply.<p>The order …

SpaceX is working on a 'pizza box' that should scare your internet company

In January, entrepreneur Elon Musk announced that's exactly what he intends to do with his rocket company SpaceX. The idea is to launch 4,000 internet-providing satellites into orbit by 2030.<p>Writer Tim Urban sat down with a top SpaceX engineer to learn more about how this game-changing satellite …

Space Travel

The 16 best science movies and shows on Netflix

Life/BBC<p>Labor Day weekend is here.<p>That means a retreat to the woods or a beach for some of us. For others it's the perfect moment to hit the couch …

David Attenborough

World's first truly wireless headphones unveiled

Japanese electronics company Onkyo has announced the W800BT headphones, claiming they are the first with earbuds not connected by wires<p>The world’s first “true wireless” in-ear headphones have been unveiled at the IFA technology show in Berlin, by Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer …

Why Kanye West would be the best president in US history (seriously)

The rapper’s lyrics reveal a wholly sound political platform from which the progressive Chicago native could run in 2020<p>If the lead actor in 1954 classic Cattle Queen of Montana can go on to become commander-in-chief, and The Terminator can be elected to run the eighth largest economy in the world, …

6 simple ways to improve your Wi-Fi signal

With Google’s OnHub router attracting a lot of press lately, we thought it’d be a good time to run down some easy ways you can improve your Wi-Fi …

Wi-Fi

The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know

Since the end of World War II the CIA has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, …

Journalism

The Top 23 Most Beautiful American Campsites

Photo by Christin Healey, Explorer for The Outbound Collective<p>It's not too late to get that summer camping trip in the books and any one of these 23 campsites would make for an amazing trip. Rally the crew, pack up the car, and head out to sleep under the stars at one of these beautiful American …

The best WiFi router (for most people)

<i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy.<br>Read the original full article below at</i> <i>TheWirecutter.com</i><p>After spending a total of 200 hours researching and testing over 20 WiFi routers, plus analyzing reader comments and feedback, the $100 TP-Link Archer …

Supercharge your Mac with 9 killer apps for $39.99

High quality apps can seriously streamline your workflow. The Supercharge Your Mac Bundle offers nine of the best for $39.99, covering website creation, task management, file organization, photo editing, and more.<p>The headliners include Flux V5.5, which lets you build beautiful HTML5 websites …

Apps

A Japanese day trader made $34 million in the market this week

One of the iron-clad laws of trading is that you can’t time the market.<p>Of course, there’s always the exception that proves the rule. According to a …

The best jobs for every personality type

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test, which measures preferences like introversion and extroversion, has been part of business culture for decades.<p>Today about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use it in an attempt to get employees into the right roles and help teams …

Personality

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

Government
Social Media

5 Great American Cities Everyone Should Be Visiting

America is commonly known as the "land of opportunity", and her states are filled with incredible cities that everyone should take the opportunity to visit. A few of the must-visit cities are global icons, fashion capitals and a movie lover's paradise, but plenty of great American cities are …

The evil A to Z of Google and Alphabet

For years, Google’s unofficial motto – “Don’t be evil.” – has been picked at like a scab that will never heal. I don’t believe Google or the new expansive Alphabet umbrella company are places where ‘evil’ people gather, but even collections of relatively good people can end up producing very bad …

Andy Rubin

7 Airport Tech Hacks Every Traveler Should Know

<i>By: Alex Bracetti</i><p><i>Credit: iStock/scanrail</i><p>Airports are pretty bad in and of themselves, but the hassles and restrictions they place on our gadgets are the worst. No Wi-Fi, weak cellular reception, and three power outlets per terminal? Come on.<p>But not every trip to JFK or LAX has to be a brutal …

Here's what happened when scientists erased memories of using meth in mice

This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs —methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA — relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of …

The Brain

15 books to read in your 20s if you want to get rich

However, it can be difficult to know where or how to start, especially if your parents didn't teach you much about money or if you've never taken a personal finance class.<p>The good news is that there are a bunch of resources out there designed to jump start you on a path to financial success, and …

Personal Finance