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Special counsel Mueller files new charges against Manafort, Gates

Paul Manafort was using fraudulently obtained loans and tax-cheating tricks to prop up his personal finances as he became chairman of the Trump campaign in 2016, according to a new 32-count indictment filed against him and his business partner Thursday.<p>The indictment ratchets up pressure on …

Corruption

A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His Company—And To Robert Mueller

On Friday morning, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment of 13 Russian operatives …

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.<p>The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag …

Social Media

The aftermath of the Parkland mass shooting exemplifies the ugly side of social media

Bots. Conspiracy theories. Bullying. We’re seeing it all.<p>Want a perfect example of the kind of content challenges Facebook and Twitter are up against? Just look at what happened over the past few days in the aftermath of the mass shooting last week in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead and has …

Social Media

No one knows how YouTube’s Trending section works

How does this keep happening?<p>YouTube’s Trending section is under fire once again after another misleading, offensive video made its way to the top of the list.<p>Criticism surged against the company today after Motherboard reported that one of the top trending videos, displayed for hundreds of …

Internet

YouTube's trending section shows it has a fake news problem, too

In discussions of the ongoing battle over fake news, we often hear Facebook and Google criticized for playing a hand in spreading false information. And while both have made efforts recently to stem the spread of misinformation on their platforms, they've each had some major missteps.<p>YouTube is …

The #1 Trending Video on YouTube Right Now Suggests That a Student From the Parkland Shooting Is a Crisis Actor

A video described as 'DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR….' has made the top of the trending section, another example that YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem.<p><b>Update:</b> YouTube has removed the video about three hours after this article was first published. It had more than 200,000 views at the time. Other …

Dutch lawyer pleads guilty to lying about interaction with Rick Gates

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A European lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to investigators in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, after he covered up his discussions with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates and a business associate based in Ukraine in September 2016, while the Trump …

Corruption

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray paint and the rungs of an old wooden chair where Matt Peters used to sit. A stereo plays country music, left on by the renter who now uses the shop.<p>“It smells so …

Mental Health

After Death, You’re Aware That You’ve Died, Say Scientists

Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As …

Deadly heat waves will destroy India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh if our current rate of climate change keeps pace

If the scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are to be believed, almost the whole of South Asia, including the northern part of India would be uninhabitable, thanks to climate change.<p>If this rate of climate change keeps in pace, deadly heat waves will destroy India, Pakistan …

18 space suits from science fiction, from worst to best

When has Hollywood actually gotten it (somewhat) right?<p>Space suits are cool — and complicated. Earlier this week, my colleague Loren Grush launched her new series <i>Space Craft</i> by seeing what wearing one is like. The answer? Exhausting. Unsurprisingly, science fiction writers, movie directors, and …

The Defenders amplifies Marvel’s Netflix ideology, warts and all

A slow start to a long-anticipated show<p>It’s hard to pinpoint what, exactly, The Defenders stand for. Good and justice in the world, obviously, since they’re superheroes. And then… what else? If past Marvel shows like <i>Jessica Jones</i> are an instrument, delicately tuned for individual stories about the …

Who's Who: The 6 Top Thinkers In AI And Machine Learning

Every day it seems we are hearing of new advances made by AIs thanks to Machine Learning, from improving healthcare to beating us at poker, it is often easy to forget that, behind every successful robot, there’s a clever human.<p>The swift pace of change we are seeing today is due to a concerted …

Artificial Intelligence

House Republican 'bewildered' by ObamaCare vote

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said Saturday he’s ‘bewildered’ by fellow House Republicans not keeping their promises on health care, following their vote Thursday to replace ObamaCare.<p>“They just passed a bill and they’re claiming it’s a repeal, but it’s not a repeal. And they’re going to send it to the …

Anti-vaccine activists spark a state's worst measles outbreak in decades

MINNEAPOLIS - The young mother started getting advice early on from friends in the close-knit Somali immigrant community here. Don't let your children get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella - it causes autism, they said.<p>Suaado Salah listened. And this spring, her 3-year-old boy and …

Public Health

Greg Palast: Trump’s tax cuts are more evidence America’s greedy billionaires have staged a political coup

The investigative journalist warns that “voodoo economics” is coming back<p>Investigative journalist and filmmaker Greg Palast has spent decades covering two intertwined topics fueling the demise of American democracy: stolen elections and greedy billionaires. Trump's call for massive corporate tax …

The best robot vacuums

<i>By Liam McCabe</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After running more than 70 cleaning cycles …

Eight Great Gadgets For Your Next Road Trip

Although your eyes are on the road, that doesn't mean gadgets can't turn a good road trip into a great one.<p>Road trip season is finally here, and it's time to get your car ready. You'll want to make sure your car's tuned up of course, but there's also plenty of other non-essential upgrades that can …

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Drinking Soda

Soda is an addiction — similar to tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, it feels good when you consume it, but it can wreak havoc on your body long-term. As …

How the Hell Is Steve Rogers, the Supreme Leader of Hydra, Wielding Thor's Hammer?

Mjolnir, Thor’s magical hammer forged by dwarven blacksmiths out of the enchanted metal uru, has a history of being picky about who can pick it up. …

Unmanned U.S. Air Force space plane lands after secret, two-year mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said.<p>The unmanned X-37B, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, touched …

Space Exploration

This Robot Completes a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Doc Bot<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, …

How School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity

Schools are a public good that extreme market proliferation would eventually destroy.<p>Buoyed by Donald Trump’s championing of a voucher system—and cheered on by his education secretary Betsy DeVos—Arizona just passed one of the country's most thoroughgoing policies in favor of so-called “school of …

How Mark Zuckerberg Learned About Emotional Intelligence to Become a More Likable Person | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Last year, I had dinner with a tech CEO who began to gush about Mark Zuckerberg.<p>"What he's built is just so amazing," she sang. "I can actually go onto Facebook and support him as he runs every …

Silicon Valley

Even in hometown, constituents rip into Republican lawmaker

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the …

Health Care

Electric jet startup is backed by Boeing and JetBlue

Seattle-based startup Zunum Aero has received funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures toward making its dream of electrified air …

What Sorts Of Problems Are Quantum Computers Good For?

A couple of weeks ago, the APS’s <i>Physics</i> ran a piece titled Traveling with a Quantum Salesman, about a quantum computing approach to the famous “Traveling Salesman” problem. I saw the headline, and immediately thought “Oh, yeah, of course that would be a good problem for a quantum computer…”<p>The …

Quantum Computing

The number of Americans who think Trump keeps his promises is plummeting

President Trump's setbacks on campaign promises such as repealing the Affordable Care Act and his shifting positions on other stances look like they're catching up with him — bigly.<p>A new poll from Gallup released early Monday finds that a majority of Americans no longer view Trump as keeping his …

Health Care

For the first time on record, human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire river

A team of scientists Monday documented what they're describing as the first case of large-scale river reorganization as a result of human-caused climate change.<p>They found that in mid-2016, the retreat of a very large glacier in Canada's Yukon territory led to the rerouting of its vast stream of …