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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

Tiny Mummy’s ‘Alien’ Appearance Finally Explained

Researchers hope their new research will settle debate over the origins of Ata, a naturally mummified infant found in the Chilean desert.<p>Ata is just six inches tall, with a conical-shaped head and unusually hard bones for her size. Some have claimed that she’s an alien. But a new study published …

Genetics

Here’s what Facebook knows about you, and how to download all your data

Facebook has long allowed you to download an archive of all the data the social network has on you, and <i>HackerNoon’s</i> Georges Abi-Heila decided to find out exactly what company knows about its users …<p>Abi-Heila reports (via <i>TNW</i>) that his archive was a 500MB zip file, and it included everything from the …

Everyday chemicals may affect brain development, including foetal IQ

All vertebrates – from frogs and birds to human beings – require the same thyroid hormone to thrive. Every stage of brain development is modulated by …

Neuroscience

Could Poop Pills Be Used to Prevent a Stroke? These Scientists Are Investigating

The microbiome, or the complex ecosystem of bacteria that resides in the body, is experiencing a renaissance. Once largely ignored by the medical …

Microbiology

The ‘safer' plastics designed to replace BPA may be just as bad for you

What's in your water bottle?<p>A chemical called BHPF—found in some ‘BPA-Free’ plastics—may cause harmful outcomes in mice, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.<p>BPA, or Bisphenol A, has come under scrutiny in recent years, with studies suggesting that the chemical might …

Peking University

Panpsychism is crazy, but it’s also most probably true

Common sense tells us that only living things have an inner life. Rabbits and tigers and mice have feelings, sensations and experiences; tables and …

Quantum Mechanics

Earth - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."<p>The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the …

How parasites and bacteria could be changing the way you think and feel

Given recent events around the world, you could be forgiven for thinking that people have been acting in a very odd and unpredictable manner. There …

Microbiology

Study: Facebook can actually make us more narrow-minded

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the surface, it seems like social media has the boundless potential to expand our world, connecting us to ideas and people we otherwise would never have found. However, a new study claims just the opposite: Social media actually isolates us, creating and facilitating confirmation biases …

Social Media

Private prison stocks are soaring after Donald Trump's election

Corrections Corporations of America was up close to 40% as of 9:49 a.m. ET.<p>GEO Group, another prison provider, was up around 20%.<p>President Barack Obama and the Department of Justice announced in August that the federal government would stop using private facilities.<p>Hillary Clinton, Trump's …

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If stock market history holds, Donald Trump is set to win the election

And right now, the S&P 500 is pointing to a Donald Trump victory on Election Day.<p>Bloomberg and CNBC noted this week that the stock market's decline does not bode well for Hillary Clinton, the nominee for the incumbent Democratic party.<p>"Going back to World War II, the S&P 500 performance between …

Stock Markets