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'It hits you very quickly': Canada brews first cannabis beer

Scientists in a small Ontario laboratory are testing enzymes and experimenting with fermentation. Their techniques are not new, but their focus is a first. They are developing what is being described as the world’s first beer brewed from cannabis.<p>Most cannabis beers on the market are brewed from …

100+ VPNs & Their Logging Policy (What Logs Are Kept by Who?)

<b>According to our recent research, 26 VPNs out of 115 collect 3 or more important log files which are deeply hidden in their privacy policy.</b><p><b>These</b> …

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

Smart Homes

Record-breaking paper water purifier operates at near 100% efficiency

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have created a highly efficient device that uses sunlight and black carbon-dipped paper to clean water. The …

Nonprofits

Oklahoma High Schooler's Carbon Discovery Elicits Wonder From Experts

"It's a wonderful, wonderful thing."<p>Taking teenage rebellion to a new level, Oklahoma high school senior George Wang stunned teachers and fellow …

It Matters That The Alleged Golden State Killer Was A Cop

"He would absolutely look to try to use that to his advantage,” one police chief said.<p>WASHINGTON ― There were reasons to suspect the serial murderer and rapist known as the “Golden State Killer” worked as a cop. He knew to conceal his identity, wearing ski masks and gloves, ordering his victims not …

'Game changing' graphene concrete is twice as strong and better for the planet

Add concrete to the list of things graphene can improve. Scientists at the University of Exeter‘s Center for Graphene Science developed a new …

Engineering

A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

Sometimes legends are true.<p>Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but at the end of last year archaeologists found the real thing hiding …

Orbiform Rolls Like A Ball Without Being A Sphere

AltDynamic have machined a mathematically perfect solid of constant width that is capable of rolling like a ball even though it is not a perfect …

Judge Failed To Disclose Donation From GOP Defendant In Gerrymandering Suit

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy was one of two justices who wanted to uphold the state's congressional map.<p>A Republican Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice failed to disclose a $25,000 campaign donation from a top Republican lawmaker who is a defendant in a lawsuit challenging …

Weird: Naked mole rats don't die of old age

Just when it seemed the naked mole rat couldn't get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don't even age.<p>Unlike literally every other mammal, naked mole rats don't become more likely to die as they get up there in years. In humans, for example, with all else being equal …

Report: Felons, people under foreign influence got national security clearances

White House<p>WASHINGTON — A Defense Department report obtained by NBC News found that 165 defense contractors had their initial security clearances revoked last year after further investigation linked the recipients to problematic or illicit activity, including questionable financial transactions, …

Security

Alex Azar confirmed by Senate as new head of Health and Human Services

By Amy Goldstein<p>Amy Goldstein<p>Reporter covering health-care policy and other social policy issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Alex Azar, a former drug industry executive with pristine conservative credentials, as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human …

Health Care

University of Haifa researchers decipher mysterious Dead Sea Scroll

“An important peculiarity of the present discovery is the fact that the [Qumran] sect followed a 364-day calendar."<p>The reconstructed scroll in …

2,500-Year-Old 'Dragon Bed' Restored By Chinese Archaeologists

Share this:<p><b>AncientPages.com -</b> A lacquered "dragon bed" that dates back t aboput 2,500 years has been now restored by archaeologists in southwest …

Edward Snowden’s New App Turns A Smartphone Into a Security System

Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens, knows a thing or two about spying. He’s now released an app, Haven, that …

Elon Musk Just Reached a ‘Hitchhiker's Guide’-Themed Boring Co. Milestone

Musk sure does like his sci-fi references.<p>Elon Musk’s digging efforts are paying off. The tech entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX has been working …

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument | Dana Nuccitelli

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming<p>Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the …

Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?

The mother of all string theories passes a litmus test that, so far, no other candidate theory of quantum gravity has been able to match.<p>It’s not …

String Theory

Head of Pentagon’s secret ‘UFO’ office sought to make evidence public

By Joby Warrick<p>Joby Warrick<p>National security reporter covering terrorism, rogue states, weapons proliferation<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Just before leaving his Defense Department job two months ago, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged to secure the release of three of the most unusual videos …

UFOs

This Is How Every Type of Alcohol Affects Your Mood, According to Science

Pick your holiday drink wisely.<p>A new study has analysed how different types of alcohol cause different emotional responses in both men and women.<p>The …

2 of 5 FCC commissioners favor net neutrality

As December 14 – the day that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on repealing net neutrality guidelines – draws ever nearer, it’s worth noting that not all of the agency’s members are in favor of eroding the principles that keep the internet open in the US.<p>Jessica Rosenworcel and …

A type of mental exercise could reduce dementia risk by nearly 30%

Researchers say they have the first scientific evidence that brain training can help ward off dementia, after a 10-year study showed a particular type of cognitive exercise was associated with significantly reduced risk of developing the condition.<p>Scientists claim a short course of 'speed of …

Could this groundbreaking all-in-one solar energy device bring cheap hydrogen cars to the masses?

The device can produce clean hydrogen fuel using solar power and store energy both cheaply and efficiently.<p>Researchers have created a device that can …

A carb called fructan may be the real culprit behind gluten sensitivity

Some people could be blaming the wrong element in wheat for their sore stomachs.<p>Many Americans have become obsessed with avoiding gluten, despite the dearth of scientific evidence proving this protein (found in wheat, rye, and barley) actually makes people who haven’t been diagnosed with celiac …

PC vendors scramble as Intel announces vulnerability in firmware [Updated]

Millions of computers could be remotely hijacked through bug in firmware code.<p>Intel has issued a security alert that management firmware on a number …

The FCC’s craven net neutrality vote announcement makes no mention of the 22 million comments filed

For someone who claims to be working for the American people, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sure doesn’t seem to care what they have to say. In his announcement today that the Commission would vote whether to roll back net neutrality rules on December 14, he made no mention of the inconvenient and …

Attica: It’s Worse Than We Thought

DETROIT — Last year I published a book, “Blood in the Water,” that offered the first comprehensive account of the uprising at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility in 1971 and its legacy. Though this protest against systematic abuse and abysmal living conditions — in which nearly 1,300 prisoners …

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A significant number of mass shooters may be aggrieved narcissists

A new review article published in American Behavioral Scientist argues that mass shootings are linked to narcissism. “I have studied aggression and …