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Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Blockchain

With WPA3, Wi-Fi security is about to get a lot tougher

Finally, a security reprieve for open Wi-Fi hotspot users.<p>At last, Wi-Fi security -- or lack of -- is about to get its day in the sun.<p>The Wi-Fi …

The (Math) Problem With Pentagons

Triangles fit effortlessly together, as do squares. When it comes to pentagons, what gives?<p>Remarkably, these three examples are the only regular, …

I’m a Proud Nuclear-Missile Owner

Some hothead in North Korea starts testing his nuclear missiles every day of the week and twice on Sunday, and suddenly people are demanding a ban on these “weapons of mass destruction,” saying that only the military needs that kind of power, and that civilians can get by with regular old missiles. …

Nuclear Weapons

How the plough made the modern economy possible

<b>Imagine catastrophe. The end of civilisation. This complex, intricate modern world of ours is finished.</b><p>Don't worry about why. Maybe it was swine flu or nuclear war, killer robots or the zombie apocalypse.<p>And now imagine that you are one of the lucky few survivors. You have no phone - who would you …

Northern Europe

NASA's unsung heroes: The Apollo coders who put men on the moon

Learn how pioneering software engineers helped NASA launch astronauts into space, and bring them back again -- pushing the boundaries of technology …

How Asian nomadic herders built new Bronze Age cultures

Ancient steppe herders traveled into Europe and Asia, leaving their molecular mark and building Bronze Age cultures.

Anthropology

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

Do you want to stop criminals from getting into your Gmail or Facebook account? Are you worried about the cops spying on you? We have all the answers on how to protect yourself.<p><i>Editors note: This is Motherboard's comprehensive guide to digital security, which will be regularly updated and replaces</i> …

No 'lost tribes' or aliens: what ancient DNA reveals about American prehistory

Genetics research has transformed our understanding of human history, particularly in the Americas. The focus of the majority of high profile ancient DNA papers in recent years has been on addressing early events in the initial peopling of the Americas. This research has provided details of this …

Unraveling an Ancient Code Written In Strings

In July 2015, my husband and I were crammed into a stuffy minivan with 12 others, climbing out of Lima’s coastal mist into the sun-filled mountains …

The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change

What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost?<p>From the air, the coast of Greenland appears vast and tranquil. Hundreds of fjords, their surfaces a mirror of blue sky and cloud bottoms, divide the territory. In the gaps between them, the terrain folds over itself, hill over hill, descending into …

Global Warming

Can you solve it? Secrets of Russian intelligence

Hi guzzlers,<p>Every day we read stories concerning the prowess of Russian hackers. But why are they so good? A clue may lie in the fact that Russia has long excelled in maths outreach, which has been instrumental in creating a supply of people with the right skills. More of this later. Meanwhile, …

The Atomic Theory of Origami

In 1970, an astrophysicist named Koryo Miura conceived what would become one of the most well-known and well-studied folds in origami: the Miura-ori. …

In search of the neutrino, ghost particle of the universe

On the outskirts of Karlsruhe, in south-west Germany, engineers have buried a giant, stainless steel device, bigger than a blue whale, inside the town’s institute of technology. The machine looks for all the world like a grounded zeppelin or a buried blimp.<p>In fact, the apparatus is one of the …

Physics

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

Plus: Azure gets all Cray-crayA below-the-radar security feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka version 1709 released last week, can …

Malware

The Trump Doctrine

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it.”<p>And that cuts right to the core of what is the most …

Middle East

Architecture Books You Can Borrow (For Free) From The Internet's Largest Library

Have you registered for your <b>free</b> library card? If you haven't, you're missing out on some serious perks! The Internet Archive has a lending feature …

A Nobel prize winner says tech companies misuse creativity in their quest to change the world

The more we advance in technology, improve our infrastructure, spread globalization, and bring efficiency to the economic system, the more intensely global corporations focus their strategies on competing to serve the wealthiest and the middle class.<p>If you work for a conventional business, you …

Nobel Prize

Behavioral economics has a plan to fight poverty—and it’s all about redesigning the “cockpit”

Dr. Bryan Bledsoe was just trying to keep up. The ER at the small rural hospital was always packed and the top brass had urged him to move patients through more quickly, so when a woman in her sixties came in complaining of head and neck pain, he briskly examined her, hustled her off for an x-ray, …

High School

Poverty simulation highlights painful choices local families make

On Tuesday afternoon, a couple of dozen Boston-area residents were offered a brief glimpse into the painful realities of trying to get by on a low …

Why capitalism wins. And how a simple accounting move can defeat it

Notwithstanding its many flaws and centuries of criticisms, capitalism is still the dominant economic system globally. What made it so …

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

Tablet beat Pythagoras by a millennium, may explain how the ancients built pyramidsThose of you who can remember trigonometry can feel free to forget …

Mathematics

“Scientists” say there will be an eclipse. Why should we believe them?

<b>They are just in it for the money, right?</b><p>It’s shocking how gullible people are. I mean really, 97 percent of scientists say that global warming is …

The best fonts to use on a resume, according to typographers and designers

When it comes to writing a resume, there a few rules everyone is familiar with — avoid typos, and don't lie. But many applicants skip over crucial …

After The Bomb: Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Share Their Stories

After The Bomb<p><b>Survivors of the Atomic Blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki share their stories</b><p>Photographs by <b>HARUKA SAKAGUCHI</b> | Introduction By <b>LILY ROTHMAN</b><p>…

Amarna Period of Egypt

The Amarna Period of ancient Egypt was the era of the reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), known as 'the heretic king'. In the 5th year of his reign …

Ancient History

How Aristotle Created the Computer - The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world

The history of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World …

Mathematics

Vintage Humanscale design manuals show nerdy beauty of ergonomics

Like da Vinci drawings for today’s designers, these references are analog tools for a digital age<p>Another classic design manual has joined the rush of lost publications being reintroduced to a new generation of creators via crowdfunding. But this time, the publishers believe they’re not just …

Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia

"The axes were perfectly preserved, tucked up against the back wall of the shelter as we dug further and further," Professor Clarkson told Fairfax …

The Greatest Library Before Alexandria

The bronze-age city of Mari was second only to Babylon, and the library of tablets it held offers rich insight into all aspects of an intricate …