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Google owns Duck.com, but it'll give rival DuckDuckGo a shoutout anyhow

Google owns Duck.com, which has been driving rival search engine DuckDuckGo up the wall for over six years. Because when you type "duck.com" into a web browser, you get Google.com. Doesn't make a lot of sense, yes?<p>But after a new round of complaints this Friday, Google has relented. Google comms VP …

DuckDuckGo

'Boy or girl?' Parents raising 'theybies' let kids decide

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Three-year-old twins Zyler and Kadyn Sharpe scurried around the boys and girls clothing racks of a narrow consignment store filled with toys. Zyler, wearing rainbow leggings, scrutinized a pair of hot-pink-and-purple sneakers. Kadyn, in a T-Rex shirt, fixated on a musical cube …

Parenting

Meat, Dairy Industry Surpass Big Oil As World's Biggest Polluters

<b>Within the next few decades, Big Meat and Big Dairy could surpass Big Oil as the world’s biggest climate polluters,</b> a new study by non-profit GRAIN …

Fossil Fuels

DNA Damage from CRISPR Has Been ‘Seriously Underestimated’

The breakthrough gene therapy has hit some major stumbling blocks in the last few months that threaten its status as a therapy.<p><i>This article is part of</i> DNA/IDK <i>, a semi-regular column exploring how genetic modification is shaping the future.</i> <b>Follow along here</b> <i>.</i><p>When CRISPR was first revealed to the …

Genetics

CRISPR DNA editing could do some serious genetic damage, study says

Gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 has garnered significant amounts of positive press in recent months, as the promise of gene editing could help with medicine and alter DNA for the better. But a new study suggests that CRISPR isn't all it's cracked up to be.<p>The study, published July 16 in Nature, makes …

Genetics

Your Ancestors Probably Ate Insects. So What's Bugging You?

Grossed out by that maggot squirming in your apple?<p>Your ancestors weren't. In fact, they probably would have popped the offending creature into their mouths and relished its savory flavor.<p>At least, that's what Julie Lesnik thinks. Lesnik is an assistant professor of anthropology at Wayne State …

Insects

Oldest Tools Outside Africa Found, Rewriting Human Story

Science & Innovation<p>New evidence suggests that our ancient cousins left the continent much earlier than thought.<p>Modern humans' distant relatives left Africa earlier than previously thought—rewriting a key chapter in humankind's epic prequel, according to a discovery unveiled on Wednesday in …

Archaeology

Psychiatrist and professor says demonic possession is real after witnessing exorcisms for 25 years

Demonic possession is REAL, says psychiatry professor who's spent 25 years viewing exorcisms - and says 'fallen angels' target the devout AND those …

Siblings

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Machine Learning

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year.<p>Because the fertility rate subtly shapes many major issues …

Child Care

Social constructionism

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Khan Academy

Transcript of "Gene editing can now change an entire species -- forever"

CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future …

Genetics

US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies

A US military agency is investing $100m in genetic extinction technologies that could wipe out malarial mosquitoes, invasive rodents or other species, emails released under freedom of information rules show.<p>The documents suggest that the US’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency …

Genetics

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.<p>In recent years, data …

VT

This guy was not happy about someone eating a burrito on the train. Was he overreacting? 🤔🌯<p>Credit: ViralHog

Is This the Summer of Snitches?

A man wearing a Hawaiian shirt on San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) went viral earlier this month after calling the cops on a man eating …

Crime

Facebook patent turns phone mics on to record reactions to ads

Facebook has repeatedly denied tapping into phones microphones for targeted advertising, but just because it isn't doesn't mean it can't. According to <i>Metro</i>, Facebook has applied for a controversial patent for software that will allow smartphones to begin recording when they hear secret messages …

Targeted Advertising

Lynn: "There Will Be A Financial Crash... And Trump Will Be Blamed"

<i>Authored by Doug "Uncola" Lynn via TheTollOnline.com,</i><i>In these sentiments, sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, if they are such;</i> …

Great Depression

The Fed Just Made Its Most Hawkish Turn In 30+ Years (Did Anyone Notice?)

I realize it’s getting late to discuss the June 12–13 FOMC meeting, but I think the Fed’s biggest news from that meeting may have slipped under the …

Federal Reserve

"Words Fail Me. It's Insanity": Inside Tesla's "Preposterous" Model 3 Production Tent

Bears and bulls alike following Tesla's gripping nailbiter of a story - the company has until the end of the month to pump out 5,000 Model 3 sedans a …

Tesla

We may have answered the Fermi Paradox: We are alone in the universe

Alien life should be everywhere. The sheer abundance of stars in the universe (the number far outstrips the total number of grains of sand on every beach on Earth) suggests that, somewhere, an intelligent lifeform should be warming itself on a distant planet. Even if life evolves rarely, ET should …

Universe

Why Older People Are Using the Blood of Teenagers to Live Longer

Is teen blood the new elixir of life? No, but that's not stopping people from trying.<p>Getting older and dying is so inconvenient. Eating a healthy …

Medicine

Transgender athletes speak out as parents petition to change policy that allows them to compete as girls

Some Connecticut parents are petitioning to change the rules of state high school athletics after two transgender track and field stars began …

LGBTQI

Are Video Games An Addiction? The World Health Organization Thinks So

Are video games really that bad for your health? According to the World Health Organization, video games are so addictive, they require a new …

Mental Health

Being transgender is not a mental illness, says the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization no longer considers gender incongruence—a condition experienced by some transgender people—as a mental disorder.<p>The …

ADAMS: My Preferred Pronouns

Last year, I received a strange email from Lisa McLeod, a philosophy professor at Guilford College. Her unsolicited missive asked whether it was true …

A neuroscientist explains why it’s all too easy to become a bigot

Anti-immigrant policies, race-related demonstrations, Title IX disputes, affirmative action court cases, same-sex marriage litigation. These issues …

A Family in Transition

Paetyn, an impish 1-year-old, has two fathers. One of them gave birth to her.<p>As traditional notions of gender shift and blur, parents and children like these are redefining the concept of family.<p>Paetyn’s father Tanner, 25, is a trans man: He was born female but began transitioning to male in his …

Pregnancy

Restaurant forced to close after just two weeks when owners offer ridiculously generous loyalty deal

An all-you-can-eat restaurant has racked up thousands of pounds worth of debt and been forced to close because diners ate so much food.<p>Chinese …

Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: survey

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Americans make up 4 percent of the world's population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday.<p>The Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, …

Guns