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A flying snake robot code-named DRAGON. What could go wrong?

Boston Dynamics' robot hell hounds may be scary, but at least they can't fly. But if you thought you could evade the robot apocalypse by taking to the skies, well, we have some bad news for you.<p>Scientists from the University of Tokyo have created a transforming drone code-named "DRAGON". That name …

Robotics

The Black Cop Who Went Undercover in the KKK, Exposing Its U.S. Military Ties

Ron Stallworth, subject of the upcoming Spike Lee film ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ opens up about how he successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and the many …

Ku Klux Klan

Dark money lurks at the heart of our political crisis | George Monbiot

A mere two millennia after Roman politicians paid mobs to riot on their behalf, we are beginning to understand the role of dark money in politics, and its perennial threat to democracy. Dark money is cash whose source is not made public, and which is spent to change political outcomes. The …

Hard Brexit

'We can build a real time machine'

<b>Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible. BBC Horizon looked at some of the most promising ideas for turning this staple of science fiction into reality.</b><p>Ron Mallett has a dream: He wants to travel in time.<p>This isn't mere fantasy - …

Physics

Opener launches BlackFly fixed-wing VTOL flying car that doesn't require a license

Canadian-based aviation firm Opener Inc. has unveiled its new BlackFly single-seater aircraft, which it bills as a Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) and …

Flying Car

Let's drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president

Watching this pinball president ricochet around Europe, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s no method to Donald Trump’s madness.<p>Nato is both a rip-off and very strong. Theresa May’s Brexit plan is both pathetic and terrific. Trump’s interview with the Sun was both fake news and generally …

Donald Trump

CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in …

CERN

Thai cave rescue: water pumps failed just after last boy escaped

The rescue operation to free the last of the 12 boys and their football coach from a Thailand cave could have been a disaster, divers have revealed, with water pumps draining the area failing just hours after the last boy had been evacuated.<p>Divers and rescue workers were still more than 1.5km …

Thai Navy

Whose side is Trump’s America on? The answer is becoming more and more obvious

Nato summits are generally unremarkable affairs, but this week’s two-day gathering in Brussels will be an exception. European members of the transatlantic alliance are pondering their biggest conundrum since its creation almost 70 years ago: is the US a friend – or a foe?<p>Only 18 months ago, the …

Geopolitics

It actually is possible to train your brain to become smarter

There are many rumors about the strange habits and capabilities of inventor Nikola Tesla.<p>He was said only to need about two hours of sleep per night, supported by occasional naps. He apparently died without ever marrying and, possibly, without any intimate relationships, deeming them a distraction …

Inventions

Brazilian soccer player Neymar becomes a meme after an outrageous flop

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as just Neymar, is an amazing soccer player who plays forward for both Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil …

Soccer

App developers are going through your email — here is how to stop them

The Wall Street Journal reports that application developers, both mobile and desktop, are busy rummaging through the email of thousands and thousands …

Apps

Cave boys of Thailand must learn to dive or face months trapped underground

The 12 boys and football coach found in a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand after 10 days are mostly in stable medical condition and have …

Scuba Diving

Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?

It has enthusiasts on both the left and the right. Maybe that’s the giveaway.<p>In 1795, a group of magistrates gathered in the English village of Speenhamland to try to solve a social crisis brought on by the rising price of grain. The challenge was an increase in poverty, even among the employed. …

Income Inequality

This is how the robot uprising finally begins - MIT Technology Review

The robot arm is performing a peculiar kind of Sisyphean task. It hovers over a glistening pile of cooked chicken parts, dips down, and retrieves a …

Artificial Intelligence

The EU's bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable

Update 05/07/2018: The European parliament has voted to reject the Article 13 copyright directive.<p>On June 20, the European Parliament will set in …

Internet

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Israel targets rights groups with bill to outlaw filming of soldiers

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel moved on Sunday to snap the lens shut on rights groups that film its troops' interactions with Palestinians by introducing a bill that would make it a criminal offense.<p>Rights groups frequently film Israeli soldiers on duty in the occupied West Bank, documentation the …

Israel

Hands off my data! 15 more default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone plan, LinkedIn and more.

It’s not just Google and Facebook that are spying on you.<p>Your TV, your cellphone provider and even your LinkedIn account have side hustles in your data. But, in many cases, you can opt out — if you know where to look.<p>I dug into a bunch of popular products and services you might not think of as data …

New Jersey

Close-up photos of spiders and flies will haunt your dreams forever

This extraordinary series of close-up photos turns mundane insects into terrifying beasts from another world.<p>The bugs are captured in intricate …

Photography

Where have all our insects gone?

We appear to be making tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life. If we lose insects, it all collapses<p>When Simon Leather was a student in the 1970s, he took a summer job as a postman and delivered mail to the villages of Kirk Hammerton and Green Hammerton in North Yorkshire. He recalls his …

Insects

Is the Global Economy Just a Giant Debt Scam? Here's What the Financial Elite Doesn’t Want You to Know

Leftist academic Yanis Varoufakis saw power up close. He says capitalism is dead, democracy is crumbling and we’re ruled by debtWhy is the world the …

Trump is a useless negotiator, and Kim Jong-un will know that | Jonathan Freedland

Next week will see tested one of the enduring fictions of current politics: the myth of Donald Trump, master negotiator. That the myth lives on was demonstrated afresh on Thursday with the leaking of after-dinner remarks by Boris Johnson urging his audience to “imagine Trump doing Brexit”. The …

Donald Trump

Mark Zuckerberg Apparently Didn’t Tell Congress the Whole Truth About Facebook

Now, the C.E.O. could have a new privacy scandal on his hands.<p>When <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> appeared before Congress in April, he insisted that the kind of data sharing that sparked the Cambridge Analytica scandal was out of bounds for Facebook. “You should have complete control over your data,” he said …

Comment on Tor exit node admin acquitted of aiding terrorism by Mahhn

Yep, you can always find a way to blame people, doesn’t make you wrong, or right.<br>You drive a car, which needs oil, which likely gives money to a …

"Brain in Butt" Study Points to True Location of Second Nervous System

No, it's not actually in the butt.<p>The brain and spinal cord may control most of the body, but some parts handle themselves just fine without their …

Japanese “UFO Boy” Can Allegedly Contact UFOs Telepathically

Japanese social media was abuzz this weekend with news of a 13-year-old boy who can allegedly contact UFOs telepathically. The photos of unidentified …

I am a liberal. But I know Democrats in office are no better than Republicans | Alice Dreger

I launched a local paper to hold power to account, even when those in power lean as far left as I do<p>The problem I have with liberals in government is the same as the problem I have with conservatives: they’re human.<p>Allow me to explain.<p>Related: The biggest risk to American journalism isn't posed by …

Journalism