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AI claims to be able to thwart facial recognition software, making you "invisible"

The so-called "anti facial recognition" system distorts the face to prevent it being scanned<p>A team of engineering researchers from the University of …

Artificial Intelligence

Trump: California's sanctuary cities want to leave 'ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept'

President Donald Trump continued to accuse California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday of not protecting the border with Mexico, writing online that there’s “a revolution going on in California.”<p>The feud centers on deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border. Trump insists Brown has backed …

Donald Trump

Scientists decipher the magma bodies under Yellowstone

Using supercomputer modeling, University of Oregon scientists have unveiled a new explanation for the geology underlying recent seismic imaging of …

Federal Appeals Court Finds State's Drug Price-Gouging Law Unconstitutional

States are continuing to do battle with budget-busting prices of prescription drugs. But a recent federal court decision could limit the tools available to them — underscoring the challenge states face as, in the absence of federal action, they attempt on their own to take on the powerful drug …

Heidi Montag Was Technically Dead for a Full Minute During Plastic Surgery

This. Is. So. Scary.<p>Remember in 2010 when Heidi Montag had a series of dramatic plastic surgeries over the course of 24 hours? Well turns out the procedures were so extreme that her heart briefly stopped.<p>"Spencer thought he lost me," Heidi told <i>Paper Magazine</i>. "I died for a minute. With that much …

Michael Jackson

Ketone Ester: A "Superfuel" For the Elite and a Weird Trip for Everyone Else

The 'fourth nutrient' was created for soldiers, but I drank it anyway.<p>In November, the biohacking company HVMN revealed HVMN Ketone, a clear liquid …

China to ban citizens with bad 'social credit' from some forms of travel

Proof that life imitates art — or at least <i>Black Mirror</i> on Netflix — China will soon be imposing strict penalties for those with low “scores” on its so-called “social credit” system. Starting May 1, Chinese citizens with low scores will be unable to travel via plane or train for up to a year, …

Black Mirror

TSA accused of searching phones and laptops on domestic flights

We’re all used to our bags being searched when we go through airport security, but a number of reports claim that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also searching the electronic devices belonging to passengers on domestic flights within the U.S.<p>As a result, the American Civil …

Flying

National Geographic admits much of its past coverage was racist

<b>WASHINGTON --</b> National Geographic acknowledged Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals …

Race & Ethnicity

Schwarzenegger says he wants to sue global oil companies for first-degree murder

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is going after Big Oil and climate change.<p>The actor and former governor of California said in a Politico-sponsored podcast at the SXSW festival in Austin that he is in talks with law firms about possibly suing global oil companies “for knowingly killing people all over …

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Microsoft faces 238 complaints of gender discrimination

Microsoft has been accused of 238 cases of gender discrimination or sexual harassment by female employees working in US-based technical jobs, according to court filings made available this week. The complaints were made between 2010 and 2016, and include systemically denying pay rises or promotions …

Gender Discrimination

E-waste recycler gets 15 month prison sentence for creating worthless backup discs

You may recognize the name Eric Lundgren. In 2017, he was all over the news for creating a $13,000 DIY electric car with a 380-plus mile range, easily besting a Tesla. Today he’s on his way to jail.<p>Lundgren has always been a tinkerer. His LA-based company specialized in managing e-waste from common …

E-waste

Picture of Single Trapped Atom Wins UK Science Photography Prize

Zoom in close on the center of the picture above, and you can spot something you perhaps never thought you’d be able to see: a single atom. Here is a …

Photography

Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Plants don’t get enough credit.<p>They move. You know this. Your houseplant salutes the sun each morning. At night, it returns to center.<p>You probably don’t think much of it. This is simply what plants do: Get light. Photosynthesize. Make food. Live.<p>But what about all the signs of plant intelligence …

Consciousness

If You Want to Have Lucid Dreams, Here's a Tip From a Recent Study

We're so down for this.<p>Having a degree of control of our dreams while we're in the middle of them can be one hell of a fun ride, adding a vivid new …

Creator of The Matrix code reveals its mysterious origins

Green code in Japanese-inspired symbols trails down a computer screen like digital rain. It tells those who can read it what's happening in The Matrix, a virtual reality.<p>Simon Whiteley, creator of The Matrix code, attributes the design to his wife, who's from Japan.<p>"I like to tell everybody that …

Movies

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

Want to send your name to Mars? Now’s your chance!

NASA is sending a spacecraft to Mars next year that is going to look inside the Red Planet and attempt to learn things about our celestial neighbor …

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding that friend because of the wrong thing I’d said. Plus, I haven’t called my mother yet today: guilty. And I really should have organised something special …

Economic Justice

US orders 15 Cuban diplomats to leave Washington embassy over sonic 'attacks'

The US has ordered 15 Cuban embassy officials to leave the country as result of a string of mysterious health incidents affecting 22 of its diplomats in Havana, which Washington says were the result of deliberate attacks.<p>US spies in Cuba were among first victims of mysterious sonic 'attacks'<p>Read …

Cuba

Moose hunter slams Facebook critics who called her 'disgusting'

Hunting enthusiast Jessica Grays says she’s “thankful” for the multiple death threats she’s received after images of her Alaskan moose hunt went viral late last month, as they’ve since resulted in speaking gigs and sponsorships.<p>“Thank you for the amount of HATE and death threats you have all sent …

The EU wants tech giants to automatically remove hate speech and 'terrorist material'

The European Union wants companies like Facebook and Twitter to detect and eliminate hate speech and "terrorist material" as soon as those types of …