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The double threat to China’s cotton industry: warmer weather and the hungry mirid bug

Warmer weather attributable to climate change is posing a threat to China’s massive cotton industry – by allowing a little bug to thrive, an …

World Bank

Bond default triggers sale of Chinese oligarch’s Manhattan pad, Wan Chai office and global real estate

Unit 78B of the 90-storey Trump World Tower in Manhattan offers breathtaking views of the East River and the United Nations plaza through …

Real Estate

Glass phones are about to get really, really cool

Are you ready for translucent phones? What about wood, or snakeskin? That's the promise of Gorilla Glass 6, Corning's newest generation of Gorilla …

Mobile Technology

Extremely high-res outtakes from Apollo 11’s 1969 moon landing

The first human set foot on the moon 49 years ago on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong emerged from the Apollo 11 lander.<p>Along with the footage that was broadcast live on television, iconic images of the lunar expedition come from still photos the astronauts took themselves on a Hasselblad camera. …

Space Science

Microsoft discloses first known hacking attempts in midterm elections

Microsoft disclosed Thursday that it identified and helped thwart hacking attempts on three congressional candidates earlier this year, marking the …

Phishing

Inside Justice's new plan to share info on foreign meddling

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announced at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday evening that the Justice Department plans to notify the public, …

Hillary Clinton

Cyber attack on Singapore health database steals details of 1.5m including prime minister

A major cyber attack on Singapore's government health database stole the personal information of about 1.5 million people, including prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, the government has revealed.<p>The "deliberate, targeted and well-planned," attack aimed at patients who visited clinics between May 2015 …

Cyber-attacks

'Iron Fist' Season 2 is all about Colleen at Comic-Con

<i>Iron Fist</i> is very much the Danny Rand show. But you wouldn't necessarily know it from the show's Season 2 panel at Comic-Con.<p>Based on the footage …

Comics

Amazon App Gets Part Finder Feature

For those times when you are faced with matching a fastener or screw you've never seen before and have no idea what search terms to use to find it. …

Smart Homes

Aston Martin reveals flying car that could hit 200 mph

Not even James Bond had an Aston Martin like this.<p>The British sports car maker revealed a concept version of a flying car, the Volante Vision Concept, at the Farnborough Airshow this week.<p>Aston Martin has billed the futuristic vehicle as a luxury car for the skies. The autonomous hybrid-electric …

Flying Car

Here’s how much each artist was paid at Woodstock ’69; Jimi Hendrix is believed to be on top with $18,000! “1. Jimi Hendrix – $18,000 2. Blood, Sweat and Tears – $15,000 3. Joan Baez – $10,000 4....

Here’s how much each artist was paid at Woodstock ’69; Jimi Hendrix is believed to be on top with $18,000!<p>1. Jimi Hendrix – $18,000<br>2. Blood, Sweat …

Jimi Hendrix

Darth Vader Had A Bomb In His Body The Whole Time And It’s Crazy We Never Talk About It

A couple of years ago, I wrote an essay about the <i>Star Wars</i> prequels where the gist was that, after a few more of the now Disney-owned Lucasfilm <i>Star Wars</i> movies were released, the Prequels would become more and more these weird outliers. In a way they kind of were already, but before <i>The Force …

Darth Vader

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation

In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to.<p>Originally, users could forward messages on …

Internet

This Drink Helped Me Fall Asleep in 10 Minutes (And Sleep for 6 Straight Hours)

I tend to mull over all of life's great mysteries between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am. My overactive mind sees this window of time as the perfect …

Sleep

Trump Continues Fed Criticism, Renews Threat on China Imports

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump signaled for a second straight day his frustration with the Federal Reserve’s policy of gradually raising interest rates, saying it would undermine his campaign to boost U.S. economic growth and reduce trade deficits.<p>In tweets on Friday, Mr. Trump said the Fed’s …

Donald Trump

Three Key Takeaways From Healthcare Earnings Season

As the initial wave of healthcare companies unveil quarterly results, here are three takeaways from earnings calls.<p><b>1. Drugmakers are rethinking</b> …

Johnson & Johnson

GOP Rep. Hurd says Trump is Being Manipulated by Putin

Texas congressman served in the CIA before getting into politics<p>Republican Rep. Will Hurd wrote in a New York Times op-ed that that President Donald …

Donald Trump

You won’t believe how many online login attempts are made by hackers

Go to your Amazon, Zappos, etc. account now and change the password to something stronger. That’s the takeaway from a cyber security firm’s report that says a whopping 91 percent of all attempts to log into e-commerce websites are from hackers.<p>Attempts by hackers to log into the sites of airlines, …

Online Life

ROSENBERG: The Fed just unloaded a pile of evidence that the US economy is in the 9th inning

When I discuss that we are late cycle, and use the baseball analogy, the two responses I get the most are "<i>we're going into extra innings"</i> or "<i>it may be the eighth or ninth, but the innings are getting much longer so the fat lady ain't gonna be singing for a long long time."</i><p>Wishful thinking. A …

Markets

Iron Man 3 Director Knocks Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

During the Q&A section of The Predator panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black threw some shade at Infinity War, citing …

Marvel Universe

Prolific hacking group steals almost $1 million from Russian bank

MoneyTaker strikes again.<p>A prolific hacking group has struck again, this time stealing close to $1 million from Russia’s PIR Bank. The July 3 heist …

Workstations

“There Is a Reason We Tried to Kill This”: After Helsinki, the Deep State Fears Trump Cannot Be Saved

As John Bolton grapples with the fallout from the president’s harrowing performance in Finland, the analysts and experts who comprise the national-security apparatus brace themselves for what might come next. “The president might think it’s us being ‘deep-staters,’ but the reality is we were trying …

National Security

Rosenstein warns of growing threat from foreign influence operations

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinKey GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — …

Donald Trump

How location data is used to manipulate airfare and car rental prices

Credit: coffeebeanworks / Pixabay<p>While the EU recently passed the GDPR into law to give users control of how their data is collected and used, the battle is unfortunately only half won.<p>According to a new (and shocking!) study by TheBestVPN, you could end up paying almost double (or more) the actual …

Flying

Three Top FBI Cybersecurity Officials to Retire

Departures come as U.S. faces threat of cyberattacks<p>Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service, according to people familiar with the matter—departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country’s security …

Cybersecurity

The First Titans Trailer Is a Brutal Introduction to Another Very Dark DC Universe

If you’ve ever wanted to hear Robin say “Fuck Batman” before knocking the hell out of and killing a couple of street-level criminals, then allow us …

DC Universe

Facebook must adhere to German Holocaust denial laws, says Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook must stick to German laws which ban Holocaust denial, the Justice Ministry in Berlin said on Thursday after Mark Zuckerberg caused outrage by saying his platform should not delete such comments.<p>Zuckerberg's remarks have fueled further criticism of Facebook after …

Social Media

This Is The Biggest Myth About Outer Space, According To A NASA Flight Controller

<i>What is the biggest myth about outer space? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Robert Frost, Instructor and Flight Controller at NASA, on Quora:</b><p><b>What is the biggest myth about outer</b> …

Space Exploration

Four Ways to Visualize the Fretboard

Having a visual sense of the fretboard can help you navigate its entire length as well instantly articulate melodies and phrases when inspiration …

Electric Guitar

NASA plots a return to the moon within a decade — but this time astronauts will stay there

Bob Richards remembers watching the gray, ghostly figures bounce across his family’s black-and-white TV screen nearly a half-century ago: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first humans walking on the moon.<p>Enthralled by the success of Apollo 11, which touched down 49 years ago on July 20, and by …

Space Exploration