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Pig Guts

After harvesting my 10th hog, replacing my gallbladder and appendix, I had a replacement boar delivered and ate some bacon. Can you believe people used to die?<p><i>In the future, every productive consumer in society will own a pig, but they will not be kept as pets nor farm animals. They'll—well, you'll</i> …

Saltwater

An AI Analyzed My Twitter Feed and Discovered I’m a Shithead

DeepSense says it can analyze tweets to see if someone is a good employee. I'm going to need to make better tweets.<p>It's fairly certain that, given the incredible amount of data about our habits and thoughts that are collected and analyzed and stored by our devices and accounts, The Cloud knows more …

China

Scientists Just Made Human Egg Cells from Human Blood for the First Time

It’s the first step toward being able to mass produce human eggs using other people’s body tissues or blood.<p>Scientists in Japan have used human blood to successfully create immature human egg cells in a lab for the first time, according to new research published Thursday in <i>Science</i>. The work is a …

George Clooney

Three Research Teams Account for the Total Sum of Ordinary Matter Particles in the Universe

Accounting for all matter the universe is pretty mind boggling, but it’s not nearly as impossible as it sounds.<p>Between September 2017 and June 2018, three separate groups of astronomers—all working independently from one another, besides their shared access to the same universal research—managed to …

Particles

The Canadian Government Is Going to Scan Social Media to See If You Smoke Pot

The data will allegedly be anonymous, and the government will also look into activity on dark web markets.<p>The Canadian government is seeking a company that will scour social media and the dark web for data on Canadians’ use of cannabis. The request comes just weeks before recreational pot use …

Social Media

These Electric Blue Clouds Are Made from Ice Crystals and Meteor Debris

NASA’s PMC Turbo mission captured new views of polar mesospheric clouds from a five-day balloon flight over the Arctic.<p>Get ready for some atmospheric eye candy, because NASA has unveiled gorgeous new footage of high-altitude clouds that ripple with intense electric blue colors. Known as polar …

Crystals

Japan Just Became the First Country to Deploy Rovers on an Asteroid

The Hayabusa 2 mission is visiting an asteroid 200 million miles from Earth to collect samples. The mission profile involves a lot of robots, bullets, and explosives.<p>In 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on a four year journey to Ryugu, an …

Aerospace

Meet the Amateur Rocketeer Building Self-Landing Replicas of SpaceX Rockets

Joe Barnard has spent the last three years pioneering DIY landing technologies for amateur rockets and now the aerospace industry is paying attention.<p>To call Joe Barnard an “amateur” rocketeer is something of a misnomer.<p>As the founder of Barnard Propulsion Systems (BPS), a small business making …

Replicas

What Baby Stars and Meteorites Can Tell Us About Our Solar System’s Past

Rachel Smith studies the birth of stars to better understand the origins of life on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere in the universe.<p><i>THE MOST UNKNOWN is Motherboard's love letter to the scientific process. For the next nine weeks, we'll be profiling the people trying to answer science's most difficult</i> …

Meteorites

Scientists Find 'Super-Earth' In Star System From 'Star Trek'

Like Spock's home world Vulcan, this newly discovered exoplanet orbits the 40 Eridani triple star system.<p>In a wonderful example of truth validating fiction, the star system imagined as the location of Vulcan, Spock’s home world in <i>Star Trek</i>, has a planet orbiting it in real life.<p>A team of scientists …

Star Trek

Steam Will Start Moderating Its Forums, But Developers Can Opt Out

Valve will begin reviewing posts and making decisions about what can and can’t be posted in Steam's forums.<p>For years, Steam has existed as an unmoderated space on the internet. The digital video game store and platform allows its 125 million users to post to Steam forums, create their own community …

Laissez-Faire

Here’s the First Teardown of the iPhone XS

A Dutch YouTuber tears down the new iPhone XS and reveals that not much has changed from the previous model.<p>Another year, another iPhone, and another iPhone teardown. Usually repair experts iFixit are the first to get hold of an iPhone and pull it apart before the internet, but this year Dutch …

iPhone

Researchers Gave Octopuses MDMA in the Name of Science

The human and octopus lineages split 500 million years ago, but apparently we both retained the gene for partying.<p><b>This story is part of When the Drugs Hit, a Motherboard journey into the science, politics, and culture of today's psychedelic renaissance. Follow along</b> <b>here.</b><p>Next time you’re throwing a …

Johns Hopkins University

They Got 'Everything': Inside a Demo of NSO Group's Powerful iPhone Malware

A source managed to see Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group’s powerful iPhone malware up close. Despite a wave of highly controversial customers, the company appears to be popular worldwide.<p>When an Israeli entrepreneur went into a meeting with the infamous spyware vendor NSO, company …

Human Rights

The Skinny Tea Scammer that Stole a Cam Model’s Photos Is Respawning

Just as Twitter suspended one fake scam account for impersonation, more started popping up.<p>As Motherboard reported Tuesday, a diet tea scam went viral on Twitter by selling a story about domestic abuse using photos stolen from a cam model. It’s derailed her career in sex work, at least temporarily, …

Weight Loss

Facebook Is Reviewing its Policy on White Nationalism After Motherboard Investigation, Civil Rights Backlash

"Facebook ignores centuries of history, legal precedent, and expert scholarship that all establish that white nationalism and white separatism are white supremacy."<p><b>This piece is part of an ongoing Motherboard series on Facebook's content moderation strategies. You can read the rest of the coverage</b> …

Civil Rights

Does Getting Lobsters High Before Boiling Them Alive Reduce Suffering?

Michael Tlusty, a lobster biologist at the University of Massachusetts Boston, says the jury is still out on if lobsters can feel pain.<p>In an attempt to reduce the pain she believes lobsters experience when being cooked, a Maine chef has started using weed to try to help the crustaceans relax before …

Mosquitoes Are Now Vectors for Pollution as Well as Disease

Scientists find that insects can poison birds and fish with plastic they ate as larvae.<p>Mosquitoes exposed to tiny bits of plastic in their larval phase can pass that poison on to animals higher up in the food web, according to a study published Wednesday in <i>Biology Letters.</i><p>Led by University of …

Mosquitoes

DNA Forensics Is Helping Authorities to Catch Elephant Ivory Cartels

Scientists have created a novel DNA mapping tool that has exposed the secretive web of ivory trafficking in Africa.<p>Several times a year in African ports such as Mombasa and Togo, cargo containing tons of illegal elephant ivory is shipped by smuggling cartels, destined for countries such as Malaysia …

University of Washington

A Major Bug In Bitcoin Software Could Have Crashed the Currency

'For less than $80,000, you could have brought down the entire network.'<p>Bitcoin is often said to be the gold standard for cryptocurrencies, but even the OG blockchain-based money has potentially disastrous flaws lurking in the software that supports it.<p>On Tuesday, the developers of Bitcoin Core—the …

Bitcoin

You Already Own a Machine the Can Play Classic PlayStation Games

It’s really easy to emulate the PlayStation on an SNES Classic, a PC, or an Xbox One.<p>Sony just announced it wants to charge gamers $100 for 20 games from the mid-1990s.<p>The PlayStation Classic, as it's called, looks like the original PlayStation, but is only 45 percent its size, connects to a TV via …

Tekken 3

At Least 3.4 Million Farm Animals Drowned in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Millions more are still at risk of dying from exposure, starvation, or drowning as the Carolinas recover.<p>More than 5,500 pigs and 3.4 million chickens and turkeys have been killed in Hurricane Florence, mostly by drowning in record-breaking floods in North Carolina, says the state’s agriculture …

North Carolina

Wireless Carriers Throttle Video for No Good Reason, Researchers Find

Paying to avoid unnecessary restrictions is the new normal in the post-net neutrality world.<p>If your Netflix or YouTube stream is crappy, there’s a good chance your wireless provider is just trying to milk you for more money, according to new research out of Northeastern University.<p>While ISPs have …

Wireless

Watch This Net Capture Orbital Space Debris for the First Time in History

Not only does the net look cool as hell, it’s addressing a major problem for the future of space exploration.<p>On Sunday, the University of Surrey’s Space Center made history when it successfully captured a piece of space junk in orbit. It is the first time an active debris removal system has ever …

CubeSat

Hackers Steal Credit Cards From Newegg, Researchers Say

The group responsible for the Ticketmaster and British Airways data breaches hit the PC and electronics giant.<p>Hackers have stolen the credit card details of all customers of the online shopping giant Newegg who entered their payment information between August 14 and September 18, according to …

Credit Cards

Wireless Carriers Now Want to Be the Keepers of Your Website Login Data

But a history of privacy scandals makes them the worst candidates for the job.<p>Wireless carriers are developing a new system that could someday allow consumers to log into supporting websites without the need for traditional passwords. But given the industry’s terrible track record on privacy, …

Wireless

Turn Off Push Notifications

Notifications are no longer used to notify you of anything—they’re used by apps to beg for attention.<p>Earlier this week, I checked my Facebook for the first time in a few days. I had 14 notifications. Only one of them had anything to do with my profile at all (a friend had responded to a comment I …

Apps

New California Law Aims to Fix the Internet of Broken Things

But security experts say it will take a lot more than regulation to fix this particular dumpster fire.<p>California is hoping a new law will help fix the security and privacy problems that plague the so-called internet of things, but experts say a lot more needs to be done to seriously tackle the …

You’re Going to Pay $20 for Nintendo Switch Online and Like it

The launch of Nintendo's online gaming service has been the subject of endless complaints that we should all get over as soon as possible.<p>After a decade-long hiatus, I recently decided to become a Gamer again. I bought a Nintendo Switch and have become obsessed with several games.<p>The last few …

Nintendo Switch

We Now Know Why Great White Sharks Gather In a Mysterious Ocean Void

One of the ocean’s most tantalizing questions has been answered by an expedition to a remote zone in the middle of the Pacific.<p>Marine biologists have solved a fascinating ocean riddle—the purpose of the “white shark cafe,” a remote spot between Hawaii and Baja California, situated in the Pacific …

White Shark